Thursday, May 08, 2014

House Dreaming on Mackinac Island

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When these lovely homes were built, they were considered to be “Summer Cottages”.

And I love looking at them, thinking of the history they've been part of while they've stood here on this Island in the middle of the Straights between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron ---who owned these?  What was their life like?  What memories were made here?

We took a long walk on Tuesday afternoon after my last class was done, The Hubster, my friend Jill, and Myself – just on foot, exploring we went, winding up down town for dinner on our last night on the Island, making rather good use of the warmest afternoon yet – temps in the high 40s.

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We climbed high and looked down at lovely older inns.

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And we walked down narrow lanes past cottages just waiting for occupants to arrive for “The Season.”

I hope you enjoy the slide show of the dwellings we passed on our evening jaunt.  Click the image below if you are unable to view the slide show on your mobile device.  You’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing.

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Since we were there at the beginning of the season, most of these homes and buildings still sat quiet and vacant, giving the area an eerie feeling of Summers past --but the Island is awakening.  Soon it will be a hustling and bustling place, and I'd love to enjoy it in THAT season --- some day.

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  1. Looks like a great place to visit. Maybe some year I can go on this retreat. Enjoy the rest of your time in Michigan.

  2. I have really enjoyed all of your pictures from the retreat on the island. I have visited the island many times, but would love to attend the retreat sometime.

  3. I am looking forward to seeing the quilt inspired by my home state island spot.

  4. Me too, Elaina. I am a Michigander and love the Island. I would love to spend the whole summer or even a month on the island. Oh well, now I live in Virginia and hope Bonnie was inspired to design a quilt with Mackinac Island in mind. So glad you enjoyed your visit.

  5. I love these homes - and also like to imagine what it was like in those homes so many years ago. So glad you enjoyed your chilly visit!

  6. A very different world than most live in for sure...imagine what it takes to own one of these beauties! But we can enjoy the IDEA.. lol

    Smiles, JulieinTN

  7. Oh my, I love those houses would love to see the inside! I hope the woodwork is still gorgeous and not painted over. Makes me really plan a trip up there.

  8. aahhhh... the life of the rich...love those houses and would love to see the inside..

  9. I may have missed it, but have you shared whether you liked the quiet and calm of not having cars? I think it would be amazing and it fits with how we love our vintage treadle machines, no plug, no motor.

  10. "Cottages" really needs to be in quotes- these palaces are bigger than my year-round home!

  11. thanks for the visual pictures and the ability to dream of seeing a place I will never get to see in person, my 2014 vacation-lol


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