Horse Poop Island smells like fudge

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

My daughter recently returned from a vacation at Mackinac Island.  (pronounced Macinaw)... where she stayed at the grand hotel... a beautiful hotel built before the turn of the century, and appropriately names.

She brought me back some fudge from the island, because the island is known for it's fudge, and 'cause she's a wonderful daughter, but the fudge came with a story.

Mackinac Island is a popular vacation destination in the Midwest.  It's an island located between two great lakes... Michigan and Huron... and it's an island that must be reached by boat, and does not allow cars.... the only transportation on this small island (less than 4 square miles) is by horse.  And, not surprisingly, because there are lots of horses on this island to cart tourists around... the island oftens smells like... well... horse poop.

While they do have people who patrol the streets, and remove the droppings as quickly as they can, it's inevitable that it starts to smell a little.

In an effort to mitigate that smell... cause oddly enough, tourists to the Grand Hotel (quite posh) don't tend to enjoy that smell, they have created many, many fudge shops to spread the aroma of fudge in an attempt to cover up that .... 'other' smell.

My daughter tells me that it's only partially effective, and most of the time the streets of the quaint town smell like a blend of fudge, and well... horse fudge.

All I can tell you is that the fudge she brought home smells good, and tastes better.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

It reminds me of an old joke that is too long to post here. But the punch line is:

“It smells like someone s—t a Christmas tree.”

Sep 01, 2019 12:09 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- not sure if I can eat fudge for a while!!! LOL   That was very thoughtful of your daughter to bring you home some fudge. Any left??

Sep 01, 2019 07:06 PM #2
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

What a relief! From the tone of your story, I thought it was going to have the same outcome as the "chocolate pie" from the movie THE HELP.

Glad it was tasty (regular) fudge.


Sep 03, 2019 06:08 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's a pretty funny story, Alan. Glad you enjoyed the fudge.

We always intended to visit Mackinac Island when we lived in MI but never did. But I was well aware of the horses but hadn't heard about the reason for all the fudge shops...other than, well, good fudge is just real good!

Having grown up around horses I full well know about the smell...and you don't get used to it!


Sep 11, 2019 01:11 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Just the title alone is giving me pause with this post. Good work! May you keep getting the good stuff!

Sep 12, 2019 11:34 PM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m pretty sure they say to “stop and smell the roses AND enjoy the fudge” but I could wrong I suppose.

Sep 12, 2019 11:35 PM #6
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