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Mackinac Island

Recently my family and I visited Mackinac Island, a small island located north of Michigan where no motor vehicles are allowed, restricting transportation to foot, bicycle, and horse & buggy.

horse and buggy travel

It’s a really neat place and a family tradition on my father’s side of the family. In fact, we still have a few members who live on the island year round which is CRAZY — unless you like the snow. They do. :)

west bluff

This shot was taken looking up West Bluff Road, a street lined with beautiful cottage mansions where people stay and enjoy the northern Michigan summers on the island.

view from The Grand Hotel

This view is looking down toward the town from The Grand Hotel, the famous location where the movie Somewhere In Time was filmed.

view from Mackinac Fort

And another view from up top of the “mountain” (taken from Fort Mackinac) showing the beautiful harbor.

ferry boat

Ferry boats take visitors to and from the island and are quite a sight to see with their huge rooster tails besides being a lot of fun to ride!


Lilacs flourish on the island and are the focus of the Lilac Festival every June. Dipping my nose in returned a breath rich in memory as I recall the scents of my grandmother’s drawer liners and perfume.

arch rock

Arch Rock is probably one of the most photographed spots on the island. On a clear day you can see the Upper Peninsula and even Canada beyond!

clean clear lake water

And look at that crystal clear water!

harbor view inn

We stayed at the Harbor View Inn, a lovely bed and breakfast located on the east end of the island.

patio view from Harbor View Inn

Relaxing comes natural at a place where patios are lined with flowers and drenched in garden view. And then of course, there’s the fudge. Mackinac Island is known for its fudge and you can’t walk a single block without passing at least two different fudge shops. Or candy shops, ice cream… I think it’s the only tourist destination where sweet shops are more prevalent than gift shops!

 Mackinac town

It’s a dream destination for our family and the first time my kids have visited since they were babies. Both loved it and are ready to spend their summers on the island. And why not? It’s a FUN place to have fun.

rainy day on Mackinac

Even rainy days can’t keep us away!

6 thoughts on “Mackinac Island

  1. Diane Burton says:

    Lovely pictures, Dianne. Mackinac Island is one of my fav spots.

    1. DianneV says:

      Mine, too. :) And NOT just because of the fudge!! LOL

  2. Samantha Lane says:

    Looks like a very lovely place. I love the idea of no motorized vehicles. I’m ready to visit!

    1. DianneV says:

      It’s a wonderful place to visit and a must for your vacation bucket list!

  3. Tim Hygh says:

    These were beautiful photos that you took of the Island, Dianne. I am so glad that you were able to experience what your family members experience yearlong. It is still quite the place to live despite the snow in the winter!

    1. DianneV says:

      It’s one of my favorite places! In fact, I’m considering setting my next romantic mystery series on the island… :)

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