The family that owns Mackinac Fudge Shop rejects the standard assembly line, preferring to handcraft all of its fudge. They pour fresh, natural ingredients into a hammered copper kettle and then knead the warm batter to a silky texture atop a slab of italian marble, the same way Italians make pizza dough. The final product tastes of mint chocolate chip, maple pecan, or standard chocolate and vanilla, but never preservatives. Their gourmet truffles showcase a different manifestation of chocolaty goodness deemed “very soft, very smooth, moist, sticky, and utterly delicious” by chocablog. Even non-chocoholics find sweet sustenance in old-fashioned candies such as saltwater taffy and peanut brittle, or popcorn spiked with Michigan cherries and pecans.
Built in the 19th century to accommodate passengers from the nearby Curtis train station, the 7,500-square-foot Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn, continues to lavish travelers with cozy quarters and views of Big Manistique Lake. A 10-foot stone fireplace in the lobby defrosts chilly toes and astronaut helmets fogged up by the winter weather. After check-in, patrons make their way up an open staircase, swathed in turn-of-the-century décor, to 1 of 11 guest rooms. Suites rest the weary with free WiFi and queen-size beds dressed in chenille spreads and country quilts, and selected rooms harbor additional comforts such as jacuzzis and views of the lake. In addition to breakfast, the inn’s restaurant loads bellies with casual fine dining in the guise of chicken parmigiana and Blackjack steak basted in blackjack sauce with a bedding of crispy fried onions.
Energy Revived molds muscles with a five-day schedule of yoga classes guided by a certified instructor. Yogees of all ages and abilities can explore an eclectic array of classes, and the limb-lengthening leader caps class capacity at 13 people so every student receives a thorough examination of their alignment, posture, and upside-down handwriting. Revisit pose fundamentals and obliterate bad habits in a Foundations class, or celebrate recent births or a naissance-to-be in a gentle pre- or postnatal specialty session. Invigorating classes focus on accumulating strength and mastering balance and serve as a more peaceful pick-me-up than judo-trained alarm clocks. Two different classes geared toward seniors bequeath an array of practices that work around physical limitations and amp up core strength.
The Island House is not only the oldest hotel on Mackinac but also the only one that falls inside the boundaries of Mackinac Island State Park, originally America's second national park when it was established in 1875. Encompassing roughly 80% of the island, the park is laced with more than 70 miles of hiking trails through stunning boreal forest, and a popular bicycle path skirts the coastline's limestone bluffs.Soak in the island's history along with its scenery at Fort Mackinac, thought to be the first American military outpost captured by the British in the War of 1812. Admission to the fort also includes access to a number of other sites in the island's historical downtown, including a preserved 18th-century home, and the natural cocoa springs that produce the island's famous fudge.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center occupies 2,000 acres of northwoods forest and shoreline on the largest island in the Great Lakes. Located just a ferry ride away from the easternmost tip of the U.P., this woodsy complex of cottages, cabins, and a main lodge is a haven for outdoor sports as well as relaxation. Golf on The Rock course is the main order of business in the summer and fall, when players challenge themselves on 18 holes set amid cedars, ponds, and wildlife. The colder months turn the campus into a hub of winter sports such as snowmobiling, snow tubing, and snowflake hunting.
Pins Bar & Grill, located in the onsite eight-lane bowling alley, serves up casual nightly dinners year round. The more high-end Bayside restaurant (open seasonally) offers local and imported seafood, steaks, and pasta.
The historic town of Sault Ste. Marie overlooks St. Mary's River, which forms a natural border between Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the Canadian province of Ontario. Here, the Soo Locks Lodge & Suites offers guests easy access to area attractions, including the lighthouses around Lake Superior and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. After a long day of exploring, head back to the Soo Locks Lodge & Suites to go for a swim in the heated indoor pool or relax in the Jacuzzi hot tub. Wake up to a complimentary hot breakfast, then explore the scenic forest preserves of Michigan's Upper Peninsula?a wintery wonderland in the colder months. Popular sports include snowmobiling, ice-fishing, ice-skating, snowshoeing, and snowman-wrestling.