|In mid January of 2009,
Linda and I traveled to Mackinaw City, Michigan to visit my parents. We
flew into Flint and rented a car for a 4 hour drive up to Mackinaw. It
would usually take closer to 3 hours, but the winter weather lengthened
In the past couple of years, Flint has consistently offered
the best price and schedule for travel from Kansas City. But during trips
to Mackinaw City in previous years I have flown into Detroit, Chicago,
Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Lansing, Traverse City, Pellston and Escanaba.
Driving on I-75 was good for the first 2 hours, but the
highway was slippery from Grayling until about Indian River. There was
wind and an occasional snow along this same stretch and the visibility
was quite poor between Grayling and Gaylord.
Arriving in Mackinaw City late on Thursday afternoon,
we checked into the Deer Head Inn, a
10 year old B&B in an expanded older brick home about 3 blocks from
my parents' home and just off Central Avenue. I had booked the Deer Head
Inn's least expensive room, but we were the only guests in the Inn for
the first night and we were given a larger room. It was roomy and light,
was heated by a thermostat controlled gas fireplace and had both a claw
tooth bathtub and a small walk-in shower. There were several stuffed animals
in our room, including a raccoon peering down at us in the King sized bed.
I don't usually eat breakfast, but it was included with
the room and very good. Barry & Nancy Dean consulted us about favorite
items in advance of the meals and even passed along an invitation for my
parents to join us for one of the breakfasts.
My favorite meal was Saturday morning when they served
cream cheese stuffed French toast with sausage, fruit and real maple syrup.
But every breakfast at the Deer Head Inn was special.
I also enjoyed the conversations with Barry and Nancy, and ended up spending
much more time at breakfast than I intended.
winter trip report
Tahquamenon Falls Trip Report
City in the Winter
Mackinaw City International Outhouse Races