We’ve had a lovely time staying at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island this week. It was a terrific place to spend our anniversary and the weather was fantastic. The Victorian island experience here with no cars – only carriages & bicycles to get around – is really enchanting.
As I wrote recently, staying at this hotel has long been one of my wife’s Bucket list experiences. She loves the 1981 ‘Somewhere in Time’ movie with Jane Seymour & Christopher Reeve.
When we early retired in 2016, midwestern getaways like this were a part of our travel framework. Despite the pandemic, we’ve largely stayed on track with our original plans …
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Here’s Where We’ve Been: Chicago (2016), Door County (2017), Toronto (2018), Michigan’s Sunset Coast (2019), Minnesota’s North Shore (2020), Duluth/Superior (2021), Oak Park, St Louis & Springfield (2022), and Mackinac Island (2022).
Most of these have been driving trips, although we took the Amtrak train to Chicago and flew to Toronto, Canada. The weather is so nice at home in Minnesota, we don’t go away for too long in the summer. Just 3-4-5 nights away.
I have to say that this trip to the Grand Hotel was MUCH more expensive than our typical budget. In fact, I think it’s the most expensive night’s stay I’ve ever paid with my own money, but an amazing Victorian experience.
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What ‘close to home’ trips have you taken this summer?
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