Posted by: bree1972 | February 3, 2010

Leaving on a jet plane . . . . . 02/04/2010

“All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go . . . . . ”

I talked to Ted about half-way to Atlanta, and he told me that Bear was lying out at the corner of our yard, staring down the road, waiting for me to come back.  I said I really didn’t believe that because I leave the house all the time.  “But,” Ted said, “you put your suitcases in the car this time.  Bear knew something was different.”  Awwww . . . . . daddy will take care of you, Bear!

Dawn and I arrived in Atlanta this afternoon early enough to avoid the gridlock of traffic and late enough to get into our room without a wait.  Neither of us has ever stayed at a Drury Inn & Suites, but from what we’ve seen so far, we are impressed!  We locked the car in secure parking, where it will stay for six nights free of charge.  Our room is very nice, with a huge flat screen TV.  We’ve already been downstairs for free popcorn and soft drinks.

We are right across the street from the airport, and tomorrow morning we will jump on the hotel shuttle and be dropped off at the Delta terminal.  We’ve already checked-in online, printed our boarding passes, and checked our baggage online.  Amazing!  Tomorrow morning all we have to do at the airport is give our checked suitcase to a skyhop curbside and go straight to security with our carry-on luggage.  Hopefully, by the time we get to our gate, Mike will be there also. 

Another perk at Drury that just began Feb. 1 is hot food and drinks free from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  We went down to the lobby around 6 p.m., where they served  hot dogs with chili, baked potatoes with cheese sauce, salad, and nachos. You also get a card good for three free drinks – wine, beer, AND mixed drinks!  We were pretty impressed, as were about 30 other folks staying here!  Tomorrow, before we leave, we will take advantage of the free breakfast! 

The staff has also been extremely helpful, courteous, and nice.  We’ll be back, Drury!

Our flight is Delta 5225 leaving at 9 a.m. Thursday morning, arriving in Flint around 11 a.m.  From there, a 3-4 hour drive to St. Ignace, a 5- minute flight to the island, and a 20-minute taxi ride to the Cottage Inn.  A busy day!

Don’t forget!  Dawn, Jill, Mike and I will be standing in front of the Tourism Bureau webcam at 11 a.m. on Friday (Feb. 5) morning to wave to everyone back home.  If you want to tune in, please be watching a little before 11 a.m. that day.  Once you are on that site, click on the “Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau” link to go to that camera.  “See” you there, and see you back here online Friday morning.



  1. that sounds like a great place to stay when you are travelling from Atlanta–is it a “chain” hotel?? the free food and drinks PLUS keeping your car safe for the duration is a really good deal. I just have to say it…..poor Bear!! My little “Haley Bear” was just like that…got very nervous when the bags got packed! But I know YOUR Bear will be just fine–maybe a little miffed at you when you get home! looking forward to pics of flying from St Ignace to Mackinac!! Rest well tonight, you have a BIG day ahead of you tomorrow.

  2. I can’t sleep, SOOOOO EXCITED!

  3. Good morning to our three musketeers! I am so happy,excited, and pleased with/for all of you. I have anither friend going from Tampa-Flint this AM also. She graduated from Mackinaw City High and the family owned a hotel in St. Ignace for many years. Lynne worked for MSHP for 5 years before relocating to Ellenton,FL. In hinde sight we should have planned our trip to MI before we go to WA instead of after :). Stay safe and give a glance over your shoulder at Cobble Beach while driving across my bridge:)

    • Will do,Chris Ann!

  4. Have a safe trip! My daughter and I stay at the Drury Inn in Frankenmuth (MI) every year. Great place! I’ve stayed at one in Ohio too.
    Enjoy the island! I sure do envy you…

  5. Bree Horton Network. All of us will be tuned in to BHN tomorrow at 11:00. I wonder if you can get a web cam count for that time. Safe trip and have a ball. Say Hi to Jill for me.

  6. ps. Bear KNOWS!!!

  7. Went on a bus trip with the Church old folks and our bus driver could not say enough good things about Drury Inns. Nice to know there is one by the airport. Looking forward to hearing and seeing pictures of yur trip!

  8. You couda tooken a picture of a beautiful Delta 767 instead of a DC 10 from some off brand carrier. I used to stay in the Drury when I commuted to Dallas. I think I paid 27.50 (commuter rate). Across the street from the Drury in Atl is a pretty good seafood restaurant and adult beverages. May be too late for that this trip. Will Look for ya’ll on tv tomorrow. I know you will have a fun trip.

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