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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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Original Murdick’s Fudge – Holiday Mackinac Island Fudge
Murdick’s Fudge has re-opened their Mackinac Island fudge shop to make their handcrafted fudge, toffee, caramel corn and delightful brittle for Christmas gift boxes. Holiday Sweets MAKE IT MOUTHWATERING: Visit our Sweet Holidays store NOW to order our gift boxes made fresh on Mackinac Island. FedEx delivery guarantees freshness. Order holiday gifts here. MAKE IT FESTIVE: Six holiday [...] more...

Joann’s Fudge – Mackinac Island Fudge For The Holidays 2017
You can order Mackinac Island Fudge for your holiday celebrations from Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island online. We offer several options for ordering fudge as holiday gifts (or for yourself!): FIRST DELIVERY – ORDER BY DECEMBER 6 – SHIPPED DECEMBER 8 Order in the first delivery for Christmas 2017! Order year around anytime prior to 5:00 PM, December 6, [...] more...

Mackinac Island Halloween Celebrations – October 28, 2017
Get ready for another epic, fun-filled Halloween celebration this Saturday, October 28, 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 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday. And then put on your favorite costume for some adult Halloween [...] more...

Walkway Garden at Hotel Iroquois – Photos
During your Fall Color Tour of Mackinac Island this year don’t forget to take in all of the still-blossoming Summer Color. The late summer and early fall flowers and gardens of Mackinac Island are still putting on a dazzling show. Here are a few photos of the walkway garden to the Carriage House at the [...] 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 [...] 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...

 
 

Original Murdick’s Fudge – Holiday Mackinac Island Fudge

Murdick’s Fudge has re-opened their Mackinac Island fudge shop to make their handcrafted fudge, toffee, caramel corn and delightful brittle for Christmas gift boxes.

Holiday Sweets

MAKE IT MOUTHWATERING: Visit our Sweet Holidays store NOW to order our gift boxes made fresh on Mackinac Island. FedEx delivery guarantees freshness. Order holiday gifts here.

MAKE IT FESTIVE: Six holiday gift options for friends and family brim with our sweet confections, including 12 flavors of Mackinac Island fudge and three varieties of crunchy brittle. Pumpkin Spice and Holiday Cranberry fudge flavors are back! We’ll handcraft these delightful Mackinac Island sweets for your Christmas gifts. Order now.

Create Your Own

MAKE IT CUSTOMIZED: Create your holiday gift selections — big or small — to include any combo of Mackinac Island fudge, caramel corn, toffees and brittles. Contact us at 906-847-3530.

Corporate Gifts

MAKE IT REWARDING: Thank your clients, colleagues and employees with sweet gifts from Mackinac Island. Call 906-847-3530 for details. We ship gifts by FedEx to guarantee timely delivery.

To browse their Christmas gift box selections, visit http://www.originalmurdicksfudge.com/gifts/holiday-gifts/

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Thursday December 10th, 2015 - 6:25 pm

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Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Comment below with your answer for a chance to win free fudge! http://www.originalmurdicksfudge.com/gifts/holiday-gifts/

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When it's time to open up gifts , the person receiving the gift has to find an object on the wrapping paper before they can open their gift. The person giving the gift picks the object.

Having all of my kids around me in the kitchen! 😘😘

Our favorite Christmas tradition is going to Christmas Eve service. We always open presents on Christmas Eve because Santa came while we were at church. Then we finish the nite with frying homemade sausage and having Christmas stollen. 🎄

Through rain, or snow, or sleet, we have been cutting our Christmas tree down every year for the last 43 years. Favorite tradition with family and or friends, then we go have buffalo burgers and play pool. 🎄

As we decorate our tree each year, we always reserve a special spot for the beautiful "Silent Night: ornament that my great-grandmother gave to my father's family in the late 1920s. I remember from my childhood, watching my parents selecting just the right branch - secure and lit - too high for little hands to reach. We would all step back to admire the fragile, pale pink orb that perfected our tree. My grown children know the history of this little ornament; it is the first detail they look for when they come home for Christmas now. I suppose some might think this is just a 'material' Christmas tradition, but for me it will always be a link to loved ones throughout the generations.

Going out and cutting our tree down, putting it up and decorating it while drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas specials.

Watching Christmas classic movies in front of the fireplace drinking hot chocolate ...🎅🎅

Relaxing with the family watching Christmas shows. Eating fudge and popcorn.

spending time with my family christmas eve

Waiting for an appearance from Santa on Christmas Eve & he hands out gifts while spending time with my kids.

We play a Chinese gift exchange with the adults, Its so much fun

Driving around on Christmas Eve to look at everyone's Christmas lights and decorations!

Making pierogi for Christmas Eve family get together

Decorating our tree. It brings a smile & such good memories from each ornament. Such as baby's 1st Christmas (my baby is an adult) & so many others.

Goin to the cemetery and placing a wreath that I made at my grandparents & great grandparents graveside.

Baking and decorating cookies with my mom, sisters and nieces.

I love decorating with my niece and nephew and singing badly along with Christmas songs

Every Christmas Eve my family gathers at now my cousin's house for a Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner (Wigilia). It is completely meatless, and has no less than 11 dishes, representative of the Earth--fish from the sea, grain from the field, potatoes from the field, mushrooms from the woods. As the years have passed, some of the more traditional dishes have lost their popularity, but are still present. One chair at the table is left empty, as a rememberance for those who are not able to join us, for the hungry stranger, for Christ. Straw is under the table clothes as a reminder of the Christ Child, born in the manger. After dinner we sing both Polish and English Christmas Carols, and also sing, "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. The evening ends when Santa makes his appearance for the little ones of the family.

Christmas Eve we all put our pj's make pillow fort beds in front of the TV. Look up on the internet where Santa is in the world then pop in the old Christmas movies till the little ones fall asleep.Put them to bed and Santa visits. MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL! May the love of the Spirit Bless us all this year!

Going to look at Christmas Lights

Going to my mother in laws for Christmas brunch,exchanging gifts then playing euchre!

The magic of Christmas. Everyone just seems happier and you can feel the love!!

Making Christmas cookies with my mom and sister

Christmas eve at the grandparents house!

Greatest fudge in the world!!!!

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Friday December 15th, 2017 - 10:33 am

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Winter life on Mackinac Island from Clark Bloswick. #Makeitmackinac #Puremichigan #winterlife #islandlife ... See MoreSee Less

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Wednesday December 13th, 2017 - 8:16 am

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RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC REPORT.... Busy with no major delays. Don't delay in placing your holiday orders. Only 6 more days! Www.originalMurdicksfudge.com. Photo by Rose Witt
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RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC REPORT.... Busy with no major delays. Dont delay in placing your holiday orders. Only 6 more days!  Www.originalMurdicksfudge.com. Photo by Rose Witt 
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My family is able to have a little of the UP in California. Thank you!!!

That looks like my kind of traffic jam!

We’ve been there during a rush hour like this! So much stress! 😉😂😂

Calming /Majestic..

My kind of rush hour. 😊

Yummy 😋

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Tuesday December 12th, 2017 - 7:36 pm

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VOTE HERE: Chocolate or vanilla??? Which is your favorite???
#makeitmackinac #puremichigan #chocolate #vanilla
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VOTE HERE:  Chocolate or vanilla???  Which is your favorite???
#makeitmackinac #puremichigan #chocolate #vanilla
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Chocolate....all the way!!! Murdick's Fudge is the only choice of our family!!!

Chocolate with walnuts.... but I really love chocolate with coconut ,,,,can’t remember if they have that 😞

Peanut butter fudge. But then chocolate 😁

Vanilla. We still miss Ole Henry when we visit.

Chocolate horse....vanilla FUDGE!!!!

Vanilla, but maple is my all time favorite.

Chocolate walnut and maple pecan

How about a "twist" lol They. Are both beautiful 💕

CHOCOLATE,BUT ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY VANILLA FUDGE.

Plain chocolate

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

Chocolate, chocolate with walnuts and salted caramel. Yum!

Both but my favort is vanilla

give me chocolate to win

How about white chocolate!

Chocolate, of course.

Chocolate with walnuts. Yummy

Vanilla & your maple walnut. The best!

Chocolate!!! Always and forever

No contest, chocolate

Double dark Chocolate.

Chocolate, dark!

Vanilla...

Vanilla!

Vanilla

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Joann’s Fudge – Mackinac Island Fudge For The Holidays 2017

You can order Mackinac Island Fudge for your holiday celebrations from Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island online.

We offer several options for ordering fudge as holiday gifts (or for yourself!):

FIRST DELIVERY – ORDER BY DECEMBER 6 – SHIPPED DECEMBER 8

Order in the first delivery for Christmas 2017!

Order year around anytime prior to 5:00 PM, December 6, and we will ship your Christmas orders December 8, 2017.

SECOND DELIVERY – ORDER BY DECEMBER 13 – SHIPPED DECEMBER 15

Order in the second delivery for Christmas 2017!

Order year around anytime prior to 5:00 PM EST December 13, 2017 and we will ship your Christmas orders December 15, 2017.

THIRD DELIVERY – ORDER BY DECEMBER 18 – SHIPPED DECEMBER 20

Order in the third and final delivery for Christmas 2017!

Order year around anytime prior 5:00 PM EST December 18, 2017 and we will ship your Christmas orders December 20, 2017 so they will be able to arrive by Christmas.

As usual we will accept orders after this date, but we can not guarantee that all flavors will be available or that the shipment will arrive by Christmas.

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Thursday December 14th, 2017 - 9:25 am

Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island

There is still time to order Joann's Fudge for Christmas! Finish your gift list! Order some for yourself! Last day to order is December 18th by 5 pm.

Look for our New Blog Post tomorrow morning for another chance to win a box of Joann's Fudge!
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There is still time to order Joanns Fudge for Christmas!  Finish your gift list! Order some for yourself!  Last day to order is December 18th by 5 pm.

Look for our New Blog Post tomorrow morning for another chance to win a box of Joanns Fudge! 
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Wednesday December 13th, 2017 - 10:40 am

Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island

The Fudge we are making today could be shipped to you this week. Order by 5 pm today for our Dec 15 shipping. The Final Christmas Fudge ship date will be Dec 20 (order by Dec 18).
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Joann's Christmas Fudge!

 

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To my friends, here is a real batch of fudge made the Mackinac way. When I was a teenager and in high school on Mackinac Island, I helped make fudge for at another company but the process was just the same, what an art. I look back and think of the fun I had with these side jobs and the unique experiences. Merry Christmas to Frank & Joann Nephew and family and to all of the folks at Joann's Fudge

I can't wait to get the fudge I ordered. Always delish!! <3

I did not see maple plain on list

Double Chocolate please ?

Boy, would I love to have their recipe!

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Tuesday December 12th, 2017 - 5:09 pm

Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island

Michelle Young is the winner of our Two Slice Box of fudge! We will have two more fudge contests for Christmas fudge. Check back on our Facebook page for chances to win fudge.

Our Christmas Second Delivery Shipping date is this Friday, December 15 (place your order by 5 pm Wednesday December 13). Our final Shipping date is December 20 (order by Dec 18). Click on our link to order Joann's Fudge for Christmas!

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Michelle Young is the winner of our Two Slice Box of fudge!  We will have two more fudge contests for Christmas fudge.  Check back on our Facebook page for chances to win fudge.

Our Christmas Second Delivery Shipping date is this Friday, December 15 (place your order by 5 pm Wednesday December 13).  Our final Shipping date is December 20 (order by Dec 18).  Click on our link to order Joanns Fudge for Christmas!

https://www.joannsfudge.com/pages/holiday-ordering

 

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Best fudge!

Cute photo

Congratulations!!!! Enjoy 😊 Adorable picture❤️

I love the village in the photo!

Congratulations

Best peanut butter fudge anywhere. One year I tried Peanut Butter Fudge from all the fudge shops in Mackinaw City and the Soo. I came upon Joann's and have been buying it ever since. That's the first place we go when we get into Mackinaw City. 😋😋😋

Got mine from the fist shipment. Love that I can get this in Texas

Got my order in yesterday! Christmas gifts for 5 friends.

Congrats to winner

Thank you😍

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Mackinac Island Halloween Celebrations – October 28, 2017

Get ready for another epic, fun-filled Halloween celebration this Saturday, October 28, 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 4:00pm to 6:00pm 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 Halloweens Past to get you in the mood.

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

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Walkway Garden at Hotel Iroquois – Photos

During your Fall Color Tour of Mackinac Island this year don’t forget to take in all of the still-blossoming Summer Color. The late summer and early fall flowers and gardens of Mackinac Island are still putting on a dazzling show. Here are a few photos of the walkway garden to the Carriage House at the Hotel Iroquois….

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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 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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