It’s 10:30 p.m., and we are just getting in from a lovely dinner at the Grand Hotel with Pat Lanier and her tour group. This entire blog is dedicated to Pat and a group of the sweetest and liveliest senior citizens I have ever met. They LOVED the island and The Grand Hotel and had a marvelous time touring and walking and shopping today. Pat and her co-tour guide brought the 86-member group up from Georgia in motor coaches (two nights on the road). They spent two nights at the Grand and will continue on tomorrow into the Soo (Sault St. Marie). Today they went on an island tour in the morning and were free to spend time as they liked for the afternoon.
I stole Pat away from the group at 1 p.m. when they returned to the Carriage Museum at Surrey Hill. We walked over to our condo so she could see where we live, then went downtown for lunch at the Chippewa. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story, with captions.
The first of four carriages carrying the tour group arrives at the Carriage Museum at Surrey Hill on Wednesday morning.
The couple sitting on the back row are members of our church in Georgia. We hadn't seen them since May.
Pat listening carefully to instructions for her group about what to do next.
About half of the group loaded on a 3-horse hitch carriage waiting to leave for the second part of their tour.
Pat waves goodbye as they leave for Arch Rock, Skull Cave, and Fort Mackinac.
I stole Pat away from her tour group after they returned to the Carriage Museum. After lunch at the Chippewa, we started walking down Main Street toward Mission Point Resort. Like every first time visitor, Pat stopped every two feet to take a picture.
In front of the Bay View sign. Gorgeous flowers still blooming like it is the middle of summer!
The front porch of the Bay View. Makes you want to settle into a wicker rocker and people watch!
Pat standing in front of a beautiful Main Street home's welcoming arbor.
A group of artists were painting down by the water in front of the Leslie Court Condominiums.
Sunlight on sparkling water - how wonderful to be able to capture that on canvas.
I wonder how many times that lighthouse has been painted and photographed.
A beautiful willow tree stands in front of a home on the water close to Mission Point.
A shady path between buildings at Mission Point.
This sweet couple were visiting the island in authentic American Revolution-era costumes. They do this purely for their enjoyment and love traveling around talking about that period in U.S. history.
The Grand portico and geraniums as the sun begins to set.
Pat - just before we went into The Grand for dinner.
I cannot tell you how great it was to see all these fellow Georgians yesterday and today. We only knew about five of the group, but they were so much fun, and I had such a good time sharing the island and its stories with them.
Pat is already planning a return trip next year when she can stay longer. We told her the “Horton Hilton” is already booking reservations for next summer, and we would “leave the light on” for her!
So good to see you, Pat! Safe travels and God bless.