So here it is: the hotel I've been waiting to stay in since 1970-something.
This is the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI.
It's all old and fancy and stuff, with eccentricities and a dress code.
It's so fancy, even your luggage gets to ride in a carriage from the dock to the hotel.
Even the retired ashtrays are fancy.
There's plenty to do - you can kick back on the world's longest porch.
Or splash around in a pool that was once used by Esther Williams.
You can engage in civilized sports, like croquet and bocce.
If you have lots of time, you can try to count how many geraniums are planted at the hotel.
You can play "spot-the-geraniums" everywhere you go, since they're on everything - posters, napkins, hand soap, even the furniture.
Not pictured: Eating a ridiculously expensive breakfast while practicing our best manners and being called "Princess" and "Milady." Being carded - seriously - to prove we're guests and don't have to pay $10 to enter the hotel. Listening to the harpist in the lobby while playing Oven Break on the iPod. Taking the stairs rather than the elevator because we though it looked more elegant. Trying to refrain from taking ALL of the geranium-scented bath products in our room to send to my mother. Watching the hotel photographer taking shots each night on the porch, and being glad we raised our own photographer and brought her with us.
Jason was stuck in a conference room all day, but ironically he probably enjoyed more of the hotel amenities (especially breakfast and lunch) than Liza and I did. We girls spent most of our time out and about, not learning about "lean innovation" and networking over lunch at the Jockey Club. But everything we did do at the hotel more than lived up to my hopes and expectations. It was fancy, and sorta stuffy, and hilarious, and awesome. I'd go back again in a heartbeat ... especially if Jason has another conference there someday!