Living on the Island

Since: Apr 11

United States

#1 Apr 6, 2011

My fiancee and I visited Mackinac Island this morning. Regardless of the fact that the tourist season hasn't begun yet, we had a wonderful time walking around and looking at the homes and taking in the history. And luch at the Village Inn was wonderful (not just the food but the people as well). It was my first time to the island and I cannot wait to come back.

One of the things my fiancee and I talked about over lunch was the possibility of making a move to Mackinac Island or the Straits area in general. We are both from the Detroit area and there are many things that we like and noticed about the area was the sense of community. Everybody knows everybody. Where we're from we only see our neighbors in passing and exchange a hello or how's the weather before moving on with our day. The atmosphere of the island is so different. It's the type of place where people live together and not just coexist.

My purpose for all of this is to find out about living on Mackinac Island. I have many questions but not really sure in which order to start. What I really want to know is what it is like. Are there good employment opportunities? Do people who live on the island work on the mainland? And if so, how does that work in the winter? What about major medical services? Is there a hospital on the island or would I would have to go over the mainland for something like having a baby? What about he cost of living (taxes, groceries, etc.)? I'm really curious to find out. My fiancee and I were really talking a lot about it and I really want to see if making such a move is the right choice.


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