Mackinaw City Travel Guide
Looking back after crossing Mackinac...
Looking back after crossing Mackinac...
Mackinaw Bridge from St. Ignace at the...
Four Points hotel and Reception area...
Our twin-queen bedroom
An interesting small Off-the-Beaten-Path destination
Best to rent a bike to get around
In a nutshell
A beautieful place that has something for everyone.
Drive the Mackinac Bridge
The state of Michigan is cut into two pieces by the Straits of Mackinac, which join Lake Michigan to Lake Huron, allowing onward ship traffic to the other Great Lakes, canals and locks which lead into the Atlantic Ocean through eastern Canada. The northern portion of the...
History Around Every Corner
Our most recent visit to Mackinaw City was appropriately during the 4th of July weekend. This time of year brings additional activities such as fireworks, parades and town festivals. It also brings an increase in the number of tourists. It is certainly not the time to visit...
Clearwater Lakeshore Beachfront
1 Review and 41 Opinions this hotel was by far the worst hotel I have ever checked into..when I tried to bring it to the...
Comfort Inn Lakeside
1 Review and 63 Opinions The Comfort Inn turns out to be a really decent choice. We got in in the late afternoon, but check...
Historic Depot restaurant: Horrible Experience All Round
First time in Mackinaw City and decided to eat at the Historic Depot Restaurant for supper big mistake. There was 6 in our party and 5 of us had the steak kabobs and I had steak sandwich. The waitress took our order asked how we wanted our steaks done and left. When she...
Nona Lisa's: Avoid if you can
This place achieved the trifecta of bad restaurants: Terrible service, cold food, and a lousy atmosphere. In order, then... I am often willing to forgive late food or a server's mistake if that person is pleasant. I have worked in restaurants, and know that sometimes the...
Dixie Saloon: Not The Best Food in Town
I have to agree with a previous comment. The food at the Dixie is not as good as the atmosphere. The atmosphere is really the only thing they have going for them. The food is nothing special and the owner is not exactly customer oriented.
Darrow's Restaurant: Best Place to Eat in Mackinaw
If you want a delicious homestyle meal that doesn't cost a fortune then you have to try Darrow's while in Mackinaw City. Since they are so popular there is normally a line. I suggest you go there during the off peak times such as between 2 and 4 p.m. to avoid the heavy lunch...
Pink poney hops as of all bars...
Pink poney hops as of all bars on the island all college students work here so they have a blast after dark!
Mix of joints and mix of foods high end to basic pizza!
Dress Code: Casual most places but if you stay at the Grand hotel after 5:00p.m. men must put a suit on,women a dress no slacks.
Written Aug 26, 2002
To get across to the island, you'll have to take a ferry. Arnold Transit is one of the options, and it's a pretty good one. They get numerous awards for best ferry (all the lines probably do), but I will give them credit - the boats are large, clean, and can really move! You...
Mackinac Island Ferry: Arnold Transit Co.
This is my favorite ferry line of the three. Considering they are all three equal in ticket price, the Arnold Line have the catamaran boats which are the fastest and the smoothest. Check their website for coupons.
Enchanted Knights: A shop that transends time
This store will stand out the minute you walk in. It's so original and captures the imagination. The shop is filled with medieval objects and clothing. Every time I go there I find something I want to buy because none of it is sold near me. There are beautiful dresses,...
The Leather Exchange: Funky place to shop
This place has been here forever! I am 49 years old and I remember getting a belt custom fitted for me at 12!! Lots of old antique furnishings and cool things still hanging around. Hand made Belts a big variety of buckles and this time I bought a wallet. Love this place!...
Koko's, Catch 22, Magic Fashion: Shops to Avoid in Mackinaw City
These 3 shops, owned and operated by the same unethical people, all sell clothing and you can customize your clothing.Unlike the other American owned/established business that sell the same things, these shops decieve you with a large sign out front stating free shirts (then...
Views Of The Past: My Favorite Shop in Mackinaw Crossings
This is a really fun place to go. Other than nice gift items, they specialize in historic and original photos of just about anything you can imagine.They have literally thousands of photos to look through. I really suggest you stop here if you get a chance. They're not far...
The Island has a lot of young...
The Island has a lot of young college students working here,to help pay their way thru school!The locals,some that stay on the island all year round were great,We would like to spend a xmas on the Island some year,some hotels &lodges are open not a lot! This is my Son Aaron...
Ahhh, the Mystery Spot... those darn signs just draw you in. You just HAVE to find out what the mystery is. You'll probably be disappointed. This really is just a tourist trap - they draw you in, charge you way more than you should pay, then disappoint you with a cheesy...
Supposed to be a gravity defying wonder built on an ore mine. The tour guide takes you through 3 irregular built rooms and demonstrates how you can stand on tables at an odd angle without falling, sit in a chair and not be able to stand up, how a perfectly level beam is...
Absolutely Necessary Items to Pack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ...
- A jacket or sweatshirt (yes, even in the summer - the evenings get cool)
- Umbrella or rain poncho
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ...
- Bug spray (especially if you plan to hike in the woods)
Photo Equipment: ...
- Camera - there is way too much beautiful scenery to miss out on pictures!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: ...
- If you plan to swim in the lake, a pair of water shoes are a good idea. There are a lot of sharp rocks in the lake and it's best to protect your feet.
Updated Mar 14, 2008
- Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Climb to the top of Castle Rock for a breathtaking view of the Straits. Castle Rock is a limestone rock formation that stands nearly 200 feet above the ground. This activity offers exercise and some great photo opportunities, plus it doesn't cost very much! (I think it's...
The Headlands is a beautiful county park spanning 550 acres along the Lake Michigan shoreline. There are nice nature trails filled with wildlife and plants for hiking or bicycling. One tip - bring bug spray!
Spend one night at the Grand...
Favorite thing: Spend one night at the Grand Hotel!!It is out of this world the food,the service, the rooms,the views of the grounds!
Fondest memory: Sitting on the porch of Murray Hotel we stay at most of our visit, Great rates,good room,with a continental breakfast in the a.m.!The porch seats 4 and if your lucky you can grab a seat and watch the tourist's walk past!I could do that all day!
This is the front of the Grand Hotels Main porch.
Written Aug 26, 2002
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