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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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TOP FIVE Reasons to Visit The Pink Pony – Photos
If you’ve been to Mackinac Island, there is a very good chance you’ve stopped by the Pink Pony. Perhaps someone said, “Meet my at the Pony.” Or you just wanted to “pony up” to the legendary serpentine bar. Or maybe it was just time to have “yachts and yachts of fun”. The reasons are many but [...] more...

The Grand Garden Show – Photos
Announcing the 5th Annual Grand Garden Show presented by Proven Winners, the world’s #1 plant brand. Join us for this special gardening weekend located at the world’s largest summer resort providing a spectacular and memorable setting. Celebrate the beauty of flowers while you surround yourself with the rich history of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel. [...] more...

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – Photos
The Mackinac Island Fudge Festival is coming up THIS WEEKEND – August 18 – 20. – featuring all sorts of fudge fun including Pioneer Sugar Sack Relay Races, Fudge Making Demos, the Michigan Sugar queen and the Golden Ticket Giveaway. Here are a few of our favorite Mackinac Island Fudge photos to get everyone in [...] more...

The Gardens of Mackinac Island – Photos
During August (and into September) the gardens of Mackinac Island are at their peaks – their flowers blossoming with unsurpassed color and brilliance. Be sure to enjoy all the splendor around you on your trip to Mackinac Island. Here are a few of our favorite photos of some of the gardens of Mackinac Island. The Gardens [...] more...

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – Photos
The Bayview Mackinac Race – which will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 – is recognized as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world. Join the excitement of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as boat racers sail Michigan’s Great Lakes to reach their final destination, Mackinac Island. It’s all Pure [...] 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...

 
 

TOP FIVE Reasons to Visit The Pink Pony – Photos

If you’ve been to Mackinac Island, there is a very good chance you’ve stopped by the Pink Pony. Perhaps someone said, “Meet my at the Pony.” Or you just wanted to “pony up” to the legendary serpentine bar. Or maybe it was just time to have “yachts and yachts of fun”.

The reasons are many but just to help out we’ve gathered together our TOP FIVE reasons to visit the Pink Pony during your trip to Mackinac Island.

PINK PONY PATIO

Pink Pony - Mackinac Island

Truly an iconic Michigan stop, the Pink Pony Patio offers great views of the Mackinac harbor, fresh air, afternoon entertainment, and a 25 person jacuzzi tub. Grab a seat under a pink umbrella, stretch out on the deck, or post up at the waterfront bar.


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Pink Pony - Mackinac Island

The Pink Pony is the only place on Mackinac where you can hear live music twice a day! Talented local musicians accompany the afternoon sunshine on the patio. After dinner, head on up to the main stage and enjoy the Pink Pony nightlife, led by house musician Myk Rise (pictured), who is famous for his rendition of Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel and much, much more!


RUM RUNNER AND OTHER SIGNATURE SUMMER COCKTAILS

Pink Pony - Mackinac Island

Relax during your Mackinac vacation with a specialty cocktail from the Pink Pony! The Rum Runner at the Pink Pony is a famous Island recipe of premium rums and fruit juices, served frozen and recommended with a floater.


MICHIGAN CRAFT BEER ON TAP

Pink Pony - Mackinac Island

In 2015 the Pink Pony expanded their draft beer menu from 6 taps to 24 taps, giving craft beer lovers a bountiful selection of great brews, many made in Michigan by one of the state’s renowned craft breweries – Founders, Bell’s, Short’s, Mt. Town, Upperhand, Blackrocks, and more.


GREAT FOOD ALL DAY LONG

Pink Pony - Mackinac Island

The Pink Pony offers everything from tasty breakfast options, to popular lunch items, to deliciously hearty dinner entree, and homemade desserts, and even late night snacks. The menu features fresh ingredients and house-made sauces, dressings, and plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian choices. (PHOTO: Whitefish Tacos – Three flour tortillas with pan seared whitefish, house citrus slaw with a tangy ginger dressing, finished with an avocado aioli. Served with tortilla chips and fresh homemade salsa.)


AND DON’T FORGET – To drop by the Pink Pony Store.

Pink Pony - Mackinac Island

Show off your favorite Mackinac hot spot by having your own Pink Pony items! The shop sells quality apparel, bags, jewelry, gift items and more. You can shop Pink Pony all year long at www.PinkPonyMackinac.com


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The Grand Garden Show – Photos

Announcing the 5th Annual Grand Garden Show presented by Proven Winners, the world’s #1 plant brand. Join us for this special gardening weekend located at the world’s largest summer resort providing a spectacular and memorable setting. Celebrate the beauty of flowers while you surround yourself with the rich history of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel. This will be a multi-day event with hands-on demonstrations and presentations from some of the nation’s foremost garden design experts. – Read More About The Grand Garden Show >>>

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Monday August 28th, 2017 - 12:19 pm

Grand Hotel

The Annual Grand Garden Show featuring Proven Winners is the perfect event to welcome to Mackinac. With informative and entertaining speakers including gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith, award winning international landscape and award winning garden designer Jack Barnwell (Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services- A Mackinac Island Based Company), and many experts from Proven Winners. Guests have many opportunities to interact personally with all of the event experts.Mingle at cocktail receptions, have questions answered in many Q & A sessions, and getting up close and personal with island home garden tours.The Annual Grand Garden Show featuring @[76015627297:274:Proven Winners] is the perfect event to welcome to Mackinac. With informative and entertaining speakers including gardening and lifestyle expert @[38483929572:274:P. Allen Smith], award winning international landscape and award winning garden designer Jack Barnwell (Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services- A Mackinac Island Based Company), and many experts from Proven Winners. Guests have many opportunities to interact personally with all of the event experts.Mingle at cocktail receptions, have questions answered in many Q & A sessions, and getting up close and personal with island home garden tours. ... See MoreSee Less

The Annual Grand Garden Show featuring Proven Winners is the perfect event to welcome to Mackinac.  With informative and entertaining speakers including gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith, award winning international landscape and award winning garden designer Jack Barnwell (Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services- A Mackinac Island Based Company), and many experts from Proven Winners. Guests have many opportunities to interact personally with all of the event experts.Mingle at cocktail receptions, have questions answered in many Q & A sessions, and getting up close and personal with island home garden tours.

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Hi Grand, Fall is just about here I hope you have a great one including the Somewhere In Time Weekend , one of my favorite films of all time were filmed here and love the weekends , please post more weekend here soon. Happy weekend.

P Allen Smith is always awesome and we so enjoyed his presentation, the private garden tour and the cocktail hour following!

What happens to all the plants after the show?

The gardens were just beautiful. So suprising to see the beautiful colors so vibrant this late in the season. A great experience

Sorry I didn't get a chance to go. It looks like everyone had a nice time. Maybe next year.

Love P. Allen Smith🌺

What a great time at the Grand Hotel, enjoyed every minute! A beautiful place, for a fun show.

So happy to meet the guy that I love to watch! Nice guy with a great sense of humor.

Fantastic show! I love P. Allen Smith, and now also a fan of Jack Barnwell.

Im sorry I missed it 🙁

Oh I would have sooo loved this 😍🌹😍🌸

Patty - it looks outstanding!

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Grand Garden Show – Photos From Instagram

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Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – Photos

The Mackinac Island Fudge Festival is coming up THIS WEEKEND – August 18 – 20. – featuring all sorts of fudge fun including Pioneer Sugar Sack Relay Races, Fudge Making Demos, the Michigan Sugar queen and the Golden Ticket Giveaway. Here are a few of our favorite Mackinac Island Fudge photos to get everyone in the mood for a fabulous fudge weekend.

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Mackinac Island Fudge – Photos From Instagram

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The Gardens of Mackinac Island – Photos

During August (and into September) the gardens of Mackinac Island are at their peaks – their flowers blossoming with unsurpassed color and brilliance. Be sure to enjoy all the splendor around you on your trip to Mackinac Island. Here are a few of our favorite photos of some of the gardens of Mackinac Island.

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Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – Photos

The Bayview Mackinac Race – which will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 – is recognized as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world. Join the excitement of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as boat racers sail Michigan’s Great Lakes to reach their final destination, Mackinac Island. It’s all Pure Michigan from start to finish! – Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – 2017 >>>

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Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – Photos via Instagram

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Wednesday July 26th, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Chippewa Hotel Waterfront - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Photo highlights from the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race this week. This year's event was the 93rd annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island. Over 200 boats participated, and good winds enabled a quick finish. The island was busy with sailors and visitors. We had a full house, and of course Pink Pony was "yachts of fun!" Great to see everyone again! ... See MoreSee Less

Photo highlights from the Bells Beer Bayview Mackinac Race this week. This years event was the 93rd annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island. Over 200 boats participated, and good winds enabled a quick finish. The island was busy with sailors and visitors. We had a full house, and of course Pink Pony was yachts of fun! Great to see everyone again!

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