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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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Above Mackinac CondosAbove Mackinac Condos

Above Mackinac Condos is excited to be your newest Mackinac Island lodging destination! Andrew Doud, with the partnership of Bob Benser have created three luxury condos above Good Day Cafe and Doud’s Market that are available to rent May - October. 

Above Mackinac Condos

Five years ago in 2015, Bob Benser purchased Alford’s Drug Store. He sold half of the building to Andrew Doud for the expansion of Doud’s Market. On the left of Doud’s Market, Bob Benser created Good Day Cafe, which serves ice cream, sandwiches, coffee, bakery treats, crepes, sandwiches and more. 

Above Mackinac Condos

Most of the store fronts on Mackinac Island have second stories which are used to house their employees. Instead of using the upstairs of the Doud’s expansion / Good Day Cafe as more housing, Bob Benser along with Andrew Doud worked to create luxury condos to be rented out. The condos are gorgeous, with every comfort. 

Above Mackinac Condos

There are (2) two bedroom condos and (1) four bedroom condo. The four bedroom condo occupies the third floor - it has a large balcony that overlooks the bustle of Main Street. 

Above Mackinac Condos

The condos are very affordable: 

Two bedroom condos - 

$300 a night in May & October

$400 a night in June & September

$450 a night in July & August 

Four bedroom Condo - 

$600 a night in May & October

$700 a night June through September

Above Mackinac Condos

The condos are available for extended stays only. 

As mentioned above, the condos have been afforded every comfort:

  • Pull Out Sleeper Chair 
  • Walk-in Showers 
  • Completely Stocked Modern Kitchen 
  • Washer And Dryer 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Flat Screen TV's 
  • Internet 
  • Non-Smoking Only 

Above Mackinac Condos

To book your stay call 906.847.3614 or email abovemackinaccondos@gmail.com. When you book at Above Mackinac Condos, mention that you saw this blog post on Little Luxuries’ blog! You will enjoy your stay in the Above Mackinac Condos and you will continue to make it your lodging destination for Mackinac Island for ages to come! 

Above Mackinac Condos

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This holiday season, I am thankful for so many things and just wanted to take a minute to name a few: healthy boys, Andrew, a wonderful home on Mackinac Island, a community filled with love and support, and you! I am thankful for customers who return each season to Mackinac Island and who love Mackinac as much as we do!

Little Luxuries, Artists Market, and Canvas and Paddle would not be here without your constant support and enthusiasm, so thank you! During season, the shops are filled with so much laughter and enthusiasm that it always reminds me of why we are open! 

I hope that each time you enter the shops, you can find happiness in the environment and find joy in the little luxuries that you take to your own home. 

With all that this holiday means, I am overcome with gratitude for another wonderful year and look forward to what the new year and new season will hold for our family, Mackinac Island and you.

Xoxo,

Nicole 

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September has been off to a busy week for us here in the Doud household! Louis has started kindergarten, with Tommy in Pre-K! With these big changes of the boys in school, we are commuting over to Mackinac Island, while having Petoskey as our home base. This is the first year that we have ever done this, so we are learning a change of pace this fall until the shops close down at the end of October.
The temperatures have dropped drastically since Labor Day, with the highs in the 60s during the day and it getting down to the low 50s / high 40s at night! At this rate, it is going to be a very cold fall.
Summer was wonderful on the island, as usual! The boys had a bucket list that we checked things off of, which included visiting Fort Mackinac, horse back riding lessons, the Watercolor Cafe and a few other Mackinac Island favorites.
Heading into fall, I’m excited for cozy weather, hot chai tea lattes, the colors changing and the slower pace of life on Mackinac Island. As always, thank you for your support of Little Luxuries, The Artists Market and Canvas and Paddle.
Xoxo,
Nicole
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Little Luxuries
Hello June! 
We're so happy June is here and we really hope the weather warms up for us this month! June means Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island.  We cannot get enough of the fresh, floral fragrance from our lilac bushes.  If only they were in bloom a little longer! We have a great lineup of in-store events at Little Luxuries and the Artists Market during the festival. Follow us on our social pages to stay up to date! 
Our growing boys are ready for summer weather and outdoor activities. We can't wait to enjoy pool time, bike rides, ice cream treats and more outdoor adventures. Our oldest, Louis, just mastered riding his bike with no training wheels and Thomas, who just turned 4 years old is now learning to ride a bike with training wheels. Baby John is loving the new foods we are giving him and always laughing at his big brothers! 
Our friend, Kate Dupre, recently opened her own business called Watercolor Cafe next to the Mackinac Island State Park boat marina. We are so happy for this new adventure for her. It's off the beaten path a little, so be sure to check it out on your next trip to the island, you won't be disappointed. It is located where the old J.L. Beanery was.  My favorite is the iced chai and the smoothie bowls! 
Nicole
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Jenna Kator 
Jenna Kator Trunk Show Event - Jenna Kator, the lovely MI handbag designer will be at the store on Saturday, June 22nd from 2pm-4pm sharing her inspiration with you and her latest collection. 
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Lilac Festival - Lilac Festival will be happening June 7th - June 16th! When you are on the Island for the festival, stop in to see our lilac goodies on display! We have so many candles, pillows, lotions, pottery and more lilac inspired items! 
Polka Dot Mitten
Polka Dot Mitten has been restocked for the season, with a few new, fun designs! Stop in to see this Michigan artists' work and find out just why we love her work so much!
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Living on Mackinac Island with three young boys is always an adventure! During the summer, Andrew and I stay busy with work, but in our home, Sunday’s is a very special day of the week. On Sunday, we reserve the entire day just for the family. 
We start the morning with a big breakfast at home, then we venture outside to see what the day will hold! Usually we head downtown and visit some of our favorite spots on the island! Our boys love to go places! 
Great Turtle Toy Store
Stops usually include Great Turtle Toy Store to browse the latest toy selection, popping into Little Luxuries, The Artists Market and Canvas and Paddle just to check in, then we head to Doud’s Market, where the boys run around the store for a few minutes and grab a snack. With little boys, the mornings start early, so this is just all before lunch! If it is nice out, we will have lunch in Marquette Park, thanks to Doud’s Market. 
Doud's Market
Since we have the entire Sunday to spend together as a family, we also have time for a bigger activity. The boys have their favorites that we do often: 
The Butterfly House: The Butterfly House on Mackinac Island has between 50-100 different varieties of butterflies! Louie and Tommy's favorite butterflies are the Monarchs.
    Fort Mackinac: With live demonstrations and tours, this fort is every kid’s dream! All of the buildings on the Fort are set up with period settings, giving them each a unique theme and teaching important points about Michigan’s history. Not to mention, the fort has an amazing view of the island! 
      Fort Mackinac

      Grand Hotel: Weather permitting, Andrew and I will leisurely roam the grounds while the boys are a little faster at exploring their favorite spots on the beautiful trails. If the weather isn’t as nice, we can all head inside to the arcade games, which the boys always love!

        Grand Hotel
        After a fun day of exploring Mackinac Island and all of our favorites, we will head back home to grill out for dinner. The excitement isn’t over, however! After a tasty dinner, we visit Windermere Hotel for a tasty treat. If it’s not quite bedtime, the boys will play on the playground at the school playground before we head home to end the evening. 
        Living with children on Mackinac Island is definitely different than living anywhere else! Andrew and I love sharing our favorite place with our boys, knowing that it is their favorite place too. We can’t wait to see you and your family on Mackinac Island soon! 
        Nicole Doud
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