A little background information for you: Mackinac Island (also spelled Mackinaw) is an island located in Lake Huron, right off the coast of Northern Michigan. The island is only 8 miles around, and no motorized vehicles are allowed — people must get around on foot, bike, horse and buggy, or in the winter, snowmobiles. The island is only open to the public seven months out of the year (the ferries stop running the last weekend in October because of the cold temperatures and winds), and it seriously one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited (as cheesy as that sounds).
Though I’ve been to Mackinac City (where the ferries leave for the island) at least a dozen times, I’ve only been to the island a handful of times, and until last week, I had never stayed overnight. Now that I’ve stayed on the island, however, I don’t know that I’d ever want to stay in the city again. I’ve been spoiled — I loved it so much! We left for the island late on Saturday morning, when it was pouring down rain.
After a quick ferry ride over to the island, we bundled up (it was cold!), grabbed our umbrellas, and went out to explore. The first day was a little frustrating and disappointing, because it’s hard to do anything when sheets of rain are falling in your face, but we tried to make the best of it.
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The inside of our hotel — it was so cute!
We walked a couple of miles around the island before heading back to our hotel to dry off — literally; we had to use blow dryers to dry our clothes. Thankfully, we had better luck with the weather on our second day. My dad and I went for a 4 mile run around the island shortly after we woke up. It was drizzling and windy at that time, but it was still fun.
After the run, we went to brunch as a family, and then we rented bikes. By that time, the rain had stopped, and we were so thankful to explore the island without having to get soaking wet!
We took about two hours to bike 9 miles, stopping at different attractions. As you can imagine, I was pretty tired after exercising for most of the day! My sister and her friend were even more ambitious — they ran 10 miles that morning!
On our last day on the island, we woke up to sunshine (go figure ). We decided to take a later ferry back to the city so we’d have some time to walk around.
If you’ve never been to, or stayed on, Mackinac Island, I highly recommend that you do it at least once. Jordan and I are already planning to go next summer for our anniversary! Ahh…I love it there. Until next year, Mackinac .
What is your favorite vacation spot?