Sidetrip: Where to stay before catching the ferry to Mackinac Island

Over one million tourists embark to Mackinac Island each year looking for a break from the fast-paced, go go go lifestyle we’ve all seemingly bought into. Why not start your trip off right, before you even get to the island. Take a break at Boyne Highlands Resort less than hour from Shepler’s Ferry. 

Take R&R to the next level at Boyne Highlands Resort. It’s the perfect place to kick your feet up and rest for the night before catching an early morning ferry to Mackinac Island. In the summer months there’s plenty to see and do at the resort for all members of the family — including zip-lines, horseback riding, golf, tennis, and hiking — and enough space to get away when you need some precious me time. 

Choose from a range of lodging options including standard hotel rooms, suites, condominiums, cottages, and town homes. A room at the Main Lodge, crafted in the style of a classic English country estate, is the perfect respite after a long drive. Reclaim your zen at The Spa at Boyne Highlands which offers a range of therapeutic services including rejuvenating facials, Swedish massages, and fun add-ons like scrub treatments and CBD lotion treatments. 

Make the most of your pre-vacation evening by participating in one of Boyne’s many dining experiences including their Murder Mystery Dinner, Of Sound Mind & Dead Body. This ticketed event — $75 per person, which includes dinner and 20% gratuity — encourages diners to participate in the investigation of mysterious magical mishap. But get your tickets early, these events book fast! Should you be in the mood for something a little more relaxed, there are still plenty of dining options spread out across ten restaurants, bars, and casual dining lounges. 

End your night with a restful sleep, and in the morning you’ll be prepared to make the most of your first day on Mackinac Island.