What to Do with That Tax Refund: Book Your Mackinac Escape

Published on April 17th, 2017

Last updated on December 6th, 2022

Congrats, another tax season is in the rearview mirror. While a necessary endeavor, it can certainly be headache-inducing. However, with nearly eight of ten people receiving a federal tax refund each year, it’s likely also left you with some spare change.

You can use that refund several different ways; though we think completing your taxes is a reason for celebration. Treat yourself – you know you want to. Consider it a reward following another year of hard work. And where is a good place to celebrate and indulge yourself? Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island’s tourism history began when visitors flocked to the Island for cooler temperatures during the hot summer. Now let it be your escape from life’s daily grind of activities like filing taxes. It’s a picturesque getaway that can entertain you for a couple days or more. A true getaway pulls you away from responsibility, and Mackinac delivers just that.

First, you’re whisked away from your car and board a ferry. That’s right, one of the major boons of the Mackinac getaway is it’s bereft of exhausting traffic. Transport to the Island is a getaway in itself, as you feel the lake breezes and witness spectacular sights of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Bridge. Anticipation builds as the majestic Grand Hotel appears and the harbor creeps into view. You dock, step off the ferry and onto the Island and instantly feel the magic. That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for fun.

Do you prefer relaxation as your escape’s fuel? Good news: that’s an intrinsic feature on the Island. With multiple salons and spas, plentiful locations to sip on your favorite cocktail, and abundant prime napping spots, kicking back and just enjoying your surroundings comes easy. Stroll through parks, historic forts, and numerous shops and boutiques; savor exquisite food and delicious drinks throughout downtown; enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around the Island; just relax and stimulate your five senses.

Or does adventure galvanize a getaway for you? Good news: the Island is a bicyclist’s utopia. With no cars and miles upon miles of paved and unpaved trails, the biker reigns on Mackinac Island. Oh, and the whole Island thing has its benefits too – it means the kayakers and paddleboarders have plenty of space for their aquatic adventures.

Mackinac Island implores you to forget about the mainland. The mainland is where responsibilities like doing your taxes are. The mainland is where honking horns are inescapable. The mainland is where the stresses take their toll. You’re due for a celebration. You’re due for an escape. You’re due for Mackinac Island.

Learn more at mackinacisland.org.