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We stayed overnight at Mackinac Island, and the process to get here couldn't be easier. At Shepler's Ferry in Mackinaw City, we were told to pull into a loading section. Some of Shepler's crew came over to the car to get our bags, and we walked over to a tent to buy our ferry tickets and overnight parking pass. We put the pass in the dash and parked in the lot, not far from the ferry. The whole process probably took 15 minutes, and then we caught the ferry just before it left. It took another 15 minutes to get to the island. So, really, from the time we pulled in to the time we stepped off the ferry in Mackinac Island was about a half hour to 45 minutes. Easy, peasy! The only hiccough we ... read more
Marquette Park on Mackinac Island
Overlooking the lake from Mackinac Island
The Original Butterfly House


Another long drive today. We hated to leave our friends but it was time to get started to make our target destination by 3:00pm. We got on the road about 9:00am. We had a plan to visit a number of interesting beachfront cities and towns along the way. And we did. Our first stop was the Sleeping Bear Sand dunes. The views at the top are spectacular. Only, I know that by reading. We chose to skip this dune climbing test and move on. We think that Baldy, in the Arcadia Dunes was enough of a test and we passed. These are stunning though and if you come by you should climb. Next we made it to Charlevoix, where we had lunch at the Weathervane Restaurant. Once again the weather was perfect for an outside lunch ... read more
Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes
Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes
Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes


We have been blessed. More good weather. One of our key goals from the beginning was to visit this island. We had three activities considered must dos: The Grand Hotel porch, a carriage ride and a bicycle ride. We did all three today. We made an early walk to the Visitor's Bureau to pick up a tour map. Next we walked uphill along the Marquette Park to get a look over the city. We chose not to visit the Fort which was along this route. As we returned, we decided to take the carriage ride to see more of the island. It took us west along the main street and then a block off the main street with our driver pointing out many historical homes. Then we entered the area where all of the island's horses ... read more
Morning Walk
Carriage Tour
Carriage Tour


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North America » United States » Michigan » Mackinac Island August 31st 2013

After starting my new job this summer our vacation plans have changed. We went to Mackinac Island. I have been there once before with my family and I knew Gielyn would love it. We drove down and back to Thunder Bay where I am currently residing. We also attended some tourist spots in Thunder Bay. Day 1 We began our trip with the ferry over to the island. Throughout the day we hiked the interior and saw Arch Rock, The Grand Hotel, Skull Cave, the stables, Butterfly house. During the evening we went the Horn's Tavern. This is where we met many friends (one told me an interesting fact about our B&B) ... One of which caught the entire meal and drinks worth of tab...Thank you. We then went to our B&B Small point. Day 2 ... read more
Grand Hotel
No Cars
Butterfly House


6/22/13 - Got up today and took the Shepler's Ferry to Mackinac Island. About a 15 minute ferry ride. Aleta, Dakota, and Briar rode up top, but Shelby T stayed inside out of the wind. Arrived at Mackinac Island and first walked the streets a bit. There is not gasoline/diesel or powered vechiles allowed on the island. Trucks will take a ferry ride over, but must be unloaded on the docks into a "dray" wagon pulled by horses for delivery on the island. The only conveyance is bicycle or horsedrawn carriage. The taxis are also horse drawn. The next stop was at the Haunted Theatre. Dakota left her face imprint in the middle of my back and wanted to take the emergency exit when we came to it. I really enjoyed this attraction. Next we hiked ... read more
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North America » United States » Michigan » Mackinac Island August 14th 2012

August 14-- Before I left Petoskey, I called the Methodist Church in Mackinaw (pronounced Mackinac) City and arranged to spend the night in their parking lot. Mackinaw City is on the tip of the peninsula of lower half of Michigan and is, in fact the jumping off place to get to the Upper Peninsula. Visitors can also take a ferry to Mackinac Island from there, but I wanted to take one from the Upper Peninsula. After setting the RV up, I walked around the city admiring the specialty shops, the view of the Bridge and Straits of Mackinac, and watching the ferry boats coming and going from the Island. Later that afternoon a wonderful church member named Janet also took me to supper at the Senior Center, then toured me around the city and two lighthouses. ... read more
Downtown Mackinaw City
Marina at Mackinaw City
Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse


Toyed with staying another night in this hotel (really nice with beautiful room overlooking Lake Huron), but rooms doubled in price tonight because of the holiday coming up so decided to stick to our original plan. Up and out for the 9:30 ferry. True to form we just made it! Short ride over to Mackinac – fun riding on the ferry. The steward took a shine to Freddy and gave him some ribbing on the ride over. We decided to do the package deal that included ferry ride, 2hr carriage ride and entrance to Fort Mackinac, so when we arrived, we scooted down the main street to the carriage place. What a very quaint place island! Horse and carriage and bicycles everywhere. Of course, there was also a lot of the stuff that horses leave behind ... read more
Mackinac Bridge
Fort Mackinac
Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island


UPPER PENISULA, MICHIGAN A short ferry ride from the mainland of the UP of Michigan lies an island lost in time. Imagine a place where the sole economy is based on fudge shops, restaurants, hotels and horse-drawn carriage rides. The season is short, but the place is thriving. Formerly the exclusive hideaway of the very wealthy in the late 1800's this island is cute, clean and oh so ritzy. Elegant mansions line the bluff ridgeline and share the wonderful view with one of the premier hotels in North America. The Grand Hotel opened for business in 1887 and is billed as having the longest continuous porch in the world. Automobiles were banned in 1898 and so all taxies, freight wagons and even the trash collection is done by horse. Many people move about by bicycle and ... read more
Trash Collection
Bluff Houses
Downtown Mackinac Island

North America » United States » Michigan » Mackinac Island October 4th 2011

Northern Michigan is one of the most peaceful places in the United States. Finally, I am seeing it get the recognition it deserves. As a native Detroiter, I frequently visit Northern Michigan. When I need a quick retreat from the suburban sprawl, I just hop in the car and head 4 hours north. This trip I explored Mackinac Island and Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Upper Peninsula is well known for it's beautiful scenery while Mackinac Island is known for it's crystal clear waters and old world charm.... read more
Upper Falls
Tahquamenon Falls
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