Mackinac Island Confessions

by HEAB on August 24, 2011

Hey Claudine, guess where we went?

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Confession: Everyone who knows anything about northern Michigan has told us we must visit Mackinac Island. However, I was never very excited about going because all I ever heard about was the Mackinac Fudge. Seriously…

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So, we didn’t make it last year, but on Monday CD finished up early with work, and we decided to finally cross Mackinac off our Things-To-Do in Michigan list. We’re so glad we did as there is much more to the island than just fudge.

No cars are allowed on Mackinac, and the only way around is via horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, or foot. We chose foot and spent the afternoon exploring this beautiful little place…






Confession: I fell in love with Chris’s leg muscles before I fell in love with his heart. Seeing his calves still makes me pause to catch my breath (especially when he’s carrying our baby daughter).



Confession: I am not a fan of fudge, unless we’re talking 2-Ingredient Fudge. Otherwise, it’s just too sweet for me. I tried some Mackinac fudge in Petoskey last year, and I still get a toothache just thinking about it. So, no fudge for me (sorry Brian). However, CD enjoyed some in the form of ice cream…


A double scoop of Mackinac Fudge and Moose Tracks. This cup got voted best Michigan ice-cream yet. If you’re in the area, it was from Scoops.

My savory tooth was aching for something salty, and I did a little jig when I spotted a lone hot dog vendor on our walk…


Confession: I LOVE a good dog!


Bye. πŸ™‚


Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Haha! And here I was thinking I was the only one who had a sore spot for killer calves! I swear, a good pair of legs and a nice smile gets me suckered every time! Lovin’ all the pics lately! When you get back, we’re gonna have to have a little photo tutorial sesh!

Meghan @ StruggleMuffins August 27, 2011 at 11:09 am

I’m so with you on the fudge – the sweet factor is just too intense to bear. I haven’t been a hot dog person in years but I remember contending, back in my hot dog days, that sometimes in life you just need a hot dog. Period. So well done πŸ™‚

Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny August 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

You’ve succeeded in making me want to travel to Michigan (a place that was never on my list for some reason), and your photos have been getting better and better! You guys are an adorable family πŸ™‚

Rachael (theRDrunner) August 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I love Mackinac Island! My sister worked there for 2 summers when we were in high school. I have run the Mackinac 8 Mile race for the last 4 years, will be back up there for it in 2 weeks! Can’t wait! The whole time I’m running I just keep thinking “when I’m done I can eat fudge!”.

Heather August 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

Love Mackinac Island πŸ™‚ Been there several times. My grandpa’s brother helped build the Grand Hotel there, too.
Looks like you had a great time.

Kristin (Cook Bake Nibble) August 26, 2011 at 7:22 am

Beautiful pictures of the Island πŸ™‚ My husband does a regatta there every single year, and he always brings me back fudge- it’s amazing!! xo

Emmy August 26, 2011 at 1:55 am

Hi Heaby!

Its weird isn’t it – even I am going off ice cream a bit these days… Im still obsessed with frozen yogurt made in our ice cream maker with full fat greek yogurt though- SO GOOD!

I also just read your sugar nation review, which I loved. Have you ever read Sugar Blues by William Duffy? Its pretty dated in terms of some of the lingo (since Im so up do date, you know) and the book likes it was printed in the 16th century – but it’s still pretty relevant I think and I really loved it.

I hope youre having an amazing holiday! xxx

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I really need to try fro-yo with full fat yogurt. What’s your recipe if you don’t mind sharing?

I have read excerpts from Sugar Blues. Need to reread the entire book as it’s been a few years. Good stuff. πŸ™‚

Hope you’re doing well. I miss blog reading and can’t wait to catch up on everyone when we get back home to our wi-fi connection!

Annie@stronghealthyfit August 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

No cars? That sounds like so much fun! And how sweet is CD with Summer? So cute.

Emily August 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

The vacation of my childhood : ) I’ve never liked fudge but I do remember loving the ice cream!!

caroline August 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

ohh. i love mackinac island! i went there once when i was little and it was there i got my firts rainbow lollypop( the big old fashion kind!) i still vividly remember it today… though i have to say that my favorite was the beach and the fact that there were no cars. I wish to go back there πŸ™‚ .. every time i see summer i just want to squeel. she is just such a beautiful healthy baby! you two are so lucky to have such a special jem in your life πŸ™‚

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Caroline, and yes we are. Very lucky. πŸ™‚

Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine August 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm

A good hot dog is one of life’s greatest pleasures, IMO. πŸ™‚

The island looks beautiful. I had a friend who worked as a photographer at the Grand Hotel there one summer…sounded like such a fun job!

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) August 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Oh my goodness, what gorgeous pictures!! When I was in Greece, we went to Hydra island, and the only forms of transportation were by foot or by donkey (so it was nicknamed donkey island by my brother). Anyway, the lack of cars made the place so much more enjoyable… less cars, fresher air… maybe we should ban cars everywhere. πŸ˜‰

I love a good dog too! Well actually, that’s not really true. Now that I’m vegetarian it’s veggie dog, but even before I was vegetarian, I did not like the taste of the actual hot dog. It was the bun slathered in ketchup (however gross that may be) with a hint of smokey flavor that I was after. The hot dog always disappeared first so I could save the bun for last. Awww good times, good times πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful rest of your day, Heather! πŸ˜€

<3 <3

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Alexandra, I agree. Loved the no-car thing…but all the horse poo was a little unpleasant. πŸ˜‰ I vote for just bikes or foot – no horses. πŸ™‚

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Matt and I went to Mackinac a couple of years ago. He had been there a few times but it was my first time going. It was nice and everything but I found it to be pretty boring. It took us no time at all to walk around the entire Island and the walking isn’t all that strenuous .
I found the history of the place rather comical since, if you read all the plaques, the Americans were basically TKO’d in every battle with the Brits and British army losses were negligible… then after winning the island the British gave it away to the Americans because it was useless.

Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life August 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I’ve always thought Mackinac Island looked so fascinating! I saw it on Ghost Hunters (weird I know) and although they went in winter I loved the idea of no cars! I would have probably ate that ice cream and a hot dog! Yum! I love fudge, but like you, it can’t been too overly sweet or I can’t handle it!

Bonnie August 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Heather – you look SO natural and beautiful (and tan) in that photo! Wow! And I hear you on CD’s legs (well, not his, per se, but that’s one thing I’m attracted to) and the baby, knowing he’s a good dad, says something about his character…really neat. πŸ™‚ Your time away looks like it has been so fun and picturesque! Thanks for sharing. I would definitely go for that moose tracks ice cream but am with you on fudge – it’s never been a tempting treat for me. One nibble and I’m done. Keep enjoying your time!

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Thanks so much Bonnie – I love having sun on my face and always skip the make-up when we’re here in MI. Something about all that vitamin D – brings out the inner glow. πŸ™‚

The Delicate Place August 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

hahaha it’s good hear you still find CD seksi ^_^ my savory tooth has been hitting hard lately too. i used to be a burger hound but there is something special about tubed meats for sure! esp ny street dogs!

Erika @ The Teenage Taste August 25, 2011 at 7:59 am

Mackinac Island sounds like such a fun place! I’m not much of a fudge-lover either – with your 2-Ingredient Fudge as the exception though! I made it a few months ago and definitely need to make it again…and again…and again! πŸ˜‰
Have a great day, Heather!

Pure2raw twins August 25, 2011 at 7:44 am

your pictures make me want to get on a plane and come to Michigan!

ice cream looks AMAZING!

Baking N Books August 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

Vending Hot Dogs make me swoon.

A MUST for anybody in life πŸ™‚

Stephanie August 25, 2011 at 6:14 am

Oh my, I have to say I may have fallen in love with my husband’s thigh’s first πŸ™‚ He’s got perfect legs. The right amount of muscle and very proportionate. I’m actually jealous of them, as mine are short and thick. Though, he likes them for some reason.

I do love some good home-made fudge, but I am indeed much more of a salty/fatty craver. I love fat and I am not ashamed to admit it!!

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Yeah! From one fat lover to another. πŸ™‚

Laura August 25, 2011 at 4:52 am

I love Mackinac Island but I haven’t been in a few years. Early in the summer they have a lilac festival and the whole island is engulfed in gorgeous lilacs

Brian @ The Kathmanduo August 25, 2011 at 12:42 am

Heather, so glad that you, Chris, and Summer made it to Mackinac Island. Yes, it has much more to offer than fudge, but it took me some time to realize that. I never said that I didn’t have a sweet tooth — photographic evidence, circa, oh, 4th grade, here:

Jess@atasteofconfidence August 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I’ve always wanted to visit thereβ€” the whole no cars thing is so cool!

Hannah August 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Love that last rock creation! And now I’m off to google “moose tracks”…

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Another thing you need to petition to bring to Australia – Moose Tracks! πŸ™‚

Kim August 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm

The last hot dog I had was 10 yrs ago while preggers. Let’s say it was a bad, bad, decision. However, I wish I could like them again ;( being a Chicago girl and all…

I owe you an email. Homeschooling has been a blast, just super busy! I think we need to organize a hs field trip!

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Kim, can’t wait to hear all about it. Polly started homeschooling Abbi this year as well. All my favorite mamas are homeschooling now. πŸ™‚

Lara August 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Oh I love a good hot dog too πŸ™‚ Costco has the best ones!

This post does not have any Summer pictures. Please note my complaint for next time πŸ™‚

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Roger that. More Summer pics. Got it. πŸ™‚

kristen, sweetly August 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

hahaha! i love the rock face. and also, that’s a fine confession. really, really strangely, i’m into the veins in guys’ arms sometimes. gross! i know. and it doesn’t lure me in originally, but i like them when they’re there.

very gorgeous flowers on that little walk-around island, too. second only to arms and calves…

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm

You were right…not too girly for Chris! πŸ˜‰

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I think the fact that I got the blue Ergo helps. πŸ˜‰

Samantha August 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Love the rock face, too cute! Mackinac looks wonderful, never been there. And I’m with you on the fudge…I made some for a cub scout bake sale friday (since I can’t ‘bake’…we’re still living in a hotel) and sampling it, it was just too much.

The hot dog is enticing though, and the pic of CD with Summer is neat! I love a man’s legs too!

Ana August 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I also do not like fudge, it is just sickening sweet for me. But then I don’t like hot dogs either (blergh!). Now, ice cream… oh my, the ice cream picture just got me drooling here!
I like the last pic of the post with the rock sculpture/thingie, so happy, made me smile!! πŸ™‚

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

That island looks beautiful! I love quaint little areas like that. It makes you feel like you morphed into a different time, in a different world.

I LOVE hot dog carts! In fact, right after Dustin and I got married at city hall in Manhattan, we had hot dogs for lunch, lol. That’s how much we like them. So on our anniversary, we always try to have hot dogs–natural casing is a huge plus. πŸ™‚

Tangy August 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Well I’m sure glad to know I’m not the only one who enjoys a good hot dog! But I would have been all over that fudge. ***drools***

Whitney N August 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Mackinac Island! I love that little place. I got engaged there almost two years ago. Too cute. πŸ™‚

Jen August 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I can relate to what you said about CD’s leg muscles, because my fiance’s arm muscles attracted me to him before anything else! And I love that no car policy. What a cute place.

Kristin @ STUFT Mama August 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Love your dog confession. Funny that you mentioned fudge. I’ve been all about making my own fudge the past week. I think I might have a little problem. πŸ™‚ I found a good combo that isn’t too sweet and super rich. I need to try your 2 ingredient one though. Love all your photos. I always look forward to reading your blog Heather! πŸ™‚

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Thanks so much Kristin. Hope you and your boys have a good weekend!

Shelby August 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I love me a good dog too! Except nowadays it’s a vegan dog!

I’m the same way with legs…people think I’m so weird but I just can’t date a guy with ugly calves. It’s one of the first things I look at haha!

Vegetarian in the City August 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Moosetracks is the best! Looks like a great day.

G August 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Love Mackinac Island and City! If you keep going North about 1.5 hours, the first city you hit in Canada is my hometown. πŸ™‚

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

G, waving to you right now from down south! πŸ˜‰

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Awww my husband and I got married on Mackinac Island! It is one of my favorite places on Earth.

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Really? How cool – bet it was a beautiful wedding and so much fun for your guests!

Monica August 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Haha, love the calves confession! My husbands leg muscles won me over first as well – I love them!

Jen@foodfamilyfitness August 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The husband and I went on our honeymoon to Mackinac Island, I love it up there!!!

Amy @ ElephantEats August 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Wow, what a gorgeous place to visit. I’m with you on the fudge thing…I definitely wouldn’t refuse it if you gave me a piece, but my teeth always ache while I’m chowing down.

Oh, and CD’s calves are mighty nice. It’s so funny, but when I was single, I would only date guys with nice calves and nice forearms (weird, I know) πŸ™‚ They’re totally important!

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Not weird in my book. Totally important – I agree! πŸ™‚

Nikki August 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Great photos Heather! Did you use just a 35mm lens for all of these?
I have to say CD’s calves are nice… is that weird for me to say? …not in a creepy way!! lol

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Thank you! I used a 5omm lens for all the photos in this post, and no, it’s not weird. I love showing off my hubby’s calves. πŸ˜‰

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Mackinac Island…Scott and I went there once together like a decade ago! I rememeber the no cars thing and the quaintness of it all. And the fudge. lol

I love that pic of CD carrying summer in the Ergo or whatever carrier that is . All the colors are newer and spiffier than 5 yrs ago when I was buying carriers. Wow, has it been that long already for me!

When I am out on my errands here in San Diego and I see men from all walks of life babywearing their babies…it just makes me so happy πŸ™‚

Glad you got your hot dog πŸ™‚

Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco August 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thank goodness I’m not the only who thinks traditional fudge is too sweet! I can get a sugar rush just talking about it. πŸ˜‰ Now I’m dreaming up a new fudge recipe for the blog… (P.S. LOVE your 2 ingredient fudge!)

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Thanks Kelly, I do too. πŸ™‚

Debra August 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I had a friend who got married on Mackinac Island. What a beautiful setting. Your photos are wonderful and so vivid and colorful. Now I’m putting it on my list of places to visit.

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Thanks Debra and yes, definitely visit Mackinac if you ever get the chance. Beautiful little island. πŸ™‚

emily (a nutritionist eats) August 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Ah, memories! We used to go to Mackinac Island as a kid!
Loved that you can’t drive on the island.

Courtney August 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Oh my, that ice cream makes my mouth water!! Looks DELICIOUS and your entire vacation sounds relaxing and fantastic! Keep enjoying it!

katie @KatieDid August 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I love your pictures so much, and I love a good dog too! I get an intense craving like once a year in the summer, and nothing will satisfy but a street vendor hot dog πŸ™‚

sarahbb August 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

We just recently crossed Mackinac off of our to-do-in-MI list, too (while spending a year living in MI from TN). I’m reminiscing and drooling over your ice cream picture.

Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I am a big fan of sweets, but fudge is just too much for me! I visited my friend who works at a Kansas City candy store (wrote about it on my blog last week!) and she gave me a fudge sample, I could only take a tiny bite and that was enough!

Melanie August 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

*Sigh* The island makes my heart pitter patter. I have gone almost every summer since I was little so it makes me nostalgic to look at your photos (we didn’t make it up there this year). I hope you had a chance to get off the beaten path a little bit, because there is so much more to it than just that main street area! It isn’t grand, but it is beautiful!

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Melanie, we did! Wasn’t too sure about Mackinac upon arrival as the Main Street area was so crowded and the smell of horse poo and fudge was making me ill. However, once we started walking, I fell in love with it. Such a beautiful little island. πŸ™‚

Holly @ The Runny Egg August 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I prefer salty/savory over sweet most of the time so I’d take a hot dog over fudge for sure.

Before I read your paragraph about CD’s leg muscles I was thinking that I should comment about it — I noticed them right away! I remember reading a recap of his first (?) marathon where he finished in like 2 hours or something — does he still run that much?

HEAB August 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Yes, CD is still running but is only averaging about 35 miles a week or so. No plans for any marathons…at the moment anyway, but he is hoping to do a few shorter races this fall.

Jennie (the gf-gf) August 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

A city with no cars?! That sounds amazing!

Noelle August 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

WE were going in July but we just made it to the Bear Dunes and that was beautiful! Your pictures are great!

Christin@purplebirdblog August 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I can feel my teeth hurting in solidarity with your fudge experience… fudge is always one of those things that sounds better than it is. Alex has amazing legs as well, and I’ve always been fond of watching him do man stuff with his leg muscles all flexing… rawr. AND I also love a good hotdog… a**holes, beaks, and all. πŸ˜‰

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