Mackinaw City

If you live in Michigan then you certainly have visited Mackinaw City
a time or two. It is said by AAA it is the most visited city in Michigan.
The census in 2010 states approximately 806 residents reside in this
city, except in the summer, when the population surges with workers
from all over who labor in hotels, shops, restaurants, and other
seasonal facilities.

Mackinaw City is the gateway to Northern Michigan and Mackinaw
Island by Ferries leaving from the city.
It is at the northern point of Michigan’s Lower And Upper Peninsula,
along the southern shore of the Straits of Mackinaw.
This 8,614 ft. Bridge connects the lower part of Michigan to the upper
part, or as we call it, the Upper Peninsula. In looking at the bridge,
Lake Michigan is on one side and Lake Huron on the other side

I loved sitting on a bench in this park and looking at the bridge, with
Mackinaw Island in the far distance.

This Statue stands near the bridge entrance in honor of the five laborers
who lost their life in the building of the bridge. They would come from
all over the United States, including Canada, to work on the building of
this mighty Mac that some thought was totally impossible.


Mackinaw City is lined with hotel after hotel. My choice would be the
Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast of Mackinaw City, which I just wrote about.
There are many fine hotels and motels that line the streets of this city
that are very nice. From what I have seen, the choices are plentiful and
pretty reasonable.

Lots of great stores to lure us tourists in. Probably any kind of store you
can think of is here. There were a couple of very nice ladies fashion
shops, which I must say, I did indulge.

Mackinaw City and Island are filled with fudge stores. Mmmm very good.

Look who came into Joanne’s Fudge store, The Village People. Not
really them, but these guys were a hoot. Just walking around town
entertaining us tourists.

This would be them the next day doing a form of yoga to music in
an area where they could entertain us again.

They would now be dancing with the crowds in a line dance. To the left
to the left, to the right, to the right.

Lots of great restaurants in the city, we would choose to eat at The
Historic Depot restaurant, which was very good. I had a great Whitefish
seasoned and done to perfection.

Let’s not forget that Michigan has some great Wineries throughout the
state. We would go to the Garden Bay Winery right in Mackinaw City,
actually right across the street from where we were staying. We tasted
about 6 different wines. I would end up buying a bottle of Old Mack
Currant, a Michigan grape wine with red currant concentrated added.



Mackinaw City is a great getaway, whether it’s for a few days or a stepping
stone to Mackinaw Island or the Upper Peninsula. It has great and
clean accommodations and is family orientated. I will always try to
get here once a year, if possible. Northern Michigan is beautiful and
and a trip through this part of the state, is always a good idea.


My Two Night Stay At The Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast of Mackinaw City,Mi

Two years ago I was passing through Mackinaw City, Michigan, and
spotted this lovely, bright yellow, Bed and Breakfast and knew I had to stop
and see what this was all about. I do that quite often as I travel, if I see
an interesting hotel, I will go in and often ask to see a room, for future
reference. In this case, it would be The Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast
of Mackinaw City. I walked in and immediately fell in love with this lovely
elegant place. The lady behind the desk offered to show us a couple of
rooms, one being a private suite not seen on their website.

After touring through the lovely eight room Bed and Breakfast, I knew I would have to come back and stay here one day soon. Well two years
later, I just returned from a two night stay and am totally smitten with
this wonderful place.

Now, if you were driving by this building, wouldn’t you want to see what
was inside, or maybe it’s just me. I love yellow painted buildings, so
this intrigued my curiosity.


The upper bowed turret would be our dining room in our suite, which looks
out over part of the city.

As you walk through the door, the first thing you see is the reception
desk, attended at all times with always a smile to greet you. The staff
was always so accommodating and pleasant.

Turning right from the reception desk, would be this lovely elegant room
with a seating area and fireplace for common use

A dining table and chairs to accommodate an overflow from the dining

An elegant but small dining room, where a wonderful hot breakfast is
served, included with your room. At 3:00 everyday, homemade cookies,
tea, coffee, and lemonade is served here.

Every night at 8:00, a homemade dessert is served. Tonight would be a
strawberry shortcake with ice cream and whipped cream, topped
with a cherry. One night it was homemade lemon cheesecake topped
with whip cream. Amazing.

Another view from the common sitting area. Want to see our suite,
follow me.

The living room and bedroom combined in our suite.

The couch opens up into a bed.

Our dining room set in the bowed turret overlooking part of the city.

The fully stocked kitchen, although we did not cook.

This suite was lovely. The bathroom had a great tub area and shower.
Also attached was another bedroom you could use along with the suite
we stayed in. We did not reserve this extra room,but I do know from seeing
it two years ago, it is also lovely. A large family would certainly appreciate
the extra space.

The Brigadoon offers “old world charms” that everyone would enjoy.
It is spotlessly clean, the staff is great, the three featured meals and
snacks offered are prepared by two ladies from Jamaica who are experts
at their cooking and serving, and adds to the charms of this delightful
place. Breakfast, homemade cookies at 3:00, and dessert at 8:00 is just
an added bonus.

The prices start at $95.00 to $265.00 for the rooms with breakfast and
desserts included. If you are ever in Mackinaw City treat yourself to
a stay at the Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast, I know it will be a yearly
tradition for me.