The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce, through the Gateway Communities Initiative (GCI), sponsors tours encompassing the agricultural and historic German heritage of the Manchester area. The GCI is a regional eco-tourism program involving local Chambers of Commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, land preservation agencies and conservancies, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, within the three county area encompassing Washtenaw, Jackson and Livingston Counties. GCI promotes the mutual goals of balancing preservation and sustainability of these natural and historic areas, while also stimulating commerce in the small villages which serve as the “gateways” to regional parks and historic sites.
Manchester Tour de Barn Quilts
The Manchester Tour de Barn Quilts is the first of a group of eco-tourism activities being planned featuring the Village of Manchester and surrounding natural areas.
This self-guided bike or driving tour is on paved and dirt rural roads. The tour will take you along bucolic byways to look at barn quilts, which are large, colorful quilt blocks on the sides of barns. Click below for the tour brochure.
Manchester Tour de Birds
Take the Manchester Tour de Birds (and other sites) using this handy guide. This self-guided tour will take you to some spectacular natural areas around Manchester, Michigan, that have something to offer both the novice and seasoned birder.
Manchester – Gateway Communities Initiative, working with the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsors tours encompassing the agricultural and historic heritage of the Manchester area. The GCI is a regional eco-tourism program promoting the mutual goals of balancing preservation and sustainability of natural and historic areas, while also stimulating commerce in villages and small towns.