Last week, the forecast for Mackinac was not looking especially good. Rain and cool temperatures. Not unexpected but not welcomed, either. I've been remarkably lucky that the weather has cooperated quite well on nearly all of my visits. When I have extended family with me, as on this trip, I make an extra wish for good weather. I'm happy to report the weather has been incredible since we arrived on Wednesday evening.
Each day I plan at least one activity that takes us out of the downtown area. Yesterday, it was a visit to Anne's Tablet and a private carriage ride along the West Bluff.
Today, it was a morning adventure to the Grand Hotel. While I've never been a guest to the hotel, I always love visiting it. It's simply spectacular. It is, in many ways, Mackinac Island. It's hard to imagine one without the other. Yet in my visits to the hotel I never made my way to the Cupola Bar. The view is spectacular to say the least. From the Mackinac Bridge to the west to St. Anne's steeple to the east, it's truly a site worth seeing. We were fortunate enough to see one of the great lakes freighters pass while in the cupola.
But for all the wonderful view, I am still most impressed at the facade of the hotel. It's majestic columns and iconic porch lined with perfectly groomed geraniums has to be my favorite place to saunter.
I also had the chance to meet another Mackinac Island social media acquaintance from the hotel. You can say Kellie is the hotel's online social media director. In addition to her regular responsibilities, Kellie maintains their Facebook page and tweets on their Twitter account (@GrandHotelMI). I'd suggest following the Grand at both sites as there are often great offers and special discounts offered that you simply can't find elsewhere.
We made our way back to town via a walk past the 'Somewhere In Time' monument and along the boardwalk. An obligatory visit to the Public Library netted our daughter a few minutes of fun in their kids section while we enjoyed the view of Round Island Lighthouse from the open doors at the back of the library.
The evening winds provided just the right breeze for us to enjoy flying a kite on the Mission Point lawn after dinner at Bistro on the Greens.
Mackinac Magic was definitely at work today. Thank you to all who help make this island such a wonderful place to visit.