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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.
Mackinac Island News And Special Events

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...

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...


Mackinac Island Ferries – Spring Schedules

All three Mackinac Island Ferry companies are now carrying passengers to Mackinac Island.

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry (as of April 21) is open and ready for business in Mackinaw City. Check out their ferry schedule at (Their St. Ignace dock will be open on Friday, April 29, 2016.)

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry is “High Tailin’ It” to Mackinac Island from both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. To check out their early season schedule: click here.

Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry is currently offering passenger service out of St. Ignace. Passenger service from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island begins May 6, 2016. Visit their website at:

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. • 2016 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 Mackinac Island Ferry
Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry – March 27, 2016 Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry 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 North” [...] more...


Geocaching – 10th Annual Spring Fling on Mackinac Island – April 30, 2016

Come join us on beautiful Mackinac Island for a spring caching adventure! We will gather on the island in the morning at 10:00 am in the lower lobby of the Grand Hotel (Museum Room) for a brief get-together prior to venturing out to search for the island caches. Coffee and tea will be provided for attendees, along with a few other goodies to get your engines up and running! Please feel free to wear your sweatshirts and jeans, as there is no dress code in effect at this time of the year. There is also no admission charge into the hotel.

The Cyclops family has about 140 caches on the island, many of which have been placed in remote areas of the island where tourists would not normally go. It is advisable to bring your own bike, as the cache locations will take you traveling several miles around the perimeter and interior of the island. The ferry company charges $8.00 per bicycle to bring your bike over to the island. It is possible that there may be places on the island that offer bikes to rent, but I am unable to confirm this at this early date. Dinner will be on your own. There are several restaurants on the island which will be open at this time of the year.

Come join us on Mackinac Island for our 10th Annual Spring Fling!

  • WHEN: Saturday, April 30th, 2016 (although you are quite welcome to arrive on Friday, April 29th)
  • WHERE: Mackinac Island/Grand Hotel
  • TIME: 10:00 am until ?
  • COST: $4:00 toll for the Mackinac Bridge each way. $25.00 round trip ferry ticket from St. Ignace (this is the current price, but we are working on negotiating a reduction in the fee). $8.00 charge to take your bike to the island. Dinner on your own. Lodging fees on your own (but we have negotiated a special rate from the Grand).


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Grand Hotel – Mother’s Day Weekend Package – May 6 – 8, 2016

Grand Hotel is the perfect destination to treat mom to a truly special weekend. Unwind as your family relaxes while our staff handles all the details. Take a bicycle ride or hike around Mackinac Island. Sit in a rocking chair on our Front Porch and enjoy the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Then send mom to rejuvenate at Astor’s Salon and Spa for a world-class beauty treatment using Aveda products. Don’t forget a round of golf on The Jewel with free golf green fees (cart fee required). Package also includes a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily and the Grand Luncheon Buffet on Mother’s Day in our famous Main Dining Room. Enjoy a Friday evening Welcome Reception, and Saturday evening Grand Cocktail Reception.

Spend time with mom and take advantage of all the fine amenities at Grand Hotel during Mother’s Day Weekend.

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

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Saturday evening Grand Cocktail Reception
  • Sunday Mother’s Day Grand Luncheon Buffet
  • 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.

Arrive: Friday, May 6, 2016
Depart: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Package Price:

Standard Room: $815 per room
(up to 5 persons)
Lakeview Room: $1,165 per room
(up to 5 persons)

Make reservation


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Grand Hotel Annual Spring Needle Arts Seminar 2016 – May 6 – 11, 2016

7th Annual Spring Needle Art Seminar: Friday, May 6 – Wednesday, May 11, 2016

We are sorry but his event is SOLD OUT.  To be placed on the waitlist please contact Needle Art Coordinator Jackie Compton at [email protected]

To view a full list of classes see our Registration brochure.  To read class descriptions click here >>

Space is VERY limited and many classes are FULL and we can no longer accept registrations so please view the registration brochure for complete availability and the instructor descriptions below.

2016 Classes and lectures to be held by the following Instructors:

Bill Kerr from Modern Quilt Studio in Oak Park, IL – Design Bootcamp is still available Tuesday and Wednesday. All other classes are FULL. Please contact Needle Art Coordinator Jackie Compton to be put on the Waitlist. 

Bill Kerr

Michele Mueller from Wildhare Rug Studio in Elk Rapids, MI – Classes are FULL. Please contact Needle Art Coordinator Jackie Compton to be put on the Waitlist. 

Michele Mueller

Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville in Winston Salem, NC – Classes are FULLPlease contact Needle Art Coordinator Jackie Compton to be put on the Waitlist. 

Bonnie Hunter

Mary Elizabeth Kinch from Toronto, Ontario, Canada – FourPlay Fun is available Monday and TuesdayAll other classes are FULL. Please contact Needle Art Coordinator Jackie Compton to be put on the Waitlist. 

Mary Elizabeth Kinch

Sue Spargo from Sue Spargo Folk-Art Quilts in Uniontown, OH – Classes are FULL. Please contact Needle Art Coordinator Jackie Compton to be put on the Waitlist. 



To learn more about the instructors and see examples of the projects these talented instructors will be teaching at this year’s Needle Art Seminar READ the Grand Blog.

Please visit our Facebook page to see pictures of past events!

This package is not available online. For more pricing, details and registration information, please contact Event Coordinator Jackie Compton by [email protected] You may also download the registration brochure.

Grand Hotel reservations is available by calling 1-800-334-7263.

If you were unable to attend the 2016 Seminar please stay tuned for additional details coming this October about 2017! 

View the Save the Date for 2017! >> 


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Chippewa Hotel – Michigan Craft Beer Weekend – May 6 – 7, 2016

Join Us For Our 2nd Annual Michigan Craft Beer Opening Weekend!

Well, it’s time to start making your plans to see it for yourself because Opening Weekend is coming soon! An expression we have on Mackinac Island is that history repeats itself again and again. And true to form, history will repeat itself at the Chippewa, the Pink Pony and our sister hotel, the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa because we’re celebrating again with our 2nd Annual Michigan Craft Beer Opening Weekend.

“We had a great turn out last year with very positive feedback from our guests. We guarantee that you’ll have a fantastic time and it’s a great way to bring in the 2016 Mackinac Island season in style!”

-Brian Bailey, General Manager.

How’s this for a fantastic itinerary?

The fun begins on Friday night, May 6th from 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM at our Meet and Greet. You’ll enjoy sampling the 2016 draft beers from our 24 draft beer taps that we’ll be offering at The Pink Pony. We’re also serving mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments. And as I wrote in February’s blog, you’ll get to see all of the improvements we’ve made for you at the Chippewa and Pink Pony. All of the flooring at the Pink Pony will be on the same level so it will be one continuous floor that’s made from beautiful Brazilian cherry wood. We’re also putting in brand new high top tables and all new bar stools which makes for an even better, fun-loving atmosphere.

From 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM is our Beer Trivia at the Pink Pony Bar where the questions will put your knowledge of beer to the test. Who says beer doesn’t make you smart?

Then, from 9:30 PM- 1:30 AM we’ll wrap up Friday night with live music with The Pink Pony’s very own Myk Rise as he rocks the stage with your favorite tunes! He’ll be performing right behind the 24 draft beer taps so everyone will have a room with a view!

The fun continues on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM. The Pink Pony will host an Education series on Michigan made beer. More “proof” that beer makes you smart! One of my favorite things to do is bike ride miles and miles on Mackinac so here’s your chance, fellow bike lovers. From 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM we’re hosting a Bicycle Scavenger Hunt where you’ll bike ride and scavenger hunt for hidden memorabilia around Mackinac Island and return to the Pink Pony to claim your prize!

From 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, the Michigan Craft Breweries will be showcasing some of their best Beers in the Pink Pony, so pony up! I’ve attended wine pairing dinners, but last year’s beer pairing dinner was my first! History repeats itself again starting at 7:00 PM, with another amazing Beer Pairing Dinner where you will enjoy a full 5-Course dinner. It will be perfectly prepared for you by our Pink Pony Master Chef where all meals will be paired with the perfect selection of Michigan Craft Beers. Trust me, you haven’t lived until you’ve enjoyed beer with your dessert!

From 9:30 PM – 1:00 AM we’ll have another stellar performance by Myk Rise as we wrap up our night and weekend. Let history repeat itself again on Mackinac Island. It’s time to return to your home away from home to join us for our 2nd Annual Michigan Craft Beer Weekend!

We’re taking reservations now so give us a call for Yachts and Yachts of Fun!


We are thrilled to announce the breweries joining us for the Michigan Craft Beer Weekend on May 6th and 7th, 2016. Beards Brewery, Blackrocks Brewery, Dark Horse Brewing, Founders Breweing, and Saugatuck Brewing! ... See MoreSee Less

We are thrilled to announce the breweries joining us for the Michigan Craft Beer Weekend on May 6th and 7th, 2016. Beards Brewery, Blackrocks Brewery, Dark Horse Brewing, Founders Breweing, and Saugatuck Brewing!



Friday, May 6th 2016:

7:00PM-8:00PM: Meet and Greet
8:00PM-9:30PM: Beer Trivia
9:30PM-1:30AM: Live Music with Myk Rise

Saturday, May 7th 2016:

9:00AM-11:00AM: Pink Pony Educational Series
12:00PM-2:00PM: Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
3:00PM-5:00PM: Brewery Showcase
3:00PM-6:00PM: Live Music
7:00PM: Beer Pairing Dinner
9:30PM-1:00AM: Live Music with Myk Rise

Book Online with Group Code: “BEER2016” or
Call (800) 241-3341 for reservations

*2 Night Minimum Required. Room Rate + $60 per person per night.


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