I’m back from my family vacation, and I CANNOT believe August is almost over! What happened to summer? Wahhhh! I can’t complain though. I did just enjoy a very long week off! My family visited Mackinac Island and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Below is my first batch of photos, from Mackinac Island!
Day #1 of our vaca was super laid-back. I went for a run and then my mom and I walked half the length of the island to go grab coffee at one of our favorite spots.
A pic of our hotel, the Grand Hotel:
We stopped at J.L. Beanery and ordered cherry-flavored coffee. Not your average cup o’ joe! It was sweet and really did taste like cherries. Not too overpowering, though.
Next stop: fudge! Mackinac Island is known for its amazing fudge. There must be at least 10-12 shops on the island within the same quarter-mile radius. No joke! My family’s favorite kind is Ryba’s.
One of everything?…. Don’t mind if I do
Ryba’s carries a long list of classic and specialty flavors . According to staff, these are the most popular:
- Chocolate peanut butter
- Chocolate no-nut (my family’s favorite!)
- Chocolate sea salt caramel
We bought the chocolate no-nut (a must) and Oreo!
Later on, we stopped at my favorite cocktail spot: the Cupola Bar. It’s situated atop the Grand Hotel. Aren’t the views amazing?
We wandered over to the Grand Hotel’s dining room for dinner. This is an experience to say the least. FOUR courses! You really need to pace yourself! I started with shrimp cocktail, followed by an awesome baby spinach salad, veal (not pictured — I ended up sending it back to the kitchen for lamb instead) and salted caramel cheesecake.
It rained on our second day, so we hung around the hotel reading and playing cards. I got a massage, too!
Later on… back at the Cupola Bar!
On our last day, I woke up early to go for a 4-mile run along the water. Pretty beautiful sunrise to wake up to!
Breakfast every morning was a FEAST. This was our bakery/pastry basket. And that’s just a small portion of the meal! I ordered orange juice and eggs almost every morning, aside from the fruit and other bakery I picked up from the buffet. Best meal of the day!
Our last stop before leaving the island: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor! It’s attached to the Grand Hotel.
Sadie’s offers a long list of flavors. The staff confirmed these to be most popular:
- Toasted coconut
- Sea side caramel
- Grand Hotel pecan ball
My mom and I both opted for the “Sea side caramel” — a very delicious choice! The perfect way to end our three-day stay on the island.
Stay tuned for the second half of my vaca photos!