To me a family vacation is about escaping from my household routines and spending time with my family. It’s about spending time in the moment, not living on a schedule, and of course, eating way too much ice cream.
This summer we decided to take our boys on a 1,000+ mile Michigan road trip. We started in metro Detroit to visit my parents, headed to Harbor Springs to visit my in-laws, and then headed to what I considered our REAL vacation – Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island and Boyne Highlands Resort in Boyne City.
Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island
Mission Point Resort offered our family the ultimate vacation. It had everything we needed for 3 full days of family fun.
“Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan, is the island’s largest and most diverse resort. It has 243 rooms and is nestled on the southeastern shore of Mackinac Island, overlooking Lake Huron. The 18-acre resorts features 38,000 square feet of meeting space, movie theater, executive putting course, observation tower and historic museum, four restaurants, heated outdoor pool, spa and fitness center and the Kids Island Club for children. It has been selected among the Top 100 Family Resorts by Outdoor magazine. Its season is from May 6 through October 24.”
We were able to experience one of their Family Suites, which no other hotel on the island offers. The family suites have two separate bedrooms, which gave the kids a fun sense of freedom and it gave my husband and I some rest and relaxation when we were in our room.
Day 1 at Mission Point Resort
Mission Point partners with the Arnold Transit Company to provide their guests with an exceptional arrival experience when visiting the island. Before we boarded the ferry, we parked our car and gave the Arnold Transit staff our luggage. They told us our luggage would be delivered directly to our hotel room. That meant we were able to check out the island as soon as the ferry docked, without having to schlep all of our bags around the island. For more information about Arnold Transit including schedules and ticket prices, visit www.arnoldline.com.
Once we arrived on the island we decided to enjoy the leisurely 10 minute walk to Mission Point. Our other option would have been to horse pulled taxi to the resort.
After we checked in and unpacked our luggage, we started exploring the grounds.
Dinner at The Bistro on the Greens
We walked down to the water and then had dinner at The Bistro on the Greens, which overlooks the resort’s 18-hole championship putting course and gorgeous view of the lake. My husband and I enjoyed tapas while my kids chowed down on sandwiches and fries. We were on the island during Music Fest so we also enjoyed live entertainment while we ate. We were provided a complementary meal, but one of the best parts about the resort is that kids eat free!
Golf, Evening Walk, and Ice Cream
After dinner we enjoyed a round of golf…
and then walked into town, taking in the views, for Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream.
We were all asleep by 10pm.
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