Hello. It’s been a while. Thanks for coming back to check on me. All is well over here on the corner of Main St….I’ve been so busy planning, exercising, cooking, and living I forgot to share our vacation with you guys!
As I mentioned the other day, at the end of July the Kevins and I took a trip to Michigan; Mackinac Island, Michigan to be exact. If you don’t already know about Mackinac Island, let me fill you in. It is a small Victorian island in Michigan where cars have been banned for about a century. The main mode of transportation is either bicycle or horse and most people arrive by boat.
The island is less than 4 square miles and about 8 miles all the way around.
Talk about unique! Kevin and I could not wait to check it out, and I am so glad that we did!
It took us about 8 hours or so to drive from the far northwest Chicago area to Mackinac City, Michigan, which is one of the port cities across the lake from Mackinac Island. We were greeted with a beautiful rainbow…
Clearly it was going to be a great trip! Since it was later in the day, we opted to stayed the night here and took the ferry over to the island the next morning. The ferry ride was pretty short, but I think Kevy enjoyed!
After we got off the ferry, a hotel employee met us at the dock and took our suitcases back to the hotel on a huge basket on his bike. How he did it I have no idea, but our bags made it! The people that live and work here have to be in amazing shape with all the walking and bike riding.
Our first day we did a lot of walking around and taking photos. There were some amazing homes…
and beautiful bed and breakfasts…
We stayed at the Chippewa Hotel which was right on the water.
Our room had a little balcony overlooking the lake.
It was ideal for relaxing and watching the boats come and go!
We spent about 2 days/2 nights on the island; this was perfect for us. If you really want to relax you could stay longer, but there wasn’t too much to do. One thing you absolutely must do, if you go, is rent bicycles.
I definitely recommend going early in the morning because the streets get very crowded later in the day. We were the second people to rent bikes the morning we went and we almost had the paths to ourselves.
We were able to ride all the way around the island, and we also visited the historical Fort Mackinac.
Other than bike riding, putting your baby into solider cut outs, strolling the streets and eating fudge (the island is known for fudge and everywhere you turn there is another fudge shop!), I also would recommend the butterfly garden.
We had a lovely time walking through the garden and snapping some cool photos of the fluttering guys.
This makes me want to get a macro lens for our camera.
All in all it was a great trip, and I am so glad that it went as well as it did. I was initially worried about traveling with a 10 month-old, but Kevy was a champ. Hopefully you can come back soon and read about tips for taking a road trip with a little one…until then, I hope you have a great weekend!
What do you have planned for the next couple of days? Have you ever been to Mackinac Island? Have you been to any other place where no cars are allowed?