Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lake Michigan Road Trip // Mackinac Island Part 1

After a most excellent time at the Bear Ranch, we headed towards St. Ignace, where we intended to stay another night in the van. We planned on taking a ferry over the next morning (my birthday!), however on the ride down, my cold seemed to take a turn for the worse and became a full blown fever. Rather than spend another uncomfortable night in the van, we decided to head right over to the island. I am so glad we did! Having almost another full day, albeit a sick one, on beautiful Mackinac Island was amazing. This place was just so lovely, and we were blessed with amazing weather the entire time.

This is the first part of three of Mackinac Island posts. One will be solely devoted to my stay at the Grand Hotel!
This is where we made our last minute reservations - Harbor View Inn. It was quaint and pretty, nothing too grand, but it was so so SO amazing to sleep in a nice clean bed, especially because I was so sick. On the way back there from town I bought a bag of epsom salt from the market and took a long relaxing bath before going to bed. It was heavenly!
There are no cars on the island, so there are lots of bikes and horses. There are horses pulling pretty carriages, and horses pulling delivery trucks. They're all so handsome, even the garbage cart horses, haha. The most popular way to get around was by bicycle. Look how pretty this one is!
 The harbor that was the view from our Harbor View Inn.
After having dinner at the Pink Pony, we walked around a bit before heading back to the Inn. On our way we came across possibly the happiest seagull I've ever seen. He had this whole waffle cone to himself! It was so cute to watch him carry it around between bites. 
The next day was my birthday! We packed up, had our luggage delivered to the Grand Hotel, and made our way to Cindy's Riding Stable. This was what I was looking forward to the whole time - horseback riding! We rented two horses for a couple of hours. The guides set us on our way on the trails, and then left us alone.
This is the best way to see the world - through the ears of a horse. My stubborn boy was called Sundance. 



rae lovefromberlin said...

Mackinac Island sounds so lovely and I personally love the little inn you stayed at - love quaint looking places like that and the green walls in the place are also kind of incredible. So sorry to hear that you got so sick! hope you are feeling better.

Rae | Love from Berlin

Sarah Albertson said...

I think I've been there when I was little, but I don't remember anything about it, sadly. I really want to go back, your photos are lovely! Sorry you got sick, but at least you had a lovely room to rest up in :)

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