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Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Vacation 2021


Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

Last week I took 5 days off in the midst of busy wedding season to relax, recharge, and soak up the sun! It was spectacular! Eric and I traveled to Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City and this is a location that both of us had not visited before so it was so great to get to visit it together! Keep reading to see what all we saw/did and to see some of my favorite photos from the trip!


Since Mackinaw City is about 6.5 hours away we decided it was the perfect location to drive to and so we could take Eric's dog Ollie with us. We started out the drive early Wednesday morning. If you know me, you know I'm a roadside attraction fan and specifically am trying to visit all of the Stonehenges in the world (I've visited 5 now including the real Stonehenge). We found a Stonehenge in Nunica, Michigan that was just a 30 minute detour from our drive so we decided to make the stop! This Stonehenge is private and is on someone's private fenced in property, however, there is a little view of it from the road so we made the stop!

Stonehenge Nunica Michigan
Stonehenge Nunica Michigan

We made lots of fun rest stops to take a breather and to walk Ollie and found the perfect rest stop right outside Mackinac that had some great views of a river.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We arrived into Mackinaw City around 4pm that night and got checked into our cabin. We booked a waterfront cabin with The Beach House and it was spectacular! We got to walk right out of our cabin and step on the beach. I mean, just look at that view!

The Beach House Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We wadded in the water for a bit and let Ollie get settled into his new space for the next 5 days.

The Beach House Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

After we unpacked and rested a bit, we headed out to explore one of the parks in the city. It had a spectacular view of the Mackinac Bridge and Ollie loved walking around the sand.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

After the park, we ordered a pizza and headed back to the cabin to relax. The night was going to be a clear night and had a possibility to see the Northern Lights so we headed to The Highlands which is a dark sky park in the city. They ban all white light and have telescopes set up so you can star gaze. Unfortunately, the moon was out too much to be able to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights that night but we got a great view of all of the stars. It was spectacular! Afterwards, we headed back to get some shut eye for the morning.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

Remember, when I said our cabin was right on the water? Just look at that view from the cabin! The ducks were also out and would swim by often.

The Beach House Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

The next day was our first full day so we took the ferry over to Mackinac Island. We caught the ferry that would take us under Mackinac Bridge so we could have a fun perspective.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We of course started out by taking the standard tourist photo with the sign!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We spent a few hours that morning exploring the downtown area of the island.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation
Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation
Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation
Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

It was truly beautiful!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

There literally is not a bad view anywhere on the island!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We stopped by the Visitor's Center and picked up some fun souvenirs and maps!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We walked around a bit more and went down to the harbor.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We popped our head in Doud's Market and then grabbed an amazing smoothie at Moomers next door!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation
Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

So many fun, cute shops!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

After a few hours, we took the ferry back to the city and sat on the top deck for some incredible views.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

I mean, so pretty!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

I'm also a huge fan of taking photos of lighthouses.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation
Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

Once we got back to the city we relaxed in the cabin for a bit and then took Ollie out on a walk to a park that's connected to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

The views here were incredible too!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

If you can't tell, Ollie also loved it!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We walked around the lighthouse a bit.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

And enjoyed the waterfront.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

And view of the Mackinac Bridge.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation
Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation
Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

After we walked Ollie, we took him back to the cabin to rest and headed out to see the other lighthouse in the city.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

There was also this pretty beach nearby that we explored.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation
Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

Since we went to The Headlands at night and in the dark, we went back to take a photo of the sign, visit the gift shop, and see what it looks like in the daylight.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

You can even see a sunken ship from the gift shop! We also passed the local school who's mascot is the Comet! Eric and I both went to high schools with Comet mascots so we figured it was only fitting to pull over and take a quick photo!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We ended the day by hanging out at the beach outside our cabin and wadding in the water and reading a book.

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We LOVED The Beach House and would stay here again when we go back for sure!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

I will never get tired of this view! Afterwards we cleaned up and visited the local brewery for some beers and some amazing appetizers for dinner!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation

We woke up nice and early the next day and took one of the first ferry's to the island again. We explored the right side of the island this day and passed some pretty houses!

Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City Michigan Vacation