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Horse-drawn carriages, strict Victorian dress codes and NO cars: The Michigan island stuck...
AP ^ | June 12, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 06/12/2013 10:40:42 AM PDT by C19fan

An Island in Michigan has kept Victorian-era charm thanks to its ban on motor vehicles and has become a huge tourist draw for its quaint ways. Motor vehicles have been banned on the island since the start of the 20th century after an automobile frightened some of the horses. These days, people still travel by horse-drawn carriage, as well as by bike and by foot. Mackinac Island, located off the Straits of Mackinac separating Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas, was an important outpost in the region's fur trade, but that gave way to fishing and eventually tourism. Among the main attractions: the Grand Hotel, a 385-room luxury hotel that played a central role in the 1980 romantic science fiction film, Somewhere in Time.

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TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: mackinac; michigan; victorian
On my bucket list of places to see. I wonder if the feminazis have tried to eliminate the No Slacks (Bloomers if using proper Victoriana) rule for ladies at the Grand Hotel? I guess the PIAPS will never set foot there. :0
1 posted on 06/12/2013 10:40:42 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Been there once, it’s nice, if if a bit tourist trappy. Don’t forget to buy some fudge while you’re there...


2 posted on 06/12/2013 10:45:59 AM PDT by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: Kommodor

Locals use the derisive term “fudgies” to describe tourists from the Detroit area who descend and gorge themselves on fudge for three months out of the year.


3 posted on 06/12/2013 10:55:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: C19fan

“The Grand Hotel is such a draw among tourists that non-guests must pay a $10 admission fee.”

Not unless you sneak in. ;^)


4 posted on 06/12/2013 10:56:30 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: C19fan

Stayed there, at the Grand Hotel, several times with my Grandparents back in the early Fifties. I have watercolors my Grandma painted there. It was quite a magical place back then!


5 posted on 06/12/2013 10:58:01 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

And the trolls (people who live in the lower peninsula ie under the bridge have a name for those who package that fudge.


6 posted on 06/12/2013 11:06:49 AM PDT by fudimo
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To: C19fan

If in Michigan try several islands that do exist:
Les Cheneaux Island (East of Mackinac Island)

This Islands are on Lake Superior:
Grand Island near Munising (Pictured Rocks is nearby too)
Isle Royale National park (Nearby Copper Harbor) This is part of the Keenewaw Bay area even though you have to take a ferry to the island

Wisconsin has the Apostle Islands too.


7 posted on 06/12/2013 11:09:31 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: C19fan

No cars but an airport.


8 posted on 06/12/2013 11:09:44 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: C19fan
Grand Hotel
9 posted on 06/12/2013 11:13:20 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: C19fan

I boarded a ferryboat and spent the day there. I probably couldn’t afford the hotels there, the place is so popular. It has a lot of charm. Bike rentals are cheap, and I pedalled the entire perimeter of the island and then criss-crossed the interior. The old fort is great!


10 posted on 06/12/2013 11:19:24 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: C19fan

I found just one single family residential property for sale on Mackinack Island - an 8 bed 11 bath place for 2.9mil - it probably houses a B&B


11 posted on 06/12/2013 11:20:47 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: cripplecreek

FYI


12 posted on 06/12/2013 11:42:17 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: opentalk

I have a picture on my wall just below that particular railing.

I am on a horse with the Grand Hotel balcony on one shoulder behind me and the top of Lake Michigan off the other shoulder.


13 posted on 06/12/2013 11:42:54 AM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I remember going to Disneyland in the late 50s and early 60s. It was truly magical then.

Went to Disneyworld in 1980. Thoroughly tacky.


14 posted on 06/12/2013 11:44:25 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: SatinDoll

Good Memories Bookmark


15 posted on 06/12/2013 11:53:20 AM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: SatinDoll

Used to go to the Islington hotel for a week, then The Grand Hotel for another.
Kinda similar hotels from the same era,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islington_Hotel


16 posted on 06/12/2013 11:57:57 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: fudimo

Since you mentioned trolls below the bridge check this out partcularly if your from Ohio or live in the UP.
http://www.theusmat.com/natldesksatire.htm


17 posted on 06/12/2013 12:00:27 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Its cool but not my style. Give me Tahquamenon or just about anyplace along the Superior shore.

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18 posted on 06/12/2013 12:02:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

“Its cool but not my style. Give me Tahquamenon or just about anyplace along the Superior shore.”

Same with me, except I’d add that it would have to be in the fall after the biting bugs are done! Those beach flies could probably kill a person.


19 posted on 06/12/2013 12:20:11 PM PDT by Mrs. P (Figures can lie, and liars can figure.)
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To: Mrs. P
Those beach flies could probably kill a person.

LOL My girlfriend looked like I popped her in the eye after a deerfly bite.
20 posted on 06/12/2013 12:22:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

It still is quite something


21 posted on 06/12/2013 12:51:36 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: C19fan

Four years ago my husband had to speak at a conference at the Grand Hotel. We had never stayed there before. We enjoyed it. I was recovering from a fall, and he pushed me all over the island in a wheel chair. He earned his dinner and some of mine too! The flowers growing around the hotel are beautiful and well fertilized.;-) I did see one truck on the far side of the island. I think it was a repair vehicle of some sort. I have a picture somewhere as proof. I also saw someone having a large appliance delivered to their home on a horse drawn cart. Someone I knew in college got her first teaching position at the school on the island. I don’t think she stayed there long. If the lake freezes over, I believe transport to the island is by plane or snowmobile. That’s a little too isolated for me.


22 posted on 06/12/2013 1:38:19 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

WOW! A hotel!

My parents liked to rough it. We went to 1930s-era vacation bungalows on a hillside overlooking Avalon on Catalina Island off the coast of California (1957 & 1958). No room service, no carpets, but it did have a rustic kitchen with a depression era refrigerator and a really scary shower in the bathroom.

The beach was rocky rather than sandy, but the glass-bottom boats and the the flying fish in the Channel were kinda cool.

To travel to Catalina Island we took a steamer that had wooden benches on the outside decks. I think the island had an airport but I could be wrong on that; flying boats is what I remember.


23 posted on 06/12/2013 1:46:31 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: C19fan

We drove by the places where you get on boats.


24 posted on 06/12/2013 2:21:01 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: SatinDoll

Once my Sister was old enough to travel, my parents settled on beautiful Glen Lake Michigan as our regular vacation spot. Cottages, Very spare cottages! A stunning lake, with the huge Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in clear sight.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Lake


25 posted on 06/12/2013 2:22:09 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: C19fan

Dress warm for the ferry ride.

Even if its 80 degrees on shore in the middle of the straight its freezing ass.


26 posted on 06/12/2013 2:29:25 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Hulka
Airport! Do any public flights come in there?

The biggest downside to Mackinac Island is GETTING THERE!

27 posted on 06/12/2013 2:32:47 PM PDT by doberville
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To: Hulka
No cars but an airport.

Yeah, that's going to be a little tough without a motor. Gliding in, yes. Taking off, not so much.

28 posted on 06/12/2013 2:39:36 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Ha. Good one.


29 posted on 06/12/2013 2:41:12 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: C19fan

Over hyped vacation spot. The whole island smells of horse crap. Flys swarm everywhere and get on the fudge. The horses they use to pull the carts are some of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen, old and with something that resembles a snot covered mustache.


30 posted on 06/12/2013 3:21:59 PM PDT by dragonblustar (NSA, can you here me now?)
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To: C19fan

On my list of places to visit now. Thanks.


31 posted on 06/12/2013 3:23:40 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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And when you go, under no circumstances should you cross the bridge and go to Clyde’s Restaurant to get a 3/4 lb Big C burger loaded with everything, Onion Rings and a Large Coke.

Really, Don’t do it. Burgers everywhere else will never be the same.


32 posted on 06/13/2013 9:48:09 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-NOT IN MY TROOP)
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To: cripplecreek

drummomd island or kitchitikipi are my top choices. the mines at iron mountain and copper harbor are cool too.


33 posted on 06/13/2013 12:01:31 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: absolootezer0

kitchitikipi is a good one and relatively unknown which is part of what makes it good.


34 posted on 06/13/2013 12:09:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cyclotic

Taken under advisement. Many thanks.


35 posted on 06/13/2013 2:48:42 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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