While it may seem like a no-brainer to many Michiganders, I was surprised to find out that outside of the Great Lake state, there aren’t many who have even heard of the gem that is Mackinac Island. Luckily for everyone that is not from the Great Lake State, we took a road trip north and are going to share our insider, “Michigander” knowledge.
Pronounced Mac-eh-naw, this enchanting island is located just east of the bridge that connects the upper and lower peninsulas in the state of Michigan.
During the warmer months you can cross over to the island on passenger ferries while in the cooler months some choose to snowmobile the frozen great lakes. Upon your arrival on Mackinac Island you will feel as though you have stepped back in time. Cars are not allowed on the island and most choose to get around by either bicycle or horse-drawn buggies.
Where to Stay:
Luxury- Grand Hotel
The most famous of the Mackinac Island Hotels, the Grand Hotel is timeless and features one of the largest outdoor porches in the world which is perfect for taking in the breathtaking sunsets from their location on top of a hill.
Like Home but Better- Market Street Inn
Our home for our stay on the island, Market Street Inn helped to perfectly create a romantic and memorable stay in a place where time stands still. The Innkeeper, Kristen, is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and really went above and beyond to make our stay special. The rooms are comfortable and warm on chilly Michigan nights and you can even order your complementary breakfast to be had as “breakfast in bed”.
Where to Eat:
Yankee Rebel Tavern
What to Do:
Ride the Fringe- One of the most popular things to do on the island is to bike the entirety of the M-185. An 8-mile ride alone the outer banks of the island, this bike ride can be as leisurely or sporty as you make it. With breathtaking views demanding your attention at every turn, it is hard to not stop every mile or two to just take it all in.
“Fudge Crawl”- Famous for its “Mackinac Island Fudge”, it only makes sense to create what I call a “Fudge Crawl”. Visit each of the famous fudge shops (Murdick’s, Ryba’s, Joann’s, and Kilwin’s) to sample some of their best fudge and judge for yourself on which shop deserves the title of the best Mackinac Island Fudge.
Visit Fort Mackinac- While here, it is impossible not to acknowledge the interesting history that let to this island being inhabited in the 1600s. A great place to learn more about how the island has changed over the years and the important role it has played in Michigan’s history; is to visit Fort Mackinac and witness the amazing reenactments.