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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?

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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 – Family Added Value Days

Grand Hotel - Family Added Value Days

Available July 8 – 21, 31 and August 1 – 3, 10 – 27

Step away from it all and plan your family vacation to America’s Summer Place.

Enjoy a special family retreat at a very special rate on select dates in July and August. Stay three nights and get the 4th night FREE, stay two nights and get the third night half off, or stay one night and get the second night 25% off.

Kids of all ages will enjoy complimentary children’s programs, lawn games, swimming in the Esther Williams Swimming Pool, outdoor movies in the Tea Garden the evenings of August 21 – 25th and free golf for ages 17 and younger and half off for accompanying adults on The Jewel, and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily with casual family style dinner options available.

Families may also enjoy Pickleball and FootGolf on The Jewel golf course! Both are fun activities for the entire family!

Family Fun

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

Family Added Value Days sponsored by

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily with a casual family dining option
  • Complimentary children’s programs
  • Half off golf for adults
  • Free golf for ages 17 and under
  • Outdoor movies in the Tea Garden on select nights in August
  • No charge for children 17 and under in the same room with parents.
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to 19.5% added hotel charge, Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.00 per person baggage handling charge. *Dates subject to availability. Additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Package Price:

Package based on social rates.

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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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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac – July 23 – 26, 2016

Sailors from 15 different U.S. states as well as Ontario, Switzerland, and as far off as Hong Kong, are preparing for the race of a lifetime – the 333 mile Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot.

The Mac, as it is affectionately known, kicks off Saturday, July 23, 2016 with 3,000 sailors competing in this world-class sporting event. Although The Mac remains primarily an amateur event, this race has a proven track record of attracting some of the finest sailing talent in the sport.

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest, annual freshwater sailing race in the world. It takes place on Lake Michigan.

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Quicklinks: (Look for updates as racetime approaches)

Race to Mackinac – FAQ – Basic questions (and answers) about the race

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Online Race Tracking – 2016

Mackinac Bridge Call-Ins Page (Keeps track of boats that have passed the bridge)

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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Facebook Page
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Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac Page On Facebook.

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Volunteers Alina Dix & Shelly Galligan shared some of their footage of the starts for the 108th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust #CY...

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Final post from Winn. This time I won't promise to be brief!

Wow, what a race, huh?

From the light air start for the cruisers, through a Saturday that started with light air but then turned to severe storms for everyone into Sunday, what a race! Then more severe storms...then a sinking (and rescue), then an air rescue, and ending in a blazing fast race with near records from several boats (curse the light airs of the straits of Mackinac!) …WOW was this intense or what?

I want to tell you all what a joy it is to get to know you all and to answer your questions—simple or complex—about racing, the race, the weather and so on. I love doing this and I love seeing it at its best—social media the way it’s supposed to be in my opinion. I enjoy meeting you all and learning why you are here—for families, for friends or just because. Thank YOU for your engagement and for making this a great social media community I am proud to be a part of.

A BIG thank you to my wife and kids for letting me do this insane 24/7 job for a few days this year. Thanks to the CYC flag, board, members and staff, and the CYCMC and RC for all the help and support. Particular thanks to the CYC Communications Director, Morgan Kinney and PRO Helle Getz, who have really guided things along the way. You guys are awesome.

Congratulations to the overall winners, the line honors winners, the section winners and to everyone who made it through this beast of a race and to all the families and friends who help them along the way. It was a great year and I can't wait to do it again!

I'll monitor this post, but shut down on others. Morgan's got it from here! Thanks again for being fans of this amazing race!

And, as a final thought, I’ve attached a radar loop of the race, courtesy of my good friend Mark Thornton (thanks, Mark!). WOW, what a race!

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Carmen MarquezThank you for all the updates. It was awesome reporting and great to hear the updates. Land locked this year, but what a race!

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Chris BeerThank you!

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Jim CaltoNice work, sir. Thank you!

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Marge WalshThank you

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Pamela TataThank you! I enjoyed your posts.

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Susan M. StrattonThanks again. Great job!

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Anne SalgadoThank you 😊

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Joni BylI always enjoy the posts and your updates during the race. Thanks for another year of great coverage.

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Mandy Pike KliberI raced 3 Chicago to Mac races over 28 years ago in my single days when I lived in Chicago. Now renting a house on Lake MI for a week and was thrilled to find out the Mac was racing this past weekend. My husband and I watched a large number of the boats from a distance-at one time yesterday am I could see over 140+ boat with chutes up ! Even had sailor empathy Saturday night as the lightening and thunder was evident all night long!! Thanks for the updates...enjoyed using the app, watching the boats and reading the comments everywhere...

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Martha YoustraThank you for the data, posted so timely. The pics were great too.

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Charlee TiseoAny update on the air rescued sailor?

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Sarah PierceThank you for keeping us all informed & updated

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Eric AdamczykGreat job and thank you. Sure was nice to have something other than politics, hate and/or trolling in my newsfeed. You did great. (Bring back the red mount gay hats already)

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Jed SanterreI know my wife thanks you for the updates as we had no cell communication in the middle of the lake during the squalls. Fantastic job. Tough and challenging race- but we are all better sailors after managing the conditions. Congrats to all finishers and here's to next year for those who had to abandon the race. 355 days..but who's counting.

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John MallekMy first time reading your posts nice job as I followed the patriot

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Kara Rosenbaum GirvinJob well done. Thanks again!

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Barb PiechotaCould not for the life of me get YB to work this year, so you were my lifeline to the race---thank you (and your family) for your commitment and enthusiasm! Fair winds ahead!

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Robin GuthrieThank you so much for your time!

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Sarah StarrThank you for a great job!

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Steve CoatesWell run. Thanks to all volunteers.

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Lynne WagnerThanks for the great posts and videos! I moved from Chicago to North Carolina last year - I was a weekend/casual racer on a Beneteau 40.7 - I miss Lake Michigan and the Mac race (previous shore crew). Thank you for all of your hard work, it helped to feel connected to the excitement and fun!

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Linda Rincones-WhiteThank you for all your updates and answers to questions. Between you and YB, I knew what was happening with Areté. They are so busy when racing, and there are no calls and they do not tweet from the boat! So, thank you for keeping me sane when the storms were hitting, I appreciate it greatly. Great job. 😊

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Anne WhiteThank you for keeping us all updated!

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Rhon Van ErmanYou always do a great job Winn! Appreciate your commitment and hard work. 👍

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Peggy Weber BartholdAs a former CYC and RC member having done RC work for many, many Macs I'm now living on the east coast and I want to say thank you for all your reports and hard work. It was so much fun to wait for your posts and follow the race. While I wish I was on the island watching and helping you made it fun to go along for the ride from Darien, CT! Thank you so much!

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