Escape To Mackinac Island
For a true rustic excursion, there is no better place for a Midwest escape than Mackinac Island in Michigan. Accessible via ferry or plane, (a one hour flight from Chicago), visitors to Mackinac Island will feel like they’ve truly entered the Victorian era. Believe it or not, transportation is limited to foot or bike, horse or buggy, sightseeing carriages or horse-drawn taxis.
Mackinac Island boasts Michigan’s first state park that’s filled with beautiful vistas, spectacular rock formations, natural trails and breathtaking forests. Though a visit to the island will no doubt include time spent outdoors, Mackinac also includes a variety of places to eat + drink, shop and see.
EAT + DRINK
The Pink Pony Bar & Grill is one of the island’s most famous entertainment establishments and with good reason. Popular with locals and visitors alike, its exceptional location provides unforgettable views of the harbor. With four different seating areas, it’s hard to find a bad seat in the house. While the Pink Pony offers an extensive menu for all dining periods with dishes like Chippewa Broiled Whitefish and Honey Apple Brie Flatbread, it’s the live music that plays every night that brings the house down.
It would be hard not to find something unique during your visit to Mackinac Island. And your first stop should definitely be Little Luxuries. The charming gift shop carries everything from bath and body accessories, paper products and for a true local experience, “Made in Michigan” items. The store has expanded over the last few years and now includes a next-door Artist Market which features handmade goods from emerging and established artisan makers.
This summer, hundreds of visitors will flock to the island for the annual Mackinac Lilac Festival. The 10-day celebration occurs every June to honor the arrival of summer when the lilacs are in full bloom. The festival gets bigger every year and still includes traditions from its inaugural affair in 1949, such as crowning the annual Lilac Queen. The truly crowning moment of the festival is its finale, the Grand Parade with an incredible series of eye-catching horse-drawn floats.
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