Here are a few highlights from the trip.
Mackinac (pronounced Mak-i-naw) Island is one of my favorite places. This was my third visit, and I would go back every year if I had enough time and money. It offers beautiful sights, delicious fudge, and the wonderful experience of limited transportation (no cars or trucks are allowed on the island).
You can rent a horse and carriage or bicycles. My husband and I were brave enough to try the bicycle built for two—an experience that we will probably not choose again but was enjoyable nonetheless.
You can also visit the Grand Hotel (which appears in the movie Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymore—yes, I've seen it, and all I have to say is that it's better when you watch it on the island where it was filmed). But when speaking of the Grand Hotel, I use the word visit very loosely. This is about as close as you can get before some smarmy guard tells you that you have to pay to walk on the premises.
Another highlight of the trip was Cherry Republic, a fantastic stop in Glen Arbor. It's a combination bakery/café, cherry store, and winery. We had cherry chicken salad sandwhiches and cherry icecream for lunch before heading to the store to sample some of their products: cherry salsa, cherry barbeque sauce, chocolate covered cherries, and 8 different kinds of cherry jam—just to name a few!