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JJP Jet Set: Magic in Mackinac Island

2017-08-01_0005Recently, my husband and I celebrated three years of marriage! To commemorate this special occasion, we planned a trip to one of the most magical places in the United States – Mackinac Island. 

Somewhere in Time

If you didn’t know, and there are many who don’t, Michigan is separated into two peninsulas. Those land masses are connected by the mighty Mackinac Bridge. Trips over the Mighty Mac lead you to Mackinac Island. Immediately after crossing into the Lower Peninsula, you ditch the car and hop on a ferry to the island. Once you hit land, you are quite literally catapulted Somewhere in Time.

Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark. In the 17th century it served as the center of the Great Lakes fur trade, and during the American Revolutionary War, the British established Fort Mackinac. In 1980, Richard Matheson directed the movie Somewhere in Time on the island, starring Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. The movie is a big point of pride for the island, with an abundance of dedicated stores and museums.


Horse Drawn Carriages & Bicycles Built for Two

Staying at the Grand Hotel is always an incredible experience. The hotel has been active since 1887 and happens to be home to the longest porch in the world. Did I mention there are no cars allowed on the island? It’s all horse drawn carriages and bicycles built for two!

There’s an 8-mile bike ride around Mackinac, with a stop at Arch Rocka rock formation with a fifty-foot span at the widest point. Fort Mackinac is a wild experience. All of the workers are dressed like Revolutionary soldiers. Cannons blast, rifles roar, and soldiers march, bringing the past to life.


Rum Runners, Dancing, and Mac & Cheese Balls

There are exceptions to the time warping ways – the food and drink on the island are prime time, baby. Our tradition is Rum Runners and live music at the Pink Pony, following with Horns Gaslight Bar and Restaurant for late night dancing. End the evening with a night cap plus mac & cheese balls from Seabiscuit, and wake up to a breakfast of champions: Mackinac Island Fudge

I love to shop at this little boutique called Little Luxuries Artists’ Market. It’s a vibrant, charismatic gift boutique in the center of Main Street. They sell Michigan made treats, luxury bath products, vintage-inspired goodies, and other eclectic wares. I’ve found some of my favorite pieces in this lovely shop!2017-08-01_00072017-08-01_0006

From people watching to yacht obsessing at the marina, Mackinac Island is a dream top to bottom. I can’t think of a better place to celebrate three years of wedded bliss with my tuts!


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