We had so much fun last year during our spontaneous trip to Mackinac Island, that we were eager to return soon. Add that one of my best friends was doing a two week rotation as the island doc and bringing her husband and their small daughter along and it was too perfect to miss! We didn’t have the best weather, it was mostly cold, damp, and super windy, but we managed to have a great time. We stayed at our usual spot at the Murray Hotel (best fudge ever!). Right when we first got on the island, Dave and I took off on a walk around the circumference, which is about 8 miles. All around the island, people are starting to build cairns, which are simply stacks of stones. We noticed them during our bike ride on our last trip to the island and we were determined to build our own this time!
After our walk, we went to the Pink Pony for a late lunch of a couple of appetizers. We ordered the flatbread (above) which was topped with brie cheese, green apple slices, baby frisée, candied walnuts, and a drizzle of honey. Sounds weird, but tasted delicious. I’m totally going to try to recreate it at home. We liked it so much that we ordered it again the next day when we returned to the Pink Pony with our friends.
For our second appetizer, we ordered the BBQ chips. The thick-cut, handmade potato chips were topped with BBQ pulled pork and blue cheese. The chips were also very good, a different twist on nachos, though we both agreed they were kind of skimpy with the blue cheese.
We spent the rest of the day hanging out with our friends and enjoyed dinner at the Seabiscuit Cafe, a favorite from our last trip. I didn’t take any photos, but we had an excellent meal. Dave had the Monte Cristo sandwich, I had the open-faced gyro, Katie had the whitefish, and Kyle had the jambalaya. While the food and cocktails were very good, they weren’t particularly kid-friendly. They did not have any high-chairs (which they claimed were a fire hazard) or booster seats and they required us to leave the stroller outside. However they did have a kids menu. I guess I would expect this kind of policy at an uber fancy restaurant in the city, but Mackinac Island is a popular family vacation destination, so we were all a bit surprised.
The next day we met our friends at The Pancake House for breakfast, followed by window shopping, and then a look around the Grand Hotel. Normally, it would cost visitors $10 EACH to take a look around, but since we were with the island doc we got in free. It’s all who you know! Hanging out on the porch was a good time, but inside was a bit chaotic, more like a cruise ship then the exclusive, elegant hotel I was picturing. It was still fun to take a look around and I’m glad we had a chance to. After our tour of the Grand Hotel, we headed back to the Pink Pony for appetizers and drinks. That evening Dave and I checked out the Mustang Lounge, local bar rather an a touristy one, and had a couple of drinks.
On our last day on Mackinac, Dave and I rented a tandem bicycle again and took a spin around the island. Afterwards, we enjoyed breakfast at the Pink Pony (I know, third time!). I had the Spanish omelet and Dave gave their huevos rancheros two thumbs up! After breakfast we picked up a couple of souvenirs and headed back to the mainland on the ferry.