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Mackinac Island, MI

Sometimes this is spelled Mackinaw Island.  NO matter what, it’s pronounced mack – in – AWE.  Do NOT pronounce the “c”!

If you are in Northern Michigan or the UP [Upper Peninsula], you have to visit Mackinac Island.  Park your car and take the ferry…in fact, you have to park your car…NO cars are allowed on the island [except emergency vehicles].  People get around the island by walking, cycling or horses.

The island is about 8 miles around and renting a bike and cycling around the island is the thing to do.

Probably the second thing people do is: eat and shop.  Seems like downtown is full of:

* Tshirt/hoodie/sweatshirt shops

* Fudge/candy shops

* Souvenirs

* Hot dog/soda/pretzel snack stands

There seems to be NO national chains, except for a Starbucks.

We rented a tandem bike and had a blast.  Ralph would shout “Tandem Rules!!” as we passed others on tandems, but they didn’t seem to join in his exuberance. [HINT: Rent your bike at a place away from where you get off the ferry…the lines are shorter and it’s less expensive.]

There were more people than I’ve ever seen on the island.  That said, I haven’t been there in probably 20 years, and certainly NOT in the middle of summer, on a Saturday!

I remember that there were only 2 ferry companies: Sheplers and Arnolds, but we took the Star Line Ferry, since we dug the plume of water behind the boat.

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St. Ignace, MI

We needed a place to stay the night before taking the ferry over to Mackinac Island.  The choices are small, quaint St. Ignace, or the bigger, touristy town of Mackinaw City.  The cities are on each side of the Mackinac Bridge: Mackinaw City is on the southern/Lower Michigan side, and St. Ignace is on the northern/UP side.

We were on the road, so I called the visitor center of Mackinaw City, and NO one answered the phone.  I then called the St. Ignace visitor center, and a nice, older lady answered the phone…thus prompting us to stay in St. Ignace.  We had a lovely, relaxed evening and a great dinner at The Galley.

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Moran Bay Motel – St. Ignace, MI

We stayed at the Moran Bay Motel in St. Ignace.  I would recommend staying at this locally owned motel.  FYI – the bathroom has hand painted flowers on the walls!

500 South 2nd Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
(906) 643-9790

NOTE: There are coupons for all the ferrys in the lobby of the motel.

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