Mackinac Island Travel Guide

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Michigan Field Trip: This Island Was Made for Bicycling

July 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summertime, and the livin' is easy. So you're thinking of a late season trip so long as there's blue water involved, hm? Believe it or not, Michigan's got beaches, blue water and budget-friendly destinations. This week we'll be looking at the ways and places in which you can chill out while diving into the state's Upper Peninsula.

Did you know: The entirety of Mackinac Island is both a National Park and a National Historic Landmark?

Did you know: Mackinac Island State Park was only the second National Park established, following Yellowstone?

Did you know: There are over 70 miles of paved and natural trails for biking on the island, and all trails are completely free of motor vehicles?

Stepping off the Shepler's Ferry, the very first thing to greet us on Mackinac Island was a sunburnt tourist man wobbling on his beach cruiser bike, shouting a warning: "first timer here, watch out!" We jumped back onto the sidewalk, but secretly our hopes for mankind were renewed; here is a place where Americans get up off their butts and get to pedaling, enjoying the outdoors. Sure, it's the only option other than hailing a slow-moving horse carriage, but still—progress.

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Michigan Field Trip: How to Make It to Mackinac Island

July 16, 2012 at 6:40 PM | by | Comments (0)


Inside the terminal at Pellston Regional Airport

Summertime, and the livin' is easy. So you're thinking of a late season trip so long as there's blue water involved, hm? Believe it or not, Michigan's got beaches, blue water and budget-friendly destinations. This week we'll be looking at the ways and places in which you can chill out while diving into the state's Upper Peninsula.

Google Map Mackinac Island. Do it right now. It's waaaay up there in Michigan, isn't it? And yet, it's a real island that's been insanely popular with vacationers for 125 years. There are no cars on the island nor is there a bridge to reach it, so how do the seasonnaires, the daytrippers and perhaps even you get on over there? Let's see...

By Air:
· Commercial flight. The nearest major airport for scheduled flights is Pellston Regional (PLN). The airport is super quaint with only two gates and an interior chock-full of flannel, stone fireplaces and taxidermied animals. Even the carpeting is hunter's plaid. Delta is the only airline with year-round flights, and only from Detroit, so you'll need to connect at DTW.

Don't miss heading up the carved wood stairs off Delta ticketing to reach the second level of the airport, with its observation windows and couches, plus a full restaurant and bar. FREE WIFI throughout PLN!

You'll still have to drive/call a cab from PLN to the ferry to Mackinac Island, as Pellston Regional Airport is on the mainland, but only a 20-minute drive to the dock.

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Getting There: Mackinac Island Completes The Transporation Trifecta

October 27, 2006 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Think you can get to Mackinac Island without our help? Maybe you can, but the journey is very Amazing Race-ish.

Air. Boat. Horse.

Getting There:

If you are flying, more than likely you will first have to get to DTW, Detroit Metro Airport, once there you will want to hop a propeller plane to PLN, Pellston.

Pellston is that cool little rustic airport we told you about earlier this week. Free WiFi, good pub grub, and multiple fireplaces. C'mon, how many airports have even one fireplace, let alone more than one.

From Pellston you hop on the Mackinaw Shuttle to the ferry terminal. Roundtrip shuttle ride will run you $20.00.

Now you have to get from flat land to the rock, which means crossing the Straights of Mackinac. Arnold Transit Co. was our ferry of choice, though it looked like there was another option.  The roundtrip ferry ride is an additional $20.00, oh and don't lose your little red ticket or the ferry wench will make you pay $12 to get off the rock--not that this happened to us or anything.

Once you arrive on Mackinac island your transportation trifecta is not complete until you take the horse cabby to your hotel. Yup, horse it or hoof it. That is the roadblock. We chose hoof it, because hoofing it up to the Grand Hotel was another $4.50.

While you might think we are a bit tight with a buck, think about this. From Downtown Manhattan to JFK cost us a flat $45.00 in a cab.  From Pellston Michigan to Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island?  $44.50. Think about it.

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