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Mackinac Island named second best Under-the-Radar Romantic Destination in the world


There is something about Mackinac Island that speaks to romance. It could be the way it takes you back in time. It could be the carriage tours. It could be the Grand Hotel or one of the lesser known hotels on the island. No matter which on beckons Mackinac Island can be magic.

That magic is getting worldwide recognition. Mackinac Island has been recognized as the second best Under-the-Rader Romantic Destination in the world by the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

What’s the first? Porto, Portugal, which is known for its wine, medieval architecture and Old World charm.

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

The winners were determined by popular vote. Detroiters, you voted and helped put Michigan and Mackinac Island on the world romance map. Coming in second isn’t bad. Here’s how the Top 10 played out:

  1. Porto, Portugal
  2. Mackinac Island
  3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  4. Lugano, Switzerland
  5. Reykjanes, Iceland
  6. Annapolis, Maryland
  7. Lucca, Italy
  8. Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  9. Budapest, Hungary
  10. Cartagena, Colombia

The USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards had this to say about Mackinac Island.

“Michigan’s Mackinac Island is known as “an island suspended in time,’’” according to those who frequent it. Sweeping coastal views, unspoiled beaches, romantic carriage tours and rugged outdoor activities combine with fine dining and luxurious lodging to ensure a memorable stay. Water sports fans will appreciate boating, sailing, fishing and kayaking while landlubbers can hike, bike, ride a horse around the eight-mile perimeter of the island, shop at trendy boutiques or enjoy ongoing art shows. When day is done, nightclubs come to life with live performances and local pubs host a popular pub crawl, which goes into the wee hours.”



Twenty nominees were initially chosen by a panel of experts including Ivy Jacobson (, Susan Moynihan (The Honeymoonist), Betsy and Warren Talbot (Married with Luggage), Michelle da Silva Richmond (10Best Travel Expert) and Lydia Schrandt (10Best Editor).

It might be time to plan your Mackinac Island getaway …

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One comment on “Mackinac Island named second best Under-the-Radar Romantic Destination in the world

  1. Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.

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