Relax and Rejuvenate on Mackinac Island

Sunset on Mackinac Island - Courtesy of Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau 

Word is getting out that Michigan has some of the most spectacular vacation destinations in the world and Mackinac Island is a perfect example of a Pure Michigan getaway. Explore the historic Fort Mackinac, enjoy the charm of the picture-postcard downtown, try the different varieties of homemade fudge or relax at a charming Victorian inn or bed and breakfast. This spring, leave the ordinary at home and set sail for this timeless and picturesque destination.

Spanning over 300 years of history and showcasing as many years of outstanding American architectural gems, Mackinac Island is a step back in time, with transportation limited to horse and buggy, bicycle or foot, and surrounded by clear, blue Great Lakes waters, the island is a tranquil escape from a fast-paced, harried world. Feel the energy and excitement and explore the impressive history of this magical island--named one of the Top 10 Islands in the World by Conde Nast Traveler. Hear the bugle music, rifle fire and a cannon blast at Fort Mackinac. Dance to a 19th century tune, drill with soldiers and play Victorian childrens games. Or, relax during a leisurely carriage tour through the Mackinac Island State Park.

Mackinac Island -- where much of the area is a designated National Historic Landmark--stays true to its historic roots when it comes to lodging options. On an Island known worldwide with nearly one million visitors a year, you won't find a single chain hotel.

Let's start our overview with the regal Grand Hotel, featured in the film "Somewhere in Time" and famous for an immense front porch lined with white rocking chairs overlooking the scenic Straits of Mackinac. Its not called grand for no reason. Family-owned for three generations, Grand Hotel is a National Historic Landmark and truly one of a kind experience with 385 individually decorated guest rooms. Most rates include a full breakfast and 5-course dinner daily. This pristine Victorian gem is superb in every aspect. Over the years, Grand Hotel has been the choice of record for five US Presidents, celebrities and dignitaries.

You don't have to be a President or a celebrity to find your perfect room at this popular island vacation destination. And, a search of lodging options will list choices from resorts, to historic inns, hotels along with Bed and Breakfasts. Every property is unique without the corporate trappings. Local hoteliers are committed to preserving the islands reputation for providing a quality, memorable stay which has made it a Trip Advisor favorite.

Island HouseBuilt in 1852, the Island House Hotel is the oldest hotel on Mackinac Island and is as beautiful as it is unique. After many renovations, the Island House now includes two restaurants--the 1852 Grill Room, the Ice House Bar & Grill--an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and steam room.

Most of the islands overnight guests choose to stay downtown close to the Straits, historic Fort Mackinac and an array of Victorian-era shops. Even with the hustle and bustle of downtown, it always seems as though you are miles away when you overnight on the island. For a more serene location, opt for one of the accommodations high on a bluff, where you'll find The Inn at Stonecliffe and Sunset Condominiums. Each has incredible views of the Straits of Mackinac and the iconic Mackinac Bridge, which are just a short, bike ride, or horse-driven cab drive to downtown.

When the days adventure is done, spend the night and take in the sound of waves and freighters amidst the ever present clip clop of horses. There are over 40 hotels on Mackinac Island ranging from economical to extravagant. So, plan your Island getaway today and spend the night on Mackinac Island!