Monday, August 28, 2006

Ah, Michigan!

Well, my husband and I finally got to go on vacation this summer. My brother decided to get married, and that gave us a chance to see family and friends and visit the great state of Michigan.

Here are a few highlights from the trip.

Mackinac Island
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.

Cherry Republic
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!
Another thing we liked was the owner's sense of humor. One gift tin said it all: "Canada is a Country. The United States is a Nation. The Cherry Republic is an Empire."


Blogger Ted said...

I wanted to visit Mackinac Island ever since we visited Interlochen in northern MI a couple years ago. These photos rekindle that old interest!

Mon Sep 11, 06:35:00 PM  
Anonymous spring said...

Highly recommended! It’s a wonderful day trip. After shopping, eating fudge, looking (from afar) at the Grand Hotel, and ridding around the island (an 8-mile perimeter), you’ve pretty much seen and done it all. You can also visit Fort Mackinac, but it’s an extra $11 per person. I’ve never seen the fort—after paying $20 for the ferry and $8 per hour on the bike, we opted out of that one.

Once I actually stayed on the island over night, and it was wonderful! The hotels and bed & breakfasts are absolutely beautiful. You really do feel as if you’ve traveled back in time.

Tue Sep 12, 05:09:00 AM  

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