I don’t often post about my travels, but last month I took a little trip up to Mackinac Island with one of my good friends for a “ladies weekend.” Okay, I find that term a little cheesy, but basically, the Dude didn’t want to go, so one of my girlfriends and I went! If you have never been there or heard of it for that matter, it’s a beautiful little island on Lake Huron, right at the Straits of Mackinaw that lead into Lake Michigan. So, it’s pretty far north from where I live, about 5-1/2 hours away.
What is so special about Mackinac? There are no cars! Everything is done by horse, bike, or with your own two feet. You really do feel like you’ve gone back in time. And, if you’ve ever seen the Christopher Reeve movie, Somewhere in Time, you’ll be experiencing the island of Mackinac.
Frankly, I don’t think there is anything better than arriving at your travel destination by boat. After driving for 5-1/2 hours, that 20-minute ferry ride to the island really sets the mood for your trip.
As soon as you leave the dock you come face to face with all things Victorian and it is charming. Horse and buggies wait to take you to your hotel. Your bags are taken directly from the boat by porters to your hotel so you don’t have to cart everything with you — even better! Take a walk around the main street before you head to your hotel. There are so many cute shops, and you can’t leave Mackinac without some of their famous fudge. You can watch them make it while you pick up gifts for friends and family. If you bring your kids, good luck getting them out of the fudge shops!
My friend and I stayed at the Mission Point Resort, which is on the south-east side of the island. On the ride there the view was spectacular even though it was a bit overcast. Lake Huron on our right, and beautiful Victorian homes with amazing gardens on our left.
The resort is really lovely, with an old world lodge feel to it, and the staff couldn’t be nicer or more accommodating. The rooms are cozy and we had a gorgeous view of the lake from our room. There are several restaurants on the property, but we ate most of the time at the Round Island Bar and Grill. It had beautiful views of the lake and the resort’s huge lawn with Adirondack chairs scattered about. The food was terrific too. Homemade soups, great salads, and a kick ass breakfast bar with made to order omelets, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruits, roasted potatoes… I could go on and on about it.
It was spectacular on our last day on the island, so we dined alfresco on their beautiful terrace. Seriously, Mackinac Island is a fantastic getaway spring, summer, or fall. They do close down for the winter, as travel to the island becomes difficult with rough weather and a frozen lake! Great for families, girls weekends, hiking/biking excursions, or a romantic retreat. I am bringing the Dude up here for a little romance the next time!