Guess what’s coming to Mackinac Island this summer? Sushi Grand!
That’s right, Grand Hotel is opening the island’s one and only Sushi Restaurant next to The Gate House at the bottom of Grand hill. It will be a made to order sushi restaurant for dine-in and take-out. Once again, Grand interior designer Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper and Co. in New York will be working his magic. The ceiling will feature a hand painted stylized map of Asia, and Japanese conical straw hat light fixtures will hang over the sushi bar. The overall décor will be gold with red accents, and the countertops will be black marble. The walls will be a custom gilt wallpaper with an ink bamboo trelliswork design overlay, and the floor texture will resemble a wading pool. The restaurant will open in May, 2016!
FROM SUNSET INLET
THE SURPRISE THAT ISN’T
For about four months I’ve been putting together the best surprise ever for Ted’s birthday.
Back in November I started planning a surprise trip to Alaska – something Ted and I have always talked about doing, but have never gotten around to booking. In May, 2017 Ted will turn 70, and I thought, “What a great way to celebrate!” I was going to plan the whole thing, and on May 5 of that year I’d present him with a beautifully wrapped gift containing . . . . two tickets to Alaska. Oh my gosh, I was so excited!
My head was FULL of ideas and plans. What about Maddie and Bear? I’d book Lily, our pet/house sitter. What about Ted’s volunteer job?? I’d call his boss and tell him that although Ted THOUGHT he’d be working in May, there would be two Tuesdays he wouldn’t show up. What about paying for it? With some creative budgeting (and well over a year to pinch pennies), I thought I could pull it off. The kids were all in on it.
I contacted Mackinac Island friend Kay Berke, who with husband Larry are the co-founders of Royal Travel & Tours in DeKalb, Illinois. They have over 43 years experience in the travel industry, and I knew we’d be in good hands.
Kay and I have been texting and emailing back and forth like crazy, and I was VERY careful to transfer all Kay’s emails into a separate folder. I didn’t want Ted to glance at my phone one day and see a line of messages in my Inbox from Kay labeled “Alaska”. Oh, I was so clever!
So. As I mentioned the other night, I emailed some photos to Cathie of her little dog Gypsy and also some photos of her sweet husband Charlie. The next morning, as we were having coffee, Ted asked to see the photos I sent Cathie, and I handed him my phone. He said, “I’ll have to go to your “Sent” box, won’t I, to pull up the photos?”
As soon as the words were out of his mouth, I knew the surprise would never happen. He clicked on the “Sent” box, and there – just below the email to Cathie -were about 10 emails to Kay marked “Alaska”. You see, although I moved Kay’s EMAILS TO ME into a separate folder, I forgot to move MY EMAILS TO HER into the same folder.
And, of course, Ted said, “What are all these emails to Kay about Alaska?”
I burst out crying.
They say what makes surprises so beautiful is that they come without waiting – Ted would have gotten to enjoy that part of it. And I would have enjoyed the planning, but perhaps not the waiting. So, maybe it’s best that it worked out this way. After a few days of disappointment, I’m laughing about it now. And Ted has told me it’s the sweetest surprise he’s ALMOST ever received.
The trip is still on – eleven days (4 over-land and a 7-day cruise). We are VERY excited!