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2011/214: Summer Roadtrip, Michigan Part 4

You can’t go to Mackinaw City without going to Mackinac Island, so that’s exactly what we did on Sunday, July 10.
I went online the previous evening and researched the ferries that go to the island, and it turned out that they all charged the same for tickets, but one of them offered a coupon. Greg went downstairs to the front desk to ask if he could print it out, and they gave him some coupons that they had already printed. The best deal was a free child’s ticket with purchase of two adult tickets, and Sara got to ride the ferry for free. The hotel also had ferry schedules available, and for most of the day there was one leaving every half hour.
On the way to the ferry, we made a quick stop at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, which had a great view of Mackinac Bridge.

The ferry ride takes about 20 minutes, and as you get closer to the island, you can see the Grand Hotel, which played a big part in the 1980 movie “Somewhere in Time”.

There are no cars allowed in Mackinac Island, but you can rent bicycles, horses, or take a carriage tour. We didn’t do any of these, and saved a lot of money by walking. And we did a lot of walking! After all, we needed to do something to burn off some of those vacation calories! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course we had to take a closer look at the Grand Hotel, and just as we got there, it started raining a little. Thankfully it didn’t last long, but I put the camera away in my camera bag, and we went inside into the lobby. We just quickly walked through and then went back out to the porch and sat in the rocking chairs until the rain stopped. On the way back down the hill, we saw a sign saying that the hotel charges $10 per person for those entering the hotel without a reservation! Oops! Well, no one stopped us!ย  The hotel is beautiful, like a step back in time, and if we ever win the lottery, I want to go back to Mackinac Island and spend a whole week at the Grand Hotel.

We made our way back into town for lunch, and then to Arch Rock. We took the bike/hiking trail there, which went through town, up a very steep hill past Fort Mackinac (we didn’t go in) and then through the woods. Can you tell how steep this hill is? I raced Sara to the top and won!

We found some steps leading down to the road and took that back into town, bought some famous Mackinac Island fudge, had some ice-cream, picked upย a postcard or two, and walked back to the ferry for the 20 min. ride back to Mackinaw City. We had no other plans for that day, except to cross Mackinac Bridge and relax at the hotel we booked in St. Ignace. We got a room on the top floor, with a balcony and a beautiful view of Lake Huron. That’s Mackinac Island in the distance.

20 responses

  1. Hi this is my first visit to your blog. I loved the trip to Mackinac Island etc. It is so far from here that it is all strange and interesting. I do love they way you don’t pay for rides but walk everywhere sounds like the way this family is too. Great to have found you I will come again.

    2. August, 2011 at 06:05

    • Hi Claire! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Glad you enjoy my blog enough to come back ๐Ÿ™‚

      Isn’t Mackinac Island a beautiful place? I would have loved to spend more time there.

      2. August, 2011 at 06:15

  2. Great photos! I actually just went to Mackinac Island for the first time about 5 years ago, and I live in Michigan! It was probably one of the best vacations I’ve ever had – it’s certainly the most relaxing place I’ve ever been to! To wake up in the morning and hear horses clip-clopping down the street is something I’ll never forget. Thanks for sharing these!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. August, 2011 at 06:55

    • That’s so cool that you stayed on the island, Holly! The clip-clopping of horses certainly beats the sound of car traffic ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. August, 2011 at 07:01

  3. Wow, what a day! I bet everyone slept really well that night.

    2. August, 2011 at 09:21

  4. Really enjoying your vacation, Michaela. You sure get to see a lot. I can see where you feel you have gone back in time on Mackinac Island.

    2. August, 2011 at 15:50

  5. Judging from all these lovely photos, it was a wonderful trip. Grand Hotel is an impressive building – here I could well spend a day or two;-)

    2. August, 2011 at 17:38

    • Thank you, Truels, the hotel really is impressive. And yes, the trip was wonderful. Still sad to be back home.

      2. August, 2011 at 17:51

  6. aswirly

    Oh it looks and sounds like a wonderful day!! The island seems like an amazing place! It’s so neat that there are no cars. oh, btw…. Vielen lieben Dank fรผr die Karte. Das Bild von Blumen ist seeeehr schรถn. Ich liebe es. :))

    2. August, 2011 at 22:05

    • It was beautiful…. Sara said that she wanted to move there (guess she’s going to have a summer home on Mackinac Island, and a winter home in Frankenmuth ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

      Das freut mich sehr, dass Dir die Karte gefallen hat ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. August, 2011 at 05:10

  7. Very nice series. The island is really beautiful! I have been to Michigan several times but never to Mackinac Island.

    2. August, 2011 at 23:06

    • You’ll have to visit the island next time you’re in Michigan! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks, Montucky.

      3. August, 2011 at 05:13

  8. Love love love it!!! So glad you had fun in my home state. My husband and I were married on Mackinac Island during Lilac Festival. It’s one of my favorite places in Michigan. You captured it beautifully.

    3. August, 2011 at 10:25

    • Thanks, Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚
      I bet your wedding was beautiful! Maybe this will be the place where hubby & I can renew our vows someday? Our 25th anniverary is coming up in 10 years…

      3. August, 2011 at 10:32

  9. doreen3boys

    phew, my feet are aching just reading about all the walking you did. What an amazing island, your pics are great!

    3. August, 2011 at 15:48

  10. Mackinac Bridge! Mackinac Island! You were so close to us…well, only 4 1/2 hours away. I have never seen that arch, but hope to see it someday. Nice to view your pics.

    5. August, 2011 at 14:35

  11. I went to a wedding in Michigan in 2006 and I didn’t see any places like this!! I was only there for 5 days. Thank you for sharing your holiday photographs as it’s completly changed my opinion from what I had seen. ๐Ÿ™‚

    5. August, 2011 at 17:13

  12. these are gorgeous!! when I was there as a kid we rented tandem bikes.

    8. August, 2011 at 12:45

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