Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a trip to the quaint and magical island located on Lake Huron in Michigan. Mackinac Island encompasses the best aspects of every dream vacation — the great outdoors, delicious food, local shops, and luxury hotels. And the best part? No cars are allowed on the island. It’s like taking a trip back in time.
Take a ferry with over to the island (don’t worry, the folks over at Arnold Transit Co. will keep your car safe and sound while you’re enjoying your stress-free trip). Once you’re on the island, enjoy a carriage tour, hitch a ride with a horse-drawn taxi cab, or rent a bike to enjoy the spectacular views that Mackinac has to offer.
Mackinac Island is rich with history. The island was discovered 11,000 years ago by aboriginal natives. Mackinac is the French spelling of the Indian word mish-la-mack-in-naw (which means “big turtle”), and it’s pronounced “mack-in-awe.” The British reigned over the island following the French and Indian war, and soon after, the famous high bluffs of the island were chosen as the spot for Fort Mackinac in 1780. The possession of the island changed hands several times between the British and the Americans, until the Americans finally secured it through a treaty in 1815. Both of the military forts on the island are still intact and open for visiting.
Mackinac Island is completely family-friendly with activities that are fun for all ages. Or, treat your sweetheart to a romantic weekend at the Grand Hotel. Don’t want to stay overnight? No worries, make it a day trip. From museums to playgrounds, from historical sites to fishing charters, Mackinac has it all. Consider planning a trip for a festival weekend. The island hosts several fun weekends throughout the year, like the fudge festival, the festival of the horse, and the lilac festival.
No vacation is complete without good food. The island is home to several delicious restaurants sure to please any taste buds. Craving a good burger? Hit up the Chuck Wagon. It’s affordable and great for families with kids. However, it closes at 3 p.m. so you’ll want to go early. Is Italian more your style? Check out Island Slice Pizzeria for a cheesy slice or a delicious calzone. Take it to go and enjoy lunch at Marquette Park. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor or Joann’s Fudge.
Enjoy your stay at the historic and enchanting Mackinac Island and forget all of the stresses of your daily life. And don’t forget to pick up some of Mackinac’s world-famous fudge before you leave!
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