Getting in/out of horse-drawn carriages. Walking about 1 mile throughout the day; paved and gravel roads and sidewalks.
With a local expert from the Mackinac Island State Park, we'll learn about the unusual combination of Mackinac Island history - Native, French, English, American - and how each culture played a role in the island's development. We'll examine the island's role in past wars, as a home for early fur traders, explorers, mapmakers, and its development as a popular travel destination.
Horse-drawn taxis will pick us up at the hotel at 2:00 p.m. for our ride to the Grand Hotel. We will have some time to experience this truly grand summer retreat independently until Afternoon Tea at 3:30 p.m. The historic Grand Hotel opened in 1887. Today, it represents traditions of hospitality and charm that have endured for more than a century. In addition to tea, choices include sherry, champagne, finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and pastries, all accompanied by live music. We will have tickets for a return ride back to the hotel. Those who would prefer to walk are welcome to do so.
Learn about one of Mackinac Island’s most important resources – the horses. Discuss their many roles, their care, and why they are so essential to island life today.