Mackinac Island Honeymoon: Weather and Travel Guide

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

Looking for a laid-back escape? Consider Mackinac (pronounced Mack-i-naw) Island, Michigan, a quaint slice of Victoriana tucked into the space between the state's Upper and Lower Peninsulas, near where lakes Michigan and Huron meet. It takes some effort to reach, but once there, you'll be in for some serious relaxation.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English
Flight time: If you don't live within driving distance of Mackinaw City, catch a puddle jumper from Detroit to Pellston Airport, take a 20-minute taxi ride to Mackinaw City, then hop a ferry to the island. From there, a horse-drawn taxi or luggage porter will whisk you off to your hotel.
Getting around: Bikes and horse-drawn carriages

When to Go: Mackinac Island at its best

Best weather: June to early September
Best prices: Winter is low season, but many hotels close. You can cross-country ski and snuggle during horse-drawn carriage rides, but it's extremely cold.

What to Do:

Natural beauty: Eighty percent of Mackinac Island is a state park -- Michigan's first, in fact. Explore 70 miles of trail on foot, mountain bike or horseback to check out rocky limestone crags, scenic shorelines and historic cemeteries.

Fudge: This chocolaty slab is the souvenir of choice. May's is the longest continually operated fudge shop and Ryba's is probably the best known. The distinctive pink boxes make appearances at the Michigan State Fair every year.

Tour the fort: Fort Mackinac, on a bluff overlooking Mackinac Island's harbor, is a restored 18th-century British and American military outpost (founded in 1780) and a National Historic Landmark. Watch a rifle or cannon demonstration and check out exhibits in the barracks. Don't miss lunch at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room, with its amazing view of the bridge and harbor.

Romance: To reach Mackinac, you'll take a 15- to 20-minute ferry ride through the Straits of Mackinac, affording an amazing view of the Mackinac Bridge -- or “Mighty Mac" -- that connects Michigan's peninsulas. The journey is especially dreamy after dark -- on clear, crisp fall nights watch for the Northern Lights. Once on the island, snuggle up on a private, horse-drawn carriage ride under starry skies. The clip-clop cadence of the horse's hoofs will put you under its romantic spell.

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