MACKINAC ISLAND (WWJ) — Those who love northern Michigan can get a taste of Mackinac Island this winter due to unseasonably mild weather that will keep the island open longer than usual.

Allison Abraham with Mackinac Island Tourism says the season is still going strong well into December and doesn’t expect ferries to stop running anytime soon.

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“I would estimate that they will run well into January,” Abraham said. “But with the rain and temps in the high-40s, it’s going to be a good season for Mackinac Island for those who want to visit in the winter.”

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Because there is no ice forming in Lake Huron, the ferries are able to run longer into the season. Boats generally stop running in late December or early January.

Three hotels, two restaurants and the grocery store remain open in the winter.

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“There are a lot of opportunities for day trips if you want to check out a different side of Mackinac Island,” Abraham said. “Mackinac Island is completely different in the winter. For those who are looking for more of a quieter time to visit and want to explore the nature, now is a great time.”