Mackinac Island Perfect For Getaways Before The Snow Flies
Mackinac Island has long been one of the Great Lakes most recognized vacation destinations. Conde Nast Traveler calls it “One of the top island destinations in the world.”
The island, located in Lake Huron, is noted for its pristine cross-country skiing during winter, but fall is a wonderful time to visit. Passenger ferries, crossing from both of Michigan's Peninsula's, deposit thousands of tourists on the island daily throughout the summer months, but fall slows down making it a great time to visit.
The Grand Hotel, dating back to 1987, is recognized as one of the world’s finest hotels. Travel + Leisure includes it among the “500 World’s Best Hotels,” and Conde Nast calls it one of the “Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest.” They are offering a special package, $325 per room, per night, for up to four people, available on selected dates in September and October. The package includes accommodations, full breakfast, resort amenities, discounted ferry tickets, and there’s no tipping within Grand Hotel.
You won't find a vehicle – except for emergency vehicles – anywhere on the island. Horses, bicycles and foot are the way you get around. Horse drawn carriages are easily hailed if you need transportation. Numerous trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding bisect the small island, which offer beautiful views of Lake Huron and other nearby islands. Rugged pathways crisscross the rocky interior offering good hiking and mountain biking trails with scenic views from some of the bluffs.
When you step off of the Island Ferry Dock you enter a living Victorian village. Remember to cross streets on straight angles rather than diagonally and be aware of horses, bikes and people stepping off of carriages. Enjoy the downtown hustle and bustle of the early 1800s
Photos: Top -- The Grand Hotel is a top world destination on Mackinac Island; Left -- Victorian Mackinac's downtown beckons visitors; Bottom: Forget the vehicles and hail a horse-drawn tram on Mackinac (Mackinac Island)