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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 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...

 
 

Horses of Mackinac Island – Fall Departure to Winter Pastures

As the summer tourist season ends on Mackinac Island, many of the horses leave the island for winter pastures on the mainland in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The sight of the departing horses being led through the streets of downtown Mackinac Island is always bittersweet scene of late summer and early fall. Here are some of the latest photos.

Horses of Mackinac Island – Fall Departure to Winter Pastures – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for slideshow view)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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As students are going back to school today, many of our horses are going on vacation for the winter.

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Shelley FlorkaThey deserve a vacation!! They work very hard and are amazing!! Enjoy your rest/play time!! Until next season!! 🐎

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Brandy, Bella, and Adam say hasta la vista, ponies! See you next summer!

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Theresa GordonBye Bella Thanks for a great ride this past weekend it was the highlight of my trip! Hope to visit next season!

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Bryan King🏇... Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

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Cathy Davis Jett FranzenHoping to visit again next Summer.

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Tommy MaherYessss Adam loves life. Anna Maher

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Anna MaherTommy Maher there's your boy Adam

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Downtown Mackinac Island Lodging

JUST A REMINDER: One of the best ways to get the most of your Mackinac Island trip is to spend the night downtown in a charming hotel or cozy Bed and Breakfast. Here’s a photo album of some of our downtown lodging sponsors who will help you spend the night in the heart of Mackinac Island.

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

Located at the end of Main Street, Hotel Iroquois on the Beach pampers guests in style and elegance with forty-six suites and rooms. Named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “Best Small Hotels in the World” for three consecutive years.
A stay at the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront - Mackinac Island, Michigan puts you right in the middle of all the charms of Mackinac Island. Watch the ferries arrive and the freighters pass by from the balcony of your Harbor View Suite.
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.
Main Street Inn and Suites - located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island - offers 18 rooms and suites with comfortable and elegant furnishings and all the amenities to make your trip to Mackinac Island a vacation to remember. Choose from an assortment of guest rooms and suites. Grab one of the suites with a private balcony and - from your perch above Main Street - you can keep track of all the comings and goings in Downtown Mackinac Island.
A small lovely boutique country inn, the Metivier Inn: Bed & Breakfast on Mackinac Island, Michigan 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.
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 & buggies passing by. Deluxe rooms and suites with all of the modern amenities.
Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast 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 from the late 1800’s evoke a feeling of casual elegance.
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.
One of the best ways to get the most of your Mackinac Island trip is to spend the night downtown in a charming hotel or cozy Bed and Breakfast. Here's a map of some of our downtown lodging sponsors who will help you spend the night in the heart of Mackinac Island. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/downtown-lodging/

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Mackinac Island Lodging – Featured Downtown Hotels

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...

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...

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...

Mackinac Island Lodging – Featured Downtown Bed and Breakfast Inns

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...

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Mackinac Island Outdoor Dining – Photos

August is the perfect month to enjoy eating lunch or dinner (or having an afternoon snack) outdoors on Mackinac Island. Here’s a few of our favorite Mackinac Island spots to dine outdoors. (Have a favorite of your own? Click through to Facebook and let us know in the comments or better yet post a photo.)

Mackinac Island Outdoor Dining – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

Watch the ferries come and go and the freighters pass while on the patio at the Carriage House at the Hotel Iroquois on the Beach.
The patio at the Pink Pony is one of the most popular spots on Mackinac Island.
The Bistro On The Green at Mission Point.
The Fort Mackinac Tea Room has some of the most spectacular views on the island.
The Fort Mackinac Tea Room gives you a birds-eye view of the Straits of Mackinac.
The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand
The Gate House patio on Cadotte Avenue.
Round Island Bar and Grill at Mission Point
Another view of the Carriage House at Hotel Iroquois on the Beach with a freighter passing through the Straits of Mackinac.
Treat yourself to a great view and live entertainment on the patio of the Pink Pony.

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The Pink Pony – 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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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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