Featured in Michigan Travel Ideas 2012, beginning on page 50.
Leave mainland schedules behind for these unique Great Lakes escapes. You’ll find pristine beaches, quaint villages and inspiring scenery.
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Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau
Les Cheneaux Tourist Association
Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association
Featured in the Article
Beaver Island Head Lighthouse
Shamrock Bar & Restaurant
Beaver Island Lodge
Mission Point Resort
Millie’s on Main (906/847-9901)
Mackinac Island State Park
Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
Isle Royale National Park
Rock Harbor Lodge
Insel Haus B&B
E.J. Mertaugh Boat Works
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Manitou Island Transit
More Things to Do
Beaver Island Gift Shop
Located in downtown St. James, the bright and airy shop that is Beaver Island Gifts sells everything you’d expect a vacation destination souvenir and gift shop to sell (231/448-2860).
The Mackinac Bridge, nicknamed “Mighty Mac,” connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas and is the western hemisphere’s longest suspension bridge. Its deck is 200 feet above water, and it can sway as much as 11 feet in either direction.
More than 50 shops and eateries with free nightly laser light shows in Mackinaw City.
Thunder Falls Family Water Park
In Mackinaw City, 12 slides, a wave pool and a lazy river.
Set far off Main Street on Beaver Island, it would be easy to miss Whimsy if it weren’t for the cheerful bright blue and green street sign. Inside the shop sells a wide variety of gift and home decor items (231/448-3058).
More Places to Eat
Beaver Island Lodge Restaurant
Beaver Island visitors and residents are unanimous: the restaurant at the Beaver Island Lodge is the finest dining on the island.
Bessie’s Original Homemade Pasties
In St. Ignace, a cafe with a loyal following for hearty, meat-filled pasties.
From May through September, the humble Daddy Franks brings fast food to Beaver Island. The restaurant is reminiscent of a 1950s diner with its red, white and black interior. You order off a restaurant menu board at a counter (feel free to customize your order if you like). But once you’ve ordered and paid you just grab a seat and the wait staff delivers your order to you (231/448-2570).
Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli
Fresh baked goods and hot breakfast are filling, delicious and popular, especially when warm weather makes it possible to dine outside on the bakery’s broad front porch. Dalwhinnie’s lies along the right-hand side of the horseshoe-shaped curve that forms St. James Harbor on Beaver Island.
Owned by the same folks who run The Shamrock, Harbour Market is a pleasant, bright café serving fresh baked goods, coffee and chai at breakfast time and sandwiches and pizzas at lunchtime. Located on Beaver Island.
Paradise Bay Café
The tiny Paradise Bay is a popular coffee shop on Beaver Island, serving fresh-baked scones, muffins and cinnamon rolls as well as hot coffee drinks daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day (231/448-3003).
The Pink Pony
Pink’s the thing at this fun Mackinac Island restaurant and bar – from the pink-stained oak-top bar to the pink leather barstools and pink polo shirts on the servers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and a late night menu is in place until 2 a.m. There’s also an outside dining area and bar with a 25-person hot tub.
Stoney Acre Grill
Located inside an old barn on Beaver Island, Stoney Acre Grill serves good, fresh food in a casual atmosphere. What sets Stoney Acre apart is its diverse menu and its inclusion of fresh Lake Michigan fish and seasonal Michigan produce.
On Mackinac Island, a classy Bavarian hunting-lodge (run by the Grand Hotel) atmosphere surrounds guests at lunch and dinner.
More Places to Stay
Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast
Enjoy private suites, each with a four-poster, fireplace and whirlpool bath at this B&B on Mackinac Island.
Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
This refurbished 1902 hotel in downtown Mackinac Island provides affordable lakefront lodgings overlooking the harbor.
Emerald Isle Hotel
Emerald Isle, which takes its name from the nickname that Irish immigrants gave Beaver Island in the 1850s, isn’t a fancy hotel. The hotel has clean, comfortable, smoke- and pet-free rooms, a friendly staff, low rates with free WiFi and is within an easy walk of downtown St. James.
Fairview Beachfront Inn and Waterpark
Newer property along the beach in Mackinaw City. The hotel has an indoor/outdoor water park, complimentary breakfast and access to a private beach.
To stay near downtown on Mackinac Island, consider this charming (and air-conditioned) converted historic home.
Shanoule Bed & BreakfastBob and Joan Banville own and operate Shanoule B&B in the heart of Beaver Island on 40 acres of private woodland near Beaver Island Airport. Bob enjoys giving guests a 30-60-minute overview tour of the island so newcomers can find their way around, locate the best dining options and learn something of island history
St. James Township Campground
The gorgeous views and pristine forest location make the campground popular with nature lovers. Camping fees at this campground are inexpensive–just $5 per campsite per night–but camping is rustic.