In my last blog, I shared that we’ve been working hard making big improvements to the Chippewa to get ready for opening weekend. Well, it’s time to start making your plans to see it for yourself because Opening Weekend is coming soon! An expression we have on Mackinac Island is that history repeats itself again and again.And true to form, history will repeat itself at the Chippewa, the Pink Pony and our sister hotel, the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa because we’re celebrating again with our 2nd Annual Michigan Craft Beer Opening Weekend.
“We had a great turn out last year with very positive feedback from our guests. We guarantee that you’ll have a fantastic time and it’s a great way to bring in the 2016 Mackinac Island season in style!”
-Brian Bailey, General Manager.
How’s this for a fantastic itinerary?
The fun begins on Friday night, May 6th from 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM at our Meet and Greet. You’ll enjoy sampling the 2016 draft beers from our 24 draft beer taps that we’ll be offering at The Pink Pony. We’re also serving mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments. And as I wrote in February’s blog, you’ll get to see all of the improvements we’ve made for you at the Chippewa and Pink Pony. All of the flooring at the Pink Pony will be on the same level so it will be one continuous floor that’s made from beautiful Brazilian cherry wood. We’re also putting in brand new high top tables and all new bar stools which makes for an even better, fun-loving atmosphere.
From 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM is our Beer Trivia at the Pink Pony Bar where the questions will put your knowledge of beer to the test. Who says beer doesn’t make you smart?
Then, from 9:30 PM- 1:30 AM we’ll wrap up Friday night with live music with The Pink Pony’s very own Myk Rise as he rocks the stage with your favorite tunes! He’ll be performing right behind the 24 draft beer taps so everyone will have a room with a view!
The fun continues on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM. The Pink Pony will host an Education series on Michigan made beer. More “proof” that beer makes you smart! One of my favorite things to do is bike ride miles and miles on Mackinac so here’s your chance, fellow bike lovers. From 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM we’re hosting a Bicycle Scavenger Hunt where you’ll bike ride and scavenger hunt for hidden memorabilia around Mackinac Island and return to the Pink Pony to claim your prize!
From 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, the Michigan Craft Breweries will be showcasing some of their best Beers in the Pink Pony, so pony up! I’ve attended wine pairing dinners, but last year’s beer pairing dinner was my first! History repeats itself again starting at 7:00 PM, with another amazing Beer Pairing Dinner where you will enjoy a full 5-Course dinner. It will be perfectly prepared for you by our Pink Pony Master Chef where all meals will be paired with the perfect selection of Michigan Craft Beers. Trust me, you haven’t lived until you’ve enjoyed beer with your dessert!
From 9:30 PM – 1:00 AM we’ll have another stellar performance by Myk Rise as we wrap up our night and weekend. Let history repeat itself again on Mackinac Island. It’s time to return to your home away from home to join us for our 2nd Annual Michigan Craft Beer Weekend!
We’re taking reservations now so give us a call for Yachts and Yachts of Fun!
We’re looking forward to seeing you again soon! Welcome home!
George Piliouras for The Chippewa Hotel