|Mackinaw City Weekend - Mackinac
Page 2: Four Hours on Mackinac Island
Once on Mackinac Island, I started taking several photos a minute, getting new shots of store fronts, carriages, everything that caught my eye. After picking up a snack and a cold drink at Doud's Market, I had breakfast by the marina, then continued east along Main Street photographing each structure (Cottage hotel, B&B, church) along the way. The summer residences on the Island are all called "cottages" regardless of how huge they may be.
Doud's Market has been a family owned grocery store since opening in 1884.
Mission Point Resort is at the far east end of the small town and I made a point of checking on the beaver lodge which has been growing for several years,. With the high waves, there were no beavers to be seen.
Beaver Lodge near Mission Point
A wedding was taking place in Marquette Park. Although I arrived too late to catch the name of the bride, I enjoyed listening to the groom's speech about meeting her just a year before and how it had changed his life.
Wedding in Marquette Park
Walking back through town, I continued on up to the Grand Hotel where new copula suites were added over the winter and the floor at the east end of the 660' porch was repaired or replaced.
The three new suites are the squared white structures with windows jutting out of the roof, facing the front of the hotel.
I took new interior photos of the Little Stone Church during the walk back to the downtown from the Grand Hotel. The street seemed busy for early in the season and I saw the first funeral procession I've encountered on Mackinac Island. In contrast, a newlywed couple passed by in an open white carriage a few minutes later.
Horse drawn hearse with the carriages of the mourners in procession
With so few meals during this quick trip, I couldn't begin to hit all my favorite Mackinac area restaurants, For lunch, I selected the Chuckwagon Restaurant. I only learned about this tiny, 66 year old, breakfast and lunch restaurant about 4 years ago, but this Mackinac Island restaurant has quickly became one my favorites!
This is a little over half of the Chuckwagon Restaurant dinning room
The wind and waves were even stronger during the afternoon ride back to Mackinaw City, but I stayed outside on the second deck using the cabin as a windbreak for a fun ride back.
Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry Miss Margy
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