Mackinac Island: Victorian Charm In Modern Era


The Grand Hotel is such a draw among tourists that non-guests must pay a $10 admission fee. That allows you to shop, dine or browse an art gallery inside and lets you walk through the flower gardens in front of the hotel.

Check out the Cupola Bar on the top floor for a wonderful view of the Straits of Mackinac. There’s a dress code in the evening, so plan accordingly.

It’s free to walk along the streets downtown, where you’ll find shops, churches, museums and other buildings.

You’ll also see lots of horses and carriages in lieu of cars.

If you want to ride one, several companies offer tours and taxi service. Tours cost $24.50 and last nearly two hours. You can get off and get on as many times as you like, so you can use it as a bus service to get around.

Expect to pay $100 or more an hour for private taxi service. You can also rent horses to ride yourself.

Mackinac Island is about 300 miles north of Detroit. Interstate 75 will get you to the Straits of Mackinac in about 4 1/2 hours. Ferries leave several times a day from Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula and St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula. Tickets cost about $25, though you can save money by buying online or finding a coupon at your hotel.

You can also fly there. Delta offers service to Pellston, Mich., from Detroit, while Lakeshore Express flies from both Detroit and Chicago. From Pellston, you can take a cab or shuttle to the ferry, or take a charter flight to a smaller airport on the island.

As for accommodations, you can splurge for a room at the Grand Hotel or find several cheaper options on the island. The mainland has far more economical lodging, not far from the ferry terminals.

Whether you’re at Mackinac Island for just the day or with an overnight stay, be sure to stop by one of the many shops selling fudge – the island’s specialty cuisine. Just leave your diet on the mainland.

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