Respect the horses
Those guys and gals work hard. For them, Mackinac Island is certainly no resort! So treat Mr. Ed with the respect he deserves, and remember to make way - especially on hills. (The brakes don't always work so well!)
While on the island, you may hear the term 'fudgie' being tossed around. This basically a term of endearment that locals have given tourists, mostly because almost all tourists buy fudge while on the island. Just a fun little tidbit of information.
Locals anywhere cringe when the name of their beloved home is mispronounced, and Mackinac is no exception. The French settled this island and originally named it "Michilimackinac" (meaning Great Turtle), but thankfully the English shortened it to Mackinac-- however, it's pronounced MackinAW.
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Fudge & Pasties
Fudge making is one thing Mackinac Island is famous for and for very good reason. If you perfer the traditional chocolate with walnuts or something more orginal, they make the best.
Pasties are like meat pies. They were a handy meal for miners back in the day. But I have fond memories of enjoying them above ground.
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First of all, it's important...
First of all, it's important to remember the correct pronunciation of the word 'Mackinac.' It is pronounced Mack-a-naw. Secondly, although several hundred people do live on the island year-round, they mostly stay to themselves in a small town off the main tourist circuit. This isn't the best place to go if your goal is to experience life as a local.
Motorized vehicles on the Island?
Riding lawnmowers _are_ permitted on Mackinac Island.
Golf carts, too - as long as they stay on the golf course.
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