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  • Have a Ball at Our Haunted Weekend

    Have a Ball at Our Haunted Weekend

    Dozens of eerie tales about the ghosts of Mackinac Island have been told over the ages, but we at Mission Point also have our own “spirited” guests - the kind that are no longer living but don’t. ever. leave. Experience this phenomenon for yourself on October 12-15, when Strange Escapes presents a Halloween Ball and a Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the Island and discover more about the “Haunts of Mackinac.” Speaking of the haunts, author Todd Clements will discuss stories of the Resort’s paranormal activities, as well as evidence from investigations conducted here.

    Celebrity hosts will include experts Amy Bruni and Adam Berry, along with many others. Get set for a weekend of fascinating, fabulous fun with such activities as a downtown ghost tour, lectures with the experts, a barbecue and cannon firing at Fort Mackinac, a genuine paranormal investigation of the Resort, and a costume ball featuring celebrity judges David Yost (the Blue Ranger), and Tyler Green (SyFy’s FaceOff), who will award costume prizes for best duo, best overall, best group, scariest, and most original. For details about the Halloween Ball and Haunted Weekend, call (231) 331-3419.

  • Walk, Run, and Fire at Night this September

    Walk, Run, and Fire at Night this September

    Get ready to lace up your trusty walking shoes and join in one of Mackinac Island’s most beloved traditions – the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. This little jaunt is a ten-mile round-trip, so while those in tip-top shape should have no trouble, others always have the option to turn around at any point they choose and crossover for the hike back. Next, don’t miss the 48th Annual Eight-Mile Run & Walk on September 8. Another highly-anticipated event, as well as one of the most breathtaking beautiful run/walks in the country, this race attracts thousands of spectators and participants.

    The race course follows the shoreline of the Straits of Mackinac and provides spectacular views of historic rock formations, nearby islands, and the Mighty Mac. Lastly, why not wind up a gorgeous September day with Fire at Night: Fort Mackinac Cannon and Rifles? Every Saturday evening from September 15-29, you can catch the warm glow of a Fort Mackinac sunset, along with dazzling bursts of illumination from cannon and rifle fire. For more information about these, or other Mackinac Island events, call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • Fabulous, Flavorful Fudge and Fun

    Fabulous, Flavorful Fudge and Fun

    Join us August 24-26 for the Annual Mackinac Island Fudge Festival. Thousands of guests, visitors, and fudge-lovers (known as “fudgies”) will descend on the Island for the festival, and all things fudge-related. First, be sure to join the Friday Market Street Art Walk that takes every Friday through the end of August. You’ll enjoy the collections displayed by local artists and galleries, and will be treated to a selection of fudge to accompany you on the walk. There’s also a Fudge Egg Hunt, Fudge martinis, and other fudgy food and drink pairings at various eateries on the Island.

    Stroll through downtown’s fudge shops to watch fudge-making demonstrations, and enjoy some samples. The festival is family-friendly, and, in addition to the egg hunt, there are numerous activities for the little ones, including family games at Windermere Point, as well as a special outdoor showing of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at the Point. Finally, don’t miss out on the annual “Golden Ticket” contest, where five lucky fudgies can win free overnight staycations on the Island. For details and reservations, call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • Join Us for the Regattas of Summer

    Join Us for the Regattas of Summer

    Billowing sails on sleek watercraft, competitive sailors of every stripe, and masses of cheering fans awaiting the winner at the Island’s harbor: it must be July on Mackinac Island! Since the years of the early 20th century, the Mackinac Island races have become some of the most famous events in competition boating. A total of five boat races will occur during the summer, including the Bayview Mackinac Race on July 14, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac on July 21, and the Round the Island Race on July 25.

    The summer’s next race is the Mission Point Mac to Mac Regatta on August 11. Co-sponsored by Mission Point Resort and Mackinac Island Yacht Club, this annual regatta is open to all sailboats. The race runs from the Mackinac Island Harbor to the Mackinac Bridge, and back to the harbor across from the Mackinac Island Yacht Club. A post-race party and awards ceremony will be held at The Bistro at Mission Point Resort. The final race of the season is the Horns Bar Labor Day Regatta on September 1. To make reservations to watch any of Mackinac Island’s exciting boat races, call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • Delight Dad with a June Getaway on Mackinac Island

    Delight Dad with a June Getaway on Mackinac Island

    This year, give Dad a Father’s Day gift he'll really love – a Mackinac Island getaway. An ideal panacea for a stressful and hectic lifestyle, the Island offers generous displays of natural beauty, along with a calm, old-world charm that makes it seem as though you’ve gone back in time to a bygone era where fragrant lilacs are always in full bloom. Explore Mackinac Island’s delightfully unique downtown shops, and be sure to sample some of our famous fudge. Art and history lovers will appreciate the Market Street Art Walk and the Mackinac Island Legends and Lore Trek.

    Each June, Mackinac celebrates all things lilac during an annual Lilac Festival. Dad can enjoy an array of activities that are festival-related or indulge in the Island’s many additional natural attractions and summer events. There’s something here for every taste: hiking enthusiasts can climb up to Arch Rock, Fort Mackinac, or Sunset Rock, music mavens can groove to the beat of an outdoor concert, food and wine aficionados will savor such events as “A Taste of Mackinac.” No matter the event, Dad will have such a wonderful time that you’ll have to make reservations for next June as well!

  • Make Plans Now to Join Us for the Lilac Festival

    Make Plans Now to Join Us for the Lilac Festival

    It’s almost time for the 70th annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, happening June 8-17. Thousands of visitors will descend on the island to celebrate our colorful and fragrant lilacs in full bloom. The festival is a 10-day party, full of events and activities. If you’re a music lover, get ready to lounge on a blanket under the stars at any of the outdoor concerts. Foodies and wine aficionados will be impressed by “A Taste of Mackinac,” along with additional offerings of cocktails, food, and wines provided by various venues here.

    Runners will want to enter the Lilac Festival 10K, a scenic tour around the island where spectators are welcome. Additionally, there are dozens of events that only occur during the festival. The Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show and the Grand Parade which stars the Lilac Festival queen and her court are only two examples. Finally, there is the Mackinac Island experience – stunning, quiet beauty combined with an atmosphere of warm hospitality, amid a profusion of lilacs. We’ll look forward to seeing you in June!

  • Explore the Trails of Mackinac Island

    Explore the Trails of Mackinac Island

    Whether you rent a bike, ride a horse, or believe your hiking boots are the best form of transportation, Mackinac Island offers a myriad of paths and trails. As the majority of the Island is protected from development as part of the Mackinac Island State Park, you can hike, bike, or horseback almost anywhere you wish. Over 70 miles of trails transverse the Island, including Tranquil Bluff, Lydia, Partridge, Packard, and Swamp Trails on the Island’s north. Although Tranquil Bluff Trail is the longest, all of the trails vary in length.

    Central and Southern areas include a variety of trails such as Lost Bear, Indian Pipe, Juniper, and Cliftview. Following the path of the Island’s coast, Lake Shore Drive provides some of the most rewarding views, including breathtaking sights of Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Straits. Although horseback riding is verboten on Lake Shore Drive, bikers and hikers are still welcome, and those determined to see the scenic coast via horsepower can rent a horse and buggy and drive themselves. For a list of downloadable Mackinac Island guides and maps, click here.

  • Harbingers of the Season: Mackinac Island’s Wildflowers

    Harbingers of the Season: Mackinac Island’s Wildflowers

    Winter often loathes to leave our Island, reluctantly withdrawing its icy grip slowly but surely. Soon, we will hear the song of our own American Robin, assuring us that spring is right around the corner. Bits of verdant green begin to appear here and there, and, before we know it, Mackinac Island’s wildflowers are blooming. A scattering of blooms quickly turns to a colorful profusion, as Periwinkle, Goldenrod, Pearly Everlasting, pink and yellow Lady’s Slipper, and the delicately-fragrant Lily of the Valley ornament the island like fragile jewels.

    A walk among most of the Island’s bluffs and wooded trails or along the Shore road will provide a lovely view of Michigan wildflowers, and there are dozens of places to explore and discover all the species above, as well as many others. Although the idea of gathering a bouquet may be tempting, please remember that wildflowers are protected under the Endangered Species Act on all Michigan public lands, so look but please don’t touch. Better to take lots of photos of the Island’s spring finery, as the flowers in your snapshots will never die, and will always be in season to remind you of your wonderful spring getaway on Mackinac Island.

  • Fall in Love with Mackinac Island

    Fall in Love with Mackinac Island

    Mackinac Island has a bewitching effect on its residents as well as its visitors. From the days of the late 19th century and even today, many have succumbed to the spell of its charm and beauty, and have fallen in love with, and on, the Island. 

    Some of Mackinac’s inhabitants and guests have experienced their own love stories right here, including one of the Island’s state park directors and a 19th-century Fort Mackinac sentry, and both romances led to wedding vows. From the glorious sunrise at Mission Point, to the calm, quiet allure of the woods and trails, to golden sunsets viewed from Sunset Rock, to watching meteor showers at Fort Holmes, the Island’s natural beauty makes it an ideal spot for any couple’s romantic trysts as well as a popular setting for weddings and renewing vows. Even singles and friends vacationing here will find the scenery and the pace of life on Mackinac Island hard to resist. So, why not surprise someone you love with a holiday here? For reservations and details, call (231) 331-3419.

  • Shape up Now for Mackinac Island Marathons

    Shape up Now for Mackinac Island Marathons

    If, like so many of us, you made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape this year, then we’ve got the perfect inspiration and incentive for you. Promise yourself a summer or fall vacation on beautiful Mackinac Island and register for any or all of the island’s scenic and competitive runs. There’s the Lilac Festival 10K Run/Walk in June, the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run in September, or the Turtle Trail Run in October, among others. 

    Additionally, you can get in extra training while you’re on vacation by hiking, biking, or running along a total of 140 miles of pastoral and historic roads and trails. Check out the superlative views of the Straits of Mackinac while you run the 8.2 mile “Round the Shore” trail. Or, combine sightseeing and marathon training with a climb up to Arch Rock or Fort Mackinac. Take a jaunt through our beautiful downtown for ideal views of unique architectural hotels, storefronts, restaurants, shops, and cafes. Sound like fun? For more information or to make reservations for your Mackinac Island getaway, call us at (855) 229-9802.

  • Mackinac's Own Governor’s Mansion

    Mackinac's Own Governor’s Mansion

    Originally built in 1902, the Michigan Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island was intended for Chicago attorney Lawrence Andrew Young as his own summer place on the island. The view from the home is stunning, as Young built the home on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. It was 1944 before the Mackinac Island State Park Commission bought it for $15,000, and it has been used since then by the state’s governors. The home is a little over 7,000 square feet and built of sturdy Michigan white pine. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

    Current First Lady Sue Snyder has made some much-needed repairs and updates, such as new drapes and upholstery, along with new lighting fixtures. A Michigan-crafted table of cherry wood was commissioned from Amish woodworkers in Omer. All costs were paid by the Foundation to Reinvent Michigan. Today, the home is one of the island’s most popular tourist attractions, receiving visits from thousands of visitors each season. Free tours of the summer residence are available through Mackinac State Historic Parks every Wednesday from June 1 to August 31.

  • The Seasons of Mackinac Island

    The Seasons of Mackinac Island

    It’s November - late autumn; and the increasingly-colder winds have blown most of the leaves from the trees. The horses are toasty in their barns and stables, everything is calm and quiet, and the island’s residents and caretakers are making holiday plans of their own. Soon, snow will cover the island like a cozy white blanket, and summer fun on Mackinac Island will be a pleasant memory that keeps us warm through the chill of winter.

    The season is over for now, but this is the best time to begin making your plans for the next spring and summer season on the island. Come early, when warm breezes blow gently, and the lilacs add their gorgeous color and heavenly fragrance to the island. Soon afterward, it will be time for fireworks displays and movies on the lawn. Time for leisurely days spent sailing, browsing downtown shops for the best fudge, or exploring the island. Don’t miss out on spring and summer on Mackinac Island - make plans now to join us for another spectacular season.

  • Time for the Great Turtle Trio Series

    Time for the Great Turtle Trio Series

    Mackinac Island visitors and guests are invited to participate in the Great Turtle Trail Run and the 5.7 Mile Run/Walk. 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of the race and the run/walk, and all race-related activities are scheduled for Saturday, October 28. Over 2,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate in this final event of the season. The 5.7 Mile Run and Walk will begin at the Straights Lodge of the Mission Point Resort at 11:30 a.m. The Great Turtle Half Marathon will start directly in front of Mission Point Resort at 11:45 a.m.

    The finish line for all events will be located in the park, also in front of Mission Point Resort. All race participants must pick up their gear at the Mission Point Resort Sound Stage prior to starting times. If the races are not sold out, individuals can also register here on October 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Online registration is available and recommended, but will close on Thursday, October 26, at 11:00 a.m., EST. Click here to register, and call Mission Point Resort at (800) 833-7711 to receive a discount on room rates for the Trio Series.

  • Walk or Run One of the Most Scenic Races in Michigan

    Walk or Run One of the Most Scenic Races in Michigan

    Join us as we kick off fall with the 47th Annual Eight Mile Run & Walk. On Saturday, September 9th, over two thousand runners and walkers will converge in front of Mission Point Resort to say goodbye to summer and take off on one of the oldest and most scenic races in the state. The eight-mile race course goes all around the island, following the perimeter in a clock-wise direction. Runners and walkers will pass historic Victorian homes, the boat harbor and the downtown shops and hotels. Leaving downtown, the course follows the shoreline of the Straits of Mackinac, and offers stunning views of the Mackinac Bridge, historic rock formations, and nearby islands. The finish line is the waters edge in front of Mission Point Resort. 

    The 8 Mile Run & Walk start at 9:30 a.m., and the Kids Fun Run begins at 11:30 a.m. All participants will be required to register, and can register on race day between 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. at the Mission Point Resort Sound Stage. Participants will also be required to report to the Resort’s sound stage prior to the race for gear-check. Day visitors who are race participants or spectators are advised to catch the ferry no later than 8:00 a.m. on race day, from either St. Ignace or Mackinaw City. For more information, click here.

  • A Night of Opera: Die Fledermaus at Mission Point Theater

    A Night of Opera: Die Fledermaus at Mission Point Theater

    On August 14th, the Soo Theater Project will present “Die Fledermaus” from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Mission Point Theater. Sometimes referred to as “The Bat,” or “The Revenge of the Bat,” this operatic masterpiece by Johann Strauss is a light-hearted tale of a past practical joke, and the resultant actions and events that occur. Since its premier in April of 1874, the operetta has been performed love many times over, adapted numerous times for both film and television, and is considered an endearing and enduring classic for opera fans and theater-goers worldwide.

    Set against the elegant backdrop of old Vienna on New Year’s Eve, the story is a delightfully entertaining concoction that tosses together the elements of a society ball, a prison sentence, a letter, concealed identities, a bat costume, a phony Hungarian Countess, a genuine prince, a toast to Champagne, and a watch. By the end of the third act, all is resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, and the finale is celebrated by “The Champagne Song” being sung by the entire cast. “Die Fledermaus” is presented by the Mackinac Arts Council, and a reception preceding the performance will begin at 4:00 p.m.

  • A Summer of Stars at Mission Point

    A Summer of Stars at Mission Point

    Since the 1940’s, Mission Point Resort and other locations on Mackinac Island have been utilized by numerous filmmakers in the industry. The island’s stunning beauty and old-world charm has made it a natural for the directors of such movies as “This Time for Keeps,” “Mr. Art Critic,” and, the island’s most famous film, “Somewhere in Time,” in which Christopher Reeve’s classic theater scene was filmed right here in the resort’s historic, on-site theater.

    The resort still celebrates the art of film with showings at this theater, and it remains the only movie theater on the island. Located just across from Bicycle Rentals, we feature a variety of movies from May 30 through October 31 for guests, visitors, and islanders alike. On rainy days the theater offers a full afternoon lineup of movies, nd we invite everyone to join us for “summer under the stars” every Sunday in July and August. On these evenings, the Great Lawn at Mission Point becomes the island’s outdoor theater, showing a variety of films that begin at dusk. Check in with our concierge for more information about our theater and movie schedules.

  • Lilacs for Father's Day

    Lilacs for Father's Day

    This year, forget the ties and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll always remember – a Mission Point Resort getaway on beautiful Mackinac Island. June is an ideal time to visit, as Mackinac Island celebrates all things lilac during their famous annual Lilac Festival. 

    And, Mission Point is one of the best places to be during the festival, featuring many on-site events and activities in honor of the island’s favorite flower. The resort’s Bistro on the Greens, located on the stunning waterfront lawn, pays tribute to the lilac with a Purple Pig Roast, with fantastic food, live music, and lilac-inspired libations.

    The Bistro will also play host to the Michigan Music Showcase, spotlighting Audra Kubat, and other stellar Michigan performers, and a Michigan beer and wine tasting will be held on the resort’s lawn. Dogs, horses, and turtles will be among the many graced during the Feast of Epona Blessing of the Animals at the resort’s Little Barn, and Dad will love the annual Dog and Pony Parade, featuring the animals dressed in their finest as they march from the boardwalk to the school. Ready to book your Mission Point getaway? Call (855) 229-9802, or visit: http://www.missionpoint.com/.

  • Mission Point Spring 2017 Newsletter

    Mission Point Spring 2017 Newsletter

    Welcome to another season on this very special island we call home. It is a delight to extend to you an invitation to the "sunrise side" of the island, to enjoy all that Mission Point has to offer.

  • Shake It Up with the Lilac Cocktail Series

    Shake It Up with the Lilac Cocktail Series

    Mission Point Resort is noted for their seasonal cocktail menu that incorporates freshly-grown herbs and floral notes. Guests are treated to cocktails infused with anything from golden lemon thyme to lavender and rose-scented geraniums. Now, in honor of the Island’s luxuriant and abundant lilacs, the Resort has added lilac essence to the menu for a signature series of cocktails.

    The Mission Point Lilac Cocktail Series features shaken, stirred, and muddled concoctions of gin, rum, vodka, and tequila, all enhanced with the Resort’s signature lilac essence. These cocktails are available beginning on Mother’s Day and continuing on throughout the season. They are an ideal libation to welcome the beginning of summer, and to usher in the Island’s annual Lilac Festival.

    This year’s Mackinac Island Lilac Festival will be held from June 9th through June 18th, and the list of activities includes the Lilac Queen’s coronation and her court, A Taste of Mackinac, the Lilac Festival 10K, the Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, wine tastings, concerts, horse-drawn carriage tours, and numerous additional events before the Lilac Festival Grand Parade. Make your reservations now for the Lilac Festival or summer getaway. Call us at (855) 229-9802, or visit: http://www.missionpoint.com/.

  • Mission Point Resort: A Mackinac Island Landmark

    Mission Point Resort: A Mackinac Island Landmark

    Overlooking scenic Lake Huron, Mission Point Resort reposes gracefully among 18 acres of gardens and flowers lining the east side of the island. This lovely and historic landmark originally opened in 1958, but recently underwent some renovations and upgrades before reopening in May of 2016.  

    The property is now owned and operated by the Ware family, whose improvements to Mission Point include the full-service Lakeside Salon and Spa and ongoing guest room upgrades. Two unique shops, The Boutique and Garden Gate Gifts, Sundries & Souvenirs have been launched in the Marketplace overlooking the Great lawn, and an expanded pool complex is scheduled to open this year.

    Mission Point Resort received the 2016 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice award and was the 2016 recipient of a Shape Healthy Travel Award. They will open for pre-season on April 28th, and for the season on May 6th, so book now for the months ahead! Call (800) 833-7711, or visit us online at: http://www.missionpoint.com/. 

  • Experience Mackinac Island's Butterfly Conservatory

    Experience Mackinac Island's Butterfly Conservatory

    As spring and summer grow ever closer, now is the time to make plans for a getaway at the Mission Point Resort, and a visit to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory.

    You’ll see hundreds of vibrantly-hued butterflies in a serene, healthy environment, and can even view the pupa in an emergence viewing area. Although there are always between 75-100 species, the numbers and types of butterflies vary with new shipments and with species’ life spans – some only live for a few days. No butterfly in their collection is ever caught wild, as all are raised on a butterfly farm.

    In addition to the live butterflies and pupa, the Conservatory offers educational exhibits and an experienced, qualified staff. Open from mid-May to the first of October, The Conservatory also encourages the protection and preservation of these beautiful insects and their habitats, particularly the Monarch, whose numbers have dropped alarmingly due to industrial and climate factors.

    For more information, call (231) 881-3530 from November to April, and (906) 847-9464, or (231) 881-3530 from May to October. To make a reservation at Mission Point Resort, call (800) 833-7711, or visit: http://www.missionpoint.com/.

  • The Movies of Mackinac Island

    The Movies of Mackinac Island

    An abundance of natural beauty, unique architecture and historical landmarks have long made Mackinac a popular filming destination for the entertainment industry.

    Mission Point has played a vital role in the filming of numerous movies, and the still celebrates the art of film-making with showings on their lawn during the summer seasons, and in their on-site historic theater, which also happens to be the only movie theater on the island.

    1949’s “This Time for Keeps” brought stars Esther Williams and Jimmy Durante to Mackinac for this tale of an aquatic performer and a newly returned WWII soldier. Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour filmed 1980’s “Somewhere in Time,” on the island and Reeve’s classic theater scene was filmed in the resort’s theater.

    2007’s “Mr. Art Critic” starred the Emmy-nominated Bronson Pinchot, who, soon after filming began, announced that he was “smitten with Mackinac Island.” In addition to being partially filmed at Mission Point Resort, “Mr. Art Critic” also featured the work of several local artists, some of whom appear in the movie.

    To make a reservation at Mission Point Resort, or to learn more about the Resort’s theater and movie schedules, call (800) 833-7711, or visit: http://www.missionpoint.com/.

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