2020 has really forced me, and most other people in the world, to slow down and change our expectations. When I would travel previously, I would get up before dawn to get ready for the day, photograph the sunrise, and plan out the day with my husband, and we’d be on our way to explore our destination before most people were even awake. However, this year we’ve not only had to postpone nearly all of our travels, of course, but we’ve also had to change the way we live our lives, and slow down tremendously, which has been difficult at times. One way I practiced slowing down, is by enjoying breakfast in bed during our anniversary trip to Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island recently. I’ve never been one to eat in my hotel room unless I didn’t have any other choice, but this was a wonderful, peaceful experience and made me realize that sometimes slowing down is the best way to appreciate a new and beautiful day.
To have breakfast delivered to our room, we needed loonily fill out a simple order form and place it outside of our door prior to midnight, specifying our selections as well as when we wanted the breakfast brought to our quarters. We were able to select as many courses, side dishes, pastries, fruits, drinks like coffee and smoothies, and other breakfast accoutrements as we wanted, just as the hotel does down in the main dining room.
We chose the Lake Superior walleye with a tomato hollandaise sauce, gluten free buttermilk pancakes sans bacon, topped with a fresh blueberry sauce, a strawberry and gluten free granola panna cotta, oatmeal, as well as coffee, cranberry juice and orange juice, an organic fruit smoothie, half a grapefruit, and we were also given an assortment of pastries. Everything was positively excellent!
Having breakfast in bed, or technically at the dining area in our room, was also a great way to stay away from other hotel guests, although the hotel was already doing a fantastic job of staggering people for meals, putting more than 6 feet between each table, regularly cleaning all surfaces after they were touched even just once, and doing a myriad of other social distancing and safety measures. We thought, why not give it a go and have breakfast in our room to be extra safe and reduce the amount of people in the grand dining room, plus our room had an unbelievable view of the Straits of Mackinac, so it was even better than I’d hoped it would be.
I would definitely enjoy another in-room dining on a slow day of relaxing around Mackinac Island, or another place I’ve been before. It’s still hard for me to not want to go and do things all day every day when I travel, but trying this out definitely made me realize how much value slowing down and enjoying slower moments in life can be. When you travel do you enjoy having breakfast in bed, or do you prefer to go out and explore somewhere outside of your hotel?