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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...

The Inn at Stonecliffe
Discretely situated high atop the west bluff of Mackinac Island, The Inn at Stonecliffe welcomes you to experience the historic charm and unparalleled beauty of this one-of-a-kind Mackinac Island summer estate hotel. Today, completely remodeled and expanded, this Edwardian style Inn & hotel celebrates its first century with an unmatched location and grand views of [...] more...

Harbour View Inn
Immerse yourself in the ​historic​ charm that has made Mackinac Island famous when you stay at the Harbour View Inn – a hotel with a fascinating history of its own. Located only a short walk from the best attractions on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, yet away from the bustling traffic of downtown, this relaxing hotel complex offers the perfect romantic retreat. 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 horse [...] 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...

Pontiac Lodge
Pontiac Lodge is an intimate, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island. The Pontiac Lodge has 11 distinct rooms, most with wet bars, private baths with showers and some with Jacuzzi tubs. more...

 
 

Original Murdick’s Fudge – Holiday Mackinac Island Fudge

Murdick’s Fudge has re-opened their Mackinac Island fudge shop to make their handcrafted fudge, toffee, caramel corn and delightful brittle for Christmas gift boxes.

Holiday Sweets

MAKE IT MOUTHWATERING: Visit our Sweet Holidays store NOW to order our gift boxes made fresh on Mackinac Island. FedEx delivery guarantees freshness. Order holiday gifts here.

MAKE IT FESTIVE: Six holiday gift options for friends and family brim with our sweet confections, including 12 flavors of Mackinac Island fudge and three varieties of crunchy brittle. Pumpkin Spice and Holiday Cranberry fudge flavors are back! We’ll handcraft these delightful Mackinac Island sweets for your Christmas gifts. Order now.

Create Your Own

MAKE IT CUSTOMIZED: Create your holiday gift selections — big or small — to include any combo of Mackinac Island fudge, caramel corn, toffees and brittles. Contact us at 906-847-3530.

Corporate Gifts

MAKE IT REWARDING: Thank your clients, colleagues and employees with sweet gifts from Mackinac Island. Call 906-847-3530 for details. We ship gifts by FedEx to guarantee timely delivery.

To browse their Christmas gift box selections, visit http://www.originalmurdicksfudge.com/gifts/holiday-gifts/

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Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Comment below with your answer for a chance to win free fudge! http://www.originalmurdicksfudge.com/gifts/holiday-gifts/

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Lynn TiemanWhen it's time to open up gifts , the person receiving the gift has to find an object on the wrapping paper before they can open their gift. The person giving the gift picks the object.

12 months ago   ·  1

Stephanie CantrellHaving all of my kids around me in the kitchen! 😘😘

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Katie LangOur favorite Christmas tradition is going to Christmas Eve service. We always open presents on Christmas Eve because Santa came while we were at church. Then we finish the nite with frying homemade sausage and having Christmas stollen. 🎄

12 months ago

Michele GonczarThrough rain, or snow, or sleet, we have been cutting our Christmas tree down every year for the last 43 years. Favorite tradition with family and or friends, then we go have buffalo burgers and play pool. 🎄

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Janet Kohler DuewekeAs we decorate our tree each year, we always reserve a special spot for the beautiful "Silent Night: ornament that my great-grandmother gave to my father's family in the late 1920s. I remember from my childhood, watching my parents selecting just the right branch - secure and lit - too high for little hands to reach. We would all step back to admire the fragile, pale pink orb that perfected our tree. My grown children know the history of this little ornament; it is the first detail they look for when they come home for Christmas now. I suppose some might think this is just a 'material' Christmas tradition, but for me it will always be a link to loved ones throughout the generations.

12 months ago

Carrie Broeders DepotieGoing out and cutting our tree down, putting it up and decorating it while drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas specials.

12 months ago

Cindy GillespieWatching Christmas classic movies in front of the fireplace drinking hot chocolate ...🎅🎅

12 months ago

Connie BayhanRelaxing with the family watching Christmas shows. Eating fudge and popcorn.

12 months ago

Wanda Meekspending time with my family christmas eve

12 months ago

Brenda SmithWaiting for an appearance from Santa on Christmas Eve & he hands out gifts while spending time with my kids.

12 months ago

Candi FuentesWe play a Chinese gift exchange with the adults, Its so much fun

12 months ago

Beth HillDriving around on Christmas Eve to look at everyone's Christmas lights and decorations!

12 months ago

Carol CarpenterMaking pierogi for Christmas Eve family get together

12 months ago

Kelly Affholter BeriDecorating our tree. It brings a smile & such good memories from each ornament. Such as baby's 1st Christmas (my baby is an adult) & so many others.

12 months ago

Tammi PerryGoin to the cemetery and placing a wreath that I made at my grandparents & great grandparents graveside.

12 months ago

Christine BergerBaking and decorating cookies with my mom, sisters and nieces.

12 months ago

Jenn SutI love decorating with my niece and nephew and singing badly along with Christmas songs

12 months ago

Karen Kudla TannerEvery Christmas Eve my family gathers at now my cousin's house for a Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner (Wigilia). It is completely meatless, and has no less than 11 dishes, representative of the Earth--fish from the sea, grain from the field, potatoes from the field, mushrooms from the woods. As the years have passed, some of the more traditional dishes have lost their popularity, but are still present. One chair at the table is left empty, as a rememberance for those who are not able to join us, for the hungry stranger, for Christ. Straw is under the table clothes as a reminder of the Christ Child, born in the manger. After dinner we sing both Polish and English Christmas Carols, and also sing, "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. The evening ends when Santa makes his appearance for the little ones of the family.

12 months ago

Vicky CummingsChristmas Eve we all put our pj's make pillow fort beds in front of the TV. Look up on the internet where Santa is in the world then pop in the old Christmas movies till the little ones fall asleep.Put them to bed and Santa visits. MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL! May the love of the Spirit Bless us all this year!

12 months ago

Katrina MangoldGoing to look at Christmas Lights

12 months ago

Cyndi MeiliGoing to my mother in laws for Christmas brunch,exchanging gifts then playing euchre!

12 months ago

Lori Barron MonohanThe magic of Christmas. Everyone just seems happier and you can feel the love!!

12 months ago

Linda MillerMaking Christmas cookies with my mom and sister

12 months ago

Aubri McAleerChristmas eve at the grandparents house!

12 months ago

Patrick GriffithGreatest fudge in the world!!!!

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Joann’s Fudge – Mackinac Island Fudge For The Holidays

You can order Mackinac Island Fudge for your holiday celebrations from Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island online.

We offer several options for ordering fudge as holiday gifts (or for yourself!):

FIRST DELIVERY – ORDER BY DECEMBER 7 – SHIPPED DECEMBER 9

Order in the first delivery for Christmas 2016!

Order year around anytime prior to 5:00 PM, December 7, and we will ship your Christmas orders December 9, 2016.

SECOND DELIVERY – ORDER BY DECEMBER 14 – SHIPPED DECEMBER 16

Order in the second delivery for Christmas 2016!

Order year around anytime prior to 5:00 PM EST December 14, 2016 and we will ship your Christmas orders December 16, 2016.

THIRD DELIVERY – ORDER BY DECEMBER 18 – SHIPPED DECEMBER 21

Order in the third and final delivery for Christmas 2016!

Order year around anytime prior 5:00 PM EST December 18, 2016 and we will ship your Christmas orders December 21, 2016 so they will be able to arrive by Christmas.

As usual we will accept orders after this date, but we can not guarantee that all flavors will be available or that the shipment will arrive by Christmas.

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Its beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS FUDGE!  To WIN a one pound box of Joanns Fudge, simply SHARE this post AND in the comment section, tell us  YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION!  It has been so fun reading all your comments, that we will choose TWO WINNERS tomorrow.

Remember tomorrow at 5pm is the last time to get your order in for the December 11th shipping Date! Simply click here to order:
http://www.joannsfudge.com/christmas-orders-2nd.htm

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Tammy Berndt-BayneTaking my grandsons shopping to pick out gifts for their parents they are 8, 2 and this year I have new one.

12 months ago

Sharon Serences NewmanPutting treats in my kids stockings no matter how old

12 months ago

Toni UngerMy dad used to set up a train around the Christmas tree at my grandma's house, it was just fun to set & watch it go by 🙂

12 months ago

Amy Seman-BasaDecorating our tree as a family

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Helen Farley GodinI love waking up on Christmas morning, putting on Christmas music and watching my kids open their presents.

12 months ago

Mandy Ottdecorating the Christmas tree with the kids and taking the time to remember special times with each person there is an ornament in memory of. Great way to pass down family history and keep there spirit alive 🙂

12 months ago

Casey LingeSo many fun family traditions this time of year. My favorite is going to the Christmas tree farm together as a family (and extended family) to cut down our Christmas tree and spend the day together! Wonder memories made every year!!

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Connie PetersonGetting together with my family!!

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Becky Spencer HillWatching my grandkids open their gifts the expressions on their faces are priceless, singing Christmas Songs 🎄

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Tami ClelandPicking out and decorating the tree with the family

12 months ago

Vicki TanneyThis yr it was making scarves for some needy children n adults. I didnt have much money butci have alot of time n love

12 months ago

Holly BourdoSpending time with family! Merry Christmas 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

12 months ago

Donna SlickSpending Christmas Eve with some very special friends, this will be our 20th year.

12 months ago

Katlyn JohnsonMaking Christmas cookies and goodies with my sister in law/best friend.

12 months ago

Christa Bowler SymondsMy favorite holiday tradition would be that my parents have spent every Christmas morning with us to watch their grandkids open their gifts. Then I make a big brunch. My daughter is now 18 and they still have not missed a single one.

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Crystal BroylesDecorating the tree while listening to Christmas music. liked and shared

12 months ago

Sandy Chupp LorenzI bake lots of goodies and give them to friends and family.

12 months ago

Tracy Barnettputting up Christmas decorations while listening to Christmas music. I also every year buy my jack russell a new Christmas sweater thought I'm sure she secretly hates them all. <3

12 months ago

Michelle Marie SunshineMy favorite Is Hot Cocoa after a fun Sledding with the Family Christmas Eve. Nothing beats that. 🌲

12 months ago

Mary Beaudoinopening 1 present on Christmas eve

12 months ago

Aimee GruenwaldMy favorite Christmas tradition is spending time with family members I don't get to see often!

12 months ago

Chuck Moreyfamily, eggnog popcorn n fudge

12 months ago

Katrina Claire LamotheNot taking down the Christmas tree until mid January because my family celebrates Ukrainian Christmas! Has been a family tradition since my mother was a young girl!

12 months ago

Sarah HarrisJust going to see all my families! Traveling around to see everyone

12 months ago

Diane DutcherGoing to see "A Christmas Carol" at Meadowbrook Theater!

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Elle LivingstonLove this picture and your village looks just like ours. <3

1 years ago

Jerolyn ShawThat sure is a nice picture. Love your fudge. Was on the island this summer and bought a few pounds of fudge at your store.

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Patti WatchornLooks like two fudge elves are hard at work!

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Sharon Serences NewmanPostcard perfect

1 years ago   ·  2

Joanne Figler KopeBest fudge on the island! Best fudge anywhere! Love the picture!

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Linda ShihadyI can smell it now!

1 years ago

Bernadine MoserGlad to see them working on my fudge ! Merry Christmas can' t wait.

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Cindy Longmore BeeleyNo other fudge will do!

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Gail AnnSantas Elves

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Carol Lynn Shihady MillsYou and your JoAnn's fudge!! Ha

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Horses of Mackinac Island – Fall Departure to Winter Pastures

As the summer tourist season ends on Mackinac Island, many of the horses leave the island for winter pastures on the mainland in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The sight of the departing horses being led through the streets of downtown Mackinac Island is always bittersweet scene of late summer and early fall. Here are some of the latest photos.

Horses of Mackinac Island – Fall Departure to Winter Pastures – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for slideshow view)

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As students are going back to school today, many of our horses are going on vacation for the winter.

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Shelley FlorkaThey deserve a vacation!! They work very hard and are amazing!! Enjoy your rest/play time!! Until next season!! 🐎

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Brandy, Bella, and Adam say hasta la vista, ponies! See you next summer!

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Theresa GordonBye Bella Thanks for a great ride this past weekend it was the highlight of my trip! Hope to visit next season!

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Bryan King🏇... Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

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Cathy Davis Jett FranzenHoping to visit again next Summer.

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Tommy MaherYessss Adam loves life. Anna Maher

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Anna MaherTommy Maher there's your boy Adam

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Downtown Mackinac Island Lodging

JUST A REMINDER: One of the best ways to get the most of your Mackinac Island trip is to spend the night downtown in a charming hotel or cozy Bed and Breakfast. Here’s a photo album of some of our downtown lodging sponsors who will help you spend the night in the heart of Mackinac Island.

Pink Pony Bar & Grill – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

Located at the end of Main Street, Hotel Iroquois on the Beach pampers guests in style and elegance with forty-six suites and rooms. Named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “Best Small Hotels in the World” for three consecutive years.
A stay at the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront - Mackinac Island, Michigan puts you right in the middle of all the charms of Mackinac Island. Watch the ferries arrive and the freighters pass by from the balcony of your Harbor View Suite.
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.
Main Street Inn and Suites - located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island - offers 18 rooms and suites with comfortable and elegant furnishings and all the amenities to make your trip to Mackinac Island a vacation to remember. Choose from an assortment of guest rooms and suites. Grab one of the suites with a private balcony and - from your perch above Main Street - you can keep track of all the comings and goings in Downtown Mackinac Island.
A small lovely boutique country inn, the Metivier Inn: Bed & Breakfast on Mackinac Island, Michigan 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.
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 horse & buggies passing by. Deluxe rooms and suites with all of the modern amenities.
Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast 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 from the late 1800’s evoke a feeling of casual elegance.
Pontiac Lodge is an intimate, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island.

The Pontiac Lodge has 11 distinct rooms, most with wet bars, private baths with showers and some with Jacuzzi tubs.
One of the best ways to get the most of your Mackinac Island trip is to spend the night downtown in a charming hotel or cozy Bed and Breakfast. Here's a map of some of our downtown lodging sponsors who will help you spend the night in the heart of Mackinac Island. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/downtown-lodging/

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Mackinac Island Lodging – Featured Downtown Hotels

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...

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...

Pontiac Lodge
Pontiac Lodge is an intimate, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island. The Pontiac Lodge has 11 distinct rooms, most with wet bars, private baths with showers and some with Jacuzzi tubs. more...

Mackinac Island Lodging – Featured Downtown Bed and Breakfast Inns

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 horse [...] 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...

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