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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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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 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...

Pontiac Lodge
Pontiac Lodge is an intimate, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island. The Pontiac Lodge has 11 distinct rooms, most with wet bars, private baths with showers and some with Jacuzzi tubs. more...

 
 

Pink Pony Bar & Grill – Photo Favorites From the Archive

The Pink Pony has won many awards over the years, including “America’s Top 10 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining” by The Daily Meal. We looked through our archives to find our favorite photos (and favorite features) of the Pink Pony. What brings you to the Pink Pony? The panoramic Pink Pony patio? The live entertainment? The great selection of Michigan craft beer? The Pink Pony Rum Runner or Bloody Mary? Or the always-guaranteed yachts and yachts of fun?

Pink Pony Bar & Grill – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

The Pink Pony patio with its panoramic views of Mackinac Harbor. Enjoy your meal or favorite beverage while you watch the boat and ferries come and go - and an occasional cruise ship.
Live entertainment all summer long is a hallmark of the Pink Pony. Take in great performances on the patio or on the famous Pink Pony Stage.
The Pink Pony boasts a generous selection of 24 Michigan Craft Beers. Don''t miss the Michigan Craft Beer Weekend every year in May.
An afternoon on the island is not complete without a Pink Pony Rum Runner.
All signs point to yachts and yachts of fun at the Pink Pony.
The Pink Pony mural....
Waterfront dining at the Pink Pony.
The Pink Pony Stage....
A peaceful Pink Pony patio and calm waters of Mackinac Harbor.

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Mackinac Island After Dark – Stay The Night To Experience All Mackinac Island Has To Offer

JUST A REMINDER: If you seek the quintessential Mackinac Island vacation experience, you need to spend (at least) one night on Mackinac Island. An overnight trip to Mackinac Island gives you time to see a beautiful Straits of Mackinac sunset, take a night-time stroll downtown, and wake up to the clip-clop of horses outside your window. With that in mind, we’d like to give a shout-out to our lodging sponsors who are ready to take great care of you on your next stay on Mackinac Island…

Mackinac Island Featured Lodging – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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 time”. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/grand-hotel/
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. Biddle Point Suite at Hotel Iroquois. Stunning panoramic views of Mackinac Harbor. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/hotel-iroquois/
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. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/mission-point-resort/
The Chippewa Hotel is located at the east end of downtown at the foot of the bluff where Fort Mackinac stands guard on the island. Guests who stay in the Chippewa Hotel's spacious lake view and harbor view suites can enjoy a fantastic view of the Straits of Mackinac and watch the boats and ferries come and go from Mackinac Island. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/chippewa-hotel/
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. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/lilac-tree-suites-and-spa/
Main Street Inn & Streets - located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island - offers 18 rooms and suites. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/main-street-inn-and-suites/
This beautiful 3 bedroom Suite has a vaulted ceiling living room with fireplace and sliding glass patio doors which places you on a balcony facing the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/lakebluff-condos-and-suites/
The historic Metivier Inn, whose beautiful gardens attract the attention of passersby on Market Street all summer long. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/metivier-inn/
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. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/cottage-inn/
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. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/cloghaun-bed-breakfast/

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Grand Hotel – Tea For Two Golf Package

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A special package for Two. Tee up the vacation of a lifetime with unlimited Golf on The Jewel designed by architect Jerry Matthews and ranked as a top northern U.S. golf resort by Conde Nast Traveler. The 18-hole course provides unforgettable views of the Straits of Mackinac and the seasonal beauty of Mackinac Island. After the last putt falls, it’s time to relax over Afternoon Tea in Grand Hotel’s Parlor while enjoying a musical performance. This special package also includes a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily.

Make your reservation online or call 1-800-334-7263 for availability.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Unlimited golf on The Jewel, per person (cart fee included)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea in the Parlor
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

*Tee times may be booked up to two weeks prior to arrival. A modified version of Afternoon Tea will be offered on certain dates. Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.00 per person baggage handling charge. Regular additional adult and children’s rates apply. *Dates subject to availability.

Available on select dates in 2016.

Package Price:

$289 per person, per night based on double occupancy, $503 single, per room, per night

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Jetty Rae & Chris DuPont – Music In The Park – June 30, 2016

Jetty Rae has been singing, touring, and recording since 2005. She released her first album Blackberries in 2007 and it opened the door to tour Northern Michigan at numerous festivals, and venues including Traverse City Film Festival, The Cherry Festival, and Blissfest.

Ann Arbor-based singer/songwriter Chris DuPont will join Jetty for her performance. Chris was a finalist at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2013, and has shared stages with a host of Midwest acts as well as national acts Edwin McCain, Brendan James, Needtobreathe, and Lucius.

Click here to listen to Jetty’s music

Click here to listen to Chris’s music

8pm, Marquette Park, Mackinac Island – Free

With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, country, blues–the best of Americana. All concerts are free. We do recommend bringing a blanket or lawn chairs for your comfort.

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Grand Hotel – Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration – July 2 – 5, 2016

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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, nightly cocktail receptions, and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily. 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.

View pictures of the 2015 celebration.

~~~ Stay additional nights July 1, 5, 6, 7 for $289* per room, per night. ~~~

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield:

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Saturday Welcome Reception and evening Children’s movie
  • Sunday Children’s Carnival and Cookout Luncheon in the Tea Garden
  • Sunday evening cocktail reception
  • Monday Children’s Carnival and Ice Cream Social
  • Monday American Picnic dinner option at Fort Mackinac
  • Monday 4th of July fireworks on the Front Porch
  • Complimentary afternoon and evening children’s programs
  • 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: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Depart: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Package Price:

Standard Room: $2,299 per family, per room (up to 5 persons), $1,999 single

Lakeview Room: $1,325 per family, per night (up to 5 persons)

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