The Mackinac Blog

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 Photo Albums

Late-Summer Color Tour – Walkway Garden at Hotel Iroquois
JUST A REMINDER: While you are waiting for the fall color season to arrive, the late-summer color is spectacular on Mackinac Island. Here’s a late-summer glimpse of the walkway garden at the Hotel Iroquois on the Beach. (Bonus: the weather forecast for this weekend is looking great for a late-summer color tour of Mackinac Island.) Walkway [...] more...

Mission Point Resort Dining – Photos
Mission Point Resort features five unique restaurants and eateries, including Chianti, Round Island Bar & Grill, Bistro on the Greens, Reserve, Boxwood Coffeeshop & Cafe. Here’s our photo album to give you a glimpse of the wide-ranging dining options at Mission Point Resort. Mission Point Resort Dining – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & [...] 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...

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast – Photos
Here is our latest featured lodging photo album of Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast located on historic Bogan Lane, a short stroll from downtown Mackinac Island. Pine Cottage offers beautiful rooms with one double bed or two double beds with private or shared baths. Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for [...] more...

The Cottage Inn of Mackinac – Photos
Our next featured lodging photo album is The Cottage Inn of Mackinac, a modern, Victorian-style B&B with cozy deluxe guest rooms and luxurious suites, located in downtown Mackinac Island on Market Street. The Cottage Inn provides all the essentials for a great B&B stay on Mackinac Island – clean, comfortable accommodations, a hearty breakfast, a [...] 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...

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast
There is no experience quite as unique as Mackinac Island. One begins stepping back in time at the first glimpse from the ferry of historic buildings while rounding Biddle Point. When emerging onto Main Street, history unfolds while horse drawn carriages pass by and the preferred method of travel is a bicycle. Pine Cottage is [...] more...

 
 

Late-Summer Color Tour – Walkway Garden at Hotel Iroquois

JUST A REMINDER: While you are waiting for the fall color season to arrive, the late-summer color is spectacular on Mackinac Island. Here’s a late-summer glimpse of the walkway garden at the Hotel Iroquois on the Beach. (Bonus: the weather forecast for this weekend is looking great for a late-summer color tour of Mackinac Island.)

Walkway Garden at Hotel Iroquois – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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Mission Point Resort Dining – Photos

Mission Point Resort features five unique restaurants and eateries, including Chianti, Round Island Bar & Grill, Bistro on the Greens, Reserve, Boxwood Coffeeshop & Cafe. Here’s our photo album to give you a glimpse of the wide-ranging dining options at Mission Point Resort.

Mission Point Resort Dining – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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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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Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast – Photos

Here is our latest featured lodging photo album of Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast located on historic Bogan Lane, a short stroll from downtown Mackinac Island. Pine Cottage offers beautiful rooms with one double bed or two double beds with private or shared baths.

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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Wednesday September 12th, 2018 - 5:53 pm

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Happy International Housekeeping Appreciation Day to Neveine! Neveine and her husband have been working on Mackinac Island for 8 seasons and we are glad she keeps coming back to us. The entire Pine Cottage staff, and our guests, are thankful for her hard work and dedication every day. If you see her around, please show her your appreciation! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy International Housekeeping Appreciation Day to Neveine! Neveine and her husband have been working on Mackinac Island for 8 seasons and we are glad she keeps coming back to us. The entire Pine Cottage staff, and our guests, are thankful for her hard work and dedication every day. If you see her around, please show her your appreciation!

 

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Thank you!!!!!

Tuesday September 4th, 2018 - 1:31 pm

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast

There IS rainy day fun to be had on Mackinac - ask us about our favorite activities that take the gloom out of an island afternoon! ... See MoreSee Less

There IS rainy day fun to be had on Mackinac - ask us about our favorite activities that take the gloom out of an island afternoon!

 

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One of the best bike rides I ever took around the island years ago was during a downpour! Exhilarating!

Friday August 10th, 2018 - 9:30 am

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Watercolor by local artist, Mary Lou Peters

 

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Great portrait Mary Lou!!!

Thank you for sharing my painting, Pine Cottage Bed and Breakfast!

Theresa Butler—I’m glad you like it. Thank you!

💛 Love this one.

Lydia Rose Christopher

Love this!! You just make it look so easy😃😃

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Wednesday August 8th, 2018 - 10:33 am

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Your luggage is in safe hands! This load is seven bags - Jacob claims his record is fourteen but we are still looking for witnesses 😉.
Nothing would get done on the island without dockporters. The staff and guests are all appreciative of your hard work!
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Your luggage is in safe hands! This load is seven bags - Jacob claims his record is fourteen but we are still looking for witnesses 😉.
Nothing would get done on the island without dockporters. The staff and guests are all appreciative of your hard work!
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The Cottage Inn of Mackinac – Photos

Our next featured lodging photo album is The Cottage Inn of Mackinac, a modern, Victorian-style B&B with cozy deluxe guest rooms and luxurious suites, located in downtown Mackinac Island on Market Street. The Cottage Inn provides all the essentials for a great B&B stay on Mackinac Island – clean, comfortable accommodations, a hearty breakfast, a front porch surrounded by beautiful gardens with views of the historical buildings on Market Street and nearby Fort Mackinac.

The Cottage Inn of Mackinac – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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Tuesday September 25th, 2018 - 8:19 pm

The Cottage Inn of Mackinac

Late night ferry ride home.⚓️

For the 💙 of the Great Lakes!

#goodnight #mymackinac #michiganawsome #mackinacexpress
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Late night ferry ride home.⚓️

For the 💙 of the Great Lakes!

#goodnight #mymackinac #michiganawsome #mackinacexpress

Tuesday September 25th, 2018 - 5:19 am

The Cottage Inn of Mackinac

Welcoming the change of seasons, and can’t wait to see more fall color!🍂🍁

We 💛 Marquette Park!🧡

#fallcolors #makeitmackinac #comevisitus
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Welcoming the change of seasons, and can’t wait to see more fall color!🍂🍁 

We 💛 Marquette Park!🧡

#fallcolors #makeitmackinac #comevisitus

Monday September 24th, 2018 - 8:07 pm

The Cottage Inn of Mackinac

Treat yourself to a private carriage tour from Gough Carriages!🐴🐴

Great way to see all of what Mackinac has to offer.🏡🚲🐴⛵️⚓️

#carriageride #makeitmackinac #horsesofmackinac
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Treat yourself to a private carriage tour from Gough Carriages!🐴🐴

Great way to see all of what Mackinac has to offer.🏡🚲🐴⛵️⚓️

#carriageride #makeitmackinac #horsesofmackinac

 

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The private tours are great. Not much more if you pick up another couple.

How late into the season do the carriage rides go? Do they stop at a certain date?

I hope to go on one in early October

This tour is GREAT...

Highly recommend this, make sure you go with Tony!

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Monday September 24th, 2018 - 5:09 pm

The Cottage Inn of Mackinac

Who’s going to pick up our last overnight stay for September?🏡🍁🍂

We have our Victorian Turret available on Sunday, September 30th for one night. Room accommodations for 2-4 adults with queen size bed, sleeper sofa, private bath, table, two chairs, mini fridge and a wonderful view of the Fort.

Special reduced rate of $200.00 plus taxes and fees. Hot breakfast included. 🥓🥚☕️🍉🍇🍰

#bedandbreakfast #beourguests #makeitmackinac
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Who’s going to pick up our last overnight stay for September?🏡🍁🍂

We have our Victorian Turret available on Sunday, September 30th for one night. Room accommodations for 2-4 adults with queen size bed, sleeper sofa, private bath, table, two chairs, mini fridge and a wonderful view of the Fort. 

Special reduced rate of $200.00 plus taxes and fees. Hot breakfast included. 🥓🥚☕️🍉🍇🍰

#bedandbreakfast #beourguests #makeitmackinac

 

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Becky, for your anniversary. 😁

We are camping

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