Mackinac Island, MI, USA

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Mackinac Island, MI, USA

Mackinac Island vacation rentals

Escape to Mackinac Island, jewel of the Great Lakes

Mackinac Island has been wowing Michigan’s vacationers for over a century. Its old-world charm, picturesque pastel-hued main street brimming with giftshops and charming cafes, and stunning golden beaches are a magnet for families and couples alike. If you’re lucky enough to snag a Mackinac Island vacation rental, leave the car in Mackinac City or St Ignace on the Lower Peninsula, and take the ferry to be transported to another, more genteel era. Alternatively, a beautiful lakeside home with views out over Lake Huron to Mackinac Island and neighboring Bois Blanc Island offers the perfect base for a day trip.

Traditional seaside delights in Mackinac Island

The entirety of Mackinac Island is listed as a National Historic Landmark, and the pace of life demands a decidedly slower approach. Horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are as fast as it gets around here. From your Mackinac Island vacation rental, cycle or wander the pedestrian-friendly streets to admire the quaint homes, boutiques, and independent shops. Be sure to treat yourself to a bag of the island’s famous fudge! Golfers can enjoy a bracing game of golf on one of the island’s numerous courses. Then watch the city transform at night, as you revel in its buzzing music and bar scene.

Your Mackinac Island lookout

On the highest point of Mackinac Island sits Fort Holmes, a fortified defensive earthwork dating back to the War of 1812. Climb the meandering wooden stairway up the hillside under the broadleaf canopy for a view out over the glittering waters of Lake Huron. Close to the fort, Anne's Tablet is an Art Nouveau sculpture featuring stone benches and a bronze plaque, built in 1916 as a memorial to tragic local author Constance Fenimore Woolson. Follow up your stroll by enjoying a picnic on the beach, or take afternoon tea at the island’s impressive Victorian Grand Hotel.

Enjoy Mackinac Island summers

Between May and September, you can expect high temperatures into the 60s and 70s; a pleasant clime for exploring. Although summertime might be the best time to visit Mackinac Island, renting a Mackinac Island vacation rental in springtime or fall can be equally, if not more, pleasurable, as you avoid the height of the crowds. With very cold winters, December through March can be freezing – but the wild, Great Lakes scenery is no less stunning. At this time of year, the ferries can stop running and the best way to get around town is by carriage ride or snowmobile.

Explore Mackinac Island State Park

More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park. It was designated as the second national park, Mackinac National Park, in 1875, just 3 years after Yellowstone National Park was named as the nation’s first. The island is a great place to spot wildflowers, for birdwatching, exploring the golden, sandy coves sheltered by craggy limestone bluffs, or simply relaxing. Keen sailors will enjoy skimming across the glittering waters of Lake Huron. The island plays host to sailing races each year – there’s no better way to arrive than via the island’s pretty harbor.