Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mackinac Island, Michigan

It has been a long time since I posted but I've been back 2 weeks from a trip I had planned for almost 2 years. I became intrigued with visiting after Bonnie Hunter(Quiltville) posted about being there during the Needlecraft Festival beginning of May 2014.
I was able to attend the Needlecraft Festival for a week this May. This small island is located in Lake Huron beside the Mackinaw Staits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron and has outlawed automobiles since late 1800's. Modes of transportation are feet, bicycle or horse drawn carriages. How wonderful to sit in the rocking chairs on the verandah and listen to the horses clip-clopping by. 

Here are some pictures: it was cool and windy but sunny and gorgeous.

This was the airport at Pellston-2 flights daily from Detroit and nothing else. Was like a hunting lodge. Below is the luggage carousel.

Leaving Mackinaw City (and yes it is spelled differently than the island.

Arriving at Mackinac Island in the fog

Arriving at The Grand Hotel where we stayed- Amazing...right

Our room

The carriage that delivers you from the ferry to the hotel

This is Kevin and Hanson who pulled our carriage for a tour of the island

 My fabulous travel companion - my sister in law . Sitting on the red carpeted front steps. The day we arrived(day before season opening) they were finishing installing new carpet

Downtown building where every second store sells fudge :)

Leaving the Island on a very windy day - what a great trip this was

This is the beach behind our hotel in Mackinaw City where we stayed overnite before flying home. I bet this is packed in the summer

In the next few days I will try to share some pictures of some of the quilts and the awesome carpets in the hotel.