Street view in Mackinac Island, Michigan (www.mackinacisland.org)

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What to do in Mackinac Island

Shimmering on Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas, historic Mackinac (MACK-in-aw) Island defines a relaxed pace of life—car-less streets, horse-drawn carriages, the smell of warm fudge. At the Grand Hotel, where unhurried summer days are legendary (and visitors have included Mark Twain, JFK, and Madonna), take a stroll on the world’s longest wraparound porch or read a newspaper in a rocking chair with views of the Mackinac Bridge. Then meander the gardens for bocce ball or follow the hotel’s resident historian on a tour. Later, sip tea to chamber music or hop on a bike to explore Arch Rock, Fort Mackinac, or the island’s story-laden cemeteries. Before taking a starlit carriage ride, linger over a five-course meal in the main dining room, where the hotel’s maître d’ of 41-plus years might greet you with a “welcome home .”

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Becky rates Mackinac Island
Wonderful vacation with my daughter in 2011. I am looking forward to another visit in 2012 with my mother, other daughter and grandson! So many things to do but also places to sit back, take in the view and have quiet time for reflection.
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