Docking & (Fine) Dining
By M. B. Roberts — February 2002
Where Lake Huron spills into Lake Michigan, this island, completely car-free, takes you back in time. Dock your boat at the Mackinac Island Marina and then take a 10-minute horse-drawn carriage ride to the Grand Hotel, the world's largest summer hotel since 1887. Jackets and ties are required in the dining room.
Claim to Fame: 120-foot buffet.
(closed until spring)
Beaver Island is the most remote inhabited island on the Great Lakes (year-round population: 450). Find it on upper Lake Michigan, 30 miles due north of Charlevoix. Nina's, like its Beaver Island home, is a bit out of the way. The restaurant is on the water, but actually quite a hike from the public dock (St. James Municipal Dock). Call ahead and someone from Nina's will pick you up and whisk you to this great hideaway.
Claim to Fame: Any of three famous whitefish dishes. Best served with an awesome sunset.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.