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Island House Hotel

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    Island House Hotel
 in Mackinac Island

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Mackinac Island offers the opportunity to enjoy natural beauty along miles of hiking and biking trails, kayaking off the rugged shoreline, parasailing the Straits, or simply for seeking the serenity of rocking on the porch of Island House Hotel while listening to the clip-clop of passing horses and watching the sailboats glide in and out of the harbor.

The ferry ride from either St. Ignace or Mackinaw City is a journey all its own, passing the Mackinac Bridge, Round Island Lighthouse, and then pulling into Haldimand Bay, on the shores of which sits downtown Mackinac Island. Adventure can be found around every corner, whether sampling the creamy deliciousness of Ryba's Fudge or one of the 50 craft beers on tap at Mary's Bistro Draught House, which has live music nightly.

For the history buff, Mackinac Island is also known for its historic preservation and restoration, earning it a listing as a National Historic Landmark, acclaimed for its wide variety of architectural styles and ban of motor vehicles. Learn about Mackinac Island's role in American history or discover what it's like to attend school on the island aboard a horse-drawn carriage tour. Step into the life of soldiers at Fort Mackinac as they fire cannons and perform drills on the parade grounds.

Bike M-185, the only state highway in the nation where motor vehicles are banned. Create memories with your kids on bicycle rides with ice cream breaks and lots of photo ops. Make an afternoon of it and pedal the entire paved highway following the shoreline of Mackinac Island highlighting views of Fort Mackinac, Arch Rock, British Landing, Devil's Kitchen, St. Ignace, and the Mackinac Bridge.

As evening approaches, set sail on a Straits of Mackinac sunset cruise under the Mackinac Bridge. Grab some grub at the local's favorite hideaway, Ice House BBQ. Take a romantic hike to sunset rock or picnic in Marquette Park.

Experience the magic of the night with a stay at Island House Hotel, conveniently located far enough to walk downtown after dusk as the sounds of live music roll into the streets, yet far enough to lounge on the veranda and listen to the waves lapping on the shore or roast marshmallows in the chimeneas on the terrace.

The natural beauty and historical preservation are what make Mackinac Island unique and exciting. Historic landmarks, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rock formations, quiet forests, and inspiring nature trails are just minutes away from a bustling downtown where visitors will find beautiful accommodations, excellent dining, entertainment, and, of course, Ryba's Fudge!


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