- May 2013
- Northern Michigan Vacations: Nine Summer Musts on Mackinac Island
Northern Michigan Vacations: Nine Summer Musts on Mackinac Island
Northern Michigan Vacations: Even though there are so many things to do on this tiny Lake Huron island, we’ve got you covered with our nine must-sees
Jun 20, 2013 Anjanette Merriweather
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Northern Michigan Vacations: Mackinac Island is the epitome of a Northern Michigan vacation. Lakeside cruising on a bike. Window shopping. Rich chocolate fudge and drippy ice cream cones. Most tourists only get a few days on the island, so here is our list of must-dos to make sure you get the most out of your trip.
Bike the island
The island’s original 1898 ban on cars was looking out for the livelihood of carriage drivers—but it opened the door for bicycle culture
to flourish, too. Pedaling Mackinac’s eight-mile perimeter is a sweet way to explore the landmarks, all with the sparkling Straits at your side. Find the bike rental shops near the ferry docks downtown. MACKINACISLAND.ORG
Tour the Governor’s summer home
Originally built as a private summer cottage, this pristine Victorian mansion was sold to the State in the 1940s and converted to be used as the governor’s summer residence. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open for free public tours every Wednesday throughout the summer. mackinacparks.com
Candymakers here have been whipping up this sweet confection since the late 1800s. Most of today’s fudge vendors
still use the time-honored, labor-intensive technique of paddling the warm, liquid fudge on marble slabs until it cools. A slice or two is the ultimate souvenir.