An Afternoon on Mackinac Island

Since we were so close and it’s probably Mom’s last summer in Michigan, we decided to do a quick day trip to Mackinac Island. We were there last year for the Lilac Festival 10K.

It’s about a 15 minute ferry ride from the mainland to the island. We passed the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the lower peninsula of Michigan to the upper peninsula. (We drove across it last year with David’s family while on vacation!) The Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race going on that day:


Mackinac Bridge


As you approach the island, you can see the Grand Hotel. It’s the setting for the movie Somewhere in Time:


The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island


We spent the afternoon walking around and looking at the cute shops. Mackinac is unique because no cars are allowed on the island. I think they might have a fire truck and an emergency vehicle, but other than that, you get around by foot, bike, or horse.


Mackinac Shops


Mackinac bikes


You have to watch out for horse pies when you walk across the street!


Horse drawn carriage


Mackinac Island is known for its fudge:


Fudge Makers on Mackinac Island


We had lunch at Mary’s Bistro:


Mary's Bistro on Mackinac Island


David got a lamb and bleu cheese burger, I had a crab salad sandwich, and Mom had crab cake sliders. Yum!


Mary's Bistro Lunch on Mackinac Island


The island is absolutely beautiful! It was a gorgeous, sunny day.


Mackinac Island


We walked up to the Grand Hotel. Mom, Mary, and I have stayed at the hotel before. It’s very fancy and formal. After 6 pm, they require women to be in dresses or skirts and men to be in suits. There’s a fee to look inside if you’re not a guest.




However, there was no fee to eat at the new Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor connected to the hotel!




More Hudsonville Ice Cream! Mmmm!




Mackinac Island is one of my favorite places in Michigan!


Kites on the Mackinac Island pier


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