About Mackinac Island Adventures Booklet by author Lynda Hepker
Mackinac Island Adventures Booklet is a combination of information that answers many of the everyday questions about visiting and living year round on Mackinac Island. Questions like how do island residents get off the island in the winter, how do people get groceries, is there a school on the island, do the kids get to play sports – to how many horses are on the island and where do those horses go in the winter. Also, added into the Mackinac Island Adventures Booklet is local information, and enough history to help you understand the island and make your Mackinac Island Adventure full of great memories.
This is a more relaxed guide book, from an island resident’s perspective on attractions, adventures off the beaten path, hidden gems and insider tips with a dose of history and culture and a twist of island humor. The full color Mackinac Island Adventures Booklet has many stunning pictures of island life.
Living on Mackinac Island is a daily adventure. I have heard mothers say if they move off Mackinac Island they can apply for a job in tactical engineering. We live in a beautiful lace that has drawn visitors to the Straits of Mackinac for centuries. Some of us were born here and others, like my husband and I, carved out a life here because it is a wondrous community to live, work, and raise our sons. We love living here, and I wrote this guide to help visitors get more enjoyment in their time on Mackinac Island. This is a more relaxed guide book, form an island resident’s perspective on attractions, adventures off the beaten path, hidden gems and insider tips, with a dose of history and culture and a twist of island humor.
Excerpts from the Mackinac Island Adventures Booklet
- Construction of the Grand Hotel in 1887 set the island on course to become one of them most desired vacation destinations in the Midwest.
- In 1889 Murdick’s Candy Kitchen was the first candy store to open on the island. Many shops have come and gone.
- Mackinac Island has an average of 500 full-time residents, many of whom are Native American descent. Until the early 1600s Mackinac Island was known as the Great Turtle, a spiritual place.
- Your initial entry to the island will seem chaotic. Thousands of people are milling about in a tight space. Bikers weave among walkers, horses, buggies, and drays. Bike porters balance luggage that seems too large for a bike basket. Add to the chaos the porters shout for guests of the Chippewa! Murphy Hotel! Harbor View! Island House!
- When you arrive on the island you will find yourself taken back by the absences of motor vehicles on the island. Vehicles were voted off the island in 1889. Modes of transportation include bikes, horses, buggies, and shoe leather. In the winter months island residents are allowed to travel by snowmobiles. Emergency vehicles are on the island but tucked out of sight unless needed.
- In 2010 we were forced to get house numbers to comply with 911. Oh, we were not happy about having to put big numbers on our homes – everyone knows where everyone lives and half the time what they are doing, so why do we need numbers. If a new person moves into the house of a long-time residence of the island, you live not at 7534-6th Street; you live at Aunt Fern’s house. I think it is fun. 911 operators do not.