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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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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...

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...

 
 

Mackinac Island Winter Festival – February 3 – 5, 2017

Winter Festival is a fundraiser for Mackinac Island Recreational Development (MIRD).

Saturday festivities include Broom Hockey, Snow Bowling, Snow Golf, Cardboard Sledding Contest and Children’s Games at Great Turtle Park from 12pm-3pm.

Sunday activities will be held at the Mackinac Island Public School with a hearty breakfast/brunch from 10am until 3pm. The Mackinac Island Calendar Photo Contest, Raffle, Silent Auction, Archery, Poker Run, Snow Volleyball, Bingo and Kids Carnival take place throughout the day.

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Great Turtle Chili Cookoff – February 17 – 20, 2017

chili170101800Hit the cross-country ski trails surrounded by snow falling on cedars then make your way to the event of the winter.

The annual chili cook off takes place at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Restaurant on Saturday, where chefs and average Joe’s duke it out for the first, second and third place honors.

Visitors can purchase a score card and sample the chili for a small fee.

If you would like to compete, please call Travis at the Village Inn 906-847-3542.

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Photos From Previous Great Turtle Chili Cookoffs

22nd Great Turtle Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, February 13th. Anyone interested in making chili contact Travis at (906)-847-3542. Five gallons must be made and brought to us by Friday evening February 12th. Cash money goes to 1st and 2nd place. 3rd place along with "Most Unique Chili" gets Gift Certificates and every chili that enters gets a prize. Judging will begin at Noon. The more chili we have the more fun everyone has. Please head to the store, get your ingredients and make your favorite chili to share with Mackinac. ... See MoreSee Less

22nd Great Turtle Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, February 13th. Anyone interested in making chili contact Travis at (906)-847-3542. Five gallons must be made and brought to us by Friday evening February 12th. Cash money goes to 1st and 2nd place. 3rd place along with Most Unique Chili gets Gift Certificates and every chili that enters gets a prize. Judging will begin at Noon. The more chili we have the more fun everyone has. Please head to the store, get your ingredients and make your favorite chili to share with Mackinac.

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Congratulations to Bobby Horn winner of the Chili Cook-off! Thanks to everyone who came out and participated. We hope you all had as much fun as we did! Photo courtesy Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Bobby Horn winner of the Chili Cook-off! Thanks to everyone who came out and participated. We hope you all had as much fun as we did! Photo courtesy Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

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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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THE 60th ANNUAL MACKINAC BRIDGE WALK – September 4, 2017


The Mackinac Bridge Walk is an annual event held every Labor Day since 1958, in which people may walk the 5 mile length of the Mackinac Bridge. In an average year, 40,000 to 65,000 people participate. The Annual Bridge walk is the sole exception to the rule prohibiting pedestrians on the bridge.

NO Fees or Registration

There is NO FEE or registration to participate in the walk. Bus transportation from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace is available at $5 per person (infants are free).

Bridge walk starts at 7:00 a.m.

The walk begins at 7:00 a.m. You may START walking anytime after the Governor’s party starts the walk at approximately 7:00 a.m. NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO START AFTER 11:00 a.m., so ARRIVE EARLY.

Walk Route, Transportation and Parking

The walk begins in St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the UPPER PENINSULA, and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the LOWER PENINSULA. To begin the walk you may:

Drive to St. Ignace, park your vehicle, walk the bridge and then return to St. Ignace on school buses provided by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. There is limited parking space available west of the Mackinac Bridge Authority plaza area. Parking is also available at Little Bear East Arena with shuttle service provided. The bus loading area is located at Conkling Park and the State Dock on South Huron Avenue in Mackinaw City, or

Buy your tickets in Mackinaw City at the bus loading area, board a bus to St. Ignace, walk the bridge and then return to your vehicle. The buses are hired for your convenience by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. The Authority strongly advises walkers to arrange for their own transportation to the starting point because of the increasing demand on the buses. Tickets go on sale and buses begin transporting walkers at 5:30 a.m. from Mackinaw City. Bus service from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace will end at 2:30 p.m. Handicap buses will be available. A limit of two people may accompany the handicapped person on the handicap bus.

Traffic and Restrooms

The two EAST lanes on the bridge are used by walkers until 9:30 a.m. and the two WEST lanes by vehicular traffic. After 9:30 a.m. only one EAST lane is available to walkers. The National Guard and other official personnel will be available in the event of an emergency. Please note, there are NO RESTROOMS ON THE BRIDGE and the average length of time to walk the bridge is about two hours. Portable toilets will be located at both ends of the bridge and at the bus loading area.

Baby strollers, animals and jogging

Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk. NOT ALLOWED are: smoking, signs, banners, umbrellas, bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and similar types of devices. With the sole exception of working service dogs, NO ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED!! Walkers MUST stay away from bridge railings and the center mall which divides the walkers from the vehicular traffic. EXCEPT FOR THOSE PRE-QUALIFIED, PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS IN THE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS JOG, NO running or racing is permitted. Playing tag on the bridge is not permitted. For information on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Jog, please go to www.michiganfitness.org or contact the Governor’s Council at 517-347-7891.

Walk Certificate

You will receive a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion of your walk. The number on your certificate may match a number on display in any of the store windows in Mackinaw City or the City of St. Ignace on day of event only. If you have a winning number, you are entitled to claim a prize which may be worth anywhere from $15 to $150. Good Luck!

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Mackinac Bridge – Photos From Instagram

Tag your 2016 Mackinac Bridge Walk instagram photos with #mackinacbridge or #mightymacwalk16 and they will appear here in our Mackinac Bridge Instagram Photo Stream.

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