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I'm Nicole. I am a wife, mother, shop owner on Mackinac Island, and lover of handmade. The little things and little moments inspire me. Follow me on my blog as I write about shop news, my travels, island life and motherhood.
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Grab Donuts from Cannon Ball: Cannon Ball is located at British Landing and is the halfway point when you are biking around the island. If you want to get a donut from Cannon Ball, be sure to get there early before they sell out!
Taste Caramel Apples from Sander’s: Don’t you remember growing up and eating tasty caramel apples? Relive those fall memories on Mackinac by visiting Sander’s for a delicious caramel covered apple!
Take a walk down Main Street to look at Halloween decor: This is one of our favorite things to do as a family! Take a walk from the Island House Hotel to Windemere Point looking at all the spooky decor!
Eat Lunch at Fort Mackinac’s Tea Room: The Tea Room is run by the Grand Hotel, so the food in delicious and the view of the leaves changing is spectacular!
Carve a pumpkin: We can’t wait to carve the pumpkins that will decorate the front doors at the shop! Stay tuned to see what the staff comes up with!
Hike to Fort Holmes: Many people never make it up to Fort Holmes, but the views from the top are incredible and it’s a lovely walk up there. On your fall stay, make time to head up there!
Visit Fort Mackinac: If you haven’t visited the Fort on past visits, do it this fall! It will be less crowded and you’ll learn so much history about Mackinac Island!
Jump in a Pile of Leaves: Look around Mackinac Island for a fun pile of leaves to jump in! You’ll probably be able to find a pile to jump in on your hike up to Fort Holmes.
 
Grab a Warm Drink from Lucky Bean: You already know my favorite drink is a Vanilla Chai Latte with Almond Milk! What is your go - to fall drink? 
 
Take an art class at Watercolor Cafe: Be sure to check out what fun art classes are happening this fall at Watercolor Cafe! 
 
Get the Best Apples from Friske Orchards, Found at Doud’s Market: We love Friske Orchards in Northern Michigan and we are proud to carry their fresh apples every fall! 
 
Pick up your favorite bottle of Witch’s Brew Wine at Little Luxuries: It is our secret wine blend enhanced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and other natural spices that makes this a crowd pleaser and favorite of Leelanau Cellars' fans. Perfect for entertaining, this wine will explode with intense flavor when served warm but can also be served chilled as an ingredient in sangria.
Is there anything you would add to your fall bucket list of things you really want to do on the Island? Be sure to let us know!
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Fall at Little Luxuries
We have so many new goodies in the shop for fall that we absolutely adore. We know you’ll love them just as much as we do!

Matte Tin Pumpkin: Nested set of two matte tin pumpkin trays perfect for serving appetizers before dinner. 

Green Leaf Mug: 2-piece set. Glazed stoneware mug features green leaf exterior and exposed stoneware base. Arrives with wood bead spoon.

Salted Maple Caramel: An instant favorite. The simple maple-y sweetness of this buttery caramel sauce is the perfect partner for creamy vanilla ice cream, or spooned over a warm waffle with a cup of coffee for the best breakfast. 

Watercolor Turkey Napkin Set: Beautiful set of four napkins that will be a beautiful addition to your fall table.
 Root Dinner Candles: The art of fine dining requires the careful selection and display of eye-catching dinner candles. The understated elegance of Root Dinner Candles will grace any table setting with unique character.
 
Halloween Garland: Felt Halloween character and pom-pom garland.

Pumpkin Bread Bowl & Towel Set: Fluted ceramic bread bowl features debossed sentiment exterior. Arrives with folded printed cotton towel. This would make a great fall hostess gift! 

 

Pumpkin Chip & Dip: Ceramic watercolor pumpkin chip bowl features attached hand-painted leaf dip bowl.

We can’t wait to see what fall pieces you pick out and how you style them in your home! 
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A few weeks ago on social media, I did a fun Q + A! These were questions submitted by Instagram followers and I wanted to share my answers here for those who do not have Instagram! 
Doud Boys
Where are your boys starting school? The boys go to school at St. Francis in Petoskey! 
Fort Mackinac
What’s October like on Mackinac? How late does stuff (hotels, the fort, stay “open”?  Weekends in October are normally very busy. This fall, we are not sure what it will be like. Most of the hotels and Fort Mackinac are closing October 25th. Personally, I think Fall is a great time to visit!
Mackinac at Sunset
What area of the island do you live in? And do you live there year round?  We live close to town and we do not live here year round anymore. We spend half the year in Petoskey. We lived on the island for ten years and my husband is from the island. We love Mackinac and Petoskey.
Mackinac Island
Do the island crowds seem to be normal sized this year? The crowds seem very similar to past years. Some days are slower and some are busier. We are very thankful for the business this summer and for everyone who still decided to visit Mackinac Island.
Mackinac Bath & Body
What’s your favorite product in the shop? There’s a lot that I love! But to narrow it down to one item or product line, it would be the Mackinac Bath and Body line. I love the hand cream and room / body spray. 
Mackinac Island
What led you to opening a shop on the island? Such a dream! The opportunity came back in 2009. I was looking for a “career” on the island. The storefront was for lease so I jumped on it and took the risk. It was the best decision. It’s been a fun, adventurous ride. 
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Fall in Petoskey
During the fall we move back to Petoskey for the boys to attend school, while Andrew and I commute back to the island for work! It makes things even crazier than normal, but we love staying busy!
I wanted to share a few of our Petoskey Fall Favorites:
Pond Hill Farm is located a little north of Harbor Springs and is so fun to visit in the fall! They have a pumpkin launcher, animals to see, hayrides, pumpkin patch and more! It’s the perfect family friendly outing for you and your kids on a fall afternoon!
Apple Town in Brutus, Michigan, a little north of Petoskey on the way to Mackinaw City is another fun family spot to visit this fall! Stop in for fresh apple cider and the best apple donuts! You won’t be disappointed with their hayrides and corn mazes! 
North Perk: You know how much I love a good chai tea latte! Pre-Covid, I loved to pack up my office work and head down to North Perk to sip on my latte while getting stuff done! Now it’s just a quick pop-in and then heading back to my home office with my chai tea latte.
Little Traverse Wheelway: We love this biking / walking path along Lake Michigan that is right in Petoskey! It’s great to head down to there after school to go for a walk or bike ride and maybe stop at the park to  burn some energy from sitting still at school all day! It’s so nice to walk along the Wheelway during fall to see all the colors changing!
Petoskey Pretzel: The boys love Petoskey Pretzel for a salty treat! The pretzels are always fresh and so tasty!
Next time you are in Petoskey, especially during fall, be sure to visit some of these favorites and let me know what you think!
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Nicole Doud's Fall Favorites

A few months ago, I shared some things that I was loving for summer, including some summer decor and cute new shirts! If you missed it, read the blog post here.
Now, I’m sharing some things that I found for the new fall season that I am excited about!
With the new fall season rapidly approaching, I know that I’ll want to cook more! I recently purchased these two cookbooks:
Real Life Dinners by Rachel Hollis: The title alone sold me! The book has over 80 recipes that are going to fit right in the the chaotic and busy season that all working Moms find themselves in! With the boys going back to school, the shops still open, etc. easy dinners are just what our family needs! I’m excited to dig into this new cookbook! I’ll be sure to update you and share my favorites once I’ve started using it!
Magnolia Table, Volume 2: You all know how much I love Joanna Gaines! I’ve been so busy with the summer rush, that I never purchased Magnolia Table Volume 2 when it came out in April. So I recently ordered it here. 
I’m super excited to get into this book! Have you made anything out of this book? If so, do you have a favorite I should start with? There are 145 recipes in this new edition, so tell me where I should start! I love flipping through a beautiful cookbook, so I am super excited about this one!
This dress comes in six colors and is versatile for work and for date night! I ordered the black, but if I love it, I might go back and order a few more in the other colors! It is lightweight and doesn’t have to be dry cleaned, which is a huge plus!
Have you ever shopped Amazon for your clothes? If so, what are some of your favorites? I would love to know!
If you know me, you know I love natural ways of staying healthy! With fall coming quickly and the boys going back to school, I stocked up on Elderberry Syrup to keep our immune systems strong!
These are just a few things that I am loving for the upcoming fall season. I’m excited to hear if there are other cookbooks you love or other Amazon fashions that you’ve found you can’t live without!
XO,
Nicole
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