Monday, May 23, 2011

Michigan Bucket List: Mackinac Island

A few weeks back, we found ourselves with a free weekend.  Given that our days in Michigan are limited, we decided to cross off a must-see: Mackinac Island.


This is the Mackinac Bridge - the state of Michigan's single largest asset. 
(as viewed from the UP)


Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse


The Bridge as viewed from Mackinac Point.
We took the ferry over to Mackinac Island, 
and walked over to Fort Mackinac which has been restored to its 19th century glory. 


No cars are allowed on the island (not even for locals), 
and everyone either walks, rides bicycles, or takes horse-drawn carriages.  


View of the Fort from Main Street


Weapons demonstration. 

Much of the Fort has been restored, 
and 14 different buildings show vignettes of a soldier's life in the late 1800's. 


The family as 19th century soldiers


The island as viewed from the Fort



And of course, we had to see the Grand Hotel.
Built in 1887, it boasts "The world's largest front porch".  


Geraniums are the hotel's trademark flower, and were even woven into the hotel's carpet. 


It is a very PROPER place.  

I'm so glad we made the time for this little getaway.  
The Island was quaint, the weather was gorgeous (the second day), and the kids were fascinated by the Fort.  Absolutely worth a visit if you're in the area. 

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