22 June, 2010

Island Inspiration

By Emily Anderson
Just getting to Mackinac Island is inspiring. Travelers take a ferry from the mainland Michigan cities of St Ignace or Mackinac City. The views of Mackinac Island as you approach are breathtaking. Beautiful estates sit nestled high on the hill and the Grand Hotel (more on that later this week) sits poised for admiration.
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  • DSC01808The Grand Hotel
  • [caption id="attachment_4482" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Marina"]Marina[/caption]
    Tucked in Lake Huron, the small island is home to 500 year-round residents and a temporary respite to many, many more than that June through September. The best thing about Mackinac Island is that no cars are allowed. Upon entering the port, we were greeted with horse-drawn delivery "wagons" and taxis. Pedestrians, horses and bicycles rule the island - just watch your step.
    [caption id="attachment_4479" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="EVERYTHING is delivered by horse"]DSC01812[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_4480" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Horse-drawn taxi"]DSC01813[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_4481" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Main Street"]Main Street[/caption]

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