Best Things to do Grand Hotel Mackinac

What was once exclusively a Michigan local secret has now become a bucket list destination drawing travelers from around the country. Read on for my tips on the best things to do, where to eat and sleep, and the burning question we all have….where to find the best fudge on Mackinac Island!  

About Mackinac Island 

No cars in sight. Bicycles everywhere. Taxis run by literal horsepower. On Mackinac Island, you can leave your fast-paced life at the ferry dock and allow yourself to slow down for a much-deserved escape. 

Mackinac Island, located in Lake Huron, between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan has been completely car-free since 1898! The island does have one emergency use vehicle, but otherwise, everything is done by horses, on bikes, or on your own two legs! There are more than 600 horses on the island during the summer season, and 1,400 bikes available to rent

Mackinac is a small island with just 3.8 square miles of land. However, despite its size, the island still has 70+ miles of hiking trails! The hiking trails crisscross the forest and take you past 200-year-old cemeteries, Fort Holmes from the War of 1812, and unique rock formations (skull cave and sugarloaf).

How did Mackinac Island Get its Name? 

We learned on our Mackinac Island Carriage Tour that the name “Mackinac Island”  (pronounced “Mack-i-naw”, not “Mack-i-nack”) comes from the Native American tribes. Before the French or British settled in the area, Native Americans called Mackinac Island, Michilimackinac, meaning place of the great turtle. The Anishinaabek people said that Mackinac Island rose out of the water like a turtle. When you visit Mackinac Island, look for the turtle influences around the island (hint: there’s one in the Grand Hotel Parlor).

Best Time of Year to Visit Mackinac Island 

Mackinac Island is a seasonal island that starts welcoming guests beginning May 1 through October 31. From May to October, you can experience the flowers blooming in early spring, long summer nights, or the leaves changing in the fall.

Tips for Mackinac Island

Tips for Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Tips for Choosing When to Visit 

Mackinac in Spring  

The month of May is a fantastic time to visit Mackinac Island to see the tulips bloom. You’ll find the best hotel deals and the fewest crowds before  Memorial Day Weekend.

Mackinac during Summer 

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day is the peak season for visiting Mackinac Island. Between June 7 -16, 2024 you can experience the Mackinac Lilac Festival and the Fudge Festival from August 23 – 25, 2024. On July 4th, the sky lights up with a firework show beginning at 10 p.m. The best viewing spot for fireworks is at the Mackinac schoolyard. Hotel rooms and restaurant reservations book up quickly during summer, and it’s best to make reservations in advance.

Mackinac Island in the Fall 

After Labor Day and through the end of October is perfect for finding great hotel deals and shopping deals! Stores mark down their remaining inventory as the season comes to a close. Early October is the peak for experiencing the fall foliage that transforms the Mackinac Island forest into a beautiful sea of red, yellow, and orange. 

Getting to Mackinac Island 

No major airlines fly into Mackinac Island Airport. However, the easiest (and cheapest) way to get here is flying into one of the larger airports and then renting a car for the rest of the journey. The closest major airports are Detroit (4- hour drive), Minneapolis (9-hour drive) or Chicago (7-hour drive). After a long time in a car, it was a satisfying feeling to arrive at the ferry dock and leave our car to take a ferry over to Mackinac Island – where no cars are permitted on the island! 

Popover Tip: For shorter road trips, you could fly a major airline into Michigan airports in Grand Rapids (GRR), Flint (FNT), or Traverse City (TVC).

Mackinac Island Ferry Overview 

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Currently, there are two primary ferry companies that operate to/from Mackinac Island – Shepler’s and Star Line. Both ferries depart from Mackinaw City (lower peninsula) and St. Ignace (upper peninsula). The ferry ride is a quick trip that won’t take longer than 25 minutes. 

If you’re driving south on I-75 North, the easiest option will be to catch the ferry from Mackinaw City. We chose Shelper’s, and had a stress-free and fun ferry experience from start to finish!

Mackinac Island Shepler’s Ferry Tips 

  • Ferry reservations are not required, but I recommend purchasing online to receive a small discount. With online tickets you can skip the line to go directly to the boarding area to have your QR code scanned.
  • If you make a ferry reservation in advance, you will not be asked to book a set departure date/time. Instead, all you need to do is arrive at the ferry at your preferred departure time. Ferry departure times are frequent and can be found online here
  • Shepler’s offers discounts for military families and guests staying at the Grand Hotel or Mission Point Resort. These discounted tickets can be purchased at the Shepler’s Ticket Office. 
  • Luggage transport for the ferry is quick and easy! All you do is drop off your bags at the ferry port which are then tagged with the name of the hotel you’re staying at on the island. If your hotel does have porter service, your bags will be (magically) delivered to your hotel. If your hotel doesn’t have porter service you’ll pick up your luggage when you arrive on the island.
  • Take the Mighty Mac departure! For no additional cost, this ferry travels under the famous Mackinac Bridge which is perfect for photo opportunities! The captain also gives a really interesting narrated overview of the history of the bridge. The Mighty Mac departures are usually in the morning and are notated on the ferry schedule here.

Mackinac Island Best Places to Eat 

Best Breakfast Mackinac Island 

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Watercolor Cafe Mackinac Island

Watercolor CafeA charming little cafe with beautiful views of the harbor. Great for baked goods, sandwiches, and fresh fruit smoothies. They host art classes in the evening that you can book here

1852 Grill RoomStart your day with gorgeous views overlooking the harbor at the 1852 Grill Room for breakfast. Their menu has all your breakfast favorites from buttermilk pancakes to a mouth-watering eggs benedict. 

Lucky Bean CoffeeThe best coffee on the island is at Lucky Bean Coffee. Everyone was so friendly here and the Love Potion #9 roast was delicious! My only regret was not buying a bag of beans to bring home!

Best Lunch Mackinac Island 

Pink Pony – Since 1902, the Pink Pony has been a Mackinac Island staple that you must visit even if it’s just for a drink. It has the best rum runner cocktail on the island! The fish tacos made using pan-seared white fish from the Great Lakes were delicious!

Pink Pony Mackinac Island
The Pink Pony’s Signature Rum Runner
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Bar at the Pink Pony

Seabiscuit Cafe – A horse-themed restaurant named after the champion thoroughbred Seabiscuit. Seabiscuit has the friendliest bartenders! Bartender Johnny Nash is a local on the island, and you’ll get the best service under his care. Order the whitefish reuben sandwich, and one of Johnny’s craft cocktails he’ll make for you!

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One of Johnny Nash’s Signature Cocktails at the Seabiscuit 
Whitefish Ruben at Seabiscuit
Whitefish Reuben at Seabiscuit

Ice House BBQ Discover this secret BBQ restaurant that’s only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day! Just follow the path left of the Island House Hotel across from the marina. Ice BBQ is a perfect spot to relax with a cold beer and enjoy home-styled smoked BBQ on a summer day.

Best Dinner Mackinac Island 

Carriage House Restaurant – You’ll find the best waterfront dining on the island overlooking the Straits of Mackinac at the Carriage House Restaurant. The Carriage House is an award-winning restaurant that showcases the region’s freshest and locally sourced ingredients including Michigan whitefish and lake trout. 

The presentation of the dishes is spectacular. The pan-seared diver scallops and the jumbo lump crab tower are two of the most popular items on the menu. Promise me that you must save room for their homemade lemon meringue pie for dessert! Make reservations here in advance. 

1852 Grill Room – A casually sophisticated restaurant known for its fresh seafood and delicious steaks. During dinner, a pianist plays, and guests enjoy the harbor views from inside the dining room or the terrace patio. The Crab Croquettes and Sautéed Walleye are two of the 1852 Grill Room’s most popular dishes.   

The Grand Hotel – Dining at the Grand Hotel is a must-do for every first visit to Mackinac. The Main Dining Room at the Grand Hotel looks has beautiful views of Lake Huron that overlook the iconic Grand Hotel porch. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which features music played by the Grand Hotel Orchestra. For more information on breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Grand Hotel visit their website here

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island
Grand Hotel Main Dining Room

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Popover Tip: Hotel guests of the Grand Hotel receive a small discount on meals. If you visit the Grand Hotel for dinner you must adhere to their dress code. After 6:30 pm, ladies should wear dresses, skirts, blouses or oxford tops, pantsuits, or slacks. Gentlemen must wear a suit coat, necktie, dress shirt, and slacks for dinner, and are not allowed to wear denim or shorts to dinner. This dress code applies to all areas within the Grand Hotel.

Bonus! Best Ice Cream Mackinac Island

Grand Pecan Ball – You can find the signature Grand Pecan Ball dessert at any Grand Hotel restaurant. The ingredients are simple, just a scoop of vanilla ice cream covered with pecans and drizzled with homemade fudge sauce (you can’t skip the fudge on Mackinac).  Every season the Grand Hotel serves more than 70,000 of them a year! 

Signature Grand Pecan Ball
Signature Grand Pecan Ball

Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor – An iconic old-fashioned ice cream parlor in the Grand Hotel named after a Scottie who won “Best in Show” at the 2010 Westminster Dog Show. They use Michigan- made ice cream, and you can order mini Grand Pecan Balls here, too! Sadie’s typically opens for the season at the end of May. 

Sanders Candy – Sanders has Mighihan roots that date back to 1875! Their Mackinac stop has a huge selection of ice cream, and they stay open late! You can’t go wrong with any flavor here, but the caramel flavor I had was so good! 

Best Places to Stay Mackinac 

The old-world fairytale charm of Mackinac is only enhanced by the gorgeous hotels and luxury bed and breakfasts that make your hotel choice an essential piece of the Mackinac Island experience. During my visit to Mackinac Island, I stayed in three different hotels! Thanks to porter service, my bags were transferred to the hotels daily, and I never had to worry about rolling my bags across the island! Below are my three favorite Mackinac hotels for all travel styles. 

Grand Hotel – Bucket List Experience 

Best Things to do Grand Hotel Mackinac

The most famous hotel on the island is the first sight you see on the ferry ride that welcomes you to Mackinac Island. Spending a night at the Grand Hotel is a bucket list item for many who visit Mackinac Island.

What I loved most about the rooms at the Grand Hotel are no two rooms are the same! Each of the 397 guest rooms were designed by the famous interior designer Carleton Varney of the Dorothy Draper Company, and each room has a unique style! 

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Popover Tip: If you’re wondering how to find the best deals for the Grand Hotel, you need to sign up for the “Grand Hotel’s Legacy Club” email list! It’s free to sign up, and you’ll receive packages and special offers that are not shared on their website or social media. We were able to snag one of these discounted rates and loved all the perks of the package (which included complimentary breakfast and dinner).

Hotel Iroquois – Perfect for Couples

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The location of Hotel Iroquois overlooking Lake Huron with gorgeous sophisticated rooms couldn’t be more perfect for a romantic luxury getaway. We felt so welcomed during our stay, and the hospitality from everyone at Hotel Iroquois is unmatched. Not only are the rooms colorful and individually decorated, but the hotel itself is just as romantic. I love the sunroom where guests can sit in and watch the carriages go by. Mackinac Island charm at its best!

Hotel Iroquois
Gorgeous Room at the Hotel Iroquois

Hotel Iroquois All stays include a delicious continental breakfast. This was truly one of the best continental breakfasts I’ve ever had! The coffee was exceptional, and the homemade croissants and fresh parfaits were delicious. 

Popover Tip: For the ultimate romantic weekend book at Hotel Iroquois. You can’t miss booking a room in one of the light-filled Tower Suites. These rooms offer stunning 14-window panoramic views overlooking the Straits of Mackinac.

Island House Hotel – Perfect for a Girlfriend’s Getaway

Island House Hotel Mackinac Island

With historic charm and beautifully renovated guest rooms, the Island House Hotel is another must-stay hotel on Mackinac Island. The Island House has been a member of the Historic Hotels of America since 2005, and it’s actually the oldest hotel on Mackinac Island! 

The location couldn’t be better with breathtaking views of the Marina and Mackinac Harbor. The Island House is the only hotel on Mackinac Island that’s located within the pristine boundaries of the Mackinac Island State Park. 

Island House Hotel
Spacious Rooms at the Island House Hotel and enjoying the Family’s Homemade Fudge!

Island House Hotel

If you’re looking for spacious rooms and an indoor pool along with indoor/outdoor hot tubs – this is the hotel for you!  In 2021, they just finished renovating the beautiful new lobby, and they added a two-bedroom adjoining suite – perfect for families! We loved staying in the premium king room with a gorgeous view of the harbor! The room was spacious and so comfortable. On your first visit to Mackinac, I highly recommend splurging on a room with a view – you won’t regret it! 

Don’t miss stargazing outside on their lawn! After a full day of exploring, it was so nice to sit in an Adirondack chair and enjoy the fire from the chimineas (Spanish fire pits). 

First-Timer’s Bucket List for Mackinac Island 

We did all of the activities listed below in three days. If you don’t want to feel rushed on the island, I would recommend visiting for three full days. 

Romantic Dinner at the Woods

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Take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride to this enchanting Tudor mansion restaurant tucked away in (you guessed it) the woods. The interior is just as rustic and cozy with fireplaces, comfortable chairs,  and chandeliers made from deer antlers. You would think you were eating in Gaston’s Tavern from Beauty and the Beast! I highly recommend ordering the creamy whitefish bisque soup and beef goulash

Popover Tip: If you want to dine at The Woods, once you arrive at Mackinac, schedule your horse-drawn carriage taxi the morning of your reservation. Allow 30-45 minutes prior to your reservation for the horses to make their way to the restaurant. Taxis come frequently at the end of your dinner so getting a taxi back won’t be an issue.

Fudge Making & Tasting

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10,000 pounds a day. That’s how much homemade fudge is handcrafted every day during peak tourism season on Mackinac Island! 

Mackinac Island is the “Fudge Capital of the World”!  I’ve never tasted better fudge than I have on Mackinac Island.  Sampling all the delicious fudge on the main street is a right of passage for every Mackinac Island visitor. It’s so popular that the tourists who come to Mackinac to sample and bring home fudge are called “Fudgies”. 

It’s so fun to watch (and smell) the fudge being made at the shops right before your eyes. Our two favorite fudge shops were Murdick’s and Ryba’s. Murdick’s had a larger flavor list, and fun flavors we never saw anywhere else – like Michigan Maple Walnut, Salt Toasted Coconut Double Chocolate, and Traverse City Cherry. Ryba’s had a smaller selection of flavors, but the Oreo fudge at Ryba’s was delicious!

Popover Tip: You can order fudge from both Murdick’s and Ryba’s online to bring a little taste of Mackinac Island to you. A box of fudge would be a perfect gift to give if you’re surprising someone with a trip to Mackinac Island!

Bike Around the Island

Work off your sugar high from the fudge and rent bicycles for the afternoon!  

You could rent a beach cruiser, or a tandem bike! A tandem bike is fun for the experience of sharing one bike with two people, but for a long bike ride, I’d recommend renting a seven-speed beach cruiser. 

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We enjoyed our experience renting from Island House Bikes right in front of the Island House Hotel. Keep in mind that bike rentals in Mackinac do tend to be on the pricier side. A seven-speed beach cruiser is $12 per hour, or a tandem bike is $18 per hour. Three hours was the perfect amount of time for us to explore the island. 

Popover Tip: If you’re driving to Mackinac Island, you’re welcome to bring your own bike to the island on the ferry to avoid the rental cost. Personally, I think this is a little bit of a hassle, but it’s a great option if you don’t mind transporting your bike!

 Fire the Cannon at Fort Mackinac

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If you have a historic buff in your group, you cannot miss this once-in-a lifetime experience for them to fire the first cannon of the day at Fort Mackinac! Fort Mackinac is a historic military fort from the war of 1812 when the British were fighting the Americans. 

For only $50, YOU can help clean, load, prime and then FIRE the cannon. This unique and private experience is available for one person every morning beginning at 8:45 a.m. You can reserve a spot by calling 906-847-3328 – these spots fill up quickly! 

We fired the cannon on the last full day of our trip, and it was such a fun experience! We enjoyed talking with the soldiers who perform cannon and rifle firing demonstrations throughout the day. Fort Mackinac is a must-see, and don’t miss attending one of the live demonstrations!  

Fort Mackinac Hours and Admission 

Admission is $13.50 for an adult and $8 for children under 12. Opening Hours vary depending on the season and are found here.

Take a Mackinac Island Carriage Tour

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If you can only do one activity on the island, don’t skip the Mackinac Island Carriage Tour! The guides are so entertaining, and you’ll learn interesting stories about the island. For example, on our carriage tour, we learned the Mayor of Mackinac Island, Margret Doud, is one of the longest-serving mayors in the country at 45+ years of being mayor!

Carriage tours do not take reservations in advance. I recommend going early in the morning on peak summer days, but we had no issues hopping on the next carriage tour. The tour is around 90 minutes, and you see both the city and inside the forest. A carriage tour is the most authentic way to experience Mackinac Island

Carriage tours cost $38 per person for adults and $14 for children.

Visit the Butterfly House

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If you’ve always dreamed of a butterfly landing on you – now is your opportunity! The Wings of Mackinac is a butterfly conservatory with hundreds of butterflies

Popover Tip: A visit to the Wings of Mackinac is best paired when you take a Mackinac Island Carriage Tour because it’s a stop on the tour! For a small additional cost ($10 for an adult ticket), you can visit the butterfly conservatory.

See Arch Rock

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Arch Rock is a beautiful 144-foot tall natural limestone arch on the eastern side of the island that overlooks the shoreline of Lake Huron. You can bike to Arch Rock and take stairs up to the top. I would like to bet that almost everyone who visits Mackinac Island has a photo from Arch Rock! 

Popover Tip: Arch Rock is also a stop on the Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

Visit the Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Porch

Every first-time visitor to Mackinac Island needs to have the experience of sitting at the Grand Hotel on the world’s longest porch in a rocking chair.  From the porch, you’ll have gorgeous views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. This classic ritual of sitting on the Grand Hotel porch is just one of the many examples of how time stands still on Mackinac Island.

The Grand Hotel is a National Historic Landmark that dates back to 1887. Before you visit the Grand Hotel, I’d recommend that you watch the 1980 romantic movie “Somewhere in Time” which was filmed at the Grand Hotel.  A memorabilia room on the property of the Grand Hotel displays movie artifacts. 

Grand Hotel

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Keep in mind that non-guests of the Grand Hotel will be charged a small admission fee of $10 per adult and $5 for children to visit the Grand Hotel. 

Popover Tip: After 6:30 p.m. you’re not required to pay an admission fee, but all guests are required to follow the dress code. After 6:30 pm, ladies should wear dresses, skirts, blouses or oxford tops, pantsuits, or slacks. Gentlemen must wear a suit coat, necktie, dress shirt, and slacks for dinner and are not allowed to wear denim or shorts to dinner.

Have Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel

Sipping on champagne and snacking on delicious tea sandwiches in the Grand Hotel’s Parlor was my favorite Mackinac Island memory. Every day from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. you can enjoy afternoon tea in the Parlor of the Grand Hotel. Reservations are not accepted for afternoon tea.  All you need to do is find a spot in the parlor shortly after 3:00 and wait to be served. If you have a large group, I recommend arriving earlier to ensure you can find a spot together. 

Grand Hotel High Tea

The cost of the tea is $59 and includes a tray of petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and pastries. It also includes a pot of hot tea (with refills) and two glasses of Champagne or sherry. A harpist plays during high tea too! 

Popover Tip: If you’re traveling with two people, we were given the option to share a high tea and only pay one fee of $59. A great money-saving tip! By doing this we had the full high tea experience and each enjoyed a glass of champagne and had plenty of hot tea (thanks to the free refills on tea).

Find the Best View Points

Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

 You will have to bike or hike up some hills to reach these points, but the views are worth it! 

Fort Holmes– Hike up to Fort Holmes, the highest point on Mackinac, and take in a 360-degree panorama of beauty looking out over the island below and the Great Lakes beyond.

Point LookoutPoint Lookout is perfect for a stunning view of the limestone rock formation Sugar Loaf, surrounded by green forest set against the backdrop of blue waters.

Sunset RockOne of the better-kept secrets on Mackinac Island, Sunset Rock is located on the West End of the island near The Woods restaurant. It’s perfect for sunset with views of Lake Huron, the Mackinac Bridge, and the Upper Peninsula.

Bonus! Three Mackinac Island Things to Do

We did all of the activities listed above in three days, but if you have extra time, the activities below come highly recommended by local guides! 

Become a Carriage Driver! 

If you’re a horse lover this is a must-do experience! At Jack’s Livery stable you can rent a horse and buggy to experience cruising the shoreline and streets of Mackinac Island with your own horse and buggy! Buggies are available for two, four, or six passengers and are available by the hour.  You’ll be given a quick lesson on how to drive and then you are off to explore! 

Sip n’ Sail 

Hop on the Isle Royale Queen III and cruise under the Mackinac Bridge (nicknamed Mighty Mac) for a stunning sunset and enjoy your favorite adult beverage of choice! This is the most popular tour run by Pure Michigan Boat Cruises! The photo opportunities from the boat are spectacular! 

Tee up at this Special Golf Course 

 Nowhere else do you take a horse-drawn carriage ride between nines or play on a former battlefield that was turned into a golf course more than 120 years ago! A bucket list course for golf enthusiasts is The Jewel at the Grand Hotel. The first nine courses have views of Lake Huron and the Grand Hote. The second part of the course runs back through the interior of the island and offers beautiful views of the Mackinac Bridge and the Upper Peninsula.

Final Thoughts on Mackinac Island 

With the beautiful sights, signature fudge shops, and nostalgic old-world horse-drawn carriages, it’s no surprise Mackinac Island has become a must-see destination from May to October. The island offers guests truly unique experiences you won’t likely find anywhere else in the world. If Mackinac Island has now climbed up to the top of your bucket list, reference save this guide for the best tips to make your first-time experience to Michigan’s crown jewel perfect. 

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  1. My husband is from Michigan and so has been all over the state, but I still have so much to see! I pinned this guide to Mackinack Island for later (aka ASAP).

  2. I’ve never heard of Mackinac Island before but it looks like a beautiful island to visit! Especially the hotel looks really fancy and I would love to see the arch rock. 🙂 Great post!

  3. What a beautiful place! I’ve never heard of Mackinac Island but I can see why it is becoming popular! It looks like such a unique place to visit! I love that all of the rooms at The Grand Hotel are unique! I also love the look of the Grand Pecan Ball (can I skip straight to dessert?) in fact, I’d probably just live on fudge during my visit! Thanks for the awesome guide!

  4. I love Mackinac Island! We went there several times when I was a kid 🙂 Never stayed at the Grand Hotel before but I’ll definitely sign up for that newsletter-thanks! Also, love your pics!!

  5. This place is so beautiful, I would love to visit! One day, when I can finally leave the country again lol.

  6. LINNEA! I had no idea Mackinac Island was so beautiful!!! WOW! My friends visited last summer and enjoyed it but it looks like there is so much to explore, it would be worth another visit!!

  7. I have been to Michigan a couple of times but this is the first time I hear about Mackinac Island and now I want to visit it – now I really want to visit it and your guide is very detailed and also illustrates incredible pictures. Thanks for introducing me to this beautiful destination.

  8. I’ve been wanting to visit Mackinac Island for a while now and this post has been so helpful! I’ll definitely reference it when I plan my trip.

  9. I learned about Mackinac Island when I was in high school and have been dying to visit since! I’ll definitely be using this awesome guide when I get the chance to visit 🙂

  10. This looks soooo cool! I had never heard of this island. This Grand Hotel look stunning, total bucket list experience I am sure. 🙂

  11. Mackinac Island looks like another time! All the carriages and gorgeous old houses. I’d love to visit.

  12. You really did Mackinac Island justice with these stunning photos. Growing up in MI, Mackinac holds a special place in my heart! The Grand Hotel is just lovely, hard to forget my dining experience there!

  13. I grew up in Michigan and always loved to go to Mackinac Island. We always did day trips on a budget so it’s fun to see all the more luxurious things to do. It’s a beautiful place and so special.

  14. Michigan is an easy trip from home in Toronto so one day we would definitely love to visit Mackinac Island. I love the idea of an island with no cars in sight. And with 1400 bikes to rent I know how we will be getting around. We certainly won’t have trouble eating well when we visit. Love all the great options to stay on the island for a few days.

  15. Mackinac Island looks like an absolute dream!! I would love to visit for a weekend, and to stay at the gorgeous Grand Hotel! Adding to my bucket list!

  16. This has been on my bucket list for years!! I would love to do the sip and sail…and of course visit The Grand Hotel. And the BBQ restaurant would definitely be on our list. What a great guide!!

  17. I love the idea of no cars on the island. It looks like there is plenty to do (and getting around by bicycle would be a lot of fun). With all those dining options, I think there would be something for everybody in my family.

  18. Great article! My mother loved Mackinac Island. She would stay at the Grand. I didn’t know every room had its own decor. That’s unusual for a hotel of this size. I now understand why she enjoyed this place so much. I would get into riding my bike around the island exploring.

  19. I absolutely love places that are car-free, there’s something very special about them! Hope to visit this island one day.

  20. I’ve wanted to go here for many, many years. However, from what I’ve been reading, it sounds like it is expensive and become quite touristy. Also, read about mosquitoes there. It’s making me reconsider visiting there.
    What was your experience with these? In your photos, you were able to capture less crowded areas. I would apprentice your thoughts.
    Thank you!

    1. It is rather expensive! It helped that we went early May! I’d recommend May, or post Labor Day to avoid crowds. I also never had issues with mosquitoes there, nor have I read about that!

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