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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.
Mackinac Island News And Special Events

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...


Pink Pony Opening Day! – May 4, 2017

Join us for our opening day of the Pink Pony Bar & Grill!

It’s sure to be Yachts and Yachts of fun for all!



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Pink Pony On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Pink Pony Page On Facebook.


Friday February 24th, 2017 - 11:26 am

Pink Pony

There's no place in the world that compares to Mackinac Island <3 Did you notice the Pink Pony??

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
Are you planning your summer getaway? You should #MakeItMackinac.
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Awesome video!

Can't wait ti June!!😊

Love Mackinac Island❤

We used to spend every anniversary on the island at the chippewa,yes we saw the pink pony❤ my favorite place on the planet

Kellen Bickel Kathryn Densmore Bickel Hailey Willett

One of my favorite places

Makes me wish it was July:)

Should be on everyone's bucket list! Pink Pony too!

I need to make this a plan....Loved the pink pony

Gatlinburg tn them both

Yes I did! That and the fudge! Now I'm hungry! Summer where are you!

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Thursday February 16th, 2017 - 1:48 pm

Pink Pony

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Zoo-de-Mackinac – May 20 – 21, 2017

THE WEEKEND OF MAY 20-21st, 2017

The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island.

THIS IS NOT A RACE!!! The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of outdoor enthusiasts (4,000 in 2014-16) who want to enjoy a little physical exercise together in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Michigan. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Riders pedal through rolling countryside and trillium covered forests, along sandy beaches, and are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from 400′ high bluffs. We stop approximately half way, at a unique place called the Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Star Line Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. Once on the magical island, check into your hotel and stroll into town to forget the aches and pains from the day’s ride. As the evening wears on, the island comes alive with The Gatehouse, Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands!

$60 through May 6, 2017. $75 from May 7, 2017 through May 20, 2017. Entry fee includes the pre-ride party Friday night at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands, luggage transportation to Mackinaw City on Saturday, lunch at the Legs Inn on Saturday, finish line party in Mackinaw City, round trip ferry transportation to and from Mackinac Island on Star Line Ferry and post-ride parties on Saturday afternoon at The Crossings and evening parties on the island.



REGISTRATION – 8:00 pm to midnight in the Lobby below Zoo Bar
KICK-OFF PARTY – 8:00 pm to 1:30 am in the Zoo Bar

REGISTRATION: 7:30 – 10:30am in the lobby below The Zoo Bar
RIDE STARTS: 7:30 – 10:30am at Boyne Highlands in the Ski Area Parking Lot
LUNCH: 10:30 – 2:00pm at Legs Inn
POST RIDE PARTY: 12Noon to 5:00 pm at The Crossings in Mackinaw City



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Zoo-De-Mackinac On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Zoo-De-Mackinac Page On Facebook.


Friday February 17th, 2017 - 2:07 pm

Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc.

Zoo de Mack May 20, 2017 is now open for registration!

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Andrew Slackta Bill Lincoln Sandy Goyette-Lincoln Therese Slackta

Woo hoo

Rick Haynes Cathy Nelson Haynes Debbie Murley Lauren Murley

Rebecca Flood

Randy Belliel

Ashley Morrison !!!!!

Heather McGuire-Rainone Zorica Petrovski Amy Beth Soccini Melanie Lowden

Jon Peterson

Shawna Floyd James Kristi

Rosie Peartree

Julie Gieraltowski Megan Telesco Miria Lupo Strzalkowski Jennifer Draveling Paris


Julie Dooley Forbush Brie Blackwell Tisa Bethke Kari Arnold Let's do this again

Richard Carver, Jill Mattison Raynak!

Dave Gacki-Resch

Get that new bike, Dan Bachman

Katelyn Marie Paul Mac Leod Dan Carter

Nicole Fonger Brittany Smithkort

Anna Iulianelli, Karen Stuben, Karen Binns Semerau, Barb Colombo, Anne Tokarczyk, Diane Beane!!!!!! Can't wait!! Spread the word.

Must say I was really disappointed in this ride, will not do it again. Picking up Registration package was a cluster. Need to take lessons from Ice Man Cometh. Had to buy water at rest stops and only lunch stop for food. Would not recommend this ride. Bike Benzie, Pink Ribbon and One Hellva rides are better.

Sonya McGinniss Cribbs

Terri Hamlet Mary Ann Stadler

Brian Pudrith ☝🏼️🚴🏼🚴🏼🚴🏼

Liam Wallace, Kristen Joy Van Dyk, Tim Johnson- its time to get the cyclopaths (sp?) signed up!

Robert Charrette John Andrew Wauchope

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Sunday December 25th, 2016 - 1:20 pm

Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc.

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Merry Christmas from Zoo-de-Mack... Wishing everyone health, happiness and prosperity this holiday and new year!

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Can't wait for the 2017 ride!

Looking forward to the 2017 bike bash!

Hey, is that RF?

Can't wait!

How does the fire at Boyne effect this year's event ?

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Monday October 3rd, 2016 - 8:28 pm

Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc.

The weather is looking clear and a perfect day for the big bike-bar-brew tour coming up THIS Saturday, October 8th! The start and finish will be Chene Park with stops in Mexicantown, Corktown, Midtown, Hamtramck, Detroit Fowling, Atwater Brewery on the Riverfront & More! Check out highlights from previous rides! MotorCityGears& ... See MoreSee Less

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Zoo-De-Mackinac – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Zoo-De-Mackinac via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your Zoo-De-Mackinac experience, tag it with #zoodemack and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.



Zoo-De-Mackinac – Photos From Facebook


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Grand Hotel – Titanic at the Grand – June 2 – 4, 2017

A First Class Experience

Set sail in April 1912 and experience a First Class Fashion Show featuring vintage 1912 era Men and Women’s styles of clothing. What did First Class passengers wear for the fateful dinner? Find out what was packed in their trunks to prepare for such a voyage during the First Class Fashion Show. Other Saturday activities include special dance instruction in the Terrace room a special First Class presentation by David Kaplan, a Titanic Historian. Then on Saturday evening it is your chance to show judges your best 1912 period themed costume where you will have the opportunity to take part in an evening reception and costume contest before the interactive dinner theatre event “Last Night on the Titanic.”

Relive and learn new details about the colossal ocean liner that tragically sunk over 100 years ago as Grand Hotel will once again turn back the clock for a weekend to celebrate the voyage and will learn new facts that have never been heard before. For any of our past guests who thought the Titanic at the Grand was sinkable, it is not. Every year has a new turn and this one you will not want to miss.

Titanic at the Grand

FRIDAY NIGHT join the crew and your fellow passengers on deck as we wave goodbye and embark on the Titanic’s maiden voyage out to sea with a Bon Voyage party. Bon Voyage PartySail away and enjoy a five-course dinner in the Main Dining room.

SATURDAY MORNING experience a First Class Fashion Show featuring 1912 period themed clothing. Following the fashion show there will be professional dance instruction in the Terrace room.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON is always informational with a special presentation by David Kaplan, a Titanic Historian who will provide a majestic insight to the sinking of the ship. Guest photos will be available in the Art Gallery following this presentation.

SATURDAY NIGHT dress in 1912 period theme for the evening reception and take part in a costume contest. Then enjoy the interactive dinner theatre event titled “Last Night on the Titanic.”  The dinner will include menu items from the 11-course meal served to passengers. Guests will take on the role of an actual passenger and will find out if they survive at Saturday evening’s dinner.

You can stay informed right here on our website, Facebook page, and Titanic at the Grand Twitter page (@GrandTitanic) for package updates.

See pictures of past Titanic at the Grand Events >>

Stay an additional night Sunday, June 4, 2017  for $229* per room, per night. (additional fees apply)

Make your reservation online or call 1-800-33GRAND for availability.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Friday evening Bon Voyage Party
  • Saturday morning 1912 inspired fashion show followed by dance instruction
  • Saturday afternoon presentation by David Kaplan
  • Saturday evening reception followed by a costume contest (NEW this year!)
  • Saturday special dinner inspired by the last meal served on the Titanic
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

(Photographs in front of the Titanic backdrop will be available for purchase.)

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. *Dates subject to availability. Additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Arrive: Friday, June 2, 2017
Depart: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Package Price:

Standard Room:
$879 per couple, $779 single
$1,249 per couple, $1,149 single


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Titanic at the Grand – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)

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Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – June 9 – 18, 2017

Celebrating Mackinac’s lilac collection began in 1949 after a conversation with Evangilene “Ling” Horn and Nurse Stella King who encouraged the then teen and today’s Mackinac Island Carriage Tours veterinarian Dr. Bill Chambers to have a parade on Lilac Sunday.

The idea was to bring people to the Island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the Island in June.

What began as a one day event called the Mackinac Island Lilac Day has blossomed into a ten day festival.

The 2017 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival starts on Friday, June 9, and goes through June 18.

The long list of festival events include:

Lilac Festival Queen Coronation
Saturday, June 10 • 5 p.m. • Windermere Point

The Lilac Queen has been an important part of the Lilac Festival tradition since it began in 1949. The Lilac Queen is selected by the students from their classmates at Mackinac Island Public School. It is to honor the student who has dedicated their time to their classmates and community events throughout the year. Her duties include opening Fort Mackinac, welcoming guests to A Taste of Mackinac, riding in the Lilac Festival Parade and making appearances at many community events for the year of their reign.

Lilac Festival Grand Parade – Sunday June 18, 2017 • 4 p.m.

Celebrating Mackinac’s lilac collection began in 1949. The idea was to bring people to the Island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the Island in June. What began as a one day event called the Mackinac Island Lilac Day has blossomed into a ten day festival.


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While you wait for the 2017 Lilac Festival, here’s a view of some of the early summer flowers adding their color and beauty to the month of June on Mackinac Island.

Lilacs in bloom on Mackinac Island – Click photos for slideshow view.


Lilac Bloom Updates From Barnwell Landscaping – 5/31/2016

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 - 3:52 pm

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Mackinac Island #FollowTheBloom Lilac Update
Your #FollowTheBloom Lilac Update brought to you by Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services- A Mackinac Island Based Company and Mackinac Island Tourism. For a full schedule of events for the 2016 Lilac Festival, June 3-12, visit #MackinacIslandLilacFestival #MakeitMackinac
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I love that he has dirty fingers! A true gardener!

We were there this past weekend celebrating our 39th Anniversary and the Lilacs were not quite blooming but we had one of the Best Anniversaries ever spent on the Island, the weather was totally beautiful. Thank you all as this was my first visit and will not be the last. Next visit is with the entire family.

I'll see you at the lilac festival!!

My wife & I --- will be there Sun. June 12th. --- staying at the Grand Hotel , first time ... Can't wait

Grand parade is Sunday, June 12th. At 4pm.

Will be on the Island this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ❣❣

What the weather look like this weekend?;)

How long do the blooms last? Will they still be fragrant on the 12th?

I haven't been there since I was real little 😢 This summer I would love to take my daughter there.

Been there several times one of my favorite places to visit.

Missing one of my favorite places!!

See you Saturday!!

Wonderful lilacs,great job Jack.Michelle Valade Woodham and Diane O'Neal Cook

Tony Peach

Lynda Popp Swanson

Christina Turpen

Very nice - but it's illegal to pick lilacs, so I don't know how Jack Barnwell got away with that!


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A Taste of Mackinac – June 15, 2017

Mackinac Island’s most anticipated culinary event.

Located at the Harbour View Inn, tickets are $20. Tickets available at Tourism office across from Star Line Ferry.

This award-winning luncheon also features products from Coca Cola, the official soft drink of the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, along with award-winning Michigan Beer & Wine (for those 21 & over with proper I.D.) and delicious coffee and tea from our local Starbucks.

Live music and entertainment provided by Ardan Academy of Dance and Local singer/songwriter Michelle Chenard.

Tickets are available online through My North February 15 through June 14, 2017. You can purchase them here. Be aware that tickets do sell out quickly.

Past Restaurants Have Included:
1852 Grill Room – Island House Hotel
Bistro on the Greens – Mission Point Resort
Cawthorne’s Village Inn – A Grand Hotel Restaurant
Goodfellow’s Italian Chophouse – Lake View Hotel
Harbour View Inn BBQ
Island Slice Pizzeria
Mary’s Bistro
Millie’s on Main
Pink Pony – Chippewa Hotel

Past Wineries Have Included:
Black Star Farms
Leelanau Cellars
Mackinaw Trail Winery

Past Microbreweries Have Included:
Arbor Brewing
Arcadia Brewing
Bell’s Brewery
Cheboygan Brewery
Founder’s Brewing Company
Frankenmuth Brewing
Keewanau Brewing
Petoskey Brewing Company

Coca Cola

Joann’s Fudge
May’s Fudge
Murdick’s Fudge
Ryba’s Fudge

2017 – A Taste of Mackinac
June 15, 2017
Harbour View Inn
6860 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757


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