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Mackinaw City or St Ignace and the UP

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Mackinaw City or St Ignace and the UP

We (Mrs H and I) are touring around Lake Michigan in early October (arriving Chicago Sept 28th and spending three nights there) and would appreciate some help with part of the trip.

So far we have booked two nights each at B&B's in Saugatuck and near Traverse City and also plan to stay in Door County Wisconsin on our way back to O'Hare.

That gives us 4 nights in and around the UP. We like to make a base for two or three nights but equally friends have told us that we should at least spend some time on Mackinac Island so I thought a night in either Mackinaw City or St Ignace thus giving us an afternoon on the island followed by three nights somewhere central on the UP that would allow us to explore the area.

So questions -

1) Which of the two towns would make the most sense for what we want and is one better than the other for B&B's? Coming from Traverse City should we head straight there and see the island that afternoon or dawdle along the scenic route and pop over to the island the next day?

2) Which town/village would make the best base in the UP? I'm guessing Marquette should be our first option?

3) Should we consider spending two nights in Mackinaw or St Ignace? That will though only give us one full day in the UP.

Many thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Mackinaw City or St Ignace and the UP

marquette will take you out of your way for a UP base camp.... i would say, once you leave TC, enjoy the drive along the coast and cross the big bridge into st ignace.... stay there and go out to the island early the next day.... plan to spend 3-4 days in the UP. after mackinac island, work your way up toward tahquamenon falls. stay in paradise and visit the falls the next day..... then, i would move onto munising or manistique, MI and use that as your base camp to explore the UP. main attractions in that general area are pictured rocks, the big spring, seney nat wildlife refuge and the garden peninsula... if you stay in MQT, you'll be stretching yourselves too thin, plus it's out of the way for your trip.... i'd say if you had a week in the yoop, then go for it.... i would also recommend visiting piers gorge on your way down to door county (it's along the mich/wisc border)......

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2. Re: Mackinaw City or St Ignace and the UP

Which city depends on what you are looking for. Mackinaw CIty has more to do. St. Ignace is quieter, but has the casino.

I like Dearhead B&B in Mackinaw.

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3. Re: Mackinaw City or St Ignace and the UP

Thanks for the ideas.

We found this B&B near Munising which looks ideal - http://www.pinewoodlodgebnb.com/index.html

Not too keen on driving at night so I think this B&B option looks the best option. Other suggestions welcome.

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4. Re: Mackinaw City or St Ignace and the UP

looks awesome. i think i've driven by the place a few times along M-28. i always wondered what it's like....

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5. Re: Mackinaw City or St Ignace and the UP

The B & B is awesome looking, I drive by every year on my trip to the Keewenaw and it's right near the Brownstone Inn for great eats

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6. Re: Mackinaw City or St Ignace and the UP

I've stayed at the Pinewood...very nice. Also recommend the Brownstone Inn for dinner

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