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!