Our anniversary trip started in Charleviox with a chartered yacht and a gorgeous day on Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. It was sunny, in the mid 70's and very windy, so our sail was awesome. We spent the night in Petoskey and traveled up to Mackinac Island the next day, arriving at the Cottage Inn at about 1:00 pm. Rich was at the desk to greet us, warmly, and showed us where we could leave our luggage while our room was being made ready for us later that afternoon.
We had a picnic lunch on the lawn below Fort Mackinac on a beautilful sunny warm fall day for the 29th of September, our anniversary date.
After returning to the Cottage Inn, we found our suite was ready for us more than an hour before our check-in time. Rich had carried our luggage up the 4 flights of stairs already before he brought us to our suite.
Our first impressions of the Mackinac Suite were very favorable. Every corner of the suite was spotless (as was the whole inn). I thought that the open living space with one of the queen beds and the sitting room in the turret of the inn was bright and airy. The other bedroom was a separate room with the sink in the room and the shower and toilet in another room. We found the bed in this room to be very comfortable. My wife loved the shower, deciding that we should remodel our shower at home like it. There were two TV's, one in the sitting area, one in the separated bed room. The inn stocks a nice selection of DVD's to watch in your room and microwave popcorn to enjoy. Rich and Marge surprised us with a nice gift of Murdock’s fudge for our anniversary on the bedroom dresser.
Rich was very helpful in suggesting the best restaurant for our anniversary dinner, the Carriage House, and we had our best meal by far that night on the island (much better than the dinner at the Grand Hotel the following night).
Speaking of eating, Marge does a great job with the hearty breakfasts and her baked egg dishes and coffee cakes. There is lighter fare like fruit, cereal and yogurt too, all delicious!
All in all, we can't recommend the Cottage Inn highly enough. Rich and Marge are engaging and friendly hosts. In our conversations, we found we hail from the same area outside Grand Rapids and Rich and Marge have a winter place a few miles from our Ada home. We will definitely make this our place to stay whenever we return to the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island is a beautiful inn built with Victorian style and charm. The Cottage Inn was built in 2001 and we are proud to be the most modern B&B on Mackinac Island. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cottage Inn Of Mackinac Island Hotel Mackinac Island