Located on the northern headland of Michigan’s lower peninsula lies the Village of Mackinaw City. We recently chose to stay in the city to access Mackinac Island and the local hotels, which are cheaper than the hotels on the island. However, we found that Mackinaw City has more to offer than affordable hotel rooms and Mackinac Island ferry access.
On the first night in Mackinaw City, we dined at Darrow’s Family Restaurant, which has been in business for 60 years. When we saw the line snaking out the door, we were a little hesitant to enter. Yet, we reasoned that most of the area restaurants had a long line on weekends in the summer. Once we were seated and served, we realized the wait was definitely worth our time. Their seafood is some of the best I have ever tasted! My oldest son and I ordered the parmesan encrusted fish, which was gluten free and melt in your mouth delicious. My husband and other son enjoyed the whitefish. Of course we all made sure we had room for one of the homemade pies, fresh from the restaurant’s bakery. Originally Darrow’s began as drive in. Now, the family run restaurant remains a popular destination that our family would love to visit again.
The upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan are connected by the Mackinac Bridge, which is known to some as “Mighty Mac” or “Big Mac.” Walking along the shores of the Straits of Mackinac in Mackinaw City proved to be a great way to view the man made wonder and revel in the cool breezes off the water. Now that we have returned to the heat of a Central Florida, we are dreaming of a Michigan summer. Our only regret from our time up north was that we only saw a portion of what Mackinac City offers. Our wish list for next times includes: Fort Michilimackinac, McGulpin Point Light, the Historic Village, and the retired US Coast Guard Icebreaker. Now we realize why many snowbirds prefer Michigan summers and Florida winters. How many years until we retire???