Sharon and Lola
After returning the bikes, we walked back downtown to visit a few shops & museums, and then take a private carriage ride. Most people take a tour with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, but this much smaller company (Arrowhead Carriages) does only private, custom tours. For years there were two smaller companies, Arrowhead and Gough Carriages, but Gough bought out Arrowhead in the past year.
Our driver was Adam Smith, a young man who has worked on the Island for 14 years and lived there for 5. His wife is from an old Mackinac family and they have a 9 year old son. I had selected a route going to some attractions which are not on the group tours, but we also enjoyed learning more about Island life from Adam. Stops included the new Grand Hotel stables which doubles as a museum, a lookout over Sugar Loaf rock, and a visit to Fort Holmes at the highest point on the Island.
The private tours in 2014 were $110/hour (cash only) for up to 4 people with additional charges for larger parties. The price is $132 in 2017. These photos were taken on a one hour tour. More info on private carriage tours