I decided last minute that my husband and I needed a getaway and wanted to go to Mackinac Island. I soon found out it was the Island's annual Lilac Festival, and most lodging was sold out, or asking top prices for reservations. Eventually I found the Pine Cottage B&B for a fair price (or at least I thought so, before staying there!) and booked our 3 night, 4 day stay. On arrival we were greeted by a 20-something woman who was cheerful and helped us bring our things to our room. She gave a few suggestions and pointers and then left us alone. The following morning when we saw her at breakfast, she was unfriendly - and downright brooding! I personally NEVER saw any other staff for the rest of our stay. Didnt feel unwelcome, and we mostly wanted to do our own thing anyway, but wow, there was nothing here to make us feel welcome, either. Breakfast our first morning was some kind of egg thing baked into a croissant-like pastry. It was VERY onion-ey and stone cold - I assumed if breakfast is served from 8 - 10, I should be able to go down at 930 and get fresh, hot food - no way! Not here! There was also a small parfait-style fruit cup with berries and yogurt, some mini muffins, and juice.....and this continued to be the SAME breakfast served all three mornings - not even a fresh batch, for all I knew, probably just microwaved over and over. And the parfaits werent even available our last morning - the one thing I liked - not there. SO the building itself was from back in the 1800's or something so certain things are probably beyond their control, but there were a lot of cracks in the walls, a definite "lean" to the floor, the toilet was cracked and slowly leaking, with the leaking water seeping across the leaning floor, making the bathroom floor quite slippery. There was a clawfoot tub with shower, but the plastic shower curtain surrounding it made for tight quarters, and rather impossible not to bump the curtain with an arm or leg once in a while, and that's just gross to me, thinking who else before me has bumped their various body parts into the sides - ew! Also, the craziest thing - on our second night there I was awoken by a faint knocking on a door, not our door, but a door not far from ours....then more urgent knocking....and then pounding on the door along with the exclamation, "Police Department! Open up!!" I thought maybe we were about to experience our first time as hostages, or be suddenly evacuated from our room - and I hadnt packed an outfit for waking to a hostage or evacuation situation! (I'm making light of it but it was scary at the time) The "police" went down the steps, there were loud voices, then they came back, along with a female voice. I heard a key in a door, more muffled voices, then retreating back down the steps. That was the end of it, and there was NO apology or explanation of any sort offered the next day by any staff members for the previous night's scuffle. Our room had a small window air conditioner, and the days were sunny and warm; however the nights cooled off nicely and we would have loved to open the windows and get some fresh air, but the windows were painted shut! Thankfully the bed was very comfortable.
We loved Mackinac Island and loved the different "vibe" there after the "day trippers" left each day. We did lots of walking, exploring and "chilling out". The lilacs were at their peak, fragrant and gorgeous, and the weather was incredibly perfect. We especially enjoyed meals on the back deck at the Pink Pony Bar, and had a wonderful, early summer dining experience on the patio of the Gate House Restaurant - two places not to be missed. But Pine Cottage? I recommend you miss it!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the end of quiet Bogan Lane sits one of Mackinac Island's treasured hideaways - historic Pine Cottage B&B. Tucked away from the bustling Main Street but minutes away from everything wonderful that Mackinac has to offer! Pine Cottage offers beautiful rooms with one double bed or two double beds with private or shared baths. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pine Cottage Hotel Mackinac Island