Monday, August 18, 2008

Somewhere in Time - Mackinac Island

I got ready for today's activities by watching the movie, "Somewhere in Time" starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour last night. I paid special attention to all of the scenes that were either filmed at the Grand Hotel, or a set built to look like it. That was most of them! I'd seen the movie, but with that disease I have (Can't Remember Stuff), I'd forgotten most of it. Jim elected for the bedroom tv and a football game.

So, I was ready this morning when we headed over to Mackinac Island on the Star Line Ferry, a turbo-jet ferry that really moves! The trip over took less than 20 minutes, and I didn't even get seasick.

This is a picture of another ferry from the same company as the one we rode:

We had some nice views of lighthouses and the Grand Hotel from the boat.

Once we landed, we walked around a little bit to get our bearings, then found our way to the ticket office to buy our tour tickets. No cars on the island, so you either ride bicycles (I don't think so), or horses, (Jim doesn't think so) walk (nope, not all over that island), or take a horse drawn taxi or tour. We opted for the tour, which took a couple of hours. It was great fun and we got to see a lot of historic sites, as well as experience the state park.

The view of the village as we approached in the ferry:

Typical light pole, with flowers:

It's already been along day!

Very typical traffic on main street:

We were sitting the front seat of the carriage, so got a lot of this view!

They have carriages drawn by two horses, and these - drawn by 3 horses.

There are beautiful gardens almost everywhere you look:

We got dropped off at the Grand Hotel at the end of our tour, and spent most of the rest of our time on the island there. It cost us each $10 to go in, which I think is a trap, but we paid it because I wanted to see it, and I wanted to eat lunch there. We got there too late for the luncheon buffet, which is probably just as well. We ate at the Carleton Tea Room and had delicious food anyway.

This is the lower level hallway with shops on the right:

Off the hallway pictured above is this gallery:

Here's the tea shop where we ate. Table are located along the hallway, some are by the windows.

After lunch we walked all over the place, taking pictures, and enjoying watching the rich folks hang out. The hotel has some interesting features, including the longest front porch (600 ft.) in the world. The ceiling of the porch is painted a light blue to discourage birds from nesting under it.

This is a wall dedicated to the movie, "Somewhere in Time":

Here's the terrace room, there's a harpist playing music:

The front porch:
Stopped to get a picture on our way out:

We walked back downtown, stopped at a shop where I bought a gift, and by then we were ready to hop the ferry back to Mackinaw City.

Another Grand Adventure!


Jim and Dee said...

Thank you for taking us with you. It's on our list of MUST SEE.

Joe and Sherri said...

Sherri is having a fit!!! She could just kick herself for not going in the hotel. Oh well we will just have to go back.

Joe and Sherri

Jesse, Ginger, Bayer, Buddy, and Mr. B said...

I was sure Speedhitch starred in that movie....but I could be wrong. Glad you guys are having a good time. See ya down the road. Jesse

Sandra said...

What a beautiful spot, Ellie! Thanks for the tour.

Sassy said...

That was just as I remembered it! It is a beautiful place, and it is on our list of places to return to! Last time we rented a buggy and drove around the island with another couple we knew, who lived in Michigan.

Kram-a-lot Inn said...

I saw the movie with my girl friend in Las Vegas years ago. I will have to rent it again and watch. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

Love Ya

Mark and Dortha said...

I am kicking myself right behind Sherri. Thanks for taking us on your tour. I know for sure this is one my list of places to return too.

Safe travels as you head South.


dreamjosie said...

Beautiful pictures Ellie. In all the time we lived in Wisconsin, we never went up there. Guess we'll have to go back.


Renea Kappler said...

AWESOME!!!! I have to pinch myself that I saw that picture of Jane Seymour - the one he was mesmorized by in the moviee!!! Thank you for sending the link and telling me all about it! LOVED it!!