After the Holidays, everyone goes back to work and settles into their routines. Did you ever wonder
what goes on at the Chippewa Hotel and Lilac Tree Suites & Spa during the winter when all of
our guests are back home? Last winter at the Chippewa Hotel, we totally re-designed the front lobby
area and check in desk, totally remodeled our famous Pink Pony and refreshed the Pink Pony dining room
with many improvements. We also built a brand new Pink Pony store that you can enter from the
This winter, our hard-working crews are bustin’ it to get our hotels in great shape to
prepare for opening weekend which will be here on the first weekend in May. It’s coming up fast
and will be here before you know it. At the Chippewa, there’s major construction going on in the entire
lobby area going into the Pink Pony dining room. In the lobby, right next to the Hostess area
there was a wall that sectioned off the dining room. Now, the entire wall from the entrance to the dining
room that adjoined the lobby has been removed which opens up the entire area in big ways. A new bar is
being installed in the now open-space dining room which is going to be fantastic. There will be lots more
seating for you as you enjoy your favorite drink in the dining area or while hanging out in the lobby taking
it all in, or waiting for your room to be ready for another great stay. When the weather opens up a bit in
April, there’s going to be brand new Pink Pony patio awnings installed just in time for Spring and Summer
when you’re enjoying your favorite meal and beverage on the Pink Pony patio.
There’s also a lot of new construction going on in many of our hotel bathrooms. We’re in the
process of re-modeling with new tiles and now, some will feature walk-in showers which makes for easier
access. We’re also upgrading many rooms with new dressers and beds which everyone will enjoy! All of
this is being done by a hard-working construction crew of 6 guys and 5 painters getting everything ready
for opening weekend and your next visit.
Next up is the work being done at the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa. All of the shops on Main Street
that are under the Lilac Tree balconies are being replaced with brand new windows. That’s a
major overhaul and they will look great inside and out. In the spirit of honoring the great turtle history
on Mackinac Island, we’re adding more new Turtle Room Suites that are specially decorated with beautifully
adorned turtle quilts. The new Turtle Room Suites coupled with our white wicker chairs and tables give
everything a warm, welcoming summer lake cottage look and feel. Plus, many of the rooms and trim work
are being painted to give it the finishing touch.
In the Lilac Tree Spa, women and men get to treat themselves to a great variety of spa treatments.
Construction is under way as we’re installing a brand-new bathroom just for men so they can
enjoy their privacy after a relaxing spa treatment. Our great team of people who work at both hotels
and the Pink Pony, many who move to the Island to work during the season are like family. We provide
housing at St. Cloud for them, which is just down the street, to make them feel like home. So we’re also
installing brand new bathrooms for our staff at St. Cloud this winter also.
While you’re anticipating another great stay with us in the 2017 season, we’re working hard to get
the Chippewa Hotel, Pink Pony and the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa ready for opening weekend which starts
on Friday, May 5th 2017. Give us a call at 800-241-3341 to make your reservations at the
Chippewa Hotel and for the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa, 866-847-6575. We’ll have a room or suite
ready for you with your name on it.
George Piliouras for the Chippewa Hotel and the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa