(pronounced mackinaw) is a tourist island situated between the upper and
lower peninsulas of Michigan. The theme of the island is to maintain as much
of a 19th century feel as possible. No cars are permitted on the island and
transportation is by foot, by bike or by horse.
The Grand Hotel is a
huge (largest summer hotel in the world) resort opened in 1887. It is very
formal (coat and tie required after 6p.m.) and strives to maintain the 19th
century feel. The grounds are immaculate, and non-guests are discouraged
from wandering about. This hotel was the set for the movie "Somewhere in
time" with Christopher Reeves.
With no cars, the only way to get around the island is to
walk or rent a bike or to use a horse drawn carriage. Bikes can be rented in
town and the entire island can be toured in only a few hours. There are also
many tours via carriage and even horse drawn taxis.
The cottage inn is a
wonderful Bed and Breakfast we stayed at while on the island. The staff is
great and the rooms each feature a theme. The location is only one block off
main street and it is close to everything.