August 6, 2009

Summertime in Northern Michigan

Here are some pictures from my time up north. I must say it was freezing! This southern girl is not used to the cold weather, but it was actually refreshing—if only I had brought warmer clothes :)

We arrived in Traverse City on a Friday and headed straight to Arcadia Bluffs for some golf. The girls (myself, J. and the boy's mom) rode in carts and hit a few shots here and there. The golf course was beautiful and reminded me of Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. There was even a bagpipe player and you could hear the music as you made your way around. It felt like we were in Scotland. After the round, we went to a drive-in movie theater. It was so fun! We got popcorn and candy and settled in to watch part of Ice Age (we were late) and part of Harry Potter (got too tired and went home). The next day we lounged around the house and played badminton and other games. It was nice to relax.

Sunday we headed to Mackinac Island. Along the way we stopped at Bay Harbor for lunch. It was such a cute town right on the water with a lot of sailboats and yachts and charming shops and cafes. After making our way to Mackinac City we hopped on the ferry and headed to the island.

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

Knocking one into Lake Michigan

Lunch in Bay Harbor

View of the Grand Hotel from the ferry

Mackinac Island is beautiful. The downtown area has two streets lined with quaint little shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and fudge shops. About every three stores is a fudge shop. Everything is Victorian style and the streets are filled with bike riders and horse and carriages - no cars are allowed.

After arriving we all jumped on a horse and carriage and headed to the Grand Hotel. We spent the afternoon exploring our rooms and the rest of the hotel until it was time for dinner.



All dressed up for dinner! At the hotel you must be in evening attire - dresses for the ladies and jackets and ties for the men - by 6. The hotel has a fabulous dining room where you enjoy a five course meal. It was delicious! The signature dessert is the Grand Pecan Ball - an ice cream ball rolled in pecans sitting on a bed of hot fudge. Yum! After dinner we danced the night away to big band music.

Aren't the flowers gorgeous? The red geranium is the signature flower and was in a lot of the hotel decor.

Monday we spent the day wandering through the shops, tasting fudge and biking around the island. The island is about eight miles around and we had fun biking and stopping to see the sights. We also went to high tea, which I loved.


The Jockey Club - cute restaurant at the hotel


Outside the hotel


Above is the room J. and I shared. It was so cute and everything was covered in purple violets. The boy's room was decorated in white and blue toile with lots of wicker. Their parents stayed in one of the named rooms and it was gorgeous as well. The decor at the hotel is just wild and so fun. There are bright colors everywhere and lots of stripes and fun, crazy patterns. It's very summery.

The last night we took a carriage out to The Woods - a restaurant that actually is out in the woods. It is Bavarian style and the decor was that of a hunting lodge. There was even an old-fashioned bowling lane that we played on.

Fun decor and great food!

The hotel is known for having the largest front porch in the world. It was fun sitting out there and spending time in the rocking chairs.

One last glimpse of the island before getting on the ferry to head home.


Goodbye Mackinac Island, I hope to come back soon!

24 comments:

Black Labs and Lilly said...

It looks wonderful! Your Lilly dresses all look fabulous!

Kassie said...

What a fun trip! I loved all the pics, especially the one where you two are on that big porch...so sweet!!

Gracie Beth said...

That looks like tons of fun, I am loving the lillys!

KAC said...

Love the pictures and so glad you had such a great time!

MCW said...

I want to go there ASAP. Jen Lanscaster mentions M Island in Pretty in Plaid...After seeing your pictures I am dying to go!!!

Suzanne said...

Mmmmmm...I can smell the fudge from here. Love your photos...looks like a great trip!

JGIWC said...

Sounds like you had an amazing trip and you look just darling!

Family Life said...

I LOVE Macinac Island. I haven't been there in years though! Did you eat any of their absolutely fantastic fudge? Please tell me you did because you can't go there without eating it!

Oh, and you look fantastic in your Lillys!

KK said...

It (and you in your great dresses!) looks fabulous! How relaxing to sit in a rocking chair on a big ole porch!!

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

This looks like such an amazing place. I love the fact that you have to dress for dinner and how elegant everything is! Also, I love all of your outfits - they are all so pretty!

Kim said...

LOVE all the pics - looks like such a fun trip!!!

Erika said...

Oh, I want to go there so much! You look incredibly adorable. I'm so glad you had a good time. Next time take me with you! :)

Prissy Southern Prep said...

You're such a doll! I love all of the pics!

Pink Maple said...

The pictures are all beautiful - looks like it was a great trip!

Kristen said...

so pretty! the title makes me think of that Kidd rock song, haha. One of the families I babysit go to the island every summer and absolutely love it!

Red and White Preppy said...

HOW CUTE are you and the boy? I love it :)

tickledpink said...

Looks like a fun trip! I love the one in your Lilly dress! You look fabulous in all your pictures! I left something for you on my blog!:)

QueenBeeSwain said...

loving all of the pics- you are so presh! you must have had a great time :)

kHm

Sweet Simplicity said...

That looks like an amazing trip! You look adorable in every single photo!

Little Pink Magnolia said...

It looks like you had so much fun! Wish you could send some of that cool weather down my way!

Kate said...

What a fun trip! I love your outfits. Is that pink dress in the rocking chair photo a Lilly?

Sweet Carolina Bride said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time!

thepreppyprincess said...

Oh, this is such a fun post Miss Tutu, thank you for sharing all of it with us! You were in our backyard (so to speak) and we're just tickled you enjoyed yourselves on the island! I only wish it had been a little warmer, until this week it has been running about 10 degrees below normal everywhere in the State.

And could you all look any more darling? You are simply lovely in the Lilly, the two of you are like a picture postcard in all of the photos. Too much fun!

Enjoy the rest of your week, and promise you'll come back to visit us again!
tp

Miss Janice said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. I love that the hotel requires guests to "dress for dinner." Your outfits are precious!

 
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