Romance on Historic Mackinac Island
Feel nostalgia for another era on this picturesque Lake Huron island.
Ditch your car and catch a ferry from Michigan’s Mackinaw City or St. Ignace, and ride a mere 15 minutes to reach the shore of the 2,000-acre Mackinac Island. Horse-drawn taxis greet you at the dock at this former summer colony (the British built a fort here in 1780) on Lake Huron, where you’ll travel back in time to the turn of the century. Live like a local, exploring by bike and dining on fresh seafood come sunset. Note: Add additional time for ferry ride.
1 Hotel Iroquois
This hotel earned our T+L 500 award, thanks to its beautiful waterfront location and embarrassment of amenities. Enjoy the gardens!
2 Mackinac Island Carriage Tours
Carriages amble through historic streets with stops at the islandâ€™s centerpiece: the massive 19th-century Grand Hotel.
3 Island Bicycle Rental
Itâ€™s a time-honored tradition to explore the island by bike. Rent one here.
4 Seabiscuit CafÃ©
The horse-themed restaurant's casual menu includes old-time regionally inspired dishes like roasted Indian corn and shrimp chowder.
5 Murdick's Fudge
Pick up some homemade fudge at this Mackinac shop - open since 1887.