There are virtually no automobiles to be found. You can bring your bicycle or rent them through several rental shops. You and your family can take a leisurely bike ride while enjoying the view of Lake Huron. You can watch the sunrise from Arch Rock during a Great Turtle Kayak Tour. Over the years the island has undergone restoration and historical preservation. It is known as a National Historic Landmark and for its cultural events.
Whether you’re visiting Mackinac for the day or an extended stay, the accommodations are just as outstanding as the atmosphere. There are over 1,500 lodging rooms to choose from on Mackinac Island. Each has their own unique characteristics with many being family owned. Here are some of the top places to stay the next time you plan your Mackinac Island vacation.
Harbour View Inn
The Harbour View Inn is comprised of four buildings that provide stunning views of Mackinac Island. It is located close to the local attractions yet tucked away from the busy downtown traffic. Within walking distance are the harbor, restaurants and specialty shops.
Not all of the rooms at the Harbour View Inn are the same. The cottage rooms are charming accommodations that are ideal for singles or couple. The cottage is across from the main house and provides stunning views of the grounds and harbor. The garden view rooms come with air-conditioning making them top picks during the summer. At the Harbour View Inn, they perform wedding ceremonies on their expansive grounds. There are accommodations available to hold reception and rehearsal dinners. Conference rooms are available for business meetings, small gatherings, or educational events.
This hotel was given the award for “Best Small Hotel In The World” by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine thanks to its waterfront setting. Hotel Iroquois is decorated with vibrant colors and sophisticated furnishings. A private beach is located just a block away from the hotel. They entertain at the piano bar every night and al fresco dining on the terrace.
Hotel Iroquois is family owned and operated for three generations. The staff prides themselves on their professionalism and commitment to make each stay memorable. Conveniently located steps away from the ferry, Hotel Iroquois offers everything you need throughout your stay on Mackinac Island.
Lake View Hotel
Lake View Hotel was founded in the mid-1800’s and was operated as Lake View House. Over the years it was purchased by Harry Ryba of Ryba’s Fudge Shops and underwent expansions and renovations. Lake View offers six different styles of rooms from standard to Presidential suites. They even provide valuable family packages that include restaurant gift cards and ferry tickets along with the room rates. The Lake View Hotel is a full-service resort that has concierge services, an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, complimentary Wi-Fi and much more. Each room comes with a safe, Bluetooth radio/alarm clock, air-conditioning, premium pillow top beds, seating areas, telephone, Keurig coffeemaker, and ironing board. On-site restaurants include Goodfellow’s Wine Cellar, Goodfellow’s Wings and Things, Goodfellow’s Italian Chop House, and Winchester’s Craft Food and Drink.
The Island House Hotel
With its waterfront views and rich history, The Island House Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind experience with many amenities. There is a variety of room styles to choose from including a multitude of vacation packages. The Island House Hotel is a favorite spot around Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Weekend. It contains three separate wedding ceremony locations making it an excellent venue to tie the knot. Their on-site restaurants Ice House Bar & Grill and the 1852 Grill Room, have something for every palette. The 1852 Grill Room provides fine dining complete with a piano player in a sophisticated setting. Ice House BBQ allows you to keep it casual where you can have lunch on the garden patio. Some of the fabulous amenities that come with your stay are an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tubs, dry sauna, bicycle rental, free baggage and luggage transfer, evening bonfires on the terrace, discounted ferry tickets, and air-conditioning throughout.
The Grand Hotel is a National Historic Landmark that is family-owned for three generations. The original architecture has been preserved making this a magical and romantic place to stay. Travel and Leisure magazine recognized the Grand Hotel as one of the best resorts for families and kids. The hotel boasts 393 rooms that each have their unique style. Breakfast and dinner are complimentary daily and is included in many of the room rates. Children under the age of nine eat and stay for free. Throughout the season the Grand Hotel offers several packages for special occasions including a bed and breakfast package, and honeymoon or anniversary package. Some packages include tickets to experience art exhibits, history museums, golfing, and wine tasting.