Day 5 (July 6th) was the first day of our Mackinac Island get-away!!!
Marcus had stayed at the Grand Hotel with my parents and me when we were first married but before kids. Dad was part of a banker's organization, and the annual conference was at the Grand. He didn't attend every year, but when he did go, he would try to bring some kids along to show us how special the Hotel and island are. And they are!!! So Marcus always kept those memories with him, and vowed to come back some day, just the two of us. This was the perfect summer...no nursing baby, all the kids old enough to be left with grandma and grandpa, and my sister Mary now living up north. So we were So. Excited. to make this our year!!!
|Marcus on the ferry to the island--you can|
see me waving in his glasses reflection :o)
|The kids were studying the nautical flag alphabet--any idea|
what these flags say?? I think they were on the Coast Guard ice cutter.
|leaving port--Mackinac Bridge|
|View from our room--we couldn't believe it! We did pay|
extra for a lakeview room, but to get a BALCONY was very
|Part of our anniversary package included High Tea in the parlor.|
The decor of the hotel is crazy, I love it! Everything was
chosen by Carleton Varney, famous decorator.
|champagne, little tea sandwiches, tea|
|we each got a sweets plate as well|
|relaxing on the World's Longest Front Porch|
|We took a tour of the grounds after High Tea.|
|I'm pointing to our room....|
|Next we walked up the road to look at all the "summer|
cottages" (which are actually mansions!).
|When we got back, our goodies from our|
anniversary package were waiting for us.
|Pre-dinner drinks in the Cupola Bar at the|
top of the hotel. (Weather was a little misty
but we still had a great panoramic view.)
|Dessert was great as well! Famous Hot Fudge|
Pecan Ball, yum....