As soon as we started planning our trip to the Upper Peninsula, I knew that Mackinac Island was one of the must-see places to show Jeff, who's originally from Seattle and had yet to experience northern Michigan. Mackinac is bursting with historic sites and scenic views, but the traditional fare isn't exactly vegan-friendly or even all that healthy (think fudge, ice cream, and lots of greasy food).
Our goal was to stay filled up and feeling good, and to enjoy a day on the island without spending a fortune. With a bit of research and planning, we were definitely able to achieve our goal!
There are no motor vehicles allowed on the island, so our first stop was a bike shop where we rented a tandem cycle. It took a few minutes to get used to, but before we knew it we were cruising right along. We had the bike for a little over an hour and spent about $15. It was so worth it!
We took our time biking the eight mile loop around the island, stopping to enjoy the beautiful colors and the breathtaking views of Lake Huron. The weather was absolutely perfect.
Before leaving our campground, we filled a backpack with food and water bottles so that we could fill up and stay hydrated without spending an extra dime. It was really nice to be able to stop at a random beach and enjoy a quick snack!
Before our trip I was determined to find a vegan-friendly restaurant on the island and was thrilled to discover Twist-n-Sprouts, located right on Main Street. They offer fresh wraps, non-dairy smoothies, soups, frozen yogurt, and a full salad bar. We stopped there for a quick lunch before heading back to camp.
Twist-n-Sprouts felt like a breath of fresh air on an island that is practically buzzing with sugar. The staff was friendly and helpful, the restaurant is clean, and they had plenty of options for omnivores and herbivores alike.
We met the owner, Jack Armstrong, who was going above and beyond to ensure that his customers were having a pleasant experience. He was kind and friendly and we really enjoyed chatting with him about the restaurant.
I ordered a strawberry-kiwi smoothie and the vegan wrap, which was made with black beans, edamame, artichoke, onion, corn, and mushrooms. So good! If you want to eat something fresh and healthy on Mackinac Island, be sure to visit Jack and his staff at Twist-n-Sprouts!
After lunch we took the ferry back to St. Ignace and headed to our second campground on Lake Superior. Stay tuned for more of our plant-based camping adventures!