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Early Season Ferry Service and Island Transportation
Getting To Mackinac Island in the Spring Arnold Transit Co. – Spring Schedule Arnold Transit Co. SCHEDULE UPDATE MARCH 31: – The Mighty Huron made her way to the Mackinac Island Dock today. – For up-to-date departures visit http://arnoldline.com/ride-arnoldline/departures/st-ignace Shepler’s Mackinac Island FerryFirst Class Service. Every Guest. Every Day. APRIL 21 UPDATE: Welcome to the 2015 season! We were [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Early Opening – April 23 – May 1, 2015
[ April 23, 2015 to May 1, 2015. ] Enjoy Grand Hotel before the official opening of our 129th season. Tour the hotel with our hotel historian, or sneak a peek on your own. Accommodations will be available in many of our newest rooms, including the Grandest of all, the Masco Cottage. Package includes accommodations and Continental breakfast. Luncheon and dinner will be available at The [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Titanic at the Grand – May 1 – 3, 2015
[ May 1, 2015 to May 3, 2015. ] Come celebrate the history, majesty and intrigue of the RMS Titanic when Grand Hotel is transformed into the doomed passenger steamship. Relive and learn new details about the colossal ocean liner that tragically sunk over 100 years ago as Grand Hotel will once again turn back the clock for a weekend to celebrate the voyage. Friday night [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Mother’s Day Weekend Package – May 8 – 10, 2015
[ May 8, 2015 to May 10, 2015. ] 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. Then send [...] more...

Zoo-de-Mackinac – May 16 – 17, 2015
[ May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015. ] THE 26th ANNUAL ZOO-DE-MACK BIKE BASH THE WEEKEND OF MAY 16-17th, 2015 SAVE THE DATE! EVENT DESCRIPTION:  The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island. THIS IS NOT A RACE!!! The Zoo-de-Mackinac is [...] more...

Photos of Mackinac Island – Spring – Winter 2015
Photos ArchiveMackinac Island Photo AlbumsPhotos – June, 2014Spring 2014 PhotosWinter 2014 Photos Summer 2014 Photos Fall 2014 Photos Here’s a collection of photos of Mackinac Island from July and August, September, October, November and December of 2014 and January of 2015: April – 2015 Joann’s Fudge of Mackinac Island – April 24, 2015 It’s a great day on Mackinac Island. The [...] more...

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 of Stonecliffe [...] 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 [...] 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...

Hart’s On Mackinac Island
Make yourself at home at Hart’s bed and breakfast on beautiful Mackinac Island. This special island has been a unique summer resort for over one hundred years. With the absence of motorized vehicles one may walk, bicycle, or ride a horse-drawn carriage around the island ‘s six square miles of peaceful beauty. Hart’s offers: a convenient location [...] more...

Mackinac Island iPhone App Now in Apple App Store
To Get Yours, Search “mackinac” in the App Store We are happy in announce that we have just launched our Mackinac Island iPhone App – “Mackinac”. The “Mackinac” iPhone offers a convenient way to keep yourself updated on all the information that we post on the Mackinac Blog. Find the latest events, lodging news and specials along [...] more...

 
 

Early Season Ferry Service and Island Transportation

Getting To Mackinac Island in the Spring

Arnold Transit Co. SCHEDULE UPDATE MARCH 31: – The Mighty Huron made her way to the Mackinac Island Dock today. – For up-to-date departures visit http://arnoldline.com/ride-arnoldline/departures/st-ignace

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry
First Class Service. Every Guest. Every Day. APRIL 21 UPDATE: Welcome to the 2015 season! We were able to get into the Island this morning at 7:30 and the ice is clearing out. We are officially open and we can’t wait to see you! • Ferry Schedules • Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry On Facebook Shepler’s clean, comfortable [...] 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. • 2015 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 Transit Co.
Arnold Transit Co. – Spring Schedule Arnold Transit Co. SCHEDULE UPDATE MARCH 31: – The Mighty Huron made her way to the Mackinac Island Dock today. – For up-to-date departures visit http://arnoldline.com/ride-arnoldline/departures/st-ignace Arnold Ferry Line is the oldest yet most modern passenger ferry and freight service from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan, to historic Mackinac Island. With [...] more...

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Grand Hotel – Early Opening – April 23 – May 1, 2015


Enjoy Grand Hotel before the official opening of our 129th season. Tour the hotel with our hotel historian, or sneak a peek on your own. Accommodations will be available in many of our newest rooms, including the Grandest of all, the Masco Cottage. Package includes accommodations and Continental breakfast. Luncheon and dinner will be available at The Gate House at the bottom of Grand hill and Cawthorne’s Village Inn located in downtown Mackinac.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Morning breakfast basket or continental breakfast option.
  • Lunch and dinner will be available for purchase at The Gate House or Cawthorne’s Village Inn.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour offered daily
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel
  • Special ferry boat discounts

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, and 2% Mackinac Island assessment. *Dates subject to availability.

Package Price:

$205 per room, per night, up to 4 persons in a room

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Grand Hotel – Titanic at the Grand – May 1 – 3, 2015

Come celebrate the history, majesty and intrigue of the RMS Titanic when Grand Hotel is transformed into the doomed passenger steamship. Relive and learn new details about the colossal ocean liner that tragically sunk over 100 years ago as Grand Hotel will once again turn back the clock for a weekend to celebrate the voyage.

Friday night will begin with a Bon Voyage party followed by a special showing in the Theatre of the movie, Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Written and directed by James Cameron the timeless love story won 11 Academy Awards and will always be a fan favorite.

On Saturday afternoon step back in time on that fateful night with Mr. Robert Stack, a member of several Titanic organizations who has traveled around the world to interview families of survivors of the ship. He will share a narrative of their personal stories and experiences first hand from that night. The stories he will share are from survivors who traveled First and Third Class on the doomed passenger steamship. In addition to Mr. Stack’s presentation you will enjoy other special guest presentations and entertainment.

Saturday night dress in period theme for the evening reception and enjoy the interactive dinner theatre event titled “Last Night on the Titanic.”  The dinner will include menu items from the 11-course meal served to passengers. Guests will take on the role of an actual passenger and will find out if they survive at Saturday evening’s dinner.

Will you survive?

See pictures of 2014 Titanic at the Grand.

Extend your stay Sunday, May 3 and/or Monday, May 4 for $199 per room, per night.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Friday evening Bon Voyage Party
  • Saturday special presentations
  • Saturday evening reception
  • Saturday special dinner inspired by the last meal served on the Titanic
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

(Photographs in front of the Titanic backdrop will be available for purchase.)

Arrive: Friday, May 1, 2015
Depart: Sunday, May 3, 2015

Package Price:

Standard: $799 per couple, $699 single
Lakeview: $1,049 per couple, $949 single

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Grand Hotel Annual Spring Needle Arts Seminar 2015 – May 1 – 6, 2015

Below is a Art Prize winning quilt from Ann Loveless, one of the instructors coming in 2015.

The quilt measures 20 ft.long and 5 ft. high. It is 4 panels that are 62 inches square.

It is currently hanging in a gallery in Grand Rapids.




Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore Quilt by Ann Loveless.

HOW TO REGISTER? Download and print the registration brochure. Classes are filling up! Last day to register is Wednesday, April 22nd.

2015 Classes and lectures to be held by the following Instructors:

Ann Loveless from Frankfort, Michigan loves the art of Landscape Quilting. Her inspiration comes from the beautiful nature of the Northwest and Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ann works from photography and has developed three types of quilting techniques. She most recently was named the winner of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI with the quilt pictured above.

Lisa Bongean from Menasha, Wisconsin enjoys quilting and owns a quilt shop in the town she lives in. Lisa specializes in techniques using Wool. To learn more about Lisa you can visit her blog.

Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, from Churchville, MD specializes in redefining quilt patterns with colorful stitches. Gyleen is a published author and is inspired to redefine colour by creating contemporary quilts which are rooted in tradition. **Gyleen’s 2-day Design Studio Workshop on Monday and Tuesday still has availability** 

David Taylor, joins us from Steamboat Springs, CO. This is David’s 2nd time at the Needle Art Seminar. He enjoys using different types of fabric and his own hand applique technique. David’s work has been internationally recognized and he has a passion for teaching.

Please visit our Facebook page to see pictures of this year’s event and for updates about 2015 visit our website, Grand blog and Facebook page.

**This package is not available online. For more pricing, details and registration information, please contact Event Coordinator Jackie Compton, needleart@grandhotel.com.**

Available on select dates: May 1 – 6, 2015

Package Price:
One night: $329, Two nights: $609
Three nights: $739, Four nights: $855
Five nights: $965
For complete rate details please download the registration brochure below.

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Grand Hotel – Mother’s Day Weekend Package – May 8 – 10, 2015


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. 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.

Stay additional nights Thursday, May 7, and/or Sunday, May 10 and/or Monday, May 11, for $199* per room, per night.

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 8, 2015
Depart: Sunday, May 10, 2015

Package Price:

Standard Room: $760 per room
(up to 5 persons)
Lakeview Room: $1,095 per room
(up to 5 persons)

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