Grand Hotel opens ice cream parlor

A new ice cream shop at the Grand Hotel is as good a reason as any to return to Mackinac Island this summer.

Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor dishes up 24 flavors made by Holland-based Hudsonville Ice Cream. The selection includes Praline Pecan, a flavor chosen by the Grand Hotel’s social media fans. The parlor is named after Sadie, a Scottish Terrier owned by the hotel’s owners, the Mussers. Sadie, by the way, was the “Best in Show” at the Westminster Dog Show in 2010.

“Every year, we look at Grand Hotel’s services and amenities and explore new ways to enhance our guests’ experience,” R.D. Musser III, Grand Hotel president, said in a statement. “As Grand Hotel is deep-rooted in American tradition, so are classic ice cream parlors, which made the addition of Sadie’s a perfect fit. And, we are happy to be working with a Michigan-based business on this new venture.”

The ice cream parlor was designed by Carleton Varney, who is responsible for the hotel’s stunning interior designs. With marble-top cafe tables and chairs with twisted iron, Sadie’s resembles a classic ice cream parlor, but with details unique to the Grand Hotel. The ice cream sundae bowl, for example, is appropriately shaped like a dog bone. And the cushions on the outdoor benches are dotted with paw prints.

Sadie’s is open for business and a ceremonial grand opening takes place June 1. Free ice cream will be served throughout that day after a ribbon cutting with special guests.

If you’re headed there, Sadie’s is located at the east end of the hotel off of Cadotte Avenue, where Margaret’s Garden used to be. Ice cream connoisseurs do not have to pay the $10 hotel admission to visit the parlor.







Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.