After enjoying our ice cream and pie breakfast, we headed north to Mackinac Island. Our first stop was Mackinaw City at Colonial Michilimackinac for the beautiful view of the iconic Mackinac Bridge.
It was a bit blustery on the water, but the view was gorgeous and that water! Wow! Then we headed over the bridge and into St. Ignace to take Shepler’s Ferry to the island.
We ate lunch at Mary’s Bistro Draught House and enjoyed exploring the shops and walking around the main part of the island. The homes are beautiful and the leaves just added to the ambiance.
The highlight of the day for the trio was their souvenirs for this trip – they each were able to design their own hoodie. We went to one of those shops with thousands of choices on the wall and let them each create their own masterpiece. They loved it! I’m always so surprised by what they choose!
One of my current “things” is finding pineapple shirts everywhere we go. Just this summer I bought one in Pensacola, St. Pete Beach, Madeira Beach, and now on Mackinac Island. Clara joined me with the pineapple love and tie-dye. Hers also has a swimmer on the hood and says swimming down the left arm in bright colors. Anna went for a turtle on a seafoam green hoodie. It’s waaayyy too big, but she loved it, so we went with it. Hers has a tiny little turtle on the pouch and hood too. Bo chose a cream colored hoodie with navy lettering with an anchor.
After our very expensive hoodie purchase, we bought fudge to share at Ryba’s Fudge Shop. I had read reviews on the plethora of fudge shops on the island and this is the one we decided to try for this trip. We each chose our own flavor of fudge to share. Bo chose pumpkin, Clara went with chocolate peanut butter, Anna plain chocolate, Mike mint chocolate, and I chose peanut butter. We walked down to Windermere Point and shared the fudge at a the picnic tables at The Doghouse (it was already closed for the season). It was a beautiful spot to be able to see the water and colorful fall leaves while enjoying our fudge.
We checked into our hotel shortly after and we were all tired. We decided to just do picnic food for dinner and had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, fruit cups, and more fudge in our room looking at Lake Michigan. We went to bed early as we knew we had our longest day of driving ahead of us on Sunday.
Mackinac Island is definitely on my list to go back and explore for longer with the trio. I’d love to take our bikes over to the island and explore so much more! Maybe this summer… 🙂
To be continued…