July 30, 2009

Destination: Summer



Tomorrow I will be on my way to Traverse City, Michigan, where my boyfriend is from, to visit with his family. T's brother and his brother's girlfriend are coming with us as well. It is so peaceful and beautiful in Traverse City and I can't wait for the cooler weather.
After spending a couple days in Traverse City we are heading to Mackinac Island. I have never been, but heard it's fabulous summer place. I am very excited! We are staying at the Grand Hotel (pictured above) and their motto is, fittingly — America's Summer Place. It has a rich and storied history and is said to be one of the nation's favorite summer resorts during the Victorian area.
Fun Facts:
- It opened in 1887.
- It has the largest front porch in the world.
- Five presidents have visited - Bush, Clinton, Ford, Truman and Kennedy
- Geraniums are the trademark flower
- Six rooms are named after former First Ladies - Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Jacqueline Kennedy, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush

There are lots of fun things to do at the Grand Hotel like a big lawn for croquet and bocce ball, a heated pool, tennis, golf, cycling and horseback riding and afternoon tea. There is also a dress code. At 6 p.m., gentlemen must be in coat and tie and ladies in dresses. There also are no cars allowed on the island. The modes of transportation are bicycles or horse and carriage. I'm feeling relaxed already! The restaurants sound great as well. We're going to one called Woods and it is actually in the woods. You have to take a horse and carriage to get there.
I'm packing my most summery things and my favorite Lilly dresses. The island and resort sound so charming and full of history. My boyfriend's parents are so sweet to take us all there. I will take plenty of pictures to share when I return. Until then, I have some scheduled posts.
Have a wonderful weekend!

21 comments:

Brown Eyed Girl said...

That porch looks fantastic!

PinkSass said...

Have a great time. I'm from Michigan and it really is very beautiful up there. Don't forget to bring warm clothes for night.

Tracy-Girl said...

So fun... It looks so beautiful there!! :)

Prissy Southern Prep said...

Have a great time girlie!!

kirstyb said...

im not jealous at all have a great time xoxooxx

ams said...

That looks amazing!!! Have fun!

Summer Wind said...

It looks beautiful, have a great time!!

Family Life said...

I love the Grand Hotel - you will have a Great time there, can't wait to see pics!

suburban prep said...

It is a beautiful Island. Hubby and I have actually been planning to get away for a few days this summer and that is one of the two places we are looking at going. We might take a ferry over from the Wisconsin side to Michigan so that we do not have to hit the Chicago Construction.

Have a great time and soak up all the beauty.

Pink Sass is right. Wisconsin, Illinois and parts of Indiana and Michigan have not had the warmest of summers.

QueenBeeSwain said...

have a ball- we're going to be just across the lake from each other, I head out on Saturday AM very early for Baileys Harbor :) how special!

kHm

Preppy Little Dress said...

Have an awesome time! Michigan is such a beautiful place, of course I am bias! Ha! Ha!

So your hubby is from TC, very cool! Have a great time and be sure and hit a few wineries along the way!

~ PLD

preppyinnewengland said...

How wonderful! Looks beautiful.
Enjoy!

CurlyKates said...

oh my gosh that looks beautiful! i hope you have a wonderful time!!

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

That hotel is so gorgeous! I love that it has a dress code! The island sounds and I must add it to my list of places to go! Can't wait to see more pictures!

prepschool101 said...

It looks soooo perfect for a summer getaway. Can't wait to see more pics. Have a fantastic weekend!
Jennifer

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

You lucky girl! What a fun getaway! I have heard so many fun things about Mackinac island, I have got to get there! Share lots of pictures!

Brunch at Saks said...

Oh this looks gorgeous! Have safe and fun trip! :) XOXO

Kassie said...

I've always wanted to go there! Have a great time!! :)

Kappa Prep said...

Have such a fun time in MI! You know Dorothy Draper helped decorate the Grand Hotel!! Take photos!!

Jules said...

Oh my gosh, that sounds so relaxing and looks beautiful! I hope you had a great weekend and I cannot wait to read all about it!

Sarah said...

I was alerted to your blog by a follower of mine :) My BF is ALSO from Traverse (TC) and we visit several times a year. His entire family is still there and we are trying desperately to move there soon!! We just went to Mackinac last month, I go every year and am in love with it! It's nice to read someone that appreciates the awesomeness that is Traverse and Northern MI:) If you stop by my blog you can find MANY posts under the labels "Traverse City" and "Michigan". Nice to blog meet you.

 
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