Mission Point's Latest Events and News

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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: 

  • 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:

  • 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: