HALE is a darling little community, about 40 minutes from our condo, and a very pleasant ride down River Road.  With the cold weather settling in across Iosco County, The Victorian Café in Hale offers a clean, quaint spot for visitors to warm up with a hot drink or a bite to eat.  Nestled in the heart of the downtown area, The Victorian Café boasts an aesthetically appealing setting, complete with a cozy fireplace and unique decorations, such as the miniature tea sets which line the window sills of the establishment.  Both hot and cold drinks are offered here year-round but, as soon as Old Man Winter loosens his grip on the area, patrons may want to choose from one of the many frozen/blended concoctions available.  Or try an ice cream treat, with nearly 30 different soft-serve flavors, or a hand dipped selection from the Mackinac Island Creamery.  The Victorian Café features everything from coffee, cappuccinos, teas, macchiatos and specialty drinks, to sundaes, smoothies, breakfast sandwiches and an array of paninis.  The business also features a drive-thru for those who want their order on the go.

While the charming setting and mouth-watering menu would be enough to draw in almost anyone, the true appeal of the business lies with the generosity of the owner, Terry Bovee.  He has been giving back to the community which has supported his business since he opened the doors almost seven years ago.  The Victorian Café has sponsored and/or participated in such events as the Hale Yes Winterfest, Iosco County Fair, JAM Fest, Hale Yes Hot Air Balloon Festival and the city’s annual Fourth of July parade, during which staff give out coupons for 50¢ ice cream cones.  Aside from monetary contributions, those from the cafe are truly hands-on in these events, such as the Fall Harvest Cook-Off, which is held as part of the balloon festival.  The Victorian Café has won first place in the cook-off the last two years in a row, with a caramel apple smoothie earning top honors in 2016.  Terry says, the beautiful lakes and small community make the area feel special.  “You get to know everybody and everybody gets to know you.  That’s kind of what Hale is all about.”

The Victorian Café is located at 216 S. Washington St. (M-65), one block south of the traffic light in Hale, and is currently open seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  This may be scaled back to 5 p.m. in the coming weeks, but hours are extended to 10 p.m. in the busier summer months.  For more information about the business, search for The Victorian Café on Facebook or call 728-0027.