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!