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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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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...

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Photos of Mackinac Island – Spring – Winter 2015

Here’s a collection of the latest photos from Mackinac Island:

May – 2015


Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island – May 13, 2015

“Mackinac Must Do”….. If you’re on the Island today…go see the hillside daffodils at Mission Point Resort. They are smiling in the sunshine.

Grand Hotel – May 13, 2015

Carriage Driver Ben Mosley on a perfect spring day!

Poppins – May 9, 2015

Evening on Main. So good to see the Street bustling with activity once again.

Pink Pony – May 6, 2015

Less than 18 hours until we open for our 68th season at Michigan’s Most Iconic Bar. Pony Up, Drink Pink, and have Yachts & Yachts of Fun!

April – 2015


Poppins – April 30, 2015

So happy to see daffodils already blooming at Mission Point Resort.

Mission Point Resort – April 28, 2015

Our awning is back up and our housekeeping, grounds, and engineering teams are all working hard to make sure everything looks great and is ready to go for our opening on Friday. We are excited to open our doors for the 2015 season!

Caddywampus – April 28, 2015

Woo-hoo its opening day at Chuck Wagon on Mackinac… and there’s already a line up!

Caddywampus – April 27, 2015

Some new arrivals this morning…..

Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island – April 19, 2015

Tiny signs of Spring at Mission Point Resort.

Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island – April 17, 2015

Still a little ice floating around.

Lilac Tree Suites and Spa – April 17, 2015

View from Arch Rock. 4-17-15

Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island – April 12, 2015

It’s that time. The horses are coming back to the Island.

March – 2015


Original Murdick’s Fudge – March 9, 2015

Sweet dreams from Mackinac Island!

Original Murdick’s Fudge – March 7, 2015

Another busy Saturday afternoon on Main Street Mackinac Island.
#MakeItMackinac #Murdicks #MackinacFudge

February – 2015


U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City – February 27, 2015

Yes, its cold….and as of today the Great Lakes sits just over 84% ice coverage.
However the increased ice allows the sun to visit, giving our aircrews great flying weather! One of our routine ice reconnaissance patrols in support of CG icebreaking in the lakes caught a few sights during their patrol earlier today.

Cawthorne’s Village Inn – February 15, 2015

A couple of shots taken this evening. -4 was our high temperature today.

Lilac Tree Suites and Spa – February 9, 2015

The blue skies are deceiving. It’s much colder than it looks!

Mackinac Wheels – January 24, 2015

The arch is even more beautiful in the winter.

Grand Hotel – January 13, 2015

Even with snow clouds in the sky, the sunset is amazing!

Poppins – January 13, 2015

Very happy to see the Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry still running….

Mission Point Resort – January 13, 2015

Last night’s snowy sunset at Mission Point Resort.

Mackinac Wheels – January 3, 2015

Fort Hill and the blockhouse under an early morning blanket of snow.

December – 2014


Joann’s Fudge – December 17, 2014

The last holiday shipments of Mackinac Island Fudge are headed out this week from Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island…

Joann’s Fudge – December 14, 2014

Mackinac Island decked out for the holidays…

Original Murdick’s Fudge – December 12, 2014

Good morning from beautiful Mackinac Island! Carnel and our fudge-making team have already arrived by sleds and are inside our Main Street store crafting handmade sweet treats.

Mackinac Island – December 11, 2014

Mackinac Island morning sky via Island House Hotel webcam… #goodmorning #mackinac

Mackinac Island – December 5, 2014 (Photo via Mission Point Resort)

Happy Holidays! The Mackinac Island Christmas tree has been lit!

Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island – December 4, 2014

The whole team worked late tonight……. Making and packing up lots of fudge… You can order your holiday Mackinac Island Fudge at http://www.joannsfudge.com

Original Murdick’s Fudge – December 4, 2014

We’re rockin’! Fudge makers Carnel and Ricardo loaded up our first batches of holiday gifts boxes and carted them over to the Arnold ferry on their way to some lucky dogs! We’re making fresh sweet treats on Mackinac Island through Dec. 18. Browse our gift options at originalmurdicksfudge.com

Original Murdick’s Fudge – November 29, 2014

Oh … it’s beginning to look alot like Christmas … here on Mackinac Island! Nice Nancy May photo!

Mackinac Wheels – November 25, 2014

A view of the return of winter to Mackinac Island from the East Bluff… (Photo via Mackinac Wheels)

Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island – November 18, 2014

Winter has officially arrived on Mackinac! (Whether we are ready or not!)

Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island – November 16, 2014

It’s looking very pretty on the Island….

Mission Point Resort – November 10, 2014

We’ve had a good amount of snow these past few days – and it’s only just beginning! Mackinac Island is expected to get 3-5 inches tonight. Brrrr!

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Grand Hotel – AAA Memorial Day Weekend Package – May 23 – 25, 2015


Join us Memorial Day weekend for the unofficial start of summer. Enjoy nightly live musical entertainment by Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra and guest singer and songwriter, Susan Tobocman. Susan is from New York City and has been performing in the New York jazz scene for a number of years. The package also includes free golf on The Jewel with beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac bridge (cart fee required), evening receptions on Saturday and Sunday, and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily. Sit back and relax in a rocking chair on the World’s Longest Porch or take a bike ride around Mackinac Island  and explore everything the island has to offer.

Children 11 and under stay and eat for free at Grand Hotel. They also can enjoy complimentary children’s programs Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Stay an additional night Monday, May 25 and/or Tuesday, May 26 for $199* per room, per night

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Saturday evening reception
  • Sunday evening reception
  • Nightly entertainment in the Terrace Room
  • 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. Additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Arrive: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Depart: Monday, May 25, 2015

Package Price:

Standard Room:
$825 per couple, $725 single
Lakeview:
$1,159 per couple, $1,059 single

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Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package – June 5 – 14, 2015

Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package
See the flower Mackinac Island is known for while you enjoy the Grand Hotel experience and Mackinac Island’s 66th Annual Lilac Festival. The lilac is a spectacular variety with a distinct history. In fact some are more than 200 years old. We invite you to come join the celebration and experience the splendor of the lilac as they are in bloom throughout the island.

Stay with us during the Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package and enjoy tours of Grand Hotel’s lush gardens, free golf on The Jewel with beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge (cart fee required), and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily.  Guests can also enjoy the crowning of the Lilac Queen, the Lilac parade in downtown Mackinac, 10k run, hayrides and other great family entertainment.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Lilac and Garden Tour
  • 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. Additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Dates of availability: June 5 – 14, 2015

Package Price:

$499 per couple, per night
$424 single, per night

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Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – June 5 – 14, 2015

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 2015 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival starts on Friday, June 5, and goes through June 14. Some early lilacs are blooming, but look for the majority to blossom starting next week. In the meantime, here’s a view of some of the early summer flowers adding their color and beauty to June on Mackinac Island.

Lilacs and Early Summer Flowers Photo Gallery – June 5, 2014 (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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The Lilac Festival Queen
The Lilac Queen has been an important part of the Lilac Festival tradition since it began in 1949. Today, 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.

The Grand Parade – Sunday June 14, 2015
The Lilac Festival Grand Parade is the finale of the festival and has been recognized as a local legacy event by the Library of Congress.

Lilacs in bloom on Mackinac Island – June 7, 2010 – Click photos for slideshow view.
 

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Contact:
Great Turtle Festivals
PO Box 501 | Mackinac Island, MI 49757
www.mackinacislandlilacfestival.org
(800) 454-5227

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