This floating castle appears to be from an enchanted fable, but in actuality it is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle.
Perched at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac within Lake Huron is the small, but bustling Mackinac Island. Probably most well-known for its annual Mackinac Race where boats sail from Chicago to the island, the location has become a popular summer destination for sailors and people looking for a scrumptious serving of fudge.
The Woods restaurant has catered to visitors for years with European and American cuisine. Located in a Bavarian-style 1905 home the restaurant is reached via foot, bike or horse-drawn carriage, as no cars are allowed on the island. The restaurant also houses the oldest operating Duckpin bowling lane in the United States, which is a variation of 10-pin bowling that originated back in the 1900s utilizing smaller pins and a ball that is lighter than typical 10-pin bowling balls.
The restaurant is associated with the nearby Grand Hotel, a historic hotel and coastal resort built in 1887. Its restaurant advertises itself as also having the world’s longest front porch. Spanning approximately 660 feet in length, it overlooks a vast Tea Garden and the resort-scale Esther Williams swimming pool.
The hotel has hosted a number of notable visitors, including five U.S. presidents, Russian presidents Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev, inventor Thomas Edison, and author Mark Twain.
In 1957, the Grand Hotel was designated a State Historic Building. Then in 1972 it graduated to the National Register of Historic Places. Finally, on June 29, 1989, the hotel was made a National Historic Landmark and it still provides customers with a place to stay while visiting the charming island.Know more? Share with us!
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