Monday, August 8, 2011

Mackinac Island

This past weekend my husband and I visited Mackinac Island for a sort of one year anniversary honeymoon. We had a lot of fun and took a lot of pictures. We did the usual activities that everyone should do on the island: bike the 8 miles around the island, shop, eat, try to make it past the rocks in order to swim, and play glow-in-the-dark mini golf, which is a recent addition to the island. There is a lot more to do, of course, like visit the Grand Hotel, the Governor's summer house, the butterfly house, the haunted museum, parasailing, golfing, and horseback riding.

The ride up was nice. It would have been about a 6 hour drive from our house to the island, but thankfully my mom has a condo halfway between, so we were able to stay the night there driving to and from. (I'll share pictures of her condo next post.) We passed by very scenic towns such as Traverse City, Charlevoix and Petosky.

Mackinac Island has no cars, only bikes and horses (and possibly snow mobiles) so you have to leave your car on the mainland. We took the ferry over, and the weather was great during our whole stay.

We stayed right in the middle of town at the Lakeview Hotel, which was very, very nice. We were on the top floor and could see the pool down below.

I have an underwater digital camera, so we had lots of fun taking pictures in the pool and in the lake.

Then we went out and explored the town a little, admiring the architechture, old-style feel, Victorian charm, simple means of transportation and good food.

Then we went bike riding around the island and took pictures by the natural landmarks.

And because of my love of houses and decorating, I couldn't help but take a couple pictures of the pretty houses along the beach. Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of the best ones. Maybe next time.

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