Romance is literally in the air on Mackinac Island, in the scent of the lilacs, the gentle clop of the horses' hooves, the night breezes off the lake. Here is a morning-to-night romantic Mackinac Island day, in three easy steps. Set off in the morning and let the island do the rest.

ACT 1

Arrive early and head hand-in-hand down Main Street to Hotel Iroquois (906-847-3321, IROQUOISHOTEL.COM), where a sumptuous, served-on-china breakfast awaits at the waterfront Carriage House. Indulge in banana-stuffed French toast and watch the waves break on the rocks surrounding Round Island Lighthouse.

ACT 2

Mosey back down Main Street, daydreaming about biking the island. Check out any one of the bike rental stands to pick your transportation for an island tour. Try a tandem—after a few wobbly starts you’ll be cruisin’ in sync around the 8.2-mile island shoreline. Pull off at an empty stretch of sun-bleached beach, and cool your feet with a wade. Be sure you check out Arch Rock, a natural bridge made of brachiated limestone rising 146 feet above the water, about 15 stories. At the south end of the island, stop to share a kiss at the cedar grove where a scene was shot for the romantic classic Somewhere In Time. Find the plaque at the side of the road.

ACT 3

Swing up to the island’s most famous icon, the Grand Hotel (GRANDHOTEL.COM). Fifteen dollars apiece gets non–hotel guests on to the porch— claimed to be the world’s longest. Ease into a rocking chair or head upstairs to the Cupola Bar where you can cuddle up in the royal blue window seats and enjoy a panoramic view of the island as you sip a cocktail.

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