7.1 out of 10

Mackinac Island

45.8492755821381 -84.6164452580678
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5

"Mackinac Island – Famous for Fudge"

There was a time in my more adventurous days, long before I became a vegan that I would get a craving for Mackinac Island fudge, and thus a road trip would be in order. If I was brave enough to live on an island without feeling like I would be cut off from civilization at one point, this would be the island I would choose. Skip someplace tropical, I’ll take the Upper Peninsula and all the beauty that comes with it.

Although the island can often seem like it is all a bustle in the summer, there are only around 500 permanent residents. You catch the ferry to the island from Mackinac City and I must say that they pretty much run like clockwork. I have never had to wait for one to arrive; it is always there according to schedule. This also means that it won’t wait for you, so be on time!

The Lilac Festival is one you don’t want to miss, but in the winter, this is the place to go skiing. Many people assume that you can’t get through to the island in the dead of winter, but there are flights that go back and forth from the mainland. I think I paid around $40 for a round trip last time I was there.

Mackinac Island may be rated in the top 100 tourist attractions on countless lists, but it sure wouldn’t be a bad place to call home either.
  • Beautiful homes
  • Close to parks, beaches and waterfalls
  • Plenty of festivals
  • No schools on the island
  • No public transportation
  • Have to travel to the mainland for many amenities
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

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