Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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$2, 850 per Night: If You‘re Feeling Grand, the Grand Hotel‘s Masco Cottage is for You

Len Barnes - October 7th, 2004
The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is wrapping up the second year of the Masco Cottage, a four-bedroom luxury suite in a renovated two-story cottage that is as old as the hotel itself.
I’ve stayed at the Grand Hotel at least two nights each year since 1972, but no stay has been as nice as the one in the Masco Cottage which we occupied with our family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
For those who can afford $2,850 per night for up to eight persons ($17,500 weekly or $55,000 per month), the Masco Cottage aims to please, including a full American Plan that includes breakfast, lunch and five-course dinner each day. Kids under 11 stay free, with special rates for teens.
“The Cottage reflects the spirit of a summer home on Mackinac Island and makes available a new level of service for our guests,” said R.D. “Dan” Musser, III, president of the Grand Hotel. “It is the only one of its kind in Michigan.”
The Grand Hotel’s interior designer, Carleton Varney, filled the Cottage with colors of summer flowers including the blues of sky and lake, incorporating Masco’s furnishings, cabinetry and faucets into the decor. Varney told us that “fantasy is what I want. I have the dream of the travel, culture and environment.”
Amenities include the aforementioned America Plan meals with options for guests staying multiple nights, having their meals prepared at the cottage by a personal chef. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served before dinner with a fully stocked bar and wine selection. We found Kettle Vodka, Tanqueray gin, whiskeys and soft drinks, olives, lemon, and even milk for refreshment.

Dishes, glassware and napkins are on hand, and there’s a dishwasher, stove and small refrigerator. The Cottage has three baths, a library from which my wife Ellen selected several books to read, a media room with sofas and chairs, big plasma TV and a Play Station. Off the large dining/sitting room is an outside porch with patio chairs and tables, providing enough room for up to 50 persons.
On our first evening, waiter Jaffray Harris of Montego Bay appeared with a tray on his head bearing appetizers including shrimp with sauce, nuts, and crackers with several kinds of spreads. The second night he came with more of each.
Each evening the kids in our family along with their parents went to the Terrace Room for dancing, while Ellen and I retired.
We like to dine in the 200-foot-long Salle a Manger main dining room looking out over Lake Huron. I have prime rib one night and whitefish the next, while Ellen has Cornish game hen or pork tenderloin. There are always three soups and five appetizers, usually shrimp, pate or escargot, always one juice and many desserts including the iced pecan ball. One can lunch poolside on charcoal-grilled specials, and the Grandstand across the way from the nine-hole golf course has the Jockey Club for lunch and dinner with entertainment. The Woods Restaurant is a 20 minute ride by carriage and its informality is a contrast to the coat-and-tie attire required in the hotel dining room. Afternoon tea in the Parlour is also available.
Through the years, Ellen and I have stayed in one of the Millenium Wing’s 42 rooms and suites with balcony overlooking the golf course. At other times, we’ve enjoyed the 45 rooms and suites designed by Dan Musser and his wife Amelia in the 1970s and ‘80s, including five reflecting the tastes of former First Ladies. Some of the rooms have descriptive names such as the “Lodge of Teddy Roosevelt” with dark walls and mounted animal heads whose decor prompted former Boston Globe travel editor Bill Davis to shout, “Bully!” when he woke there.
If you’d like to experience what the Grand Hotel has to offer, call 906-847-3331, or write Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI, 49757 for information or reservations.

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