Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Opulent Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

We were blessed with gorgeous weather our entire time during the Michigan Tea Tour.
Taking the ferry over to Mackinac Island the opulent Grand Hotel stands out like a beacon to visitors. Each room is decorated differently and above is where a couple of the ladies stayed.
We had reservations for afternoon tea and were delighted with the background music of a talented lady on a harp. Posing in all her splendour is Linda P. whose signature tea attire is a hat (or fascinator) and scarves.  She certainly was an inspiration to be our best at all times and I have to admit I purchased a couple of fascinators and some scarves on the trip.
Afternoon tea was served on low tables and included champagne. To be honest, the tea was brewed too long for most of us but the dainty fare, delicious.
Here we are at our tables and Nancy from Two Cottages and Tea (second from left, in left photo) was able to join us to make 11.
Dinner at The Grand Hotel was an elegant affair and waiting for the rest of the group is my friend Gloria and I.
One can only get about the island by foot, horse or bicycle and while walking to explore the boutiques before leaving I captured this charming old stone church.
 Our last dinner together was spent in Frankenmuth with a little shopping afterwards.
One final shot of the group of us together. Thanks again to Phyllis (centre) with help from her good friend Lori (3rd from left) who arranged a memorable trip of tea rooms and shopping. It was nice to make new friends; laugh, eat, shop and sip tea together.
Take Time for Tea

28 comments:

  1. Such a great experience and over tea. Best of all worlds.

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  2. Hello Judith, the hotel looks beautiful and the afternoon tea wonderful - once more, I shouldn't read your posts when being hungry. What an enjoyable afternoon you had!
    I visited your FB page and enjoyed a great variety of interesting posts (even though without signing up one doesn't see them so well). The rare dogwood photo was one of my favourites. :)
    Have a lovely week! xx

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  3. Hello, the hotel is grand. What a lovely trip with your friends. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  4. Long time since I visited the Grand Hotel. It is such a lovely place. Love Frankenmuth. The chicken dinner is wonderful. It sounds like you had a lovely time.

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  5. A wonderful experience for you. And a beautiful hotel!

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  6. Such a fun trip! Glad you had the chance to go with these neat ladies.
    Hugs, Beth

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  7. The Grand Hotel is one of my most favorite places in the world - Mackinac Island is a magical place - and I am so happy you were to spend time there - what a wonderful tea trip - truly the best trip EVER as far as tea party-loving ladies are concerned - wow. Just wow. What a fun trip!

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  8. I would love being able to walk to everything. Love that stone chapel. I have a friend that lives there and I wrote her last week...what a coincidence! Hugs, Diane

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  9. It sounds like a fabulous trip with good friends.

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  10. That Grand Hotel looks wonderful to stay and also for teatime. I'm sure you all had fun, sipping tea, having dinner together and of course shopping.

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  11. What a fabulous trip, Judith, for all of you lovely ladies. I think we are all a little envious of all those special places that you were able to visit!

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  12. What a wonderful time you've had, and The Grand Hotel looks and sounds wonderful.

    All the best Jan

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  13. Well shoot that they didn't have a properly brewed tea; otherwise, it sounds as if the time was beautifully spent. You are certainly all a beautiful group and so nicely dressed for the occasion. That hotel looks amazing. Hope that your room was just as lovely.

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  14. I have loved the Grand Hotel ever since I first saw "Somewhere in Time" all those years ago!

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  15. This was a very special trip. I am so glad you have several group photos to share! It was great visiting with you again, and meeting and spending time with Gloria.

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  16. Oh Judith, what great fun you ladies had! Seeing your pictures brought back so many sweet memories.... when I was a teen my parents and I enjoyed some time on Mackinac Island. We rode our bikes around the island and so some glorious views.

    And then you went to Frankenmuth! I was taken there during my college years. I went to college in Wisonsin and several of the students were from Michigan including my best friend. It's such a charming and unique place.

    I'm so glad you had a beautiful time, dear Judith. Hugs to you!

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  17. Your wonderful photos certainly capture all the feelings of the trip.
    Sips and Smiles,
    Teresa

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  18. Judith, That looks like a great trip. It's good to have friends with similar interests. Glad you had a good time. Sylvia D.

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  19. what a lovely visit and the rooms and photos so inviting....love tea, especially black tea with natural maple flavouring....

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  20. What a beautiful hotel! It was fun to experience the Michigan tea tour vicariously through you. Hope I get to see one of your fascinators. Hee!

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  21. I'd love to visit Mackinac Island! This seemed like a wonderful tea tour and I am so glad you had a good time. This is a brilliant idea to do with friends. I've got my thinking cap on now!

    I agree with Margie, I want to see your fascinators!

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  22. Hello,Judith!
    Looks like you had a great trip. Lots of joy and smile and gorgeous hotel! Yes, that old church with a tower bell is so charming. Happy weekend to you!

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  23. Hi Judith, Not sure how I missed seeing your post when it was first written, but I'm glad I saw it now. I'm so glad you and Gloria could be part of our group. We shared many cups of tea, lots of laughs, and made memories that will last a lifetime!

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  24. Nice to see some good reports about my home state! We do have some beautiful sights here, and Mackinaw Island is always a favorite. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Tea, shopping, friends . . . what could be nicer?

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  25. What a fabulous large group of women. I have only ever explored the outside of the Grand Hotel, maybe someday...

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  26. All of you had such a marvelous time. I would love to visit Mackinaw Island. I remember years ago, my friend Bea, the world traveler, went there and told me to add it to my bucket list. I always trusted Bea and although in her 80's these days, she does not travel as much, but enjoyed all her travels. I love the teapot you found while traveling there and the fascinators and scarves too. What a delight!

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  27. Dear Judith:
    I sure am glad you participated in this wonderful adventure!

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