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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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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 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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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 sheplersferry.com. (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: http://www.arnoldline.com

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...

 
 

Zoo-de-Mackinac – Photos

THE 27th ANNUAL ZOO-DE-MACK BIKE BASH
THE WEEKEND OF MAY 21-22nd, 2016

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.

Zoo-De-Mackinac – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Zoo-De-Mackinac via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your Zoo-De-Mackinac experience, tag it with #zoodemack and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.

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Zoo-De-Mackinac – Photos From Facebook

 

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Zoo-De-Mackinac – 2008 – Photos From Facebook

 

Zoo Bar Party
Zoo Bar Party
Top of the hill
Tunnel of Trees
Goodhart General Store
Legs Inn
Legs Inn
Lunch at Legs Inn
Legs Inn Lunch
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Team Shack
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Grand Hotel – AAA Memorial Day Weekend Package – May 28 – 30, 2016

Join us Memorial Day weekend for the unofficial start to summer! Enjoy nightly live musical entertainment by Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra. The package also includes free golf on The Jewel with beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac bridge (cart fee required), evening receptions on Saturday and Sunday, and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily. Sit back and relax in a rocking chair on the World’s Longest Porch or take a bike ride around Mackinac Island  and explore everything the island has to offer.

Children 11 and under stay and eat for free at Grand Hotel. They also can enjoy complimentary children’s programs Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Stay an additional night Monday, May 30 and/or Tuesday, May 31 for $209* per room, per night

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

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Saturday evening reception
  • Sunday evening reception
  • Nightly entertainment in the Terrace Room
  • 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. Additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Arrive: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Depart: Monday, May 30, 2016

Package Price:

Standard Room:
$865 per couple, $765 single
Lakeview:
$1,225 per couple, $1,125 single

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Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package – June 3 – 11, 2016

Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package

Come visit during one of Mackinac Island’s most beautiful times of the year! The 67th Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island is a ten day festival held in honor of the flower Mackinac Island is known for. The lilac is a spectacular variety with a distinct history. In fact some are more than 200 years old. We invite you to come join the celebration and experience the splendor of the lilac as they are in bloom throughout the island.

Stay with us during the Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package and enjoy tours of Grand Hotel’s lush gardens, free golf on The Jewel with beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge (cart fee required), and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily.  Guests can also enjoy the crowning of the Lilac Queen, the Lilac parade in downtown Mackinac, 10k run, hayrides and other great family entertainment. For more information about the festival visit www.mackinacisland.org.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Lilac and Garden Tour
  • 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. Additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Arrive: Friday, June 3, 2016
Depart: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Package Price:

$525 per couple, per night
$450 single, per night

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