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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 of Stonecliffe [...] 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...


Early Season Ferry Service and Island Transportation

Getting To Mackinac Island in the Spring

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry
First Class Service. Every Guest. Every Day. Shepler’s clean, comfortable passenger ferries zip you safely to Mackinac Island in just 16 minutes! You may choose from the cushioned seats and wide aisles of our main deck lounge, or experience a spectacular panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac from the open-air top-deck seating area. Quick Links: • Ferry [...] more...

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry is currently running boats on their early spring schedule from their Main Dock in St. Ignace and from Mackinaw City. • 2015 Ferry Rates & Schedules Board the barrier free main decks of a Star Line Hydro-Jet ferry and enjoy a panoramic view of the Straits that includes the Mackinac Bridge. Then [...] more...

Arnold Transit Co.
Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry – April 27, 2015 Beautiful Spring Day! Arnold Ferry Line 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 [...] more...



Chippewa Hotel – Michigan Craft Beer Weekend – May 8 – 10, 2015

The Chippewa Hotel Waterfront and Pink Pony present the first annual Michigan Craft Beer Weekend. Join us as we invite Brew Masters from all over Michigan for a weekend of fun and plenty of hops! Events include: 5-Course Beer Pairing Dinner, Brewery Showcase, Pony Patio BBQ, Live Music, Beer Trivia and much more!

Call us for more information. Packages only available by calling and speaking to one of our reservation agents. (800)241-3341

 Friday, May 8th 2015:

7:00PM-8:00PM: Meet and Greet – Meet with the Brew Masters from Petoskey, Bell’s, Cheboygan, New Holland and Mountain Town Breweries. Sample the new 2015 draft beers that we will be offering this season at the Pink Pony.
Hors de’oeuvre and light refreshments included.

8:00PM-9:30PM: Trivia Night – Join us in the Pink Pony Bar for a night of Trivia. Hosted by the Chippewa Hotel’s very own, Josh Carley, our questions will test your knowledge of beer.

9:30PM-1:00AM: Live Music with Myk Rise – Stop by the Pink Pony Bar to watch Myk Rise perform his solo act and rock the stage!

Saturday, May 9th 2015:

9:00AM-11:00AM: Pink Pony Educational Series – Head down to the Pink Pony for educational classes on Michigan made beer. Classes will be taught by Brew Masters from Petoskey, Cheboygan, Bell’s, New Holland and Mountain Town Breweries.

12:00PM-2:00PM: Pony Patio BBQ – Swing by the Pink Pony Patio and join us for an All-American BBQ. Brats, beer and corn hole all while looking out over the beautiful Straits!

3:00PM-5:00PM: Brewery Showcase – Enjoy our select Michigan Craft Breweries as they showcase some of their best beers in the Pink Pony.

3:00PM-6:00PM: Live Music with Brian Thomas – Stop by the Pink Pony Bar to watch Brian Thomas perform his solo act and rock the stage!

7:00PM: Beer Pairing Dinner – Enjoy a full 5-Course dinner prepared by our Master Chef at the Pink Pony. All meals will be paired with Michigan Craft Beers. *Vegetarian options available

9:30PM-1:00AM: Live Music with Myk Rise – Stop by the Pink Pony Bar to watch Myk rise perform his solo act and rock the stage!

Hotel room with package – SOLD OUT
Meet & Greet – $15
BBQ – $20 (Includes 2 Pink Pony Ale’s)
Brewery Showcase – $25 (Includes 10 beer samples)
5-Course Beer Dinner – SOLD OUT

Call (800)241-3341 for reservations


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Grand Hotel Annual Spring Needle Arts Seminar 2015 – May 1 – 6, 2015

Below is a Art Prize winning quilt from Ann Loveless, one of the instructors coming in 2015.

The quilt measures 20 ft.long and 5 ft. high. It is 4 panels that are 62 inches square.

It is currently hanging in a gallery in Grand Rapids.

Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore Quilt by Ann Loveless.

HOW TO REGISTER? Download and print the registration brochure. Classes are filling up! Last day to register is Wednesday, April 22nd.

2015 Classes and lectures to be held by the following Instructors:

Ann Loveless from Frankfort, Michigan loves the art of Landscape Quilting. Her inspiration comes from the beautiful nature of the Northwest and Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ann works from photography and has developed three types of quilting techniques. She most recently was named the winner of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI with the quilt pictured above.

Lisa Bongean from Menasha, Wisconsin enjoys quilting and owns a quilt shop in the town she lives in. Lisa specializes in techniques using Wool. To learn more about Lisa you can visit her blog.

Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, from Churchville, MD specializes in redefining quilt patterns with colorful stitches. Gyleen is a published author and is inspired to redefine colour by creating contemporary quilts which are rooted in tradition. **Gyleen’s 2-day Design Studio Workshop on Monday and Tuesday still has availability** 

David Taylor, joins us from Steamboat Springs, CO. This is David’s 2nd time at the Needle Art Seminar. He enjoys using different types of fabric and his own hand applique technique. David’s work has been internationally recognized and he has a passion for teaching.

Please visit our Facebook page to see pictures of this year’s event and for updates about 2015 visit our website, Grand blog and Facebook page.

**This package is not available online. For more pricing, details and registration information, please contact Event Coordinator Jackie Compton,**

Available on select dates: May 1 – 6, 2015

Package Price:
One night: $329, Two nights: $609
Three nights: $739, Four nights: $855
Five nights: $965
For complete rate details please download the registration brochure below.


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Grand Hotel – Mother’s Day Weekend Package – May 8 – 10, 2015

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. 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.

Stay additional nights Thursday, May 7, and/or Sunday, May 10 and/or Monday, May 11, for $199* per room, per night.

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 8, 2015
Depart: Sunday, May 10, 2015

Package Price:

Standard Room: $760 per room
(up to 5 persons)
Lakeview Room: $1,095 per room
(up to 5 persons)

Make reservation


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Zoo-de-Mackinac – May 16 – 17, 2015

THE WEEKEND OF MAY 16-17th, 2015

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) 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 2, 2015. $75 from May 3, 2015 through May 16, 2015.  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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