Mackinac Island carries an air of romance and serendipity for its visitors. It’s where we saw Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour kissing in “Somewhere in Time.” It’s also one of my favorite childhood escapes. The moment you step on the island, all your stresses melt away. It’s one of the few places on Earth where you can ditch your car for your bike and taste the sweetness of Michigan’s rich fudge. Mackinac Island is a true jewel for the state of Michigan.
First of all, we have to talk about the fudge. If you haven’t eaten Mackinac Island fudge, you’re missing out. Try the Mackinac Fudge Shop for a wide variety of styles and flavors. Try everything from chocolate to maple cherry walnut, or make your own box to mix and match your own favorites. During the summer, they also host an annual Fudge Festival. This year, the event goes from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20, 2017.
There are a lot of fun festivals and events to go to on Mackinac Island. The Lilac Festival is by far Mackinac’s longest and most popular event. It used to be just one day, but now it’s a full 10-day event that focuses on beauty and community. This year it goes from June 8 to June 18, 2017.
During the festival, you can go wine tasting, go to a concert or watch the Lilac Festival Queen receive her crown. There’s a lot to do and see. Take a horse drawn carriage tour on a relaxing trip through the lilacs and you’re sure to make long-lasting memories.
Horse and Carriage Rides
When you take a horse and carriage tour of the island, you’ll visit the history and beauty of the island in just an hour and 45 minutes. On the tour, you get to see the Surrey Hills Museum, The Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, Arch Rock and Fort Mackinac Avenue of Flags. Discover delicate butterflies, breathe in the scent of lush flowers and visit the living history of the island all in one trip.
After your carriage ride, you’ll have to pedal back to your hotel by bike. If there’s one place that truly embraces bicycle culture, it’s Mackinac Island. Traveling by bike is not just encouraged, it’s mandatory. That’s right. Cars were banned on the island in 1898. So get ready to destress and enjoy your vacation from behind your handlebars.
From its beautiful landscape to its relaxing atmosphere, Mackinac Island makes a great picnic spot as well. Pack your picnic with some of Second Nature’s Premium Duet, and head on over to the Arch Rock. The view of Lake Huron makes this spot a perfect picnic place. Sit back, relax and enjoy all the peace and quiet that this island has to offer.