and I wasn't gone long enough! Three days is way too short. But oh it was great.
We left for my aunt's house at 1:30am Friday morning, got on the road at 3am. We got to Tawas City at dawn, and had breakfast. The view from the restaurant....
It was in the Tawas Bay Beach Resort, where we booked a room for Saturday night. The food was great, the rooms not so much, but it had a beautiful beach.
And murals on the patio walls.
We stopped a few times along the way to Mackinac Island to stretch our legs.
Got to the ferry and headed over, passing the Mackinac Bridge.
Liz called just as we arrived, and we got to meet for the first time - she was off island last year when we came. She lives on the island full-time. What a sweetie! Do you see that fabric bundle on the table? She made me some fabulous market bags - I'll be the most stylish shopper out there! Thank you Liz! [Ignore the boat hair on me - I'm on the left.]
After we left Liz, we took a carriage ride around the island. The homes are just gorgeous.
Rush hour on the island.
Cars are not allowed on the island, you get around by carriage or bicycle. This is a parking lot.
The Grand Hotel.
The Little Stone Church.
The cemetery [one of three?].
The Butterfly House.
The view from Arch Rock.
The Governor's mansion [where he vacations].
Near the ferry dock.
Murdick's Fudge, being made.
My hubby and older son had put in their order, and given Sam money to buy fudge. Well, we had put it in the cooler, the ice melted, and all that fudge was lost....we had to go online and order more, lol. It'll be here any day.
The island is so pretty, even the dog houses have flower boxes.
The day on the island was beautiful, sunny and not too warm. I think there were half the amount of people there were last year - not good, as the island relies on tourists. We left in the evening and headed back to Mackinac City [on the mainland] for the night. We stayed at the Hamilton Inn, had a 2-room suite and a balcony - lovely place, we really enjoyed our stay there. In the morning, we headed for Harrisville and my cousin's place on the beach. It had started RAINING! We weren't sure if they were there or not, so we stopped in town to eat, right next door to the.....quilt shop!!!
The Hollyhock Quilt Shop, what a gorgeous place and so friendly!
And she let me take pics inside!
Wools, for Paulette. *G*
After we ate, we headed to my cousin's place. This is the view from the living room...my favorite beach in the world. Also my submission for Patricia's Through The Window challenge.
It stopped raining shortly after we got there, so my cousin and Sam and I went down to the historic train depot. It's being renovated - and will be hosting a wedding soon. The city is trying to buy it, wish I could.
Dinner was ready, so we got back and ate again, and when it got dark everyone decided it was time for a swim in the lake. I walked the beach, but wasn't brave enough to go in - it was chilly, and the lake was agitated. I LOVE walking a stormy beach at night! It was great to see my cousin and her daughters from Missouri, and all my cousins from here. We didn't stay the night, we left around midnight and headed back to Tawas and our reserved room. It started raining again. But morning on the beach was beautiful - the lake was calm again.
We took our time getting home, shopping in Tawas and stopping wherever we wanted. It was a very leisurely trip. We stopped in Kawkawlin like we always do, for dinner at the Turkey Roost. HIGHLY recommend this restaurant.
By that time, my behind was numb and it was good to get home. I can still hear the beach calling my name though...I think it's time to head back! I hope I didn't overload you with too many pictures, there are lots more on my flickr, especially of island homes and shops. And I didn't upload them all, either. You can thank me later.
Now it's time to get my mind-set back from vacation mode, and get busy. I'm going to read your blogs this evening, but I'm not even going to try catching up on comments - I have a quilt to finish! Guess I'd better get busy!