Mackinac Island Vacation: Photos of Things to See and Do

Updated on September 2, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Horses & carriages seen on Mackinac Island
Horses & carriages seen on Mackinac Island | Source

Our good friends Lisa and Doug Hammel who vacationed on Mackinac Island this year came back with loads of photos and wonderful memories.

They knew ahead of time that this was one location in which I was interested. I had heard much about this island from my grandparents who had vacationed there as well as others who also had fond memories of this wondrous place.

Upon their return we spent some time talking about their experiences. They were willing to share the wonderful pictures that they had taken while on their recent vacation and let me post them here.

Mackinac Island Scenery
Mackinac Island Scenery | Source

Thus this series of articles has come about because of their talking about things to see and things to do while on that most scenic of islands situated in Lake Huron just off of the coastline of Michigan.

I wrote an article already on historic Fort Mackinac and the place it has in history. The Grand Hotel plus the movies made there and the ambiance of that majestic place with the world's longest porch has already been featured.

This article shows numerous photos of what the scenery looks like. It also has tidbits of other information regarding how people spend time on that unique island which allows no motorized vehicles.

Enjoy the photos and videos!

Horses and carriages on Mackinac Island
Horses and carriages on Mackinac Island | Source

Horses and Carriages

These are the common modes of transporting people around the late 19th century atmosphere of Mackinac Island because of the ban on motorized vehicles. Bicycling and walking are the other most common ways of getting around.

Pedestrians and the horses and carriages have the right of way so those who bicycle have to stay alert and obey these rules.

Photos of Mackinac Island Transportation

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Common mode of transportation on Mackinac Island | Source
Common mode of transportation on Mackinac Island
Common mode of transportation on Mackinac Island | Source
Common mode of transportation on Mackinac Island
Common mode of transportation on Mackinac Island | Source
Common mode of transportation on Mackinac Island - Yes...even a hearse (funeral coach)
Common mode of transportation on Mackinac Island - Yes...even a hearse (funeral coach) | Source
Common mode of transportation on Mackinac Island
Common mode of transportation on Mackinac Island | Source

Ferries

Most people arrive on Mackinac Island by way of the ferries that run back and forth from the mainland. That is how our friends and other people we know were transported to and from the island.

There is a small airstrip on the island for those with private airplanes but no place to refuel. So they must have enough fuel to not only land but also take off again.

Arch Rock

This is one of the natural features on Mackinac Island that draws numerous visitors just because of its sheer beauty. Formed of limestone Arch Rock frames views of the multi-hued Lake Huron and its rocky shoreline below.

The rock is fifty feet wide and is 146 feet above the water. Visitors can get close to this natural arch due to steps and railed pathways that have been constructed. Terrific vistas can be seen from that perspective.

Photos of Arch Rock

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Scenery of Mackinac Island as viewed from Arch Rock Photo of our friends Doug and Lisa at the rock Looking up at Arch Rock Rocky shoreline below Arch Rock
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Scenery of Mackinac Island as viewed from Arch Rock
Scenery of Mackinac Island as viewed from Arch Rock | Source
Photo of our friends Doug and Lisa at the rock
Photo of our friends Doug and Lisa at the rock | Source
Looking up at Arch Rock
Looking up at Arch Rock | Source
Rocky shoreline below Arch Rock
Rocky shoreline below Arch Rock | Source

Sugar Loaf Rock

This is another interesting natural rock feature on Mackinac Island. Sugar Loaf Rock stands 75 feet tall and is one of the largest limestone stacks in this part of the country.

It along with the Arch Rock are remnants of the Ice Age when glaciers covered this area and then receded when earth temperatures warmed.

Indian lore is connected with both of these places.

Sugar Loaf Rock
Sugar Loaf Rock | Source

Lighthouses

The iconic Round Island Lighthouse operated from 1895 to 1948 when it was replaced by a more modern lighthouse by the U.S. Coast Guard.

People traveling to and from Mackinac Island all pass near the uninhabited round island where this old and historic lighthouse is currently undergoing preservation.

The Round Island Lighthouse is a landmark feature often photographed in the Straits of Mackinac. It was another site featured in the movie Somewhere in Time along with the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Round Island is primarily a forest preserve and consists of 378 acres (153 ha) of land.

Our friends ended up getting several photos of the lighthouse along with others of its more modern replacement called the Round Island Passage Lighthouse (also known as the Mackinac Island Lighthouse) which is only 600 meters apart from the older one.

It sits out further in the channel helping to protect the shipping lanes in the Straits of Mackinac which is the body of water connecting Lake Michigan with Lake Huron. The Round Island Passage Lighthouse has operated since 1948 and became automated in 1973.

Views of Original and Newer Round Island Lighthouse

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View of both Round Island Lighthouse & Round Island Channel Lighthouse (just above treeline).
View of both Round Island Lighthouse & Round Island Channel Lighthouse (just above treeline). | Source
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Channel lighthouse | Source
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View of both | Source

Butterflies

Obviously in addition to all of the natural and historic features on Mackinac Island, these colorful butterflies featured below caught our friend's attention and are now frozen in time due to their photographic efforts.

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Churches

Our friends captured three of the four churches in photos that are located on Mackinac Island.

The oldest church building in all of Michigan and one that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places was built in 1829 and is called the Historic Mission Church. It is pictured below.

It was a Congregational church and while it is now a part of the state park service and no longer operates as a church, with special arrangements marriages can be performed on site.

Mission Church
Mission Church | Source

The other churches are the following:

  • Little Stone Church
  • St. Anne's Catholic Church
  • Trinity Episcopal Church

Churches

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Little Stone Church Stained glass window inside the Little Stone Church St. Anne's Catholic ChurchSt. Anne CemeteryTrinity Episcopal Church
Little Stone Church
Little Stone Church | Source
Stained glass window inside the Little Stone Church
Stained glass window inside the Little Stone Church | Source
St. Anne's Catholic Church
St. Anne's Catholic Church | Source
St. Anne Cemetery
St. Anne Cemetery | Source
Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church | Source

Victorian Cottages

The styles of these wonderful houses (deemed cottages) by the wealthy people who originally had them built on Mackinac Island in the last century are primarily Victorian in nature.

Our friend Doug is an architect and he loves seeing the different patterns and materials utilized in construction. Lisa has worked in interior design and also appreciates form, function and artistry.

One thing that many of these residences have in common are the proud flying of the American flag.

Many American flags flown on Mackinac Island.
Many American flags flown on Mackinac Island. | Source

Wondrous gardens also surround the majority of these Victorian cottages which add textures, colors and beauty to each place as can be viewed in the photos featured below.

Homes and Gardens of Mackinac Island

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Golf

The Grand Hotel has two separate nine hole golf courses in which guests as well as non guests can play.

The Wawashkamo golf club has nine holes but 18 tees which can change the game dynamics depending upon which tee one uses.

There is also a putt-putt golf course that is fun for families with a full eighteen holes.

Golf clubs are available for rental so there is no need to bring them along on a trip to Mackinac Island. Just practice your swing and enjoy the views and hopefully your score if that even matters.

Golf

Doug visiting one site of golf
Doug visiting one site of golf | Source
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Fudge

Our friend Lisa loves her sweets and before she even left on this particular vacation to Mackinac Island she was delighted to know that the making of fudge is a specialty on the island. According to reports after she returned she was not disappointed!

Apparently there are six different vendors selling their homemade versions of this sweet treat on the island.

Mackinac Island Fudge 6 Slice Box
Mackinac Island Fudge 6 Slice Box

People can still get a taste of fudge from this island even if they cannot travel there in person. Nice!

 

Dusk and Sunset

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Approaching sunset view from Mackinac Island
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Water Views

It goes without saying that Mackinac Island has an abundance of water views. The shoreline is rocky and can be accessed from many different points while bicycling or walking around the island. Of course the aquatic scenery from being driven around by horse and carriage is also wonderful.

The range and saturation of colors in the water depends upon lighting and the time of day but suffice it to say it is beautiful. Here are a few photos below that show some of the color hues and scenery.

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Rocky shoreline on Mackinac IslandRocky shoreline on Mackinac IslandDoug with the gorgeous aqua, green and blue tinged water as a backdrop.Doug View of the bridge from the islandHarbor with ferries and yachtsPretty rainbow at Mackinac Island
Rocky shoreline on Mackinac Island
Rocky shoreline on Mackinac Island | Source
Rocky shoreline on Mackinac Island
Rocky shoreline on Mackinac Island | Source
Doug with the gorgeous aqua, green and blue tinged water as a backdrop.
Doug with the gorgeous aqua, green and blue tinged water as a backdrop. | Source
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View of the bridge from the island
View of the bridge from the island | Source
Harbor with ferries and yachts
Harbor with ferries and yachts | Source
Pretty rainbow at Mackinac Island
Pretty rainbow at Mackinac Island | Source
Seasons of Mackinac (Michigan Photographic)
Seasons of Mackinac (Michigan Photographic)

Nice to have professional photos in a book such as this to remember one's vacation and/or for armchair dreaming of a vacation on this island.

 

Whether coming for just a day or spending more time, a Mackinac Island vacation offers something for everyone. I'll end this article with a few additional photos.

Hopefully this will have given readers of this article ideas of what there is to do and see while there.

Thanks Doug and Lisa for sharing all of your wonderful photos!

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Looking down upon a portion of the Grand Hotel.Grand Hotel as viewed from the water.Mackinac Island sceneryLisa and DougMackinac Island sceneryLisa, Doug and their host from the Market Street InnMarket Street Inn on Mackinac IslandMackinac Island Public LibraryMackinac Island sceneryMackinac Island sceneryLisa and Doug (and others) exploring Mackinac Island.
Looking down upon a portion of the Grand Hotel.
Looking down upon a portion of the Grand Hotel. | Source
Grand Hotel as viewed from the water.
Grand Hotel as viewed from the water. | Source
Mackinac Island scenery
Mackinac Island scenery | Source
Lisa and Doug
Lisa and Doug | Source
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Mackinac Island scenery | Source
Lisa, Doug and their host from the Market Street Inn
Lisa, Doug and their host from the Market Street Inn | Source
Market Street Inn on Mackinac Island
Market Street Inn on Mackinac Island | Source
Mackinac Island Public Library
Mackinac Island Public Library | Source
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Mackinac Island scenery | Source
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Mackinac Island scenery | Source
Lisa and Doug (and others) exploring Mackinac Island.
Lisa and Doug (and others) exploring Mackinac Island. | Source
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Ahh...pure serenity!
Ahh...pure serenity! | Source

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello cam8510,

      Am sure those lights on the Mackinac Island Bridge are spectacular at night with the reflections in the water. Nice that you have gotten to visit the island on so many occasions. :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi thumbi7,

      It certainly is a dreamland of sorts. Visiting Mackinac Island in some respects is like taking a step back in time. Glad you liked our friends photos which they graciously shared with me and allowed me to use.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      I am not that fond of fudge so could easily skip that but I agree with you that the Arch Rock is a beauty on Mackinac Island and a not to be missed site of interest. Hope we both get there someday! :)

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      You've written a very fine hub about Mackinac Island.

      My home is in Traverse City, Michigan, about a hundred miles south of Mackinac Island. I've been there many times, and it is a wonderful, magical place. I recommend finding a good bed and breakfast out of season as a fun way to get to know the island. And don't miss the lights of Mackinac Bridge at night.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello claptona,

      You probably have very special memories particularly because you worked there some 40 years ago. You would have spent more time there than many of the visitors to Mackinac Island. I know that our friends enjoyed that homemade fudge as well as all of the other sites.

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      JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

      Excellent hub with georgeous photos.

      Another dreamland to visit :)

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Love to see that Arch Rock. We will make a bee line for it if we are ever in the area. I will need to see if I can sneak some of that fudge past the wife.

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      John D Wilson 2 years ago from Earth

      Glad to hear Mackinac Island is still running along.

      Worked there 40 years ago.

      Can't remember the name of the hotel I worked in. (know it wasn't the Grand Hotel)

      Workers cleaning up the poop from the horses, wonderful shoreline and lets not forget about the home made fudge!

      Nice hub, brought back some good memories.

      Best of luck!

      Cheers

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Mackinac Island does sound heavenly this time of year particularly for those of us who are sweltering in the hot Texas summer heat. We may be a few degrees cooler than you are but with our humidity, am sure we are just as (or even more) miserable with these high temperatures. We simply limit our time outdoors and stay in air conditioning much more this time of year. Hope you are staying cool also!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Excellent photos! This is the perfect place to visit in the summer, especially if one lives in the South. We are to be a hundred degrees everyday for the foreseeable future -- give or take a degree. Yesterday it was 98. I be Mackinac Island is so nice and cool!

      I pinned a photo of one of those beautiful old houses to my 'White III' board. Going to share this. Maybe someone planning their vacation or like me, just wanting to be where it's much cooler will see it and it will be the answer to their prayers. If I could depend on my car to get up north and back without issue, I'd go up there for the summer.

      Hope you are managing to stay cool!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings renee21,

      Hope you get to visit Mackinac Island someday. Sounds as though it would make a great honeymoon spot. Good luck on that part of your plans also. :)

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      renee21 2 years ago

      Wow! I have always wanted to visit Mackinac Island! These are awesome travel tips! I plan to go whenever I get married, though I don't know when that will happen, because I don't even have a boyfriend. Great hub!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Barbara Kay,

      Too bad your grandson had an ear ache which undoubtedly impacted your visit to Mackinac Island. Hopefully you will get to spend more quality time there in the future. :)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Mackinac Island would be a dream vacation for many people. Thanks for your comment and the additional pin and share.

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I'd love to go back there. When we made the trip, my Grandson was only 3 and got an ear ache. I for one hadn't spent all the time I wanted when we had to go back on the ferry.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Pinned this again to my 'Travel' board with a different photo of Round Island Lighthouse. Several people keep coming around to repin one of your other lighthouse photos from a different article, so maybe they would like this one too. Also sharing with followers. This would be a great place to vacation right about now.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      I need to check out your color boards. Thanks for the pins and votes.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to pin this hub and instead I pinned it twice! Yes, once to my 'pink' board, and once to my 'white' board. For some reason my color boards are very popular, so I thought it might get more exposure there. Absolutely fabulous photos and so many of them! Voted on this hub AGAIN too. Up and BAUI.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Amanda 108,

      So glad that this collection of photos from our friends brought back happy memories for you of visiting Mackinac Island years ago. Thanks for your comment.

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      It's been years since I visited Mackinac Island but you've brought back memories! And what a collection of photos! I found myself going, "I remember that spot!" throughout.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      We never visited Mackinac Island when we lived up north either...but it certainly looks like a destination type of place worth the time and effort to see. Thanks for your comment, the 5 star rating, votes and share. Appreciate it! :)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      So many gorgeous photos! I love them all. My computer is acting up again so I was unable to watch the videos so I'll have to come back to do that, but the photos were just fantastic, and on so many different things!

      Even though I didn't live that far away I never got to visit Mackinac Island, but one of my sisters did, and I remember her talking about it and how surprised I was that motor vehicles weren't allowed.

      Superb hub as always. Voted up, BAUI, and will share! Also, another 5 stars!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      I also hope to see the beauty and serenity of Mackinac Island in person someday. At least we both have ideas of what there is to do and see because of the generosity of my friends sharing their photos and experiences. Thanks for your votes and the share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is just awesomely beautiful. I wish I get to see such a serene and naturally beautiful place someday. Lovely photos and a great presentation here.

      Voted up and awesome and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Glimmer Twin Fan,

      So nice to hear from another person who has enjoyed Mackinac Island by riding bicycles around it. That, walking or riding horses or horse drawn carriages are the only modes of transportation which is a nice respite from the busy lives we normally lead. Glad that you liked the photos! Appreciate your comment.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Just beautiful. Thanks to mary615 for sharing this. We love Mackinac Island. We rented bikes when we were there and had a perfect day riding around the entire island. Not a cloud in the sky and nice and cool. Wish we could have spend more time there. The photos are lovely. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi barbergirl,

      What a thrill for you to be able to experience Mackinac Island when the lilacs were in bloom and you were performing in a band. Hopefully you & your husband will get back there someday together to enjoy it. I also look forward to visiting it someday as our friends have who were so generous with their photos & accounts of vacationing there.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I got a chance to go to Mackinac Island when I was a freshman in highschool. As a part of the Band we marched in the Lilac Parade. We only spent about 4 days for this trip and that included a stay off the island but it sure brought a rush of memories seeing these photos, as I have some that are very familiar. My husband is a history buff and I have always wanted to take him there. Sadly though - we never got a chance when we lived in Wisconsin. However, I am sure we will be back one day and then we can make a trip out of it! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dawnrichard,

      Glad that you enjoyed the great photos taken by our friends when they were visiting Mackinac Island on their vacation. I enjoyed seeing them as well and thank them for letting me use them to illustrate this hub. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dawnrichard 5 years ago

      Nice hub....The pics are so cute and nice. Thanks for writing such a nice hub.

      Dawnrichard

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello nybride710,

      Your entire family should have a wonderful time during your vacation on Mackinac Island...especially your horse loving children and photographer husband and you, being a history buff. You will probably be smiling most of the time! Enjoy it and perhaps you will wish to write a hub about your own experiences there. If you do, let me know and perhaps we can link our articles. Thanks for your comment.

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Just booked our vacation for August 20-24 on the island. We can't wait. My daughters, who will be 16 and 13 by then, are horse fanatics. Their faces sure lit up when I told them that's how people get around there. I'm a huge history buff and can't wait to see the sites, and last but not least is my husband the photographer.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lisa,

      So glad that you liked what I did with information about a Mackinac Island Vacation. It wouldn't have been the same without your photos. Thank you again for letting me use them. Appreciate it!

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      Lisa H. 5 years ago

      You have done a wonderful job capturing the uniqueness of Mackinac Island - thank you Peggy! Reading your hub was like going on our vacation all over again and reliving the happy memories. I would highly recommend visiting this wonderful place to anyone - is is not to be missed! AND, the fudge really is amazing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Not surprising that you would not have known about Mackinac Island from your part of the world in which you live. There are many people in the U.S. who are also not familiar with it. It is a jewel of an island and so different from many others. Glad to be able to introduce it to you. Thanks for your comment and rating.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Peggy. Sorry for late to know this hub. Wow...you have done a great work here. I love this hub and the Mackinac Island as well. I had never heard about this island before. But with this hub you open my eyes about another beautiful island in the world. Thank you very much for share with us. Rated up!

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hanna,

      Mackinac Island is certainly different from many other islands around the world because of the ban on motorized vehicles. Lots of pedestrians, bicycles and horse drawn carriages as you saw in this hub. Thanks for your comment and we can thank my friends for the photos.

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      That must be paradise. Especially for me - only horse-drawn-carriages. Thank you for writing such an explicit report on Mackinac Island. Great photos.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      So glad that this hub regarding a Mackinac Island vacation brought back good memories for you. Thanks for your comment.

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      judio 5 years ago

      I remember visiting as a child with my folks and was amazed they did not allow automobiles. Visited again about 25 years ago. Great trip down memory lane.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Will have to see if our friends want me to do any more of their vacation travels. Haha! I learned so much about Mackinac Island doing the research for this hub and loved seeing all of their photos. Glad that you and others are enjoying it as well. Thanks for your comment.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow, what a finale for Mackinac series Peggy! That has got to be the finest collection of historic houses I've ever seen. The Arch Rock reminds of the Natural Bridge in Virgina and while I'm at it can only wish for such a variety of colorful butterflies down here. Once again, thanks go out to the Hammels, and to you Peggy for bringing the charm and beauty of Mackinac Island to the HP. Oh, just saw were no cars are allowed so another gold star!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

      I think that people from the Mid-West part of the country are more likely to have heard of Mackinac Island than perhaps others who live in more distant places. Glad that I could introduce it to you. It certainly makes for a different lifestyle with no motorized vehicles being allowed on the island! Thanks for your comment.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lovely hub, Peggy. I had never heard of this island. It looks like a little paradise. I would love to live there! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      That fudge video was interesting and something that people visiting Mackinac Island can easily see and of course taste if they like sweet treats. Thanks for commenting on this hub about a Mackinac Island vacation. Hope you get there in person someday per your wishes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Coolmon2009,

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed this hub regarding Mackinac Island including the video about the churches and the butterfly photos that our friends took while on vacation there. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great photos and videos. You have given valuable information on beautiful Mackinac Island. The preparation of the fudge is very interesting. Lots of interesting sites to see. I would love to vacation in Mackinac Island in the near future. Great hub and lovely photos and videos.

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I would love to visit this island. I like the video of the church and the pictures of the butterflies; Nice Article

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I would love to visit this island. I like the church video and the pictures of the butterflies; Good Article.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Darlene,

      Those old fashioned white steepled churches do look nice and the little stone church looks charming. Our friends certainly had taken some wonderful photos during the time spent on their Mackinac Island vacation. Thanks for leaving a comment. Merry Christmas!

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      Darlene 5 years ago

      Loved the photos and especially the little churches.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Leah,

      Visiting Mackinac Island would be a fun outing for your family which certainly has history there. So your inlaws actually met there and your father-in-law made fudge. Small world! Does he still make fudge today using smaller measurements? I'll bet they have some interesting stories to tell of their time spent working on the island! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      Thanks for letting me use your Cedar Waxwing photo that you took while on Mackinac Island. That is quite a photo! Appreciate your comment since you have also been there and know what a vacation on Mackinac Island is like. I almost feel as though I have been there with all of the time spent compiling these three hubs. Beautiful island! Maybe someday we will get there to see it in person.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Debbie,

      Yes, I would imagine that Mackinac Island is beautiful at Christmas although one would not get to see some of the normal sites such as the interactive displays at Fort Mackinac since the season would have ended in October. I think I would much rather visit during the spring, summer or early fall months of the year when the gardens are full of flowers and the temperatures are milder. Glad that you liked this hub.

      Merry Christmas and thanks for your Christmas greetings and your comment.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Beautiful hub, Peggy! My in-laws met on Mackinac Island (they both worked there, and my father-in-law made fudge)! He still remembers the fudge recipe, though the quantities are really high for home use, lol! My husband and I should take the kids there, since we're only about 8 hours away. That would be a really fun get-away. The water looks so clear and blue!

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      Gene Jasper 5 years ago

      Again, compliments to MS. Hammell on her photos! And to you for compiling this hub. Good job.

      Gene

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      These are awesome pictures.. I would love to go there. the videos are superb. No cars.. YEAH!!!!

      THANKS for SHARING.. I bet it is pretty around Christmas..

      Merry Christmas

      Debbie

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello NMLady,

      Oh how I love lilacs! That would be a wonderful time of year to visit Mackinac Island. Thanks for adding the information you did to this hub. Will make a note of that movie that you suggested. Thanks for the very first comment.

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      NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      We absolutely love Mackinac Island. We try to get there when the lilacs are all blooming....there are thousands of them!

      Once we stayed at the Grand Hotel. What a wonderful experience that was!

      Mostly we stay at St. Ignace in our RV. Driving that bridge even during the good times (for low wind) is quite an experience in an RV!!!

      We also love Escanaba....neat little town. Do see Michgander Jeff Daniel's ode to Escanaba movie, Escanaba in da Moonlight.

      Sigh....will get to MI sometime next year, hopefully. gotta see the fam and the sights! July 4th fireworks over the lake...ahhh....

      Thanks for the nice stroll down memory lane!

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