Hidden Gem - Beautiful Mackinac Island in the Great Lakes

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Mackinac Island is the Jewel of the Great Lakes. It is pronounced with a 'w' at the end such as Mackinaw which is why it is commonly misspelled, however, Mackinac is the correct spelling.

To visit this charming destination is to travel back in time. There are no motor cars on the island other than emergency vehicles. The preferred modes of transportation are bicycles and horse & carriage rides. The sound of hoofs clomping on the streets and the aroma of fresh baked fudge in the air transport you to a most pleasant time and place. You literally feel as though you have traveled back in time.

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On this island there are no hotel or restaurant chains. All businesses are privately owned. And yes, it is truly an island so the only way to get there is via ferry.

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The Grand Hotel of Mackinac is spectacular. A 100 white rocking chairs on the world's longest porch lined in red carpet greets you as you enter. You feel like royalty just entering the hotel. With over 329 rooms, no two rooms are alike. Prices range from $329-$1650 per night. The Grand Hotel has kept the integrity of Old World architect and is a special place to visit if not to spend the night just for the day. It is most famously known for being the location where the movie Somewhere In Time starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour was filmed in 1972. Private tours are available as well as Afternoon Tea Party Tours where you dine in the style of a 1800's tea time with scones and pastries that will tickle your fancy. And as any true grand hotel it is encompasses ghost stories and tales of haunting measures.

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Mackinac Island is an enchanting magical place with its forests, fudge and ice cream shops, fine dining and shopping that has both the grandeur and the quaintness like none you'll ever visit and leaves you with a melancholy feeling almost dreading your return to the real world. Whether you rent a bicycle and explore on your own, wander around the Grand Hotel, take one of the numerous tours available or just wine and dine at a restaurant you will be sure to fall in love with Mackinac Island.

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Be sure to visit Mackinac Island during the summer months, however because all the Clydesdale horses on the whole island are shipped off the island to escape the cold temperatures and harsh conditions. After all, the horses are the most beloved creatures on the island, are well taken care of and they deserve a vacation too.

 

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Lorraine

Travel Editor

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