25 years ago seems so far back in the past. At the same time, in some ways it feels like it was just yesterday. My daughter Jessie was 4 and my newest daughter Kelly had just turned 1. I remember how excited I was to have 2 little girls because I grew up in a family of boys. When I think back to when my daughters were little girls, and the flood of memories and the great times we had, it’s like going back in time. Aside from old pictures and memories, the reality is that we can’t go back in time. Or can we? 25 years ago on Mackinac Island another milestone was taking place. The grand opening of the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa! Whether you were there back when we had our 1st grand opening, or you’re planning on coming back this Spring, Summer of Fall, everyday on Mackinac is like going back in time, when life was good and you can feel like a kid again.
It’s that time again because this Mother’s Day weekend, starting on Friday, May 6th, we’ll be proudly celebrating our 25th Anniversary Opening Weekend! We’re 25 years young! With work being done over the Winter and Spring, everyone on our team has been working hard to get the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa ready to welcome you back for your next trip to step back in time, relax and get away from it all. Even though we had snow, it’s been a milder Winter than usual. When Spring finally arrived, we were ready for nice weather but this year, Mackinac Island’s April showers were actually April snowstorms that covered the Island!
The transition from Winter to Spring on Mackinac Island comes fast. In March, Main Street was empty but then things started to change. Everyone on Mackinac gets ready for another season and that really hits home because Islanders know that the Spring season will begin to transition and unfold fast. In April, the horses started their return to the island, and that let’s people on Mackinac know that Spring is officially here whether there’s snow on the ground or not. It’s exciting to see the horses come off the boats, then carefully led to their various summer homes to get ready to go to work and play an important role taking people on rides to explore the magic of Mackinac Island.
In the beginning of May, the boats start to get very busy and most of the shops open up again on Main Street. The streets start seeing people once again with the reality that Mackinac Island will be in full swing fast. Our hotel cleaning crew shifts into high gear cleaning all of the rooms, and getting the beds and suite furniture in perfect shape for our guests returning to their home away from home-folks like you! We also love bringing in the fresh flowers to freshen up our lobby and especially the hanging baskets that make our suite balconies feel just like home.
We’re looking forward to your return to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa! 2016 is going to be a fantastic season and you’ll enjoy our “suite” lake cottage feel that we know you love. Give us a call to make your reservations foryour great get-away that you deserve. We have a suite with your name on it. Sweet!
George Piliouras for The Lilac Tree Suites & Spa