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Anniversary Stay

Mpls
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Anniversary Stay

My hubby and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary this summer and are considering a trip to Mackinac Island. Can anyone make recommendations for a B and B on the island? Is there enough to do on the island to keep us busy for 3 or 4 days? Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Anniversary Stay

Bay View B&B looks nice from outside and I am considering it this year, but I haven't stayed there. I would be less likely yo go there when things are the most busy. I am sure others will coment.

I don't think you would keep "busy" that long. Two days will let you do everything you are likely to want. After that, it is more about experiencing the Island.

Edited: 27 January 2012, 00:03
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Congrats on your upcoming anniversary! Definitely do consider the Grand Hotel...not a B&B I know, but perfect for a memorable occasion like your 25th anniversary. IMO, the Grand is on a whole other level than other properties on the Island...no comparison really. Many complain of the price, but once your factor in a wonderful five course formal dinner and full hot breakfast, the rates really aren't that bad.

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My husband and I often stay on the island for 3 days at time, and ALWAYS wish we could stay longer. It really all depends on what you are looking at to keep you busy. Here is how our visits usually go: morning bike ride around the perimeter of the island after breakfast (we bring our own bikes, much cheaper than renting!), take in a few sites, then lunch usually followed by a nap for the hubby and some people watching or reading for me. Then another bike ride or taking in more sites (will give you a list of those things here soon), then rest a bit before having a late dinner and drinks in town. The town is a totally different place in the later evening after most of the daytrippers have left.

We are never at a loss for things to do. Just remember to go on "island time", which means to slow down and enjoy every moment! Now some sites/things to do:

Bike the perimeter of the island (heed the warnings on the island maps and DON'T turn inland at British Landing!)

Visit Fort Mackinac (have lunch at the Tea Room).

See Arch Rock.

Take a stroll thru the cemateries (especially interesting after having been to the fort).

Go up to Fort Holmes, the highest point on the Island. Take in the views. Then (here's the REALLY fun part) ride your bikes down from Fort Holmes toward British Landing. All down hill. You barely peddle. Awesome!

Stop for a snack at Cannonball Drive-in at British Landing. Yummy fried pickles!

Take a stroll past the homes on the East and West Bluffs.

Hike some of the trails.

Find Anne's Tablet.

Go to the airport and check out all of the small planes. We've been lucky enough to talk with some of the pilots, even seeing inside some of the planes. No offers for rides yet though. Bummer.

Walk the boardwalk at sunset.

Go through town and sample the fudge shops. Find your favorite. It's ok because you burn off the calories on the island anyway!

Walk the porch at the Grand.

Relax!!

As for where to stay, it really depends on your budget and expectations of accomodations. The reviews on this site are pretty accurate.

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Thank you so much for all the helpful tips!!!! It sounds lovely and relaxing, both of which are perfect for me. Are there things to do on the mainland as well?

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5. Re: Anniversary Stay

St. Ignace has a casino and a couple of small museums. Mackinaw City has two lighhouses, Fort Michilimackinac, the retired 290' Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, lighthouse cruises and a number of other attractions. Or a short drive would take you to other interesting communities, Tahquamenon Falls and the Soo Locks.

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You'll be among good company. We took our first trip there last year for our anniversary and at dinner, there were two other couples celebrating theirs. You'll love it.

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I agree with kdets89, there is plenty to do on the Island. I visit the Island 7-10 days at a time, Spring, Summer and Fall and never get bored. Always sad to leave. The Island has many wonderful B&B and hotels. My favorites are Cottage Inn, Bayview Inn, Hotel Iroquois, Grand Hotel, StoneCliff Inn. If you don't stay at the Grand, be sure to pay the $10 to enter the property and tour the Hotel. They will also let non-guests use their famous pool for $10/day. Well worth the price, after a bike ride around the Island on a hot day. Also Kayaking tours are available near Mission Point Resort.

Another recommendation is to go to Brees Mackinac Island Blog and read her posts on all the wonderful things the Island has to offer, including accommodations. She also posts the most amazing pictures!

Have a great time and a wonderful anniversary!

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We're not bike riders, so we hike everywhere. Beautiful trails through the interior too. We usually stay 3 nights and find enough to do, mainly exploring.

Main Street Suites in a balcony room is wonderful. http://www.mainstreetinnandsuites.com/

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Thanks to all of you for your information. It is much appreciated!

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Of course you did ask about a Bed & Breakfast. This is a cool, little place, one block off the main street. http://www.marketstreetinn.net/