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Family Trip to Mackinac Island

December 26, 2012
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Grand Hotel from the Ferry

As promised, I am back with more info on traveling to Mackinac Island, Michigan. Since this trip happened in June, I wanted to make sure to post about it before the end of the year! This time we went with our sister Cheryl, Aunt Felicia, and cousins Brittany + Rex and their sweet baby, Elliana. We had so much fun! Even though it was rainy for the first couple of days, we still had plenty to do. We split our trip into two cities, so here is the breakdown of activities.

Mackinaw City

The first night we stayed at American Boutique Inn. This small motel has a lot of character, plus it is cheap and right on the lakefront. Will and I just happened to get the Somewhere In Time Suite, which was a funny surprise! Since the movie was filmed in this area, you see references to it everywhere, and to tell the truth, it’s pretty cheesy (but I love it!).

Somewhere In Time Suite

We spent the afternoon in the downtown shopping district, where there are a lot of great places to buy souvenirs and treats. We saw great prices on shirts, especially at Momentum – I paid $17 for my MACKINAW CITY moose hoodie! Of course, you can’t visit the area without stopping by one of the fudge shops or The Popcorn Factory, where Will recommends you try the dill pickle flavor!

Mackinaw City

Dinner was Mama Mia’s Pizza, where we shared pitchers of LaBatt and Supreme and Hawaiian pizzas. I’m not one to like pineapple on my pizza, but this was delicious! Don’t forget to visit the free museum upstairs while you are waiting on your food! The NBA Finals were on, so the guys headed to Dixie Saloon (they have saddle barstools!) to watch the game, while the girls took a walk on the lakefront to see Mackinac Bridge in the sunset.

Mackinaw Bridge in SunsetMackinaw Bridge Sunset

Mackinac Island

It rained a lot Monday morning, so we took the noon ferry out of St. Ignace with Arnold Transit. While waiting to check into the hotel, we went shopping on the main strip. Again, this was a great time to be a fudgie and get some treats!

We stayed at the beautiful Mission Point Resort which is also right on the lakefront. Make sure to try the $5 martinis next to the dining room – if you’re lucky, the bartender will tell you what drink you are, then make it for you. We also had fun drinking mojitos and learning logic tricks from the bartender at the hotel bar. They certainly do everything they can to keep their guests entertained!

We had our first dinner at The Gate House, if you remember from my first Mackinac post, we sang karaoke here on our honeymoon. I am happy to report that the food there is wonderful! Try the whitefish, which is fresh from Lake Michigan. It was pouring rain that night, so we took a horse-drawn taxi both ways.

Mackinac Carriage Ride

Tuesday morning we took advantage of the clear weather and rented bikes from the resort and biked the loop around the island.

Biking around Mackinac

We headed to the Grand Hotel to check out the shops and the view from the cupola. It started pouring again, so we bought ponchos and rode to the Yankee Rebel Tavern for lunch. I will never ride a bike in a poncho again, that was dangerous!

Grand Hotel

It stopped raining after lunch so some of us went on a carriage tour. Will and I decided see some frights at The Haunted Theatre, which is scarier than you might think!

Mackinac Main Street

We wanted to live large on our last night, so we spent the entire (very late) evening at the Pink Pony. We ate an amazing dinner on the patio and enjoyed our last evening together. Felicia took the baby back to bed, while the rest of us found ourselves in the bar. We had fun with the house musician Brian, he takes requests and can play almost anything!

As luck would have it, Wednesday was a beautiful day, but we had to catch the 10:00 am ferry back to St. Ignace. Bay View Bed + Breakfast coffee shop had yummy breakfast sandwiches and coffee, however, we almost missed our ferry because they were slow with our group’s order. Don’t let that stop you from going, but I wouldn’t recommend going 20 minutes before the ferry leaves!

Ferry

All in all, this was such a fun trip and I learned that Mackinac is perfect for honeymoon and family vacations! There really is something for everyone. If you have any questions or tips about Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island, please share them in the comments!

Mission Point

{Photos via Cheryl Culp // Brittany Johns}

In My Suitcase
White shorts, Neon flip flops, White lace tee : Buckle
Jean shorts : Macy’s
Teal cami, Stripe cami, Coral top: Express
Navy floral tank : American Eagle
Jacket : Nike Factory Store
On The Go Bag : Vera Bradley
Sunglasses : Costa Del Mar
Jeans (similar) : Charlotte Russe

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Our Honeymoon on Mackinac Island

June 10, 2012

Shepler's Ferry

Two years ago this week, Will and I were still in newly wedded bliss on our honeymoon in Mackinac Island, Michigan. It was a very romantic and secluded, so it was the perfect spot for a honeymoon. The only transportation allowed on the island are bikes and horse-drawn carriages, so we felt as if we had gone back in time. Since our anniversary was last week and we will be returning for the second time this month, I’d like to share some of what we did there, from the fancy honeymoon perspective. When we return from our upcoming family trip, you’ll get to hear more about the cheaper and casual options the island has to offer!

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