Warning: A boatload of graphics in this post…pun intended.
Mackinac Island is a resort in the Straits of Mackinac, which is between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It’s right beside (so to speak) the Mackinac Bridge.
The ferry I took went under the bridge before heading out to the island. This guy was going under it at the same time.
The village looks like a nice, quiet place,
but during the summer tourists invade by the thousands. I think I saw at least 3 different school groups.
The island has a ton of history. Father Marquette started a Mission for Native Americans. Then the fort was built during the revolutionary war, so there were soldiers living there along with many fur traders. The fur trade became so lucrative that John Jacob Astor built a business on the island. There was a battle during the French and Indiana War, and during the Civil War the fort served as a prison. Then after the soldiers left for good in the 1890’s, it became a favorite resort. Many summer homes were built, some of which are bed and breakfasts now.
Today it has at least 20 hotels, 30 restaurants and bars, many, many t-shirt and souvenir shops, and several other attractions.
The fort itself is up on the ridge above the town. It is one giant museum. Here are impressions.
Every place on the island is beautiful. Even the miniature golf course!
There is a road around the island but no cars are allowed on the island. It’s a nine mile walk to go around it and the most popular mode of transportation is bicycles or horse drawn carriages.
I mentioned that the fort is above the town. The island is a huge hill rising out of the water with cliffs all around it. After eating lunch at the Tea Room over looking the harbor,
I walked across the island through the woods from the fort
to get to this, Arch Rock.
Then to get to the road you need to go down….
I didn’t walk all the way around, just enough to get a taste of the scenery.
One thing the island is famous for is fudge. However, since I’m on a budget I didn’t think spending $12.00 per pound for candy was a good idea. So I had a cone with ice cream with fudge in it on my way back to the ferry.
If you want a unique place to go on vacation, I suggest Mackinac Island. It is spectacular.