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Discussion in 'Photography' started by Scott Merryfield, Sep 10, 2013.
We’re looking at times during the Lilac as that seems to be a good time to go.
The Grand Hotel is the most expensive place to stay on the island. It's also rather "stuffy", as in the evenings men must wear a jacket and tie, while ladies must wear a dress. We have never stayed there, and never will. Every place else on the Island is very casual.
The Lilac Festival is a great time to visit, as the weather should be nice, most kids are just finishing school so the weekend traffic heading up I-75 hasn't hit its summer peak, and there are lots of events for the festival. However, it is a popular time, so I would recommend making hotel reservations very soon.
Other times I would avoid are the weekends of the sail boat races from Port Huron to Mackinac and Chicago to Mackinac (you can use Google to find the dates), and the major summer holidays. On Labor Day, the Mackinac Bridge is closed to traffic and people are allowed to walk across the bridge. The entire area is a zoo.
This is the Island House, where we always stay:
Here are some views from the Island House hotel:
I sent you a PM regarding a Cyber Monday deal for The Island House.
Thanks I’ll take a look.
Well we are here and thanks to Scott did get good deals on cyber Monday for the Island House and ferry.
We’ve seen many wonderful sights.
Had some delicious food and ice cream.
Saw all the Somewhere in Time locations we could find (best part).
We took a bunch of pictures.
A terrific weekend.
Oh we also got to meet Scott and his wonderful wife.
Thanks for the help with this trip Scott.
I am so glad you enjoyed the visit to the island, despite some rough weather. Denise and I really enjoyed having dinner with you and your lovely wife.
I will post some photos when we get home. Hopefully I will get a few decent ones from tomorrow's Lilac Festival parade.
All looks and sounds beautiful -- don't know how missed this thread before... Now, I gotta get around to watching Somewhere in Time and maybe visit the island "one of these days" now that I have more time, etc on my hands...
Thanks for sharing, Scott (and Mark, et al)...
We loved our visit, which was part of a bus tour. One caveat. Beware the fudge! We bought a “lifetimes supply” when we were there for a modest price and ate it all in about a week!
I finally got around to processing my photos from our trip to the island during the Lilac Festival in June. Here are a few:
The Island House Hotel, along with neighboring buildings, as seen from the ferry:
Musket firing demonstration at Fort Mackinac:
A view of town from Fort Mackinac:
Restored Fort Holmes, the highest point on the island:
A surrey with the fringe on top (for you Oklahoma! fans) in the Grand Hotel's Carriage House:
A carriage from the Grand Hotel, with a few historic houses in the background:
Houses on the West Bluff:
A few shots from the Lilac Festival Parade, from the front porch of The Island House: