The reason we make our Mackinac Island trip at this time of year is simple. The weather is pleasant and the kids are just getting back to school!
Our trip begins with our arrival in the charming village of Frankenmuth, Michigan.
We'll be spending the night in the town's Bavarian Inn Lodge, an adorable resort with sweeping lawns, handsome flower gardens, and a covered bridge that leads leisurely strollers into the Main Street of town. The lodge is fun by itself, with live German entertainment, a bustling games and pools center, and a festive beer gardens. A delightful time can be found when exploring the quaint shops and restaurants that reside in Downtown Frankenmuth.
Since no trip to Frankenmuth is quite complete without a stop at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, we'll make sure to spend a little time browsing inside the largest Christmas store in the country before heading to our hotel.
Following our overnight stay in Frankenmuth, we'll enjoy Oma's Breakfast Buffet at the Bavarian Inn before we head to Mackinac Island. We'll have time for lunch and shopping in Mackinac City before boarding the ferry and heading over to Mackinac Island.
When we arrive on Mackinac and disembark the ferry, we'll encounter something very special. Stunning Victorian architecture, an abundance of horse-drawn carriages, majestic views and a historic ambiance combine to make the island a unique place. Our Victorian-style hotel located in the heart of Mackinac Island will place us in the midst of all the shops and activities on Main Street!
During our 2-night stay on Mackinac, we will be treated to a horse-drawn carriage tour of the Island. The tour is a fantastic one, covering Mackinac's historic past, island life of current residents, and natural wonders hidden in the woods and around the island. The tour will conclude at the historic Grand Hotel, noted for being the location of the 1979 movie, Somewhere in Time, and for having the longest porch in the world. At the hotel, we will enjoy the legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet (a dining experience you'll never forget!)
Following our two night stay on Mackinac Island, we'll re-board our ferry at mid-morning ( to allow for some more time on the island), return to the mainland, and begin heading to Troy, MI to overnight before heading back to Kentucky. Also, a moderate amount of walking is necessary to do some of the tours.