Mackinac Island is a place you should visit, especially when you’re in Michigan or anywhere close by. It’ll set you back in time. There’s no other transport on the island than bikes and carriages – mind you if you have allergies. I was soooo excited to take my sister along, that I forgot it was gonna be hard on her allergies, so don’t repeat this if you don’t have to. There’s loads to do and see on the main land too, but that’s not what I’m sharing with you today.
First you’ve gotta get on the island somehow. There’s several ways to do so. Either get on a ferry from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace on Starline, Shepler’s or Arnoldline. There is also an Airport on the Island, but unless you fly in and out with your private jet, I’d recommend taking a ferry. If you’ve got time to walk around St. Ignace – don’t forget to stop by at Bentley’s Café as their café is located right on N State Street and their coffee isn’t too bad after all 😉
On the ferry, depending on where you’ll be heading out – it’ll take you between 30 – 45 minutes to cross over. Once you get off the ferry, you’ll find yourself right on Main Street and you’re either gonna love it right away or not. But I have yet to meet someone who didn’t love it. Make sure you get there between May and October, if you’re after experiencing the real deal. If you get there during the winter months, it’ll be beautiful too, but most shops and attractions close in late October. So, if you get here in summer, make sure to book you’re accommodation ahead of time. There’s a couple of nice places to stay, but my favorites all just have a few rooms, so you want to make sure to get one. So worth staying on the Island for at least a night.
Places to stay
Fun to look at from the outside and totally old school on the inside. Everyone is welcome here. Great location and amazing views of the Harbor, if you get a room facing towards the Main Street.
Absolutely charming, only a handful of rooms, very personal, one street off Main Street situated on Market Street.
Fabulous location right in the heart of Main Street with the option of getting proper SPA Treatments.
And then, there’s some hotels with plenty of rooms, that are not less phenomenal.
A traditional Hotel that opened in 1887 and has the world’s largest front porch. Make sure to at least take a walk around it.
This place holds the typical resort feeling as you walk in and definitely is the place to stay for families and couples. There’s a gazebo for weddings set in the beautiful garden.
Taking walks to find cute spots is the best thing to do
Activities awaiting you
Carriage rides, bike rentals, walking tours, SUP-ing, kayaking, strolling along Main Street and visiting all the fabulous shops, checking out some of the local art, visiting Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes and of course making fudge and eating until you feel kinda sick (I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat more than I can handle. Especially of the sweet stuff, haha).
Food, Snacks & Drinks
Millie’s on Main
I’d say you can’t go wrong with your order. Their food is great and it comes with extra hearty service. And go figure, their coffee is great too.
Twist N Sprouts
THE place to get a salad! Fresh salads, wraps and frozen yogurt – what more do you Need?
Fort Mackinac Tea Room
It’s all about the VIEW! Plus their tea & coffee selection is good. Sit down for lunch if you want to enjoy the great view a bit longer.
And then, after your stay here on incredible Mackinac Island – you will wanna come back eventually, just like I do