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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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Grand Hotel Somewhere In Time Weekend – Photos
Somewhere in Time Weekend is one of our most popular and special weekends at Grand Hotel. The movie Somewhere in Time was filmed at Grand Hotel and on Mackinac Island in 1979 and the movie was released in 1980. This is the perfect weekend for movie lovers who want to know the cinematic secrets of [...] more...

Mackinac Island Halloween Celebrations – October 27, 2018
Get ready for another epic, fun-filled Halloween celebration this Saturday, October 27, 2018, on Mackinac Island. Enjoy all of the Halloween decorations throughout the island. Dress the kids up in their favorite costumes and take them downtown for trick-or-treating from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Saturday. And then put on your favorite costume for [...] more...

Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run – Photos
This year marks the 23rd running of one of the most scenic trail events in the state. We have a capacity of 3,000 participants running and walking the inside trails of Mackinac Island during the last open weekend of the season. Photos from the Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run of 2018 Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail [...] more...

Late-Summer Color Tour – Walkway Garden at Hotel Iroquois
JUST A REMINDER: While you are waiting for the fall color season to arrive, the late-summer color is spectacular on Mackinac Island. Here’s a late-summer glimpse of the walkway garden at the Hotel Iroquois on the Beach. (Bonus: the weather forecast for this weekend is looking great for a late-summer color tour of Mackinac Island.) Walkway [...] more...

Mission Point Resort Dining – Photos
Mission Point Resort features five unique restaurants and eateries, including Chianti, Round Island Bar & Grill, Bistro on the Greens, Reserve, Boxwood Coffeeshop & Cafe. Here’s our photo album to give you a glimpse of the wide-ranging dining options at Mission Point Resort. Mission Point Resort Dining – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & [...] more...

 
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...

Island House Hotel
Mackinac Island’s oldest hotel, Island House Hotel offers sweeping harbor views and a full complement of amenities. As a Historic Hotel of America and State of Michigan landmark, it is no surprise guests have flocked to this Mackinac Island waterfront hotel for 165 years. In addition to stunning waterfront views, guests choose the Island House Hotel [...] 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...

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast
There is no experience quite as unique as Mackinac Island. One begins stepping back in time at the first glimpse from the ferry of historic buildings while rounding Biddle Point. When emerging onto Main Street, history unfolds while horse drawn carriages pass by and the preferred method of travel is a bicycle. Pine Cottage is [...] more...

 
 

Grand Hotel Somewhere In Time Weekend – Photos

Somewhere in Time Weekend is one of our most popular and special weekends at Grand Hotel. The movie Somewhere in Time was filmed at Grand Hotel and on Mackinac Island in 1979 and the movie was released in 1980. This is the perfect weekend for movie lovers who want to know the cinematic secrets of the timeless romantic classic.

Somewhere in Time Weekend – Photo Gallery (via Grand Hotel on Facebook) (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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From Facebook – Jane Seymour Arriving on Mackinac Island for the 2015 Somewhere In Time Weekend

Thursday October 15th, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Jane Seymour

Arriving at the Grand Hotel from Somewhere in Time! ... See MoreSee Less

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I love that place. I had been inside. I believe Chris is there in spirit, hence the beautiful flowers. Have fun!

One of my favorite movies of all time.

Every time I watch the film, I feel magically transformed. Thank you John Barry, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer and R.I.P. Christopher Reeve.

Hi Jane would love to have met you today. I watched you and Christopher Reeves being filmed for your wonderful movie. I was born on and graduated high school on Mackinac Island in 1979. Still tear up every time I watch Somewhere In Time. Brings back beautiful memories of a wonderful Summer. Enjoy your visit and Welcome back.

You look the same Jane. I enjoyed being an extra in the movie and hanging out with Reeves and Plummer. Great memories!

One of my Favorite Movies ever ! It never played at the Movie Theaters because there was a strike going on the weekend of its release. But about 20 years ago my husband surprised me to a Special Somewhere In Time weekend in Chicago and we all were able to meet some cast members and Watch the Movie on the Big Screen . I will never forget that wonderful day.

SOMEWHERE IN TIME is legendary!!! R.I.P. Christopher Reeves!!! Christopher Plummer is badass in this movie but Jane Seymour is a goddess from another time in this movie!!! Solitaire(Live And Let Die) was sexy but Elise was stunning!!!

That was ONE BEAUTIFUL MOVIE. miss Seymour. Sad, and then beautiful ending....

I remember being on Mackinaw Usland when " Somewhere in Time" was filming. My girls & I delivered a " Superman cookie" to Christopher Reeves! Crazy idea hey? We did get a handwritten thank you note from Chris!👍🏽💥

My absolute favorite movie!!!!!! Chris is there in spirit!

As lovely today as she was back in 1979 when she filmed it!

As soon as 'Chris' is mentioned, I teared up. He is definitely with you. Everyone will feel it I'm sure.

I was just thinking the same of Mr Reeve glad you are there enjoy the beauty wonderful movie Somewhere in time😇

This is great! Enjoy and Happy SWIT Anniversary!!!

Christopher will be with you xx

So lovely meeting you 💗✨😍

Me too !

Aww!! Very nice video!! I am praying to visit Mackinac Island before my time is gone!! 🌹

Wonderful !!!!

Aw, we feel likewise about Chris, Jane! **hugs**

Is it really you #somewhereintime #comebacktome

This movie still makes me cry every time! ❤️😢

Beautiful! I spent a fairytale weekend @ the Grand Hotel & Mackinac Island several years ago. <3 Would love to visit during an SIT weekend. To Jane & everyone there, have an incredible time! 🙂

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at The Grand Hotel this past summer. We have been wanting to stay there ever since we first watched Somewhere In Time. It was a dream come true!

I wish I could of met you Jane!♡♡ Somewhere in time is my most fav movie ever!!

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Mackinac Island Halloween Celebrations – October 27, 2018

Get ready for another epic, fun-filled Halloween celebration this Saturday, October 27, 2018, on Mackinac Island. Enjoy all of the Halloween decorations throughout the island. Dress the kids up in their favorite costumes and take them downtown for trick-or-treating from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Saturday. And then put on your favorite costume for some adult Halloween fun Saturday night at the Pink Pony and other bars and restaurants on the island. Here are some photos from this Halloween and Halloweens Past to get you in the mood.

Photos from the Mackinac Island Halloween Celebrations of 2018

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Mackinac Island Halloween Celebrations – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)

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Season Sales

Many island specialty shops are prepping for winter and bringing out the sale racks. Shop local and enjoy great deals throughout the island!

Trick-or-Treating

Children’s Trick-or-Treating down Main Street and Market Street. Businesses will be handing out candy Saturday the 27th, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

Live Entertainment

Nighttime entertainment at downtown bars

Costume Contests

You’re going to want to bring your Halloween costume and hit the town! Costume contests will be held at several establishments, including the Pink Pony and Gate House.

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Pink Pony – Halloween 2015 Photos

Another “Spooktacular” ending to an incredible season on Mackinac Island!

The Pink Pony does Halloween the right way! Photos via Pink Pony Photo Album on Facebook

 

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Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run – Photos

This year marks the 23rd running of one of the most scenic trail events in the state. We have a capacity of 3,000 participants running and walking the inside trails of Mackinac Island during the last open weekend of the season.

Photos from the Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run of 2018

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Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of the Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your visit to a Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run, tag it with #greatturtlerace and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.

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Late-Summer Color Tour – Walkway Garden at Hotel Iroquois

JUST A REMINDER: While you are waiting for the fall color season to arrive, the late-summer color is spectacular on Mackinac Island. Here’s a late-summer glimpse of the walkway garden at the Hotel Iroquois on the Beach. (Bonus: the weather forecast for this weekend is looking great for a late-summer color tour of Mackinac Island.)

Walkway Garden at Hotel Iroquois – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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Mission Point Resort Dining – Photos

Mission Point Resort features five unique restaurants and eateries, including Chianti, Round Island Bar & Grill, Bistro on the Greens, Reserve, Boxwood Coffeeshop & Cafe. Here’s our photo album to give you a glimpse of the wide-ranging dining options at Mission Point Resort.

Mission Point Resort Dining – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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