Mackinac Island and The Grand Hotel

Since Wednesday I've been sharing my photos from my recent trip to Mackinac Island.  These are the last of my pictures from The Grand Hotel.

You can read about the hotel and its spectacular interiors and history here.  There are also absolutely beautiful photos in Carleton Varney's book Mr. Color

These are random photos of gorgeousness I took just walking around the island.  I had never been to Michigan and I loved being there.  The villages and towns on Lake Michigan are lovely.  I will definitely go back as soon as possible.  Happy Friday!

The Grand Hotel

Yesterday I shared some of my photos from my recent trip to Mackinac Island.  I showed from where we walked off the ferry and made our way to The Grand Hotel.  Today, I'm sharing more of my photos of the hotel.  Carleton Varney redid the interiors in the 70s.  How I wish I could have taken these photos sans people, but the hotel is quite an attraction.  

Red geraniums are a theme at the hotel which you can see in the carpet pattern.

I was so enamored of these green sofas.  The gorgeous, vibrant color doesn't show up as well in the picture.

I just couldn't stop taking photos.  There are pairs of these, and they are fantastic.  This color on the black and gold is divine.

This is walking outside to the porch, the world's largest at 660 feet.

Looking out on Lake Huron from the porch is breathtaking.  With some tea and a good book, I could be happy here for an indeterminate amount of time.  I have more photos I'll share tomorrow.  If you're interested in knowing more about the hotel and its history you can find fascinating information here.

Mackinac Island

I mentioned last week that I'd just returned from Northern Michigan.  Our daughter went to a camp outside of Traverse City.  The end of camp pickup was a weekend long event, so we got to spend some time in Michigan and visit the delightful Mackinac Island.  Fudge is a tradition on the island, so right after we got off of the ferry we stopped here for a bite.  It was quite tasty.

I took the following photos on our walk from the ferry to The Grand Hotel.  My camera is big and heavy, so I opted for just using my iPhone.

This photo was taken from the sidewalk during our walk to the hotel and shows the shore of Lake Huron.

Walking, biking and horse and carriage are the only means of transportation on the island.  You can see a carriage above and the hotel in the distance.

Isn't it amazing?  I have far too many photos to share them all in one post.  I took dozens inside which I hope you'll come back tomorrow to see.  While the exterior of the hotel is breathtaking, the interiors are spectacular, too.  

Travel Planning

My husband and I will be taking our daughter to a camp in Michigan this summer, and I'm working on planning the trip.  After we drop her off, I want to stay and see some of the state.  I've never been, and why would I be in a hurry to get back to Dallas in the summer??  These photos are of The Grand Hotel, and are in Carleton Varney's book Mr. Color.  The Grand Hotel is on Mackinac Island in Michigan and opened in 1887.  Carleton Varney was hired in the 60s to redesign the interior.  

Obviously, this is on my list, and it's not very far from the camp.  Do any of you have any suggestions for me?