MACKINAC ISLAND MUST SEES


The sweet Month of May always conjures up memories of weekends away with Mr. Nine as it is our anniversary month and we always go away for Memorial Day weekend. When May arrives, thoughts of Summer, flowers, being by the water and spending as much time outside as possible is in full swing. I've mentioned before our love of Northern Michigan and located about 6 hours north of us is the famous and beautiful Mackinac Island. 

What makes this particular trip extra interesting as you wouldn't know it, but Mr. Nine is running a fever in these pictures. On our way up the night before he started feeling ill, but in no way was returning home. This man is such a trooper. He would plug away all day but then we'd head back to the hotel in the afternoons so he could rest. I read the entire Twillight series while he rested. I'll never forget his sacrifice and lack of illness complaints, in fact, down playing how sick he really was because he wanted to give me a great weekend. 

Upon returning home, Tuesday, he went to the doctor and had a horrible infection but thankfully string antibiotics took care of it and he was back to his strong self in no time. 


Our day on the island was picture perfect. The ferry ride over is about 15 minutes and we were blessed with a day full of sunshine and temps in the 60's! If you ever get the opportunity to go to Mackinac Island, here are some of the things we suggest you do while there. 


The neat thing about this Island is that cars were banned from it in the late 1800's so the modes of transportation are horses or bikes. 
We made the most of our day over on the island. The island us less than 4 square miles but it is packed with so many fun things to do and see.

One of the first things we went to was the Butterfly Conservatory...so cool!!


The scenery on the island is breathtaking!! The lilacs were in fill bloom and fragrant as can be!


Pansies in the Restaurant Window boxes...just Precious!!


The Magnificent GRAND Hotel!!
Built in 1887, there are 300 hundred rooms and no 2 are alike. Several Hollywood Films were filmed here as well.

One of my favorite things to do was rocking on the massive porch at The Grand Hotel. 
It is the largest front porch in the world with 660 ft.
I bet there were literally 100 Wicker rockers and just look at that view!!


Sea Biscuit Cafe
Our lunch on the island was at the recommended Sea Biscuit Cafe and it did not disappoint.



Known for their chicken salad, it was spectacular.

Arch Rock
Arch Rock is a geologic formation on Mackinac Island. It is a natural limestone arch that stands on the Lake Huron shoreline 146 feet (45 m) above the water. It is a focus of Mackinac Island tourism, and is seen by many visitors to the Island. Several trails and paved roads, including the aptly named Arch Rock Road & Arch Rock Bicycle Trail, lead to the formation. The pictures do not do it justice...so cool.


Outfit details: Boyfriend sweater from target, Jeans and ruffle tank from The Loft. Target Flop flips and Volcom Backpack

Let's go make the Monday Grand!
xoxo

57 comments:

  1. I love that cars are still not allowed on the island - makes it feel so much more exciting to explore and that arch is just amazing as is that grand hotel - it sort of looks like the grand Budapest hotel from the movie!! Mr. Nine is certainly a trooper for hanging out while ill!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. How lovely! What a great trip and so many incredible sights. That hotel - WOW! Have a lovey week!

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  3. What a beautiful place! I have family who live in Michigan and who have talked about visiting there, but I"ve never seen any pictures. That looks like the perfect relaxing vacation to me!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  4. My brother and his wife went there for their honeymoon. Such a neat place. I absolutely LOVE the fact that there are no cars. Awesome pictures - I hope to go someday!

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  5. We went there for a family vacation when I was little but I can barely remember it. It's such a quaint little spot to visit and I love that there are no cars allowed! I've always wanted to go back!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  6. Looks like a beautiful place and a wonderful getaway weekend. I hope Mr Nine is feeling better!!!

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  7. Wow that island is so adorable and looks perfect for a weekend getaway! You would never know from those pictures that Mr. Nine was running a fever--what a good hubby! Hope you have a wonderful Monday!!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  8. I LOVE Mackinac Island although I haven't been there in a few years. I'll have to go back soon!

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  9. Beautiful- I love seeing these getaway places of locations I would never know of!

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  10. How fun, Andrea! I always wanted to go there! Hopefully this summer! Also, I'm glad your hubs is feeling better! Infections are no joke!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  11. Sounds fun!! I have never been there but hope to some day. Poor Mr. Nine that was sick though!! What a guy he is to muscle through it to make it a nice weekend for you though!! Thank you for sharing and I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! :-)

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  12. Wow, everything looks so beautiful! Hope your husband is feeling better!

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  13. This is just absolutely beautiful! I need to make it Michigan one day!! Wish I traveled more!!

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  14. I have always wanted to go to Mackinac Island since seeing Somewhere In Time a million years ago! Your pictures are just beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this at Thoughts of Home, Andrea. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day. :)

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  15. As many times as I have been to Michigan growing up, I never made it to Mackinac Island! I have heard so many wonderful things, which is confirmed by all your pictures! May is our anniversary month too and we always go somewhere the weekend before Memorial Day! Happy Monday, Andrea!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  16. What a gorgeous place to visit and that lunch looks so yum! Bless your sweet husband for being ill and still giving you a great time away! The fact that you found time for reading is a treat all in itself! Happy Monday my gorgeous friend! XO -Kim

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  17. My God that place is gorgeous! I fell in love with all your pictures of it.

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  18. What a beautiful place! You'd never know he was sick just looking at these photos. What a trooper!

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  19. What a fun place to visit!!!! Happy Anniversary month! I love that you guys always go away for Memorial Day weekend :) So sweet!

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  20. Memorial Weekend will be here before you know it! What a fun trip to look forward to! You both look so happy, it makes me smile :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  21. It is one of our favorite places. I have several paintings from our trip. My MIL lives on Lake Huron. We are actually headed there on Wednesday.

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  22. Happy Anniversary month! This island looks gorgeous, and how fun that it's a short ferry ride! Sorry he was so sick, but glad you got the time away <3
    Green Fashionista

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  23. Mr. Nine is such a trooper and so sweet of him to want to make it a great weekend for you! The pictures are just stunning! And wow, the hotel...beautiful! I love that cars are banned, makes exploring fun! Happy anniversary month!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  24. That is really neat that no cars are allowed on the island. I am glad Mr. Nine is feeling better and that he got on antibiotics once he got home. I can't believe you read the entire Twilight series while he rested! What a beautiful place! Our anniversary is in the fall, but I love the summer, because we have so many date nights that we repeat each summer.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  25. That arch rock and the views...looks like a perfect little couple getaway.

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  26. Your husband sounds like such a wonderful guy -what a trooper! I've always wanted to go to Mackinac Island - it's on my travel bucket list! Thanks for the lovely tour!

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  27. How pretty, and way to go Mr. Nine! It's rough when illness hits when you are on vacation. I am adding Mackinac Island to my bucket list!

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  28. So putting this on my places to visit list! Off to pin this now, what a cool place and I love that cars are banned!

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  29. Mackinac Island looks so beautiful, and that's so cool that they banned cars on the island! I would love to bike all over! Your husband is such a trooper for not letting on that he was that sick while you were on your anniversary trip!

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  30. What beautiful pictures. Your husband is such a sweet man, which you so deserve and it's so great that he did that for you...how kind! I can't get over all the cute details, flowers, rocking chairs..I love it all. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful spot!

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  31. I have never even heard of this place but it looks and sounds so darling!!! i want to go!!! Love your outfit.

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  32. This is the first time I'm hearing about Mackinac Island and I see what I've been missing out on - so much beauty and looks like you got amazing weather! So sweet of Mr Nine to push through and enjoy the days out and about even though he was feeling ill. It's always unfortunate when someone falls ill on a planned vacation you were looking forward to enjoying.

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  33. I have never heard of Mackinac Island before but it is STUNNING! I just googled the location and it's so close to Canada! Not super close to me, but still doable. I love that there are no cars there! That's so different!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  34. What a neat place! So unique and your pictures are beautiful!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    Stylin In St. Louis

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  35. Andrea, I'm visiting from Project Inspired and saw this link. We live about 4-5 hrs from the island and our youngest son and his wife were married on Mackinac Island at the Mission Church. She's from Austrailia and her father and sister flew over for the wedding. Their reception was at the Yankee Rebel Tavern and after the wedding they rode off in a white carriage. It was such a beautiful wedding which took place in the fall several years ago. We just love northern Michigan!

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  36. That sounds like such a fun trip, and what a beautiful island!! Your poor husband--what a trooper for sticking it out. I love that there are no cars there, that makes me want to visit even more.

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  37. what a scenic place and how cute are you two? I love that he toughed it out and you still had a great trip, he's a keeper!!!
    You look so pretty and holy tan!!! If we ever meet I don't know that I'll be in any pictures next to you, I'll look see-through.

    Simply Shaunacey

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  38. Thank you for the lovely tour of the island. I've never even been to Michigan but if I ever get up that way, I'll know what to do!
    ~Sheila
    Making the Most of Every Day

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  39. What a beautiful place!! Love that they don't allow cars! Gorgeous pictures.

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  40. These photos are beautiful! Love the idea 'no cars'. How sweet for Mr...

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  41. I've always wanted to go! The Island is just what I imagined! Thank you for the tour! ;)

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  42. What a beautiful place! I have heard about Mackinac Island but have never been to that area of the country. Thanks for sharing!
    Shelley

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  43. Oh my goodness, I came right over from the Alder Collective party b/c I'm a Michigan girl, and we love our Mackinac Island! My husband I honeymooned there, and a couple summers ago, we took our daughters. Our family bike ride around the base of the island is a sweet memory we'll cherish forever. I love all your sweet spots, too! :)

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  44. I have wanted to go to Mackinac Island for years. It's on my bucket list, so I'll be getting there. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

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  45. What a pretty place to visit! This trip looks like a lot of fun.

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  46. I think I recognize that grand hotel from the movie Somewhere in Time, maybe? Love the poster-worthy picture of the Victorian home framed by the lilacs(?). Beautiful pictures and your outfit is perfect for sightseeing. Put-together and yet comfortable.

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  47. My family lives in Oakland County outside of Detroit and I agree that Mackinac Island is a dream. Miss Michigan springs here in Florida. Thanks for sharing the beauty of Mackinac.

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  48. My husband and I live in north central Wisconsin and talk about driving up north to visit Mackinac Island all the time...but never do! It is on our bucket list though! I'm pinning this for future reference!

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  49. Pinning! I know I would love the hotel.

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  50. My in-laws took a trip to this island last year and it seems like such a neat place! I also really love your outfit in these pictures, especially the cardigan! :)

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  51. Sounds like an interesting Island to visit. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to have you again next week.

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  52. I've always wanted to visit the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. I haven't gotten there yet. Thanks for the beautiful photos. Your poor, sick husband -- I'm glad he's doing better. What a good sport. I saw your link at Rooted in Thyme's Simple & Sweet Fridays party.

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  53. Oh my goodness! This place is gorgeous and I can see why you guys visited! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Waiting on...Wednesday! Now to figure out a way to visit!!!

    Holly @ While I'm Waiting

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  54. We went to Mackinac Island in September and LOVED it! I would love to go back there soon! :)

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  55. So fun! I was there in 2010. Gosh, so long ago now! I loved it there and I would love to go back! There are so many things I would have done differently if it was just my husband and I. Maybe someday. My favorite places were the historical ones and this cute little store called Little Luxuries on Mackinac. I remember it so vividly. hehe Glad you had such a nice trip! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  56. I love Mackinac! My sister and brother-in-law worked up there for a few years, so I've spent a lot of time there. It's such a charming place.

    Sarah
    The Midwest Darling

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