Step off the Mackinac Island ferry dock and walk into a forgotten, more innocent time. Your senses come alive with the sound ofhorses and carriages, bicycle ringers and the smell of fudge. Strolling the downtown streets you will see smiling faces as people come and go from the many shops and dining facilities. As day turns into evening, the best part of the visit begins. Watch the last ferry departs for the mainland and be ready for Mackinac Island at night, and a new sense of island magic.
Spending the night on Mackinac Island lets you experience the magic of Mackinac. At your service are more than 40 hotels offering accommodations from romantic B&Bs to grand historic inns, resorts and hotels, to make an overnight on the island a night to remember. Put away the check-list and get ready for an island treat.
Start your evening with one of many mouthwatering dining locations. Set the stage with a beautiful waterfront location like The Carriage House at Hotel Iroquois or take a short horse-drawn carriage ride into the wooded interior of Mackinac Island to experience Grand Hotel’s Woods Restaurant. Downtown Mackinac Island offers a number of diverse dining experiences including quaint eateries and cozy cafes, many offering local ingredients such as whitefish and complimenting the meal with one of Michigan’s award-winning wines and beer.
Relive the simple pleasures of life: A leisurely carriage ride, slow dancing face-to-face with your loved one listening to your favorite music. From Big Band to Classical, Rock, Country and Jazz…there is music for every ear.
Perhaps nature’s music is more to your likening. Take in nature’s music with a moonlight walk along the water. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of the water lapping against the shore, a distant foghorn or the freighter passing by. Listen to the clip clop of the horses as you enjoy a romantic island carriage tour. Or simply sit and wonder at a star-splattered sky.
Take your time. There’s no hurry. You are now officially on Mackinac Island time.
Then rise and shine as the island awakens. Enjoy the peacefulness as the island readies itself to do it all over again. On Mackinac Island every day is timeless, every night precious.