Do you yearn for a destination where you’ll never hear the sound of traffic? Are you drawn to simple pleasures, the lap of water on a beach and the gentle rhythms that drove life for those who came before us? Perhaps you simply wish to get away from it all, to put a moat between you and the rush of day to day life? Mackinac Island can be all of that and more. And when you’re looking for a wedding destination the island offers something unique: a timeless experience, something beautiful that your grandparents and their own parents would have recognized and cherished.
So come to Mackinac and find your island.
A Little Bit About Us
There are some things in this world that are far too beautiful and special to ever fully be understood; Mackinac Island is one of those things. This island rolls back the clock: it’s a place where people still wave and smile at strangers, automobiles are forbidden, forests grow untouched, and you are rarely far from the glint of the sun shining off the water. It’s not every day you find yourself surrounded by historied buildings and horse drawn carriages. Mackinac is a truly American revision of Old World charm.
Mackinac Island (/ˈmækɨnɔː/ MAK-in-aw) is an island and resort area, covering 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) in land area, in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The island was home to a Native American settlement before European exploration began in the 17th century. It served a strategic position amidst the commerce of the Great Lakes fur trade. This led to the establishment of Fort Mackinac on the island by the British during the American Revolutionary War. It was the scene of two battles during the War of 1812.
In the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. Much of the island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration; as a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It is well known for its numerous cultural events; its wide variety of architectural styles, including the famous Victorian Grand Hotel; its fudge; and its ban on almost all motor vehicles. More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park.