Mackinac Island's Hidden Spots

Chances are, if you have been to Mackinac Island before, you have done the typical bike ride around the island, a picnic thanks to fresh selections from Doud’s Market, wandering through the shops downtown and then dinner on the island before either staying on the island for the night or heading home via the ferry. 

But have you ever wondered what else is on the island to explore? Here are some of our favorite hidden spots on Mackinac Island:

Mackinac Island Solider’s Garden: This hidden gem on the island is a peaceful place. From many years ago, you will see old stone foundations and walls next to the area cleaned for the garden. 

Sunset Rock Mackinac Island

Sunset Rock:  If you are fortunate enough to know about Sunset Rock, you are one of the few! Sunset Rock is located on the backside of The Inn at Stonecliffe and is a magnificent spot to take in a sunset over the water.

Anne’s Tablet: For the best hidden view, visit this spot! It is a small, secluded section of the island dedicated to Constance Fenimore Woolson, who was a nineteenth century author, who wrote about Mackinac Island. 

Anne's Tablet, Mackinac Island

Next time you are on Mackinac Island, pop into Canvas and Paddle to ask us for directions to any one of these hidden spots and to grab any adventure gear that you might need to take along! 

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Top 3 Camping Spots in Northern Michigan

The outdoors, some may argue, is best experienced while camping! We've picked three sites that are a must visit in Northern Michigan. Let us know if you've been to any and what your experience was like! 

Mackinaw City, Michigan

Wilderness State Park offers some of the best views in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. The white sandy beach stretches as far as the eye can see and the water is perfect for swimming. This campground offers multiple camp sites right on the lake, so you can wake up and lake! There are numerous hiking/biking trails at the park that go for miles. A short drive from Mackinaw City or to the quant town of Cross Village where the historic Legs Inn restaurant is for a night away. A hidden treasure that is about a mile west of the park is a small party store that serves fresh made doughnuts every morning. Ride your bike from the park and enjoy the best doughnut in the north!

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Beulah, Michigan

Another gorgeous scenery site in the lower peninsula of Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is located just south of Traverse City. This site is open year round and offers many different types of sites, (RV, tent, walk-in sites and group sites). There is something for everyone here. Hike the dunes one day, and enjoy Fishtown the next. This location really has it all. Sites here go quickly, so if you are looking for a summer escape, book early.

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Paradise, Michigan

One of the best the upper peninsula of Michigan has to offer. Tahquamenon Falls is a Michigan Must See and what better way to do that, than to camp! The falls feature both a lower and upper falls lookout, giving you a lot of site seeing in a day. The park itself has many trails but also includes it's own brewery on site! If you love fishing, this is a perfect spot for you. This site features both electricity units and non-electricity units for a more rustic and classic take on camping. Whichever you choose, it will not disappoint - you are in Paradise remember! 

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