Took one of my first real vacations this weekend and went to Mackinac Island. After going there, I can honeslty say that I have a huge appreciation of the way folk who lived 100+ years ago carried on their daily lives. The entire island is similar to going back in time. There are only three vehicles total on the island. A police car, an ambulence, and a fire truck. That is all. People who live on the island (around 700) get around by either bycicle, or walking. I probably walked a good 20-30 miles while on the island and it was absolutely awesome to not have to "be somewhere" within a set period of time. We stayed at the Grand Hotel which runs around $700/night and is a 5 star hotel. Even there, the interior and exterior is decorated the same as it was in the early 1900'*/late 1800'*. You are not to be seen wandering the hotel after 6 PM unless you are in your 'best' clothing. (Full suit and tie.) The breakfast/dinner was included in the $700/night price, and the dinner was a seven course meal! It was really good I'd have to say. lol. All workers in the hotel are foreign, or black, in order to mimick those who originally worked at the hotel. It truely makes you feel as though you're living in another time, not a current one. It was a fantasy island for me, that'* for sure. I loved life in this mode as well.
On the bridge heading to the island. The bridge connects the lower peninsula and the upper peninsula of Michigan. You have to take a ferry from the U.P. to the island. (about 15 miles away from Michigan)
On the bridge itself:
The Ferry we took to get to the island:
You'll notice some pictures have poorer quality than most of them. Those pictures were taken with my camera phone.
And now, back in time... This is the Grand Hotel we stayed in:
Much of the Hotel is lit from the outside at night. It looks amazing from far away!
An example of a lighting fixture that can be seen throughout the hotel:
The room we stayed in:
Old photograph of the hotel that was hung on a wall on the 4th floor.
We snuck into the garage where the carriages for the hotel are kept, and the horses. "taxis" on the island are all horse drawn.
This is the dining room of the hotel. It seats 900 people. It is huge!
Second class stairwell.
The town of Mackinac. Notice all the horse-drawn carriages and how old-styled the homes are. Most of them were built in the mid 1800'*. No homes have drive-ways either as they were not needed. A gate was used for most homes to walk through from the street or sidewalk. Definatley different than most of us are used to!
These pictures are of Fort Mackinac. Before the USA acquired the land that is now Michigan and upper Michigan/the islands off of Michigan, the British were in control of Mackinac Island. They built a fort there during the revolutionary war to defend the island. The fort was never used though for any battles.