MI Travels | Mackinac Island
About Mackinac Isalnd
Located at the very tip of the lower peninsula in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is home to delicious homemade fudge, world class hiking trails, more bikes than you could ever imagine, but not home to any cars.
- From the moment your ferry docks, you can smell the fudge wafting from the numerous shops on M185 and you will be immersed in simpler times. With no cars on the island, biking, carriage rides, and simply walking is how to explore the nearly 4 sq mile island.
- Whether you are looking to relax by the pool and spa or spend all day exploring, it’s unlikely you will be able to experience the island in a single day.
- Although the white sand beaches are traded for rocky shores, and skyscrapers for small fudge shops Mackinac Island has everything you need for a memorable adventure.
- If you are daring enough to travel to the island during the snowy days of winter, be prepared to bundle up. When the lake freezes over, many visitors and commuters must travel to the island by snowmobile. Peak season is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but the serenity and peace on Mackinac Island during the winter is second to none.
Things To Do:
Climb the stairs to Arch Rock
- Explore Fort Mackinac
- Take a carriage ride
- Rent a bike and ride around the island
- Visit the porch at the Grand Hotel
- Eat way too much fudge
- Boutique Shopping
- Watch the sunrise and Sunset over the lake in the same day
- Butterfly House
Where To Stay
To get the full Mackinac experience, staying on the island is a must. There are many options near the main strip, including the world famous Grand Hotel, but if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet nothing beats the Stonecliff Inn. A short 15 minute carriage ride through the woods takes you atop the island with unbeatable views of the Mighty Mac and the Michigan sunsets.
Bed and Breakfasts
With numerous Bed and Breakfasts, each offering something slightly different than the next you will surely be able to find something that fits your needs. Many B&Bs are right on the main street and you never have to travel far to the restaurants and shops.
Depending on the time of year, staying on the island requires a reservation well in advance and with numerous large events it may be costly. Staying in either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace provides more accommodation options with larger hotel brands. No matter where you stay you’ll always be close to a fudge shop.
Food and Drink
Great Turtle Brewery
It’s the only brewery on the island and it does not disappoint. You’re going to want to plan your bike ride around the island before you eat here because you will leave full.
Mighty Mac Hamburgers
You won’t find many “chain” restaurants on the island and this one of a kind fast food place is no exception. Great hamburgers without a wait and at great prices.
Overlooking the harbor, Pink Pony has tremendous drinks and food. Voted one of the best restaurants for outdoor dining, it tends to fill up fast.
Located deep into the forestry of Mackinac Island, you are taken by horse drawn carriage to an enchanting dinner you’ll never forget.
One of the very few restaurants open year round, you’ll enjoy a local feel when eating here. It is located just off the main strip and has tasteful bites.
Luck Bean Coffee house
When looking for your morning brew or afternoon pick me up, the Lucky Bean Coffee House is the best around. The decadent coffee, lattes, and espresso from here will leave you coming back for more.