Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Holiday in Pictures - Part 4

I've been anxious to share the following pictures with you. While up in the northern part of Michigan, we went to Mackinac Island for a day. We took a morning ferry over to the island where there bikes, horses, and your own two feet are the mode of transportation. It's like going back in time.

Speaking of which, here is some Somewhere in Time theme music for you to listen to if you wish, while browsing this picture-heavy post. :)

Riding on a ferry that went under the Mackinaw Bridge before dropping us off at Mackinac Island was a treat!

The lilacs were in full bloom there, too! Did you know that among the hundreds of bushes and trees on the island, there are 68 varieties in 18 different hues? We picked up a pink-purple variety called Palibin and the kind shop owner gave me a free white one called Mt. Baker.
Mom, moi, and my youngest, but taller sister Molly

The beautiful Grand Hotel

Part of the Grand Hotel gardens. It was around this time that I dreamily spoke, ""I'm going to stay here for one week and then another week in London on my honeymoon," and Mom replied, "You'll be living the rest of your life in a garage!" ;)
Another view from the Grand Hotel gardens. Notice the porch ceiling painted a sky blue color to prevent birds from making their nests on the porch.
Where I was sitting when I took the above picture.
A birdseye view (after getting off of a lovely carriage ride) of the Roundhouse Lighthouse on Lake Huron

Can you imagine seeing such beauty on a daily basis, right from your own back yard?

I have one more installment of pictures to share with you. Hope you all aren't bored to death with these pictures! Some of you may remember these pictures from Mackinac Island from four years ago. If you ever are up in northern Michigan, I highly recommend saving all your pennies to visit this lovely place!


~ Shannon said...


What beautiful pictures! It's a dream of mine to visit Mackinac and see the Grand Hotel -- but until then, your pictures make me feel a bit closer! I'm so glad you were able to get away with your family; it looks like you had a lovely time indeed.


Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing photos from your trip! They are so lovely, and I have really enjoyed seeing them. I hope to have a chance someday to visit Mackinac Island, it looks like a beautiful place. I love all of the lilacs!! : )

And the music you shared is one of my favorites. I was introduced to that song by my husband. He plays that song quite often on the piano.

Laura said...

Lovely photos! My parents were back at the Grand Hotel this summer and I confess to a wee bit of jealousy. :-) I have a picture of myself from two summers ago sitting on a very identical bench to yours! The gardens are just gorgeous.

Cheri said...

Aw, thanks everyone for your thoughtful comments. It's nice to know a few people enjoy them. :)

Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns said...

Hello, Cheri!

You are so blessed to be able to go there! The Grand Hotel (and all of Mackinac Island) has long been on my list of places I'd like to see. :) It seems so Victorian and old-fashioned, almost like something out of a Thomas Kinkade painting.

I won't be going any time soon as my big vacation this year is to England, but maybe someday. :) Thank you for sharing the pictures!

God bless you,