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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 with links to blogs, photos and more.

How to Get Your Mackinac iPhone App:

1) If you have your iPhone handy, visit your app store and search for “mackinac”

2) Download the Mackinac iPhone app via the web here:

“Mackinac” iPhone App Reviews

Look for improvements to our iPhone app over the winter. Thanks and use the comment section below to send us any comments or suggestions.


Original Butterfly House

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the first of it’s kind in Michigan, and the third oldest LIVE butterfly exhibit in the United States. The world renowned facility has 1800 sq ft of tropical garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies from 4 continents.

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World will open for the season May 6, 2012.

Visit this fairy tale garden where beautiful butterflies of every imaginable size and color “dance” to classical music and the sound of falling water, fluttering and lighting on fragrant blossoms and the enchanting waterfall that centers the garden.

After a relaxing visit with the butterflies take some time to check out “Insect World”, where you will be amazed at the size of the insects that live in the tropical regions of the world. On display are 14″ walking sticks and 6″ centipedes, along with giant beetles and spiders.

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World exhibit is THE attraction to see on Mackinac Island every summer. So don’t be left out of the fun! Join the thousands of visitors that take their turn enjoying this marvelous exhibit every season.

Our Visitors Tell Us We’re The “Best Family Value on the Island.” Truly A “MUST SEE” family experience! See nature’s most beautiful insects so close you could reach out and touch them, but please remember not to! Photography encouraged.

Original Butterfly House
P.O. Box 296
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Visit the Original Butterfly House Website >>>>


Mackinac Island Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours is the oldest and largest horse and buggy livery in the world and the official tour of Mackinac State Park.

Enjoy the narrated tour through downtown to Surrey Hills where you will disembark the two horse hitch to enjoy the carriage museum and or Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory.

Then it is onto a three hitch carriage (you’ll need one more horsepower…) and off to Arch Rock and through the Boreal forest with stops at Fort Mackinac and Grand Hotel.

So, climb aboard, sit back and relax and just enjoy the ride. Tours depart regularly from the office on Main Street next to the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau.

Quick Links:

Carriage Tours

Taxi Service

Horse-Drawn Carriages for Weddings

Private Tours


Visit Mackinac Island Carriage Tours Website >>>>


Mackinac Island Carriage Tours – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your visit to Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, choose “Mackinac Island Carriage Tours” as your location and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.


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Haunts of Mackinac

The Haunts of Mackinac’ Haunted History Tours are based at Mission Point Resort. Tours can be scheduled in person at the Haunts store located at Mission Point Resort or by calling 906-847-8018.

As seen on the SyFy Channel’s hit show Ghost Hunters, Mission Point Resort may even have a resident ghost or two. We’ve never seen them, but maybe you will!

All of the tours will both entertain and inform you of Mackinac’s spirited residents.

Four tour options await you:

* Downtown History/Ghost Tour: $15 per person
* Mission Point Ghost Tour: $12 per person
* Midnight Ghost Tour: $20 per person
* Ghost Hunt: $35 per person

Children 7 and under are free. Parental discretion is advised.

Mission Point Resort – Ghost Hunter Package – From $159
* Lodging at Mission Point Resort
* Breakfast in Round Island Bar & Grill daily
* A dinner in Chianti – our new Italian Restaurant
* Round-trip Ferry Tickets on Arnold Transit
* A Ghost Tour given by the Haunts of Mackinac for two

Visit Haunts of Mackinac Website >>>>


The Summer Crew starts arriving on the Island

Here’s a video from April 2008 of the annual task of transporting the horses over to the island and getting them ready for the summer… (youtube video courtesy of PNRnews)


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 the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Bridge.

Cudahy Manor

The Cudahy Manor offers 16 captivating guest rooms featuring views of the Inn’s expansive grounds, the Mackinac Bridge and surrounding Straits of Mackinac. All guest rooms are non-smoking and are equipped with a private bath, telephone and wireless internet. To enhance your traditional bed & breakfast stay, our rooms in the mansion do not have air conditioning or televisions. If you desire these amenities we recommend that you book your stay in our Summer House Suites. All in-house guests are welcome to enjoy our continental breakfast served each morning of their stay.

Summer House Suites

The Summer House contains 29 richly appointed studio suites and two two-bedroom suites, decorated in a classic summer cottage style with a light Victorian influence. All Summer House suites are air conditioned and are equipped with a full size sofa sleeper, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, television, wireless internet and telephone. All in-house guests are welcome to enjoy our continental breakfast each morning of their stay.

The Inn at Stonecliffe
PO Box 338
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

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