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Stay at Michigan’s Mackinaw Mill Camping Resort

Stay at Michigan’s Mackinaw Mill Camping Resort…because you’ll be a 5 minute free shuttle to the ferry boats to Mackinac Island.

It’s true. You’re close to so much that’s sensational when you stay at this campground resort. Let alone how awesome the resort itself is. But first, let’s scan the local horizon near the campground and see what’s going on. And part of that horizon includes the splendors of Mackinac Island.

Atmosphere on Mackinac Island is the name of the game. Virtually every place you look evokes some sort of “wow” response, whether it’s the Butterfly House, the architecture, or the gardens everywhere. Sometimes it’s simply the friendliness of the locals. If you can come for just a day, it’ll be a great day. But if you schedule more time, you’ll pat yourself on the back. While there, your family may get a kick out of the Haunted House tour, or they may go straight for some Mackinac Island Fudge. Awesome stuff. Now we’re talking gifts for folks back home. Mackinac Island: home to an incredibly charming, car-free way of life.

No one ever says “Gee…I wish there were cars clogging and hogging this place…” That’s because part of the charm of Mackinac involves the leisurely pace provided by horses and bicycles and people on foot, rather than the the screeching of autos. The guided walking tours are just great, and worthwhile. Everyone seems quite happy to enjoy this lovely island without the smells and sounds of automobiles.

While using your feet to get around (ok…or sitting in a horse drawn carriage with a tour full of great information going on) , you’ll see a wonderful group of galleries, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. And all kinds of folks relaxing, hanging out, and watching people go by, as in you! Be sure you get out of the carriage, and hang out at these places, as well. This is one of those seriously “something for everyone” kind of places. Try to be on the Island at night, as well, as downtown takes on a new vibe as a result of all the live music coming from restaurants and bars.

Most of Mackinac Island is inside Mackinac Island State Park. Now that’s quite the place, as well. You and yours should see the immense limestone bluffs and the amazing geological formations. The history and geology are wonderful, keeping the kids’ interest as well. The forests are gorgeous. Reminder, no autos, not since 1898. What a difference that makes. Someone knew what he was doing when that decision was made. The State Park is free and stays open all year ‘round.

But, at some point, as great as Mackinac Island is, you’ll head back to the ferry for “home,” the resort campground of Mackinaw Mill Creek. You’ll be surprised again at how close the campground is to everything in the area, a real bonus to an already great resort. At the resort, you’ll have a mile of shoreline from which you can see lake freighters, wildlife, the Great Lakes. They offer an amazing deal on their Mackinaw Club golf course “Camper’s Special”: 18 holes with cart for $15, if you’re a guest. And you’ll be more than well taken care of by the Rogala family, who started this resort in 1963, and still run it. What do you think a place is like with that much heart and history invested in it?

If you’re remotely near this part of Michigan, you just have to make it over to Mackinac Island and Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. You’ll be thinking “It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

Contact them at their website http://www.campmackinaw.com/home.htm or call them at 231) 436-5584. Your family will think you’re a rock star.

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