When you think about romance, it conjures up images of long walks along the shoreline, horse-drawn carriage rides, fine dining, lovely accommodations, tandem bike rides, a picnic for two... Mackinac Island can fulfill all of these wishes and more. It's natural beauty is astounding, but it is the ban of automobiles and the dedication to preserving it's Victorian history which lends it to being such an idyllic setting for romantic getaways.
Mackinac Island has a rich history going back to the Native Americans, well before European settlement. It became a strategic focal point for the trappers and traders, enough so that a fort was built here and the French and English took turns trying to possess the island. Now, its scenic natural beauty and secluded location make it an ideal escape from the tensions and turmoils of modern living.
Currently, most of the island is a State Park and also a National Historic District. Automobiles have been banned from the island since 1896, so you really are stepping back in time when you choose to visit Mackinac Island for your romantic getaway. Victorian mansions poke out over the bluffs with the town center lying below. The streets are filled with horse-drawn carriages, flowers and plants dot the front porches of the private residences, historic inns, shops, and restaurants.
The grand-mother of all the quaint little B & Bs and various other accomodations which greet you upon arrival to the island, is the Grand Hotel. It is a thriving place to visit and popular landmark on the island. It is one of only 12 wooden hotels of it's age left standing intact. Non-hotel guests are also welcome to dine in the huge dining room or dance the night away in the ballroom. The Grand is well known for it's famous front porch at 660 feet long overlooking the sparkling Straits of Mackinac. You will find visitors from all around the world promenading down the porch or quietly taking in the views from the rocking chairs lining the porch.
Mackinac Resorts can assist you in finding the perfect accommodations for your romantic getaway - we have a variety of properties to offer - a boutique hotel, downtown suites, waterfront penthouse, historic B & B, secluded condos, charming cottages...
So, bring your special someone to Mackinac Island and get lost somewhere back in time.