Sail to one of the Top Ten Islands in the U.S.

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Trip Advisor recently named Mackinac Island among their Top Ten Islands in the United States.

It’s a favorite destination for many of our charter guests. And depending on how much time you are able to charter, or how far you want to sail…you can access the island from our main charter base in TraverseCity for more of a ‘spirited’ charter, from Charlevoix or from Cheboygan (which is just 15 miles south).

Sailing out of Traverse City or Charlevoix presents all kinds of great stops and sights along the way.

Beaver Island and the surrounding islands are a perfect stop for a day…or more. Then there’s St. Helena island just west of the bridge, which is a a great anchorage for lunch, a swim, and a little exploration.  For more information on Beaver Island, visit the Beaver Island Visitors Guide website.

But the perhaps the coolest part of the trip from Traverse City or Charlevoix is sailing under the “Mighty Mac” — the  Mackinac Bridge.

Things to be aware of…there’s always current through the Straits and under the bridge, rocks and shallows through Grey’s Reef, freighter traffic and keep an eye out for Native American fishing nets.

Sailing out of Cheboygan you can first visit Bois Blanc Island (or ‘Boblo’ as the locals call it). It’s about 65 miles around, and can be traveled by a lone dirt road. There’s a general store, a bar and a small marina. Beaches are accessible and the island also has 5 inland lakes. For more details on Bois Blanc contact the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Upon arrival to Mackinac Island, you will feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. There are no cars on the island…but plenty of horses and bikes. The sounds of horns and traffic is replaced by the clip-clopping of hooves. Plenty of shopping, food and drinks. There’s also golf, a fort, horse-back riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, beaches, fudge and plenty more!

A trip to Mackinac Island is the ultimate way to forget about the realities of everyday life for a while.

For more information on what to do on Mackinac Island, visit the Mackinac Island Tourism website.

To book your charter to Mackinac Island…just give us a call!  231.941.0535

Mackinac Island

Sailing under the Might Mac