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Where to stay off the Island??

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toronto
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Where to stay off the Island??

We are retired seniors..never been to this area before. We would like to stay 3 nights in the area. Want to visit Mackinac for a day but would also like to visit other quaint towns, etc. Where can we stay that's budget priced? We're good for mid-week and are looking at June???

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1. Re: Where to stay off the Island??

Either Mackinaw City or St Ignace should work for you. Choose Mackinaw City if you are more interested in doing things, or St Ignace if you would like a slower pace. Carp Lake, 5 miles south of Mackinaw, would also be pleasant, reasonable, and quieter.

But from any of these, you can easily make side trips in the eastern UP and northern LP. You don't have time to go in depth in either region, but in the UP nearby highlights include Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point and the Soo Lock. In the Lower Peninsula, Cross Village, Emmet County Scenic Route #1, Harbor Springs and Petoskey. There is much more, but each of those groups would fill a day.

You should find some room bargains in June. I like http://www.mackinawcity.com/sleep-36/ to comparison shop.

Edited: 9:10 am, May 06, 2010
toronto
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2. Re: Where to stay off the Island??

Thanks for that. Would Charlevoix be too far away to do Mackinac in a day trip. Is one day to Mackinac in a 3 day trip sufficient or will we want to spend more than that there? Never been to this area so if you have any other little, quaint, interesting towns we could visit easily, I'd love to hear. Thanks again.

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3. Re: Where to stay off the Island??

Charelvoix or Petoskey would be OK to be based for a day trrip to the Island. Petoskey is about a 30 -35 minute drive to Mackinaw City where you could catch the ferry, Charelevoix is another 15 -20 minutes south.

Petoskey is likely to have more budget-priced lodging options so you may want to consider basing yourself in Petoskey and visiting Charlevoix and Harbor Springs etc.

Depending on what your interests are a one-day visit to the island would probably work. Though the prices may be a bit higher for lodging you may want to consider doing one night on the Island. Check a place like Hart's Haven for more reasonable ldoging prices.

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4. Re: Where to stay off the Island??

One day on the Island is enough to do everything, staying longer would be more about experiencing.

As 24fan said, Charlevoix is well within range for a day trip. I think it is usually more like a 70 minute drive, since there are 2 lane roads with 55MPH limits and you will need to slow down more for Petoskey and the other smaller towns.

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5. Re: Where to stay off the Island??

We found a place in Harbor Springs. We will visit Charlevoix on our way. Any tips for a place for lunch in Charlevoix? What about a place for lunch in Mackinac Island - not too pricy but nice? And any nice restaurants, sights, stores we shouldn't miss near Harbor Springs? Is there a good grocery store/wine store near Harbor Springs? And finally can we get fresh fish in the area and what kind is in seasin in mid June?! Lots of questions..hope you can help. Thanks.

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6. Re: Where to stay off the Island??

Hope this isn't too late, but I'd recommend Best WEstern Harbor Point in St. Ignace. It's very clean, nice breakfast in the morning, and on the water. Very reasonably priced. We go to Mackinac every summer for long weekend and always stay here the first night. If you don't have a car, the hotel will make arrangements for the ferry to come pick you up in the morning.

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7. Re: Where to stay off the Island??

The Weathervane is very popular to have lunch at in Charlevoix. Nice views from the deck of the river, bridge and even a bit of Lake MI or Round Lake.

Charlevoix is pretty small, the downtown can be walked pretty quickly, so take a stroll and stop in the park and see some beautiful boats.

Be sure and drive M-119 from Harbor Springs to the island. It is a great drive. Yankee Rebel is a very popular place with good prices and food on the island. In MCity, Darrow's is also a good place for a meal. Good prices, good food.

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8. Re: Where to stay off the Island??

If you drive along M-119 either going to or coming form Mackinaw, and if you like Polish food, consider stopping at Leggs Inn in Cross Village and a unique experience.

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