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Visiting Mackinac Island is like stepping back into the Victorian era, with painstakingly preserved clapboard and wood buildings, miles of unspoiled state parkland, and horse-drawn taxis clomping through the streets. The pathway around the perimeter of the island is only 8 miles long, and can be cycled, although you may prefer to just sit on one of the rugged, natural beaches, looking out at the clear blue waters and enjoying the peacefulness of the island.

Things to see

Fort Mackinac was built by the British during the American Revolutionary War, and it still stands guard over the island, with imposing white stone walls flanked by canons. Also looking out to sea is the impressive Arch Rock, a natural limestone arch that stands 146 feet above the Lake Huron shoreline. It’s no wonder that the site was admired by Native Americans, and many stories and legends have been told about the place. Mission Church is the oldest church in Michigan, designed in quaint, New England Colonial style, with bright minimalistic interiors that can be explored, or even booked for weddings. The charming New France style Biddle House was part of the first Euro-American settlements, and was a place for selling furs, as well as housing the Biddle family. Today it’s a fascinating insight into how people used to live, with a working kitchen, spice garden with medicinal plants, and a blacksmith shop. Wawashkamo Golf Club has a 9-hole links course with a historic feel, and it’s one of the oldest courses in the USA. Surrounded by mature trees and set in gently rolling hills, it’s a relaxing place to tee off.

Hotels in Mackinac Island

If you travel in Mackinac Island for your vacation, there are plenty of 2 to 3 star boutique hotels, many with lake views and facilities such as outdoor pools. You’ll also find extras such as spa tubs, steam rooms, tour and ticket assistance, and event spaces. Most hotels are surrounded by green space, so have their own garden areas for you to stroll around. Once you reach your guestroom you’ll find amenities such as air conditioning, shower/tub combinations, clock radios, ironing boards, and cable television. Some hotels with also offer complimentary breakfasts and will have restaurants on site.

Where to stay

The eastern side of the island is home to the downtown area, and with no motorized vehicles on the island, it’s a pleasant place to stroll, cycle, or even take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Downtown is full of colorful, quirky buildings, many of them in a distinctive clapboard style, and there’s a pleasant small town vibe to the area. You’ll also find plenty of cafes, diners, and independent restaurants, from laidback joints to upmarket establishments, with a wide variety of cuisine on offer.

How to get to Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Airport has a small runway, so it’s mostly private jets and small charter planes that land here. From the airport you can book a horse-drawn taxi to take you to your accommodation, or you can walk the 20 minute trail to the downtown area. A ferry runs from Mackinaw City, with dozens of round trips daily during the high season, with the crossing taking less than 20 minutes. Mackinaw City itself is easily accessible via Greyhound, and is also on the Amtrak line for those who wish to combine bus and train travel to speed up their journey.

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