Largely unchanged since Fort Mackinac was established on the island in 1870, Mackinac Island boasts a Victorian tranquility unlike anywhere else in the United States. The roads are run by horse and buggies, the local cuisine is centered around homemade fudge, and the views from the bluffs are infused with America’s historical mythologies. We learned how to maneuver a horse and buggy around a forest trail, explored the The Grand Hotel (where Somewhere in Time was filmed), learned how to make fudge, and attended a Lilac Parade.

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