Mackinac Island anyone?

Posted on: Tue, 06/24/2008 - 5:24am
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We're planning to visit Mackinac Island. Anyone been there with peanut/tree nut allergy? Know of restaurants that are safe? If traveling, any tips on places on the way and what to pack with?

Posted on: Sun, 06/29/2008 - 3:30am
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We went to Mackinac Island two summers ago, and plan on returning this summer. We ate lunch at the Yankee Rebel, which was on a little side street that was good, popsicles for desert which was a big hit with the kids. For dinner we ate at the Pink Pony, which was also safe and the kids loved it. But this was 2 summers ago- so things can change.
The big thing to watch for is the fudge shops everywhere- we didn't go into any of them as they all make peanut butter fudge. We brought our own snacks so that the kids wouldn't be upset by walking past all the fudge and candy stores. You can find plently of other things to do on the island to avoid the main street- we only walked through to get to the Pink Pony and back to the ferry. I highly recommend renting a horse and buggy that you can drive yourself- my kids absolutley loved this, and heck, so did I! This year my kids are old enough to peddle all around the island so I plan on renting bikes and spending most of the day away from the fudge.
Have you ever been before? It's a beautiful place, and you should love it!
Abby
Mom to Alex, age 9, class 6 PA, Beth, age 7, NKA

Posted on: Sun, 06/29/2008 - 11:26am
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Oh...I am so excited for you and your family. My family loves Mackinac Island. My husband and I went there for the 1st time on our 1st anniversary. We have been going back almost every year since. Last year we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with our extended and friends (who had never been there before). It was so much fun to share this special place with them.
I don't have alot of suggestions regarding restaurants that are safe because we ate just about everywhere there before my son was diagnosed with PA.
When we go back some year with my son I plan on contacting the restaurants associated with the Grand Hotel. The Grand prides itself on service and I would think they would try to be accomodating to PA. The Gatehouse and Jockey Club are 2 more casual restaurants associated with the Grand that we have eaten at before we had a known allergy.
Also, there are condos on the island that have kitchenettes.
Not sure what direction you are coming from to get there. We are from WI and usually drive up through WI and then the UP. There is not much in the UP. We usually pack our own food.
Hope you have a great time.

Posted on: Sun, 06/29/2008 - 11:29am
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Also, there is a grocery store (Alford's)on the island.

Peanut Free Store

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