Mackinac Island hotels keep the elegance of another era alive. For more than a century, people have visited this northern Michigan island for a vacation far from the ordinary. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the island, so it feels like another time—a more gentle era when carriage rides and dressing for dinner were the norm. But that doesn’t mean the island is free from modern conveniences with its hotels. Mackinac Island lodging also offers all the modern comforts today’s travelers demand.
Perhaps the best know of the island’s lodging options, the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island lives up to its name. One of the oldest Michigan hotels, the Grand has been providing hospitality since 1887. Nicknamed America’s Summer Place, the hotel was featured prominently in the Jane Seymour-Christopher Reeve film, Somewhere in Time. Every October, fans of the movie gather at this hotel for a weekend conference at the end of the season. The Grand’s season extends from May to the end of October. This is the most historic place on the island for those planning vacations on beautiful Lake Huron.
The Grand Hotel offers Mackinac Island lodging with 385 distinctive guestrooms, and most of the room packages include an elegant hot breakfast and a five-course meal at the end of the day. Family-friendly packages are available at the resort. Even if you’re staying in other accommodations, you’re welcome to visit the Grand Hotel. A small fee is collection to visit the grounds—and enjoy the views from the front porch—and non-guests also can pay to dine and golf.
Beyond the Grand, Mackinac Island visitors have a lot of choices for overnight accommodations. Other Mackinac Island hotels join the Mission Point Resort, historic bed and-breakfast inns, and vacation rentals — both condos and oceanfront homes. All are within walking distance of the island’s fudge shops, pubs, hiking trails, and attractions. Like the Grand, Mission Point offers a long list of amenities to match its 342 guestrooms and suites, a large swimming pool complex, and top-flight service.
Many of the Mackinac island lodging properties are closed in the winter, but the Pontiac Lodge is open year-round. This 13-room inn offers air-conditioned comfort to go along with wireless Internet access and an on-site restaurant. You’ll also find bed and breakfast inns that are open in the off-season. During the slower seasons, some great vacation packages offer the great value to match the views. No matter the weather, Mackinac Island is sure to delight.