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Welcome To Mackinac Island!

A trip to Mackinac Island is a journey to the best part of the past. Step off the ferry and you are immersed in a new world: horse carriages wait for passengers instead of taxis and families ride bicycles – yes, mom, dad and the kids, all together – through the streets downtown.

Some visitors to Mackinac Island come for the elegant places to stay, such as Grand Hotel or the Hotel Iroquois. Others for the rich history of Fort Mackinac. Still others come to shop and to hear the clip clop of the horses and take a scenic carriage tour or ride bicycles to the interior and around the shoreline of the island. And almost everyone, of course, wanders into one of the many sweet-smelling candy shops downtown for a taste (or more) of creamy Mackinac Island Fudge

One of the best ways to visit Mackinac Island is to find a place to stay on the island and experience the entire day – from sunrise to sunset – and watch the lights come on in the evening. Our Interactive Lodging Map will help you find your favorite resort, hotel or historic inn, or bed & breakfast on Mackinac Island.
 
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Mackinac Island Featured Lodging
 

Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel is situated on the southwestern bluff of Mackinac Island overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and – in the distance – the Mackinac Bridge. From the front porch – the world’s largest at 660 feet – guests can look down at the well-kept gardens and relax and enjoy the ambiance of “somewhere in [...] more...

Hotel Iroquois
Located on the waterfront at the western edge of town, the Hotel Iroquois is convenient to all the main-street attractions of Mackinac Island, yet far enough away to offer guests a bit of privacy from the downtown bustle. Stunning views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge are the hallmark of a stay [...] more...

Mission Point Resort
Mission Point Resort is located on Mackinac Island, one of the most unique island destinations in the world. Guests are enchanted by Mission Point’s relaxed atmosphere, award-winning cuisine, rustic fireside ambiance, rich culture, arts and activities, broad lawns and lush gardens that together create the perfect setting for renewal, inspiration and meaningful connections. Nestled on 18 acres [...] more...

Chippewa Hotel
A stay at the Chippewa Hotel puts you right in the middle of all the charms of Mackinac Island. Choose a main street room and wake up to the clip-clop of the horse carriages passing along the street below. Stay in a Harbor View waterfront room or suite and enjoy the views of the harbor [...] more...

Lilac Tree Suites and Spa
With thirty-nine uniquely appointed suites, the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa reflects the French, English and American heritage of Mackinac Island. Each spacious suite has a living room and a separate sleeping room. No two suites are alike. The unique decor is accented with variations of wood, wicker and iron. Traditional antiques and modern fixtures combine [...] more...

Main Street Inn and Suites
Step back in time with an overnight stay on beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. Our well-appointed 18 rooms and suites provide comfortable elegance, perfect for honeymoon couples to large families. We offer affordable accommodations with many outstanding amenities, including a communal sitting room with pool table, cable television, and games. Our nightly turndown service includes a fudge [...] more...

Lakebluff Condos and Suites – Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island Lakebluff Condos at Stonecliffe are situated high atop the West Bluff on beautiful Mackinac Island. There are acres of bike trails, walking trails and roads throughout and around Mackinac Island. Our accommodations have panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge with awesome sunsets on the grounds of Stonecliffe Estate. GOLF [...] more...

Metivier Inn
A small lovely boutique country inn, the Metivier Inn offers 22 charming guest rooms for your stay on Mackinac Island, each including air conditioning and private baths. The rooms are uniquely and tastefully decorated in a blend of English and French country style. Most of our rooms are ideal for couples or solo travelers, as [...] more...

Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island
Located on quiet Market Street, the Cottage Inn is just one block from the downtown area. Ferry Docks, Mackinac Island State Parks, historic Fort Mackinac and the Mackinac Island Marina are only a short stroll away . Featuring a large front porch for enjoying breakfast or just relaxing while taking in the clip clop of [...] more...

Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast
Cloghaun is one of the oldest Victorian homes on the Island. Thomas and Bridget Donnelly left Ireland in 1848, and completed Cloghaun in 1884. This lovely home has been preserved by their descendants and now offers guests a tranquil, romantic interlude from the demands of everyday life. Eleven guest rooms individually designed and decorated with antiques [...] more...

 
 

Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry – Winter Schedule

January 21, 2016

NOTICE: Ferry service will continue until the route to Mackinac Island becomes impassable. ArnoldLine.com will continue to have the most up-to-date ferry schedule. At this time, we have no plans to discontinue service. As always, winter service is day-to-day as we evaluate the ice and weather conditions. Safety is our utmost priority. The Mighty Huron is a mighty winter warrior! Stay warm out there, friends!

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⚠️ NOTICE ⚠️ Ferry service will continue until the route to Mackinac Island becomes impassable. ArnoldLine.com will continue to have the most up-to-date ferry schedule. At this time, we have no plans to discontinue service. As always, winter service is day-to-day as we evaluate the ice and weather conditions. Safety is our utmost priority. The Mighty Huron is a mighty winter warrior! Stay warm out there, friends! #brrrrrr #winterwarriors #mightyhuron #OriginalMIFerry #ATCO ... See MoreSee Less

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Sara MinningAwesome picture!

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Doreen Keli<3 Love this Pic!!!

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Larry RazekHey can someone make a recording of the horn upon departure? I love that sound!

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Ray AckermanVerily makin it!

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Jim BeckleyIf mighty Huron gets stuck in the ice, the crew has to get out and push?

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John CadotteThank you, rumors were flying.

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Travis SalsgiverThat would be a fun job

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James De LudeThanks for the updates

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Sherri Seymour HarrisIs the ice bridge open??

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Bonnie Odom - ParniskeBeautiful picture!

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Tiffani Rae-SchulteBeautifull, but so frightening. What do you think Kristi Dupler and Rick Schulte?

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Kay Easterbrook BishopImpressive!

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John AyrisWonder how thick the ice is?

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Sheila DingerGreat Picture❤️

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Suzanne DarrowGreat service Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry. Great job crew!!!!

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Jim SmedleyWith all the vacation days,weeks, and months I spent in the UP, I never went to Mackinac Island. I always wanted to get out into the wilds, instead. Now that I live in the deep South, I feel like that may have been an over-sight.

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Julie McDonaldI'm glad I am sitting on my warm couch- I love the ferry ride in the summer!

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Alison LambMeredith Korn, Matthew Lamb Linds ride to work.:)

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Pam CrispinJerry J Habedank FYI! 😉

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Carol CouchoisJust a beauty , majestic

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Carson KirwenI see 2 people standing by the sides. Are they watching for trouble?

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Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry – January 4, 2016

Single Digits & Steam on the Straits of Mackinac this morning… Means only one thing!? Making Ice

WINTER SCHEDULE UPDATE: – Departures available from St. Ignace Dock #1 only November through April.

Departure times are subject to change due to weather & ice conditions. Unfortunately, we are unable to predict the weather so please check this link as needed for updated departure times.

Click Here For the Latest Winter Schedule >>>>

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Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry is the oldest yet most modern passenger ferry and freight service from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan, to historic Mackinac Island.

With courteous passenger services and the experienced seamanship of our crew, Arnold has been warmly welcoming thousands of vacationers and groups “Up North” for more than 125 years.

No reservations needed. Get your tickets online or at any Arnold Reception Center and come aboard! Within minutes you will depart for your island adventure!

$1 off bike rental. Show us your Arnold ferry ticket stub at Lakeside Bicycle Rental on Arnold’s Mackinac Island dock for $1.00 off each bike rented.

Quick Links:

Mackinaw City Schedule

St. Ignace Schedule

Spring/Pre-Season Schedule

Ticket Prices and Online Purchasing

Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry
PO Box 220
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
(800) 542-8528 or (906) 847-3351

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MACKINAC ISLAND WINTER TRANSPORTATION

Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry
(906) 847-3351
Departing from St. Ignace only until the Ice freezes in January

Great Lakes Air
(906) 643-7165

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Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry On Facebook

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⚓️Maybe it's the snow covered pilings😳.. Maybe it's just Mackinac Island🤓.. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kay KettleNice!

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Marlene Mountjoy💚⚓️

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Carol Couchois❤️❤️

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Steven JohnsonI like your 'view' much better..!

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Frances MountjoyBoats still running!

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Jacquie LarnerLove it either way...

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Suzanne MungerLove it!

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⚓️It's Surely A Beautiful World ❤️... ... See MoreSee Less

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Mandy BlakeMakes me want to go work there this summer! <3

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Suzanne Pederson KowalkoskiThat's beautiful.

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Teresa Dungey GotchAmen

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Dianne Schultz DargaNow I understand why Darga loves his job. He has the most beautiful office in the world.

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Steven JohnsonThat it is..!

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Jane TruebloodHeavenly... 💕❤ really would love to be there right now!

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Tera DorrLarry Carr oh muh goodness!

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Doug EricksenThank u for BEUTIFUL pic

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Steve Van ShteffyMarvelous.

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Dianne Schultz DargaBeautiful...God does great work!

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Karen SmithBeautiful!!

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Bob KeckWhen was the last time the Huron ran all winter? And might it be possible this year?

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Laurali GatesWow!

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Bonnie Odom - ParniskeBeautiful

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Niles ElliotWow!!!

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Sandra Aull WolvinSO gorgeous!!!

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🐴.. I know most beautiful precious mammals on the planet🌎... I Misses My Boat again😏.. (Thank you Jake Maze, for this wonderful photo) ... See MoreSee Less

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Dana Carpenter AndreAwe

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Larry Hewettvery very nice

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Suzanne ZschernitzIf they could only talk...sweet picture.

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Lori Odett KosdroskyBeautiful picture!

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Ruth Mulder😍

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Terry ValletteHi boys. Another cold trip.

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Sharon Blair Van EveryAwwww beautiful place

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Dawna J AmacherBeautiful horses...none better!

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Lisa Karen Scriver💚

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Diane McGloneSuch beautiful animals!

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Mary Butkovich BybergPretty!

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Connie Miller CalabreseEast bluff. Beautiful especially with these beauties.

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⚓️Captain Terry Foley... Doing what he does Best! Riding to Mackinac Island with him at the helm is like riding along with Grandpa, in his old Cadillac😃.. ... See MoreSee Less

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Burton HerrickWow Grandpa , hows that sound Terry?????

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Great Turtle Chili Cookoff – February 13, 2016

Hit the cross-country ski trails surrounded by snow falling on cedars then make your way to the event of the winter.

The annual chili cook off takes place at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Restaurant on Saturday, February 13th, where chefs and average Joe’s duke it out for the first, second and third place honors.

Visitors can purchase a score card and sample the chili for a small fee.

If you would like to compete, please call Travis at the Village Inn 906-847-3542.

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22nd Great Turtle Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, February 13th. Anyone interested in making chili contact Travis at (906)-847-3542. Five gallons must be made and brought to us by Friday evening February 12th. Cash money goes to 1st and 2nd place. 3rd place along with "Most Unique Chili" gets Gift Certificates and every chili that enters gets a prize. Judging will begin at Noon. The more chili we have the more fun everyone has. Please head to the store, get your ingredients and make your favorite chili to share with Mackinac. ... See MoreSee Less

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Grand Hotel – Mother’s Day Weekend Package – May 6 – 8, 2016

Grand Hotel is the perfect destination to treat mom to a truly special weekend. Unwind as your family relaxes while our staff handles all the details. Take a bicycle ride or hike around Mackinac Island. Sit in a rocking chair on our Front Porch and enjoy the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Then send mom to rejuvenate at Astor’s Salon and Spa for a world-class beauty treatment using Aveda products. Don’t forget a round of golf on The Jewel with free golf green fees (cart fee required). Package also includes a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily and the Grand Luncheon Buffet on Mother’s Day in our famous Main Dining Room. Enjoy a Friday evening Welcome Reception, and Saturday evening Grand Cocktail Reception.

Spend time with mom and take advantage of all the fine amenities at Grand Hotel during Mother’s Day Weekend.

Make your reservation online or call 1-800-334-7263 for availability.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Saturday evening Grand Cocktail Reception
  • Sunday Mother’s Day Grand Luncheon Buffet
  • Free golf green fees on The Jewel (cart fee required)
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.00 per person baggage handling charge. *Dates subject to availability.

Arrive: Friday, May 6, 2016
Depart: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Package Price:

Standard Room: $815 per room
(up to 5 persons)
Lakeview Room: $1,165 per room
(up to 5 persons)

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Grand Hotel – AAA Memorial Day Weekend Package – May 28 – 30, 2016

Join us Memorial Day weekend for the unofficial start to summer! Enjoy nightly live musical entertainment by Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra. The package also includes free golf on The Jewel with beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac bridge (cart fee required), evening receptions on Saturday and Sunday, and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily. Sit back and relax in a rocking chair on the World’s Longest Porch or take a bike ride around Mackinac Island  and explore everything the island has to offer.

Children 11 and under stay and eat for free at Grand Hotel. They also can enjoy complimentary children’s programs Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Stay an additional night Monday, May 30 and/or Tuesday, May 31 for $209* per room, per night

Make your reservation online or call 1-800-334-7263 for availability.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Saturday evening reception
  • Sunday evening reception
  • Nightly entertainment in the Terrace Room
  • Free golf green fees on The Jewel (cart fee required)
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.00 per person baggage handling charge. *Dates subject to availability. Additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Arrive: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Depart: Monday, May 30, 2016

Package Price:

Standard Room:
$865 per couple, $765 single
Lakeview:
$1,225 per couple, $1,125 single

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Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package – June 3 – 11, 2016

Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package

Come visit during one of Mackinac Island’s most beautiful times of the year! The 67th Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island is a ten day festival held in honor of the flower Mackinac Island is known for. The lilac is a spectacular variety with a distinct history. In fact some are more than 200 years old. We invite you to come join the celebration and experience the splendor of the lilac as they are in bloom throughout the island.

Stay with us during the Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package and enjoy tours of Grand Hotel’s lush gardens, free golf on The Jewel with beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge (cart fee required), and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily.  Guests can also enjoy the crowning of the Lilac Queen, the Lilac parade in downtown Mackinac, 10k run, hayrides and other great family entertainment. For more information about the festival visit www.mackinacisland.org.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Lilac and Garden Tour
  • Free golf green fees on The Jewel (cart fee required)
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.00 per person baggage handling charge. *Dates subject to availability. Additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Arrive: Friday, June 3, 2016
Depart: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Package Price:

$525 per couple, per night
$450 single, per night

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