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“Picturesque, peaceful and perfect!”
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Russiaville, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
78 reviews
122 helpful votes
“Picturesque, peaceful and perfect!”
Reviewed 5 August 2009

Don't overlook this quaint city when you plan to visit Mackinac Island. We absolutely loved it and plan to return again! You can enjoy the hustle and bustle of Mackinac Island and return to a slower paced community where you can relax and ENJOY your vacation the way it was meant to be. The people are terrific and always friendly. There are small shops to peruse, great restaurants with good food that is reasonably priced, and a boardwalk that meanders along the lakeshore with wonderful tidbits of local history. We ate at the Driftwood Restaurant (Sheri), the Galley, the Mackinac Grill (Heather), and the Marina Pub. There are two free musuems and several ferries that service the Island (the same ones that service Mackinaw City). We used Shepler's Ferry. We enjoyed free entertainment at the St. Ignace Public Marina on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, displaying their local talent. There were free fireworks on Saturday night. We bicycled all over town, walked out to the lighthouse, and enjoyed the local American Legion family park. We visited Castle Rock and Straits State Park with a glorious view of the Mackinac Bridge. We walked all over downtown in peaceful bliss, as we didn't have to fight crowded streets with throngs of people like on the Island.

You are truly cheating yourselves if you don't stay here when planning a visit to the Island. We fell in love with Saint Ignace and did not regret our choice to stay there. We stayed at the Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront and had a room with a view of Lake Superior and Mackinac Island. It's a great spot to stay and go visit other destinations, only a short drive away like we did. We took in Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls, and Whitefish Point and the Shipwreck Museum with the Edmund Fitzgerald exhibit. Stop in at the Chamber of Commerce on North State Street and the folks there will share their knowledge with you and answer any questions that you have about the area. If you plan to stay a week or more, sign up for the local grocery store card and save money on water, snacks, etc... at Glen's Supermarket. Take your bicycles. It costs $5+ per hour, per person on the Island to rent a bicycle. This will save you money and will allow you to explore at your leisure (and exercise). It was our first visit to Michigan and it won't be our last, especially to Saint Igance!

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Flint
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
“St. Ignace is great stay away from casino”
Reviewed 2 August 2009

St. Ignace is great with an abundance of things to do and places to stay. Prices for overnight stays are real resonable. STAY AWAY FROM THE CASINO! Aside from the obvious, the staff is very unfriendly, rude and intolerant. You are treated like a pest rather that a guest. Go farther on up to Christmas or Brimley if you want a friendly atmosphere.

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Oakland County, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
139 helpful votes
“During the Fall Color Tours....”
Reviewed 8 December 2008

If you are up north for the Fall Color Tours, stopping in at Castle Rock in St. Ignace is worth your while if you want to take a few beautiful pictures... you can climb to the top of Castle Rock and see the wonderful colors for miles around.

Just an FYI, there are a ton of stairs to climb to get to the top, so if you are not up for the climb, you might as well skip this side trip.

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ny/nj
Level 6 Contributor
197 reviews
79 helpful votes
“nice town on shore of lake Huron”
Reviewed 21 October 2007

Very convenient for Mackinaw Island ferries

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Roseville, MI
1 review
3 helpful votes
“Our St. Ignace Experience”
Reviewed 26 September 2005

On a recent trip to Mackinac Island we made a last minute decision to cross the Mackinac Bridge and stay in the upper peninsula at St. Ignace.

I was surprised to learn that St. Ignace is the home of the Mackinac Bridge and is in fact the county seat for Mackinac County. It has all the same chain hotels as Mackinaw City but at better overall rates. Even after paying the bridge fare we still came out ahead.

This town has a picturesque boardwalk with a park at both ends and is the third oldest city in the United States.

While there are plenty of opportunities to spend money, the town does not feel like Disney and everybody from our hotel staff to Lindsay, the shuttle driver from Star Line, treated us like family.

Overall I'd say this was one of our top vacation experiences ever and we look forward to returning next year.

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