Re: Michigan getaway
x3 for Traverse City. Beautiful part of the country, nice town, and rivers. That would be my recommendation if it works for you guys.
If you wanted to drive less or be near a larger town then I'd say Grand Rapids / Holland area. Grand Haven and Saugatuck (north and south of Holland) are nice little towns on Lake Michigan and metro Grand Rapids will have whatever you'd need. Trout steams would be fewer than up north but they're there. TU just did a show on the Rouge running through Rockford north of GR.
Heading back to Michigan end of this month and will do some fishing in the Grand Rapids area with my buddy. Looking forward to it!