Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mackinac City

Hi everyone! Hope you've had a good week so far. Still hot and dry in our neck of the woods. How about yours?

After our family reunion in lower MI, we decided to take a few days and head north. Five more hours north! We drove to Mackinac City, spent the night and headed to Mackinac Island the next day.

Here's a beautiful hotel by the water there.Gorgeous flowers everywhere.

And--of course lots & lots of boats. MI has over 11,000 lakes . The scenery is beautiful at this time of year.

Check out the huge Coast Guard Ship.

The evening we arrived in Mackinac City we decided to drive across the Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace. It is the world's third longest suspension bridge at 5 miles long. It sways in windy weather and the sides are not very high. They've had a couple of cars go over the side.

Here we go! My sister won't open her eyes the entire time she's on it. lol

Whew! We made it!

I told you they had lots of boats!!

It's getting dark and time to head back across the bridge. Look at the sunset on the water. Isn't it pretty!

Back in Mackinac City we stayed at a Best Western on the water. They had some nice touches.
Isn't the swan on the bed cute!

Check out the toilet paper fan.

After breakfast the next day, we were off to Mackinac Island. The Island's only modes of transportation are by "hoofing it", bicycle, horseback (another form of hoofing it) lol or horse and carriage. NO CARS! It's like going back in time. In fact, "Somewhere in Time", with Christopher Reeve & Jane Seymour was filmed there.
It's an amazing experience to walk around this beautiful island!
They ferry you over every half hour or hour, depending on which ferry you take. Check out that rooster tail!

There she is in all her spendor---The Grand Hotel!
She boasts the longest porch in the world with great white pillars. She has been named one of the top 100 hotels in the world.

Thanks for coming by today!
I always enjoy your visits!
I'll be posting more pics of Mackinac soon!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

The Grand Hotel was a highlight of my last trip to MI. I will never forget it! Good to see the pics of it again.

Jennifer said...

Wow - now that looks like fun...well, maybe not that suspension bridge thing! What a beautiful hotel. LOVE LOVE that you took a photo of the toilet paper.. you are a true blogger to share it all with us:)

Happy@Home said...

I love Mackinac and although I lived most of my life in Michigan I only got there once. I simply must make it a point to go back. I'm so glad you did this post highlighting some of the beauty to be found in Michigan. I think it has been getting a bad rap lately, but it really is a beautiful state in so many ways.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks like a great area to visit. I want to go up that way some day and just take it all in. Your photos are great.

Shelia said...

Oh, this is the place I want to go to! It's so beautiful! Thanks for posting these great photos and I'm sure you had the most fun. This is on my bucket list! :)
You can snap for me anytime you want! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lori said...

Wonderful post! Living in far No. IN you'd think I'd have made it to the island at least, not yet!! Lovely to see and loved the movie each time I seen it, like 10! Lori

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I would be just like your sister with my eyes closed!!

Looks so beautiful there. We regret not going there while we lived in Indiana.


Dana~HomespunTreasures said...

What a beautiful post I just LOVED seeing all of your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.


Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Girlfriend,
Oh what a wonderful post of your time at Mackinac. I love every pic you share here. What an amazing time you must have had. I never got to the island while growing up in Mich. Well, that gives us somewhere still to visit one day.
I loved the movie "Somewhere in Time"

Your blog header and background is beautiful. I love the colors.
Thanks for stopping by yesterday. We had a nice birthday celebration for Ryan and also our anniversary.
Have a great weekend. Stay cool!!
Still over 100 here. I am so ready for cooler days. FALL hurry up!! LOL

Hugs and blessings, Celestina Marie

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! Truly stunning scenic photos. Lovely. :)

Sue said...

Visiting Mackinac is high on my list of "to-do" list. I have a thing about long bridges and being out over endless water. LOL Guess I'll never make a cruise. Loved your pics. Did you figure out how the housekeeping staff made the fan out of the TP? :-)
~ Sue

Stephens said...

Ah, the memories! Where are the pics of running into us that day? :-) I do need to get a copy of your pics from the trip some time.

Kathleen said...

I hope your sister who closed her eyes wasn't driving, LOL!
Great pics and it looks like a fun trip!

Samaiyardwkk said...

I would be just like your sister with my eyes closed!! Looks so beautiful there. We regret not going there while we lived in Indiana. Katherine