Mackinac Island | Inspiration Indulgence

Hey guys!

For those of you who read my blog regularly, you probably know by now that I’m a Midwestern girl at heart. I love the Midwest. The people, the food, the culture. Everyone is so friendly. We keep our families close to us, our friends near, and we treat strangers like our own family. Even though I have experience traveling other places throughout the country, the Midwest will always be my home.

Last weekend I had the chance to go to a place I have ever been to: Mackinac Island, Michigan. First of all, I’m surprise that it took me this long to ever visit Mackinac. Nestled in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is between the state’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. It boasts s a unique place to visit for dining, historical sight-seeing, touring, and….wait for it…FUDGE sampling. I went along with five of my girlfriends from high school and made a girls’ weekend out of it. It was a four-hour drive from where we live in northeast Wisconsin, so we planned for a fun road-trip. (This included 4 stops along the way because many of us had to pee from all the caffeine we consumed due to getting up at 4am to leave). We packed with us so many junk food and snacked the whole way on chips, Cheetos, and chocolate muffins. But they, isn’t that what girls weekends are all about?

I am surprised that being a Midwestern girl, it took me this long in my life to visit Mackinac. I had always heard such wonderful things about it. Because it is such a tiny island, Mackinac is unique in the aspect that there are no automobiles on the island except for emergency vehicles. You have to take a ferry to get to the island and then once you are on the island, you must either walk or take a carriage ride. Totally awesome, right?! This is totally up my alley. I often wonder what it would be like to grow up in a generation a couple of decades ago. At Mackinac Island, it almost feels like you are back in time.

Many of you may have already seen the pictures I posted last weekend on my Instagram account of our time. But in case you don’t follow me, I’m here to share our adventures!

Traveling Through Time

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We wanted to make the most out of our Mackinac experience, so we all opted to do the Carriage Ride Tour, which cost $47 a person (including ferry ride and back). This was a super awesome opportunity to sight-see and learn about the island’s history. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a hilarious tour guide that was actually a Green Bay native like myself, which was pretty cool. Along our tour, some of the sights we rode past included….

….the Butterfly House, a beautiful heated garden where I’ve never seen so many different kinds of butterflies in my life.

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….Arch Rock, a formation formed by glaciers that stands on the Lake Huron shoreline 146 feet above the water.

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….Beautifully painted and decorated houses, which were fun just to look at.

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For lunch, we went to Goodfellow’s Grill. I had Steak Tips du Jour. It was sooo good!

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Cutesy Shops and FUDGE

Mackinac Island reminded me SO MUCH of Door County in Wisconsin. There were so many cutesy shops that basically resembled a Pinterest explosion. I could have spent hours just walking around looking at all of the cute knick-knacks.

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The very best part about Mackinac was…the FUDGE!!! Mackinac is famous for their fudge. A tradition born during the civil war, Mackinac Island holds the nation’s fudge capital with over 15 fudge shops alone on the small island. My personal favorite was Ryba’s Fudge shop, although I am a firm believer that fudge is fudge and it’s ALL good to me! For some reason, Ryba’s fudge just seemed to melt in my mouth just right. At many of the shops, the workers make the fudge right in front of you, which was pretty awesome to see. I am literally drooling right now just thinking about it! But wait for it…THE BEST PART was that each shop gives free samples. It’s a common practice for tourists to hop from fudge shop to fudge shop and satisfy your sweet tooth on samples alone! One of my girlfriends didn’t even purchase any fudge because she was so full from the samples.

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Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with Mackinac Island and I can see why Michigan talks it up so much. It’s a great family-friendly tourist attraction for those who love history, shopping, and chocolate.

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What’s your favorite tourist destination in the Midwest? Have you ever been to Mackinac Island?

Have a great weekend!

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  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    What a wonderful place to visit, I would really enjoy it!

    • Chelsea

      I hope you get the chance to go someday! xo

  • What a fabulous place! I have friends who live on the UP, & I am always jealous of the photos they post. One of these days I’m going to make it up there!

    I host a Photo Friday link-up each week, & this would be an awesome post for it. I’d love it if you would consider joining us!

    • Chelsea

      You need to! Where are you from?

      And I would love to! Thanks so much! xo

      • I’m on the MS Gulf Coast now but I grew up in southwest Missouri around the Springfield/Branson area & have lived in Reno & Louisville, KY in the meantime.

  • I loved reading about your trip! Thanks for sharing. :) I’ve heard great things about Mackinac Island but have never been there. This summer I went to Eagle River and totally fell in love! Cute, touristy town and the chain of lakes to spend hours on.

    • Chelsea

      I read that post! It’s awesome. I hope you get the chance to go some day :) xo

  • Looks like a super fun town! One of my besties lives in Milwaukee, I am supposed to go in October, so hopefully I can visit this town! Love your blog!!

    Valerie
    Fashion And travel

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much Valerie! Woo hoo!! I’m in Green Bay so about 2.5 hours away!

  • You’re hilarious! Pinterest explosion!! What a great trip! I love cute towns like that!!

    • Chelsea

      I’m not kidding though, it seriously was lol!!

  • yanique

    I’ve never been to the Midwest before but again your photos make me want to add it to my bucket list. I love the Butterfly House!

    • Chelsea

      It was funny because I thought they were so beautiful but I freaked out every time one tried to land on me! where are you from?

  • Shann Eva

    Great pictures! I LOVE Mackinac Island! The last time I went, I was pregnant with my first son..so about 6 years ago. I still remember the butterflies, the fudge, and just having a wonderful time. Thanks for reminding me of it. :)

    • Chelsea

      You’re from Wisconsin if I recall, correct? It’s gorgeous there! Can’t wait to go back!

  • Emma R

    AMAZING! I used to go to Detroit almost every year to visit my grandpa. My parents made sure we visited other cities/places while we were up there but I don’t think we ever went to Mackinac Island. It looks beautiful! Kind of reminds me of Key West :)

    • Chelsea

      I hope you get the chance to go some day! Where are you from?

  • chall1018

    Amazing photos! I love all of the rich colors. This looks like an awesome place.

    • Chelsea

      Thank you! :)

  • Mandi

    BEAUTIFUL Photos and I loved reading about all the adventures you got in on your trip! 😀

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much, Mandi!

  • Great pics! I’m a Midwestern girl too and have never been to Mackinaw Island. It looks like a great little relaxing destination. Thanks for sharing.

    • Chelsea

      Where are you from? Woo hoo! I love the Midwest.

      • Originally from Southwest MN but I now live near Minneapolis . I love the Midwest too!

      • Chelsea

        I LOVE Minneapolis. My boyfriend went to the U of M so we go back frequently to visit with his friends that still live in the Cities.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    What a beautiful place! I’ve never been to Michigan before, but I’ve always wanted to visit. I love that rock archway..and the fudge—YUM! I think you’ve convinced me, haha!

    • Chelsea

      If the fudge won’t convince you, I don’t know what will!

  • So charming! The Midwest has so much potential that a lot of people don’t get! (Said as an easterner who went to school in WI!)

    • Chelsea

      So true. I don’t think we get enough credit! Our lakes are gorgeous! Where did you go to school in WI? I’m a WI native!!

      • Beloit – practically Illinois, but technically Wisconsin :)

  • Becky @Disney in your Day

    Wow, your photos are so gorgeous and bright! I’ve heard such good things about Mackinac – I’d love to visit but being over on the east coast I don’t know when that will happen.

    • Chelsea

      Hey Becky, this is random but I’m taking a trip out to the east coast next week! I’ve never been to that side of the country so I’m really excited (:

      • Becky @Disney in your Day

        Oh that’s exciting! Where exactly are you going? I live in Pennsylvania outside of Philly, but I grew up on Long Island and went to NYC frequently.

      • Chelsea

        Cool! We visited NYC a few months ago. I loved it!! I’m a small town girl so it was a culture shock to me but awesome nonetheless. We are on a mission to see all 50 states so it’s basically just a road trip driving from Wisconsin up all the way to Maine, hitting as many states as we can :) Driving through Canada to hit Niagra Falls, stopping in Washington D.C., Boston, and camping in Maine. :)

  • OMG I love this!! I’ve never thought about going to Michigan but between the fudge and butterfly garden I might have to check it out!!

    • Chelsea

      It’s so cute there!!

  • I must go! You’re pictures are amazing! & it’s only a 6 hour drive for us!

    • Chelsea

      Roadtripppppp gurl!!

  • Wow that looks so cute and beautiful!

    • Chelsea

      It was :)

  • Kate

    I grew up going to Northern Michigan – It is so wonderful Up North! it is a hidden gem!

    • Chelsea

      Aw so that is home for you!! xo

  • I can’t believe I’m a Midwesterner and have NEVER been to Mackinac Island! I’ll make Dave take me next summer :)

    • Chelsea

      WHAT?! Ahhhh girl!! You have to at some point :)

  • I will be putting this on my travel bucket list, I have heard about it, but live on the West Coast (well, Nevada) and haven’t made it that far. One day!!! Annie @ Plus Size to Downsized

    • Chelsea

      That’s awesome that you have heard of it being on the West coast!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    Oh my goodness your pictures are gorgeous!! I went to Mackinac a few years ago, and my whole family plans to go in a few more years when my daughter is no longer a baby :)

    • Chelsea

      Aw so fun! I’m glad you have visited before so you know what I mean. Where are you from again?

      • Lindsay Katherine

        Chicago with a family home in Wisconsin as well!

      • Chelsea

        That’s right! So awesome. I love Chicago.

  • this is awesome! what beautiful pictures! This is on my fiancé and I’s list of places to visit! :) can’t wait! thanks for sharing this post!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much! I hope you get the chance to go someday!

  • You really captured the beauty of Mackinac Island! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures! -Janeen

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much for reading!! xo

  • Your pictures are incredible! That butterfly, the natural bridge (arch rock), everything. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much for reading! xo

  • I love this! As a Michigander, I’ve been to Mackinac Island quite a few times, and I’m always itching to go back!
    xo, Caitlin
    And Possibly Dinosaurs

    • Chelsea

      Aw yay!! So excited to hear that!!