Island Resort Getaways
Looking for a great dog-friendly island
resort getaway? Pay a visit to Mackinac Island in
Michigan or Jekyll Island in Georgia.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
This island is an American National Historic Landmark which was established in 1817.
It is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. No cars are allowed on the island. Instead of car engines, you will hear horse hooves clip-clopping along the roads. For transportation you have a choice of walking, bicycling, horse and carriage or horseback riding. The majority of the island is owned by the park service and offers many dog-friendly hiking trails and picnic areas. The island offers a downtown area with dog-friendly hotels, vacation rentals, outdoor dining and scenic views. Also worth noting are the many fudge shops on the island and you can purchase fudge at stores and restaurants throughout downtown. The boardwalk, located west of the downtown area, offers the best spot for watching sunsets. This is also a popular walking area in the evening hours or for enjoying a picnic at one of the many picnic tables. In the late evening hours, the Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, can often be seen year-round. To get to the island, you will need to take one of the three ferries, all of which allow leashed dogs.
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Jekyll Island, Georgia
Jekyll Island is located six miles off the Georgia coast, between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. This coastal barrier island is 7.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. From 1886 to 1942 Jekyll Island was used as an exclusive retreat for American millionaires including Rockefeller, Macys and Gould. Today the 5,000 acre island has 1,000 permanent residents and the land is leased by the state to the Jekyll Island Authority who manages the public island. State law limits development on the island to 35%, thus leaving 65% to remain as a nature preserve. The island is set in a relaxed environment with no high-rise buildings or neon signs. This island is home to wildlife like deer, wild turkey, raccoons, hawks, herons, sea turtles and even wild alligators.
You and your pooch can take an informative tram or
carriage tour of the island, walk along some great
beaches, dine outdoors or stay in a pet-friendly hotel
or villa. The summertime is the most popular time of year to visit the island. Summer temperatures average in the 80s F, fall temperatures average in the 60s F with many clear days and low humidity, winter are usually brief and mild, spring temperatures average in the 70s F.
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