We’ve heard about Mackinac Island for years and now finally we can check it off our bucket list. For those of you not familiar with the island, there are no vehicles allowed. After taking a 20 minute ferry ride over Lake Huron to the island you are faced with a decision – walk, rent a bike or take a horse drawn carriage to explore the island. It was a gorgeous cool day and we chose a tandem bike to ride around the 8 mile parameter of the island.
The island has a long history dating back to the 1670’s when it was originally settled by fur traders. During the Revolutionary War in 1780 a large fort was built, which still stands today. This same fort was was captured by the British during the war of 1812.
The island became very popular during Victorian times and the main streets are full of beautifully restored homes and hotels, of which the most spectacular is the Grand Hotel, built in 1887.
After finishing our bike ride around the island we returned it and began strolling along some of the back streets, up to the fort and eventually over to the Grand Hotel. We had worked up a great hunger and rewarded ourselves with the buffet lunch at the hotel.
There is an admission charge of $10 to go in the hotel or even onto the porch but if you buy lunch you are refunded your admission fee. Instead of spending money on the famous fudge or a t-shirt, we had lunch at the Grand Hotel.
We highly recommend it.