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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...

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...


Pink Pony Bar & Grill – What’s New For 2015 – Photos

Pink Pony Bar & Grill on Mackinac Island opened on May 7 for their 68th season. For those who haven’t been able to drop by so far this season, here are a few of the new things you’ll find on your visit to the famous Pink Pony.

Pink Pony Bar & Grill – What’s New For 2015 – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)


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Grand Hotel – Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration – July 2 – 5, 2015

Join us for this Grand island tradition at America’s Summer Place as we celebrate the Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration.

This package is a perfect tradition to continue every year for the entire family. Experience the children’s carnival, ice cream social, cookout luncheon in the Tea Garden, free golf for ages 17 and younger and half off for accompanying adults on The Jewel, good form walking instructions and island hike on Friday and Saturday mornings, nightly cocktail receptions, and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily. On the 4th of July enjoy an American Picnic for dinner at Fort Mackinac followed by celebratory fireworks. July is the perfect time to soak up sun at Esther Williams Swimming Pool or take a bike ride and explore Mackinac Island. There is something for everyone.

Stay additional nights July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, for $275* per room, per night.

View pictures of the 2014 celebration.

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield:

Package Includes:

  • Good Form Walking Instructions and Island Hike Friday and Saturday mornings brought to you by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • American Picnic dinner option at Fort Mackinac
  • 4th of July fireworks
  • Cookout luncheon in the Tea Garden
  • Cocktail Receptions
  • Complimentary afternoon and evening children’s programs
  • Children’s Carnival
  • Ice cream socials
  • Free golf green fees for ages 17 and under and half off for adults 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. If issues occur when booking additional dates, please call 1-800-334-7263.

Arrive: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Depart: Sunday, July 5, 2015

Package Price:

Standard Room: $2,199 per family, per room (up to 5 persons), $1,899 single

Lakeview Room: $1,300 per room, per night (up to 5 persons)

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Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2015

The annual 4th of July tournament on Mackinac Island is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

Everyone is eligible to compete in the tournament. The more the merrier.

The tournament is open to all ages and always occurs at Windermere Pointe Beach (Located next to Hotel Iroquois) every year at 10:00 am on the 4th of July. Professional skippers compete at high noon, often skipping 20+ skips.

The Honorable Judge Glen Allen Open  Tournament
(July 4th)

Judges Tribunal – Windemere (8:30ish am)

  • Stone Skipping Clinic – 10ish on the beach hosted by several world champion skippers
  • Opening Ceremonies – Fudge Canoe arrives (10:00 am)
  • Amateur Tournament – 13 years old and up (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
    (committee may ask for credentials)
  • Pebbles Tournament – 12 year olds and under (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for Amateurs (12:00 pm)+

Wilmer T. Rabe International Stone Skipping Tournament
(July 4th)

  • Professional Tournament (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for  Professionals (1:30 pm)

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2013 Box Scores

Professional Bracket – Max ‘Batman’ Steiner wins with 2 skips of 29 from Grosse Point, MI

Amateur Champ – Peter ‘Pete’ Gustafson age 16 wins with skip of 20 from Clarkston, MI

12 & Under Champ – Michael ‘Mighty’ Lenhart age 12 wins with skip of 17  from Grosse Point Woods, MI

Gerplunking Champ – Charlsie beat out Jaybird and Tallulah in a 3-way Gerplunk off.

2013 Official Score Card


(Click on score card to enlarge.)


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Photos and Video from the 2010 Stone Skipping Tournament

Former Guinness Book Record holder Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars won the 2010 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament with a throw of 30 skips. Second place went to Todd “Mussels” Callewaert with 26 skips & rounding out 3rd was Glenn “Hard Luck” Loy with a 22 skips. (Note: Video is the third round throw and is not the tournament winning 30 skip throw.)

Photos from the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2010



Star Spangled Fourth of July – Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2015

The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags and bunting.

It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, and Victorian children’s games. Guests join the party and participate in Victorian dances and games on the fort parade ground.

Saturday, July 4
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Included with regular Fort Mackinac Admission. Adult $12, Youth (5-17) and free for children 4 and under.

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An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2015

Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass of Fort Mackinac’s parade grounds create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry patriots with Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts. Stay for the fireworks!

An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac
Presented by Grand Hotel
Saturday, July 4, 2015
6:30 p.m. to Dusk


Beer, wine and soft drinks available for additional charge.

All Fort Mackinac buildings will be open and a program of patriotic music will be presented. Tickets are nonrefundable if event is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Advance tickets on sale beginning June 15 available at Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, and
Mackinac Island State Park Visitors Center. Ticket includes fort admission.

Fort Mackinac

Saturday, July 4

Adult (13 and above) Before July 4: $55.00 After July 4: $67.00 – Child (5-12) Before July 4: $30.00 After July 4: $37.00 – Mackinac Associate-Adult Before July 4: $43.00 After July 4: $55.00 Mackinac Associate-Child Before July 4: $23.00 After July 4: $30.00


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