Monday May 30, 2016 Mackinac Island, pronounced Mackinaw.Ferry boat ride to Mackinac Island. A little breezy and chilly, but the sun is out.Round Island Passage LightThe Island. The only way there is by boat or plane.The Grand HotelA faster ferry passing another light house.Beautiful view.There are a LOT of carriage rides.The only way to get around is by horse drawn wagon, bicycle or walk. That is it. Pretty Cool. I have heard of this place my whole life. There are a lot of hotels and B&Bs on the Island and all that luggage is transported by wagon or bicycle. There are more hotels than I thought there would have been.The Grand Hotel has their own carriages.And the drivers are a lot more dressed up.Beautiful tulips.We went for a walk.
While doing our 6 month purge of the living room, I came across a picture I had kept. I knew we were heading to Mackinac Island one day, so I kept this picture of my grandparents. They visited the island in 1969.My grandfather is in the middle, of course and my grandmother is on the right. Not sure who the other woman is. They look so happy. So Cliff and I decided to try to find the same location where this photo was taken. Not sure if this is it, but we think we found it.We did not dress for the occasion like they did.Nice houses on the Island.Had lunch at Millie’s on Main.Cute place.Doud’s Market – America’s Oldest Grocery Store. Not sure about that, but that is what it says on the sign. They had everything including wine.Little Stone Church, literally, that is the name. The cornerstone was laid in 1904.We shared a carriage ride with another couple. Our guide was born and raised on the Island. His horses are Torro on the left and Elvis on the right. We are heading up the hill to The Grand Hotel. This is the Governor of Michigan’s summer house. He is actually here today because of the holiday.The flowers outside of The Grand Hotel.The Grand Hotel is owned by one man. I will show you his boat a little later. Each room in the hotel is different. It cost $500.00 per person to stay here for one night. After 6:00 PM you must be dressed to have dinner. The men must wear pants and a coat and tie. He did not tell us what the women have to wear. The view from up here is spectacular. The stables for the Grand Hotel carriage horses.The Governor’s summer home from a different angle.Fort Mackinac.The view from up here is beautiful.I did not realize it would be so steep.Some really nice houses up on the top.Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church. Established in 1743.Another beautiful house.Meet Elvis on the left and Torro on the right. In the winter they go to a resort in the UP in Cedarville. Thanks for the ride guys.The water is very clear.This is how to move the flowers.This boat is owned by the man who owns The Grand Hotel. His house is the same color. He and his family live on the island. There are about 500 permanent residents on the Island.Cliff getting a closer look.And this is his bicycle. We saw him get off the boat and ride off on this bike… in his pants and coat and tie. The best way to get around.This would be a nice hotel to stay in next time.City marina. Fort Mackinac overlooking the bay. They shoot cannons from up there.Bicycle rental business is big on this Island. You can bring your own on the ferry for $8.00 more.This is the ferry to St.Ignace in the UP. The ferry dock.Working horses on the IslandView from the dock.This is our ferry back to Mackinaw City. It is about 40 minutes and cost $18.00 each. The fast boats are $25.00 each.Another beautiful end to a beautiful day.