Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar Trip – Post 5

We’ve spent the majority of the day just walking around town and then hiking up to the Grand Hotel.  The weather is perfect – 43 degrees, but with very little wind to really make it cold.  I’ve been comfortable in a sweater, a vest, a snow jacket, gloves, and boots!  Ok – it’s a “little” cold!

Chambers Corner and the first part of the hill up to the Grand has been decorated beautifully for the Christmas season. I can't wait to come back at night to capture everything when the lights are on!

Chambers Corner and the first part of the hill up to the Grand have been decorated beautifully for the Christmas season. I can’t wait to come back at night to capture everything when the lights are on!

Sue's son Patrick works at the Grand, and he was able to get us in for a "after the season" tour. I took tons of photos, but I'll only share a couple here due to time. More on that after I get home. Here we're in Grand Hotel's main dining room, which looks a lot different in the winter than during the summer season!

Sue’s son Patrick works at the Grand, and he was able to get us in for an “after the season” tour. I took tons of photos, but I’ll only share a few here due to time – more on that after I get home. Here we’re in Grand Hotel’s main dining room, which looks a lot different in the winter than during the summer season!

The majority of the furniture is covered in white cloths . . .

The majority of the furniture is covered in white cloths . . .

. . . and remember the movie "the Shining"? Chill bumps!

. . . and remember the movie “the Shining”? Chill bumps!

And just in case you're wondering - no, Grand Hotel is not heated in the winter. This was a wall thermometer in a suite upstairs.

And just in case you’re wondering – no, Grand Hotel is not heated in the winter. This was a wall thermometer in a suite upstairs.

I’ll share a lot more of these photos from inside an empty Grand Hotel when I get home.

On the way back to town, we spotted this group of snowmobiles parked together on an open expanse of grass. Once the snow falls, their owners will stop by to crank them up and drive them home.

On the way back to town, we spotted this group of snowmobiles parked together on an open expanse of grass. Once the snow falls, their owners will stop by to crank them up and drive them home.

At Chambers Corner there were only a few Christmas trees left to pick from. Residents pick out the trees using the honor system because there is no one manning the site. They take the tree home and at some point they will see someone downtown connected to the island 4-H Club and pay for the tree.

At Chambers Corner there were only a few Christmas trees left to pick from. Residents pick out the trees using the honor system because there is no one manning the site. They take the tree home and at some point they will see someone downtown connected to the island 4-H Club and pay for the tree.

We got lucky and caught this freighter passing at the end of Market Street.

We got lucky and caught this freighter passing at the end of Market Street.

We had a late lunch at the Village Inn, where they were putting the finishing touches on the Christmas lights.

Late lunch at the Village Inn, where they were putting the finishing touches on the Christmas lights.

Then one more stop in at Original Murdick's Fudge, where busy hands were still packaging fudge, even after beginning the day at 5:00 a.m. this morning.

Then one more stop in at Original Murdick’s Fudge, where busy hands were still packaging fudge, even after beginning the day at 5:00 a.m. this morning.

What fun to receive one of these in the mail just before Christmas!

What fun to receive one of these in the mail just before Christmas!

Ok – rushing out right now for Christmas tree lighting . . . more later!!

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14 thoughts on “Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar Trip – Post 5

  1. It’s funny, as I thought of the movie, The Shining also with the empty hallway even before I read your caption. How fun to be able to tour the Grand after season. See you later…

  2. I have stayed at the hotel where The Shining was filmed!!! It is the The Stanley Hotel and located at Estes Park, Colorado. My sister, 2 nieces and myself had a fun (scary) time. Great memories!

    Lunch at the VI sounds soooo yummy. I love their French Onion Soup!

    Love the pictures of the Grand Hotel “after the season”! So glad you are enjoying your trip!

    Hugs from Iowa!

  3. Brenda,

    Envy, envy, envy. No. not really, but I’m so glad you and Jill can be there. The header, Chambers Corner, beautiful. Enjoyed all the pictures.

    Lowell

  4. Looks like we are missing out on great activities. Our plans were foiled by work, oh well next year or maybe this summer. When I saw the hotel hallway all I could think of was kids hollering “Red rum Red rum”…..how spooky the Grand reminds us of the The Shining.

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