When I was a little girl, the magnificent Mackinac bridge was the halfway point to our family vacation spot in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This is where we would wait out the August heat of our Detroit home, playing in the woods, fishing and collecting berries.
Life has changed since then and become more complicated, but also more joyful and fulfilling. A few weekends ago, the event coordinator of Mission Point Resort, on Mackinac Island, invited our family to spend opening weekend at the resort to enjoy their recent renovation of their guest rooms and grounds.
What an incredible offer! My daughter is a young lady now and we haven’t been back to the island since she was a toothless 8 month old and I was a clueless new mom.
Mission Point resort sits on the far edge of the island, just a short bike ride from the eclectic shopping area. There are no cars allowed on Mackinac Island, so visitors bike, walk or take a carriage ride to maneuver the island. The resort has one of the best views of the straits of Mackinac.
One of the most famous photographed spots on Mackinac Island is Arch Rock. It is a natural limestone arch formed during the Nipissing post-glacial period when high Lake Huron levels and wave action created openings in the rock. Arch Rock stands 146′ over the Lake Huron shoreline and took thousands of years to be created. Truly a Michigan marvel.
After lunch and window shipping, we toured the grounds of the famous Grand Hotel, America’s Summer Place. Featured in this photo is the world’s longest porch, that wraps around the hotel and overlooks lush gardens and and the waters of the Straits. Grand Hotel was a location where the movie, Somewhere in Time, was filmed on the Island.