What can I say about this place?
One of the first things you notice once you step off the ferry is the silence. With a permanent population of just under 500 people, this island has kept it’s old world charm by banning all motorized vehicles.
No scooters, no cars, no motorcycles. Nothing.
No taxi cabs clogging the sides of the roads, all lined up for a fair. No horns beeping. No exhaust to choke on. Nothing.
So what does one do if they want to get around this 8.3 mile island? Well…you can walk, rent a bicycle, rent a horse and go on horseback, take a horse and buggy tour…
One Of The Many Horse And Buggy Tours Around The Island
Or do what we did and rent your own horse and buggy from Jack’s Livery Stable and drive yourself.
If you don’t feel like your up to driving your own horse and buggy, you can always hail a taxi.
Yup…they do have taxi’s on the island. But this is what you’ll get.
Imagine this. You get off the ferry. The hotel staff takes your luggage from the ferry staff and loads it on a horse and buggy. The hotel has their own hotel “shuttle” for the guests.
The Grand Hotel Horse And Carriage.
They really go all out for the transportation back and forth to the hotel.
The drivers wear top hats and tails and the horses are all dressed up to the nines.
It’s just beautiful watching them clickity clack down the street.
Along our route we saw this beautiful little stone church from 1899. It’s a popular spot to get married.
We also saw some beautiful vistas.
A Cute Church Overlooking The Bay
Part of the trail led us to “Arch Rock“. They had a great place to pull over the carriage and view it.
The View From The Top Walkway By Arch Rock
Arch Rock On Mackinac Island
Once we were done with our carriage ride, we wandered around town, on foot, and went shopping.
Mackinac Island is famous for their fudge. But let’s face it, this whole area is known for their fudge. So yes, of course, we had to buy more fudge. We found Sander’s Candies which has been making fudge and candy since 1875!
And no…we did not eat it all. We were told that it freezes well. So that was our plan. Eat a little, then freeze the rest. And yes, we stuck to this plan and our freezer has fudge in it right now.
Although I can not guarantee it will be their long.
We found America’s oldest grocery store.
America’s Oldest Grocery Store, Doud’s.
Although no one is really around to dispute this fact. So I’ll take their word for it.
Their are lots of cute mom and pop places. In the mist of all these cute shops we found a Starbucks.
A Really Pretty Place Right On The Water On Mackinac Island
Here’s a close up picture of their doorway.
What a cute entrance way. At least we thought so. Everyone really keeps their properties up here really well. I suppose that’s par for the course living on a tourist island though. I can only imagine the stern letter you’d get from the town about not having your lawn kept up.
We had a wonderful and peaceful time on the island. This is definitely worth the drive over here, then a quick 15 minute ferry ride to the island, if you find yourselves in Michigan. We met all sorts of people who were from different areas of Michigan that come up here to this area for some R&R.
So that must mean something.
We look forward to getting back to this part of Michigan some day…
…And enjoying more fudge of course.