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Mackinac Island, Michigan
August 2012
The centerpiece of our Michigan vacation and reason for making the trip was Mackinac Island which sits in the Straits of Mackinac between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. Once you take a ferry to the island from Mackinaw City (yes it's spelled different than the island), transportation on the island consists of bicycles, horses and your own two feet. Motorized vehicles are banned on the island. The slower pace and lack of traffic and pollution makes for a very relaxing vacation. Besides taking a carriage tour of the island, spending a day at Grand Hotel and doing a lot of walking, we also rented bikes and rode up into the state park. An added bonus was staying up late at night watching the Summer Olympics from London on Canadian TV.

We purposely ate at a different restaurant for every meal, though most meals included whitefish of some sort because it is so delicious. Thank goodness for the biking and walking because between meals we ate our weight in fudge from the 17 fudge shops on the island.

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MICHIGAN INDEX | FRANKENMUTH
1-001 Wolverine Stages Welcome Sign 1-002 Shepler's Ferry Sign 1-004 Star Line Ferry
You know it's a small airport when your name is on a sign in the terminal!
Waiting for the ferry to Mackinac Island
Star Line Mackinac Island ferry
1-005 Round Island Lighthouse 1-007 Mackinac Island 1-008 Main Street Inn & Bike Rental
Round Island Lighthouse sits on the island next to Mackinac Island
Approaching Mackinac Island
The yellow building in the center is our hotel
1-009 Main Street Inn 1-011 Main Street Inn Entrance 1-012 Horse and Carriage
We stayed at Main Street Inn and Suites
Entrance of Main Street Inn and Suites
Hotel shuttles on Mackinac Island are horse drawn too
1-013 Hotel Iroquois 1-014 House 1-016 Pink Pony Sign
Hotel Iroquois
One of many colorful cottages
We ate at Pink Pony Bar and Grill while waiting for our room to be ready
1-017 Bedroom 1-018 Living Room 1-019 Living Room
The bedroom in our suite
Our suite had a huge living room
Our suite had a huge living room
1-020 Bike Rental Places 1-022 View from Room 1-024 Game Room
From our window we could watch people rent bikes and try to remember how to ride them
The view from our balcony
The game room was around the corner from our suite
1-026 Grand Hotel Carriage 1-027 Post Office 1-029 Fort Mackinac Sign
Grand Hotel's carriages are unmistakable
The island post office has a parking lot out front for bikes
Entering Fort Mackinac
1-030 Mackinac Island State Park Sign 1-031 Marquette Park View 1-032 Mackinac Island Service Company Wagon
Mackinac Island State Park covers much of the island
Marquette Park sits below the fort
That's the island trash truck
1-033 Mackinac Island Service Company Wagon 1-034 Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast 1-035 Island House Hotel
This guy was backing his trash dray down that hill. It was quite an impressive manuever
Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast
Island House Hotel was one of our 2nd choices for places to stay
1-037 Adirondack Chairs 1-038 Mission Point Gazebo 1-040 Main Street and Fort Mackinac
Taken at Mission Point Resort, if this doesn't say tranquility and peace, I don't know what does
The Gazebo at Mission Point Resort
Fort Mackinac sits high above Main Street
1-041 Fort Mackinac 1-042 Main Street 1-043 Doud's Market Sign
Fort Mackinac
Mackinac Island's bustling Main Street
Doud's Market is America's oldest grocery store
1-044 Baxter's Coin Shop 1-046 Mom Outside Main Street Hotel 1-047 Shepler's Ferry
This store front was Baxter's Coin Shop in Somewhere in Time. Now it's a Somewhere in Time shop.
My mother tried out the rocker outside our hotel
The ferry we arrived aboard, Shepler's
1-048 Morning View from Room 1-049 Main Street in Morning 1-051 Mission Point Resort Shuttle
The early morning view from our balcony
Watching everyone go about their business early in the morning on Main Street was a lot of fun
Mission Point Resort shuttle
1-052 Mom in Hall 1-053 Main Street Hotel Entrance 1-055 Luggage Porters on Main Street
My mother outside of our suite
Greeted by a turtle as we approach the entrance of Main Street Inn and Suites
The luggage porters get ready for another day of arrivals
1-056 Horse and Carriage 1-057 Delivery Wagon 1-058 Horse and Carriage
Livery carriage
Morning deliveries to the island's many restaurants are made by horse drawn dray
Some carriages are fancier than others
1-059 Horse and Carriage

 

 

1-061 Doud's Market
Getting the horses ready before we leave for our tour
Murdick's Fudge was the first of 17 fudge stores on the island
Doud's Market is America's oldest grocery store
1-063 Grand Hotel 1-064 Governor's Summer Residence 1-066 Grand Hotel Carriage
Approaching Grand Hotel by carriage
The Michigan governor's summer residence
Grand Hotel's carriages are unmistakable
1-067 Studebaker Sprinkler 1-069 Hearse 1-070 Three Horse Hitch
Studebaker sprinkler
The Mackinac Island hearse is still removed from the Surrey Hill Carriage Museum when it needs to be used
Three Belgian draft horses are required to pull the massive carriages up into the state park
1-071 Draft Horses 1-073 Sleighs 1-076 Grand Hotel Stables Sign
Three Belgian draft horses are required to pull the massive carriages up into the state park
Sleighs at the Grand Hotel Stables
Grand Hotel Stables
1-077 Horse 1-078 Horse 1-079 Employee Parking
I couldn't have asked for a better pose if I wanted to
The Grand Hotel staff keeps their horses looking good
The employee parking lot
1-080 Three Horse Hitch 1-082 Street Sweeper 1-083 Watering Three Horse Hitch
Waiting to catch a three horse hitch into the state park
Even the street sweeper is horse drawn
Getting the horses "fueled" for a trip up into the state park
1-084 Fort Cemetary 1-086 Shooting Range 1-087 Horse and Carriage
Fort Cemetary
Fort Mackinac shooting range
A carriage from Grand Hotel in Fort Mackinac
1-088 Arch Rock 1-089 View from Arch Rock 1-091 Olympic Rocks
Arch Rock is a popular rock formation on Mackinac Island
Looking down to the shoreline from Arch Rock
We were on Mackinac Island during the London 2012 Summer Olympics
1-093 Fort Mackinac 1-094 Fort Mackinac 1-095 Fort Mackinac
One of the towers at Fort Mackinac
Fort Mackinac
Entering Fort Mackinac via the avenue of flags
1-096 Grand Hotel Napkin and Utensils 1-097 Ferries 1-099 View from Fort Mackinac
We had lunch at the Fort Mackincac Tea Room which is owned by Grand Hotel
The view from our table at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room
The view from our table at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room
1-100 Trinity Church 1-102 Grand Hotel 1-103 View from Fort Mackinac
Trinity Church
Looking across to Grand Hotel from Fort Mackinac
Looking out from Fort Mackinac
1-105 Marquette Park 1-106 Cannon Demonstration 1-108 Soldiers' Quarters
Fort Mackinac overlooks Marquette Park
Cannon firing demonstration at Fort Mackinac
Soldiers' quarters at Fort Mackinac
1-109 Musket Demonstration 1-110 Musket Demonstration 1-111 Musket Demonstration
Musket firing demonstration at Fort Mackinac
Musket firing demonstration at Fort Mackinac
Musket firing demonstration at Fort Mackinac
1-113 House 1-114 Fudge Making 1-115 Fudge Making
Every home on Mackinac is picturesque
Joann's Fudge was directly below our suite
Joann's Fudge was directly below our suite
1-117 Fudge 1-118 Marquette Park Bike Parking 1-119 Saint Anne's Church
We ate our weight in fudge while on Mackinac Island
Crowded bike parking on Mackinac Island is a common sight
Saint Anne's Church
1-120 Mission Church 1-122 M-185 Mile 0 Marker 1-123 Ship Passing through Straits
Mission Church
Mile zero on M-185, the only state highway that doesn't allow motor vehicles
The Straights of Mackinac are also an important shipping channel
1-125 Village Inn Whitefish Dip 1-126 Village Inn Planked Whitefish 1-127 Village Inn Planked Whitefish Sign
I ate whitefish dip every chance I got. This one was at Cawthorne's Village Inn.
Cawthorne's Village Inn is known for its delicious planked whitefish
Cawthorne's Village Inn is known for its delicious planked whitefish
1-128 Sea Gull 1-130 Main Street 1-131 Luggage Porter
This sea gull spent a lot of time hanging around outside our balcony
Looking down Main Street to Windermere Point from our balcony
The luggage porters on Mackinac Island perform daring feats of balance on their bikes full of luggage
1-132 Beer Wagon 1-134 Little Stone Church and Carriage 1-135 Grand Hotel
The beer wagon makes its deliveries
Little Stone Church
Grand Hotel is the centerpiece of Mackinac Island
1-136 Grand Hotel Topiary 1-138 Grand Hotel Dress Code Sign 1-140 Grand Hotel and Carriage
Grand Hotel's logo in topiary form
If you want to visit Grand Hotel, you better be dressed appropriately
Carriages come and go from Grand Hotel
1-141 Grand Hotel Parlor 1-142 Grand Hotel Parlor 1-144 Grand Hotel Porch
Grand Hotel's Parlor with its signature geranium carpet
Afternoon tea is held here in the Grand Hotel Parlor each day
Grand Hotel's porch goes on forever
1-145 Grand Hotel Flag 1-146 Mackinac Bridge 1-148 Grand Hotel Porch
This year is the 125th anniversary of Grand Hotel, the centerpiece of Mackinac Island
Mackinac Bridge as seen from Grand Hotel's porch
Grand Hotel's porch goes on forever
1-150 Mom on Grand Hotel Porch 1-151 Michael on Grand Hotel Porch 1-157 Grand Hotel Carriage
You can't visit Mackinac Island and not take a picture sitting on the famous Grand Hotel porch
You can't visit Mackinac Island and not take a picture sitting on the famous Grand Hotel porch
Watching carriages pull up to the majestic Grand Hotel, you begin to believe you've travelled back in time
1-159 Grand Hotel Chess Set 1-161 Grand Hotel 1-164 Round Island Lighthouse
A game of giant chess, anyone?
Grand Hotel is the centerpiece of Mackinac Island
Round Island Lighthouse sits on the island next to Mackinac Island
1-165 Grand Hotel Geraniums 1-167 Grand Hotel Carriages 1-169 Grand Hotel Pool
Grand Hotel's geraniums are like no other
Watching carriages pull up to the majestic Grand Hotel, you begin to believe you've travelled back in time
The Esther Williams pool at Grand Hotel
1-170 Grand Hotel 1-171 Grand Hotel Labyrinth Sign 1-173 Grand Hotel Labyrinth
Out on the lawn at Grand Hotel
As if Grand Hotel wasn't relaxing enough, they offfer The Labrynth as a place of quiet meditation
As if Grand Hotel wasn't relaxing enough, they offfer The Labrynth as a place of quiet meditation
1-175 Grand Hotel Bean Bag Toss Game 1-177 The Lily Pond Painting 1-178 End of Boardwalk
Bean bag toss on the lawn
Perfect place to hang a painting
The end of the boardwalk along M-185
1-179 Shoreline 1-183 Saint Ignace 1-185 Grand Hotel Greenhouse
Mackinac Island's pristine shoreline
Saint Ignace is the closest town to Mackinac Island on the Upper Penninsula
Grand Hotel's greenhouse is where all of the amazing geraniums come from
1-186 Grand Hotel Greenhouse 1-188 Grand Hotel Entrance 1-189 Grand Hotel carriage
Grand Hotel's greenhouse is where all of the amazing geraniums come from
Now that's what I call a grand entrance (no pun intended)
Watching carriages pull up to the majestic Grand Hotel, you begin to believe you've travelled back in time
1-190 Grand Hotel Parlor 1-191 Grand Hotel Parlor 1-193 Somehwere in Time Display
Afternoon tea is held here in the Grand Hotel Parlor each day
Afternoon tea is held here in the Grand Hotel Parlor each day
Grand Hotel's tribute to the movie Somewhere in Time which was filmed here
1-194 Reeve and Seymour Autographed Photos 1-195 Coke Bike 1-196 Grand Hotel Weather Center
Grand Hotel's tribute to the movie Somewhere in Time which was filmed here
For those hot summer days
Grand Hotel's weather center
1-197 Grand Hotel Front Desk 1-198 Grand Hotel Concierge Desk 1-199 Grand Hotel Dining Room
The front desk at Grand Hotel
You might remember the concierge desk at Grand Hotel from Somewhere in Time
Grand Hotel's dining room reminds me of being on a cruise ship.
1-200 Grand Hotel Cupola Bar Chandelier 1-201 Grand Hotel Porch 1-202 Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel's Cupola Bar is the highest point in the massive building
It's impossible to not be relaxed on Grand Hotel's front porch
Grand Hotel's driveway in a rare empty moment
1-203 Grand Hotel Blvd 1-204 British Phone Booth 1-206 Mom at Grand Hotel
Looking down Grand Hotel Boulevard
I'm not sure why there's a British phone booth here, but it's cool nonetheless.
My mother outside the massive Grand Hotel
1-207 Grand Hotel Blvd 1-209 Star Line Ferry 1-213 Round Island Passage Light
Looking down Grand Hotel Boulevard
One of Star Line Ferry's boats leaves the island
Round Island Passage Light
1-214 Guy on Shoreline 1-215 Mackinac Island Public School 1-216 Shoreline and Bluff
People find a lot of places to relax on Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island Public School has about 40 students. They ride ther snowmobiles to school in the winter.
A bluff with a view
1-217 Somewhere in Time Marker 1-219 Pooper Scooper 1-220 Star Line Ferry and Mackinac Bridge
This marks the spot where one of the pivotal moments in the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed
Someone has to clean up the "horse exhaust."
A Star Line ferry passes the Mackinac Bridge
1-221 Ducks in Surf 1-223 Michael 1-225 Sunset
Ducks in the surf
Taking advantage of some Golden Hour light
Spectacular sunsets were a nightly occurence
1-226 Sunset 1-227 Round Island Lighthouse 1-229 Mom on Balcony
Spectacular sunsets were a nightly occurence
Round Island Lighthouse at sunset
My mother on our balcony
1-230 Joann's Fudge and Main Street Inn 1-231 Bikes on Main Street 1-232 Joann's Fudge
My mother on our balcony above Joann's Fudge shop
Parallel parking has a whole different meaning on Mackinac Island
Joann's Fudge was directly below our suite
1-233 Luggage Porter 1-235 Police Station and Court House 1-236 Metivier Inn
The luggage porters on Mackinac Island perform daring feats of balance on their bikes full of luggage
Mackinac Island Police Station and Court House
Metivier Inn
1-237 Hay Wagon 1-238 Village Inn 1-240 Shooting Range View from Fort Holmes
Lots of horses, means lots of hay
Cawthorne's Village Inn by Grand Hotel is famous for their planked whitefish
Looking down to the Fort Mackinac shooting range from Fort Holmes
1-241 Fort Holmes Entrance 1-242 Fort Holmes View 1-244 Sugar Loaf
Not much remains of Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes is at the highest point on the island
Sugar Loaf is a 75-foot limestone rock
1-246 Mom on Bike 1-247 Michael on Bike 1-248 Speeding Sign
My mother on her rental bike in Mackinac Island State Park
Me, on my rental bike in Harrisonville, aka The Village. This is where the year round residents of Mackinac Island live.
When you think about the fact there there are no cars here, you realize you can get a speeding ticket on your bike.
1-249 Bat 1-250 Seabiscuit Cafe Sign 1-251 Seabiscuit Cafe
This little bat was confused and hanging out in the daylight.
Seabiscuit Cafe is the only restaurant we ate at twice
Seabiscuit Cafe is the only restaurant we ate at twice
1-253 Yankee Rebel Tavern 1-256 Harborview Dining Room Sign 1-257 UPS Guy
Yankee Rebel Tavern was one of many fantastic restaurants we ate at
Harborview Dining Room was one of the first restaurants we ate at and where I became addicted to whitefish.
Yes, even UPS deliveres by horse and carriage on Mackinac Island
1-258 Ambulance 1-259 Mustang Lounge 1-260 Bike Rental Sign
One of the very few motor vehicles on the island, the ambulance
We had a lunch at Mustang Lounge
Our hotel was conveniently across Main Street from a bike rental place
1-261 Mackinac Island Library 1-262 Canada Geese 1-263 Michael on Shore
Mackinac Island Library
These Canada geese aren't all that far from home
Enjoying the beautiful weather on the shore of the Straits
1-267 Mom on Shore 1-269 Somewhere in Time Picture 1-272 Main Street Inn
I couldn't have timed this photo better if I'd tried
Watch the movie Somewhere in Time and you'll understand this photo
Our hotel, Main Street Inn and Suites, at dusk
1-273 Main Street Inn 1-274 Main Street in Evening 1-278 Sunset
Our hotel, Main Street Inn and Suites, at dusk
Night falls over Main Street
Another amazing sunset
1-279 Mackinac Bridge 1-280 Mackinac Bridge 1-281 Main Street at Night
Mackinac Bridge at sunset
Mackinac Bridge at sunset
Main Street is just as picturesque at night
1-285 Shepler's Ferry 1-287 Grand Hotel 1-288 Mackinac Island
Heading out on Shepler's Ferry
One last look at Grand Hotel
Leaving Mackinac Island and heading back to reality
1-291 Mackinac Bridge 1-292 Mackinac Bridge 1-293 Mackinaw City
Mackinac Bridge
Mackinac Bridge
Approaching Mackinaw City (yes, it's spelled differently than the island.)
1-294 Pellston Aiport Bench 1-295 Pellston Aiport Terminal 1-296 Grayling Restaurant
Back at Pellston Regional Airport to rent a car
This is the terminal at Pellston Airport, all of it
We stopped in Grayling for lunch at the cool old Grayling Restaurant

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