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  • 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 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 vacation to Northern Michigan’s most romantic island? For reservations and details, call (231) 331-3419.

  • Three Reasons to Plan a Mackinac Island Getaway

    Three Reasons to Plan a Mackinac Island Getaway

    Each May, Mackinac Island comes to life as guests begin to arrive for the season. From the lilac and fudge festivals to the yacht races, the island offers a plethora of fun and entertaining events and activities. Sometimes, though, we know our visitors want to do something a little different, and with that in mind, we suggest the following. First, check out the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, in Mackinaw City, where the second floor of the lighthouse will be open to the public for the first time in the station’s history. Next, if you’ve never been to Wings of Mackinac, make this a must-do.

    This butterfly conservatory provides guests with a closeup view of hundreds of butterflies, along with an emergence viewing area, educational exhibits, and an expert curator. Finally, don’t leave the island until you fire the cannon! The staff at Fort Mackinac can arrange for you to fire the first cannon volley of the day from atop historic Fort Mackinac. They’ll help you clean, load, prime, and then fire on any morning beginning in June through early October. To arrange for your Mackinac Island getaway, call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • We Love the Movies

    We Love the Movies

    In 1949, Hollywood came to Mackinac Island. The island’s exquisite natural beauty, historical buildings and landmarks, along with its unique architecture has since made it a premier filming destination for several Hollywood films. We at Mission Point are proud to be a part of the history of local filmmaking, and of our on-site historic theater. Check out the list below for details of Mackinac-made films.

    This Time for Keeps

    Made in 1949, this tale of an aquatic performer and a newly returned WWII soldier starring Esther Williams and Jimmy Durante.

    Somewhere in Time

    This romantic story was made in 1980 and starred Christopher Reed, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer. It remains the most famous movie ever made here on the island and is still celebrated annually during a special event week in the fall.

    Mr. Art Critic

    This 2007 film starred the Emmy-nominated Bronson Pinchot and was partially filmed here at Mission Point Resort. Several local artists also made a big-screen appearance and their work was also featured in the movie.  

    To make a reservation at Mission Point Resort, or to learn more about the resort’s theater and movie schedules, call us at (800) 833-7711.

  • Hit These Trails

    Hit These Trails

    Located in the midst of stunning natural beauty, Mackinac Island’s roads and trails encompass about 70 miles, all of them located within the Mackinac Island State Park. Few motorized vehicles are allowed, so the main forms of transportation are bicycling, horse-drawn carriages, walking, and, on some roads, in-line skating. There are so many ways to enjoy our island’s trails−horseback riding, walking, jogging, hiking, and both single and tandem bikes. We suggest making an outing of each expedition by packing up supplies and hitting the trail for such destinations as Anne’s Tablet, Fort Mackinac, Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf, the Summer Governor’s Residence, and many other fascinating and historical places scattered around the island.

    To find out more about the many trails of Mackinac Island, you can download a free trail guide from the park system here.  Or, if you prefer a guided tour, there are several available throughout the season, including a Fort Mackinac Tour, an Indians and Missions Walking Tour, a Natural History Highlights Tour, the Around the Shore tour, and more. For details and to make reservations for your own trail-exploring getaway, contact us at (231) 331-3419.

  • Christmas Presents for the Future

    Christmas Presents for the Future

    Tired of the same old stuff in your holiday stocking? We suggest shaking things up a bit by asking Santa for something you’ll really love—a luxurious summer holiday on Mackinac Island. The minute you step off the ferry, you’ll be taken by the island’s quiet, otherworldly charm. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to another era—one with few sounds aside from the soft clip-clop of horse’s hooves and their carriages. The Island’s stunning natural beauty will enchant you and encourage exploration on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback.

    Stroll around downtown to view the impressive architecture of historic Main Street, or trek over to Ste. Anne’s Church and the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence. Lounge leisurely on the grass for movies on the lawn and summer concerts, and be sure to watch the yacht races and indulge yourself with loads of our famous fudge. Whether you come for a specific event like the Lilac Festival or just want to soak up the island’s tranquil ambiance, you’ll have one of your best vacations ever! For details, or to make reservations for your summer getaway, call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • An Autumn and Winter Wonderland

    An Autumn and Winter Wonderland

    With dazzling autumn rapidly making way for winter, most of us are enjoying the last few weeks of the season before making plans for the holidays to come. It’s a great time of year to reflect on the past, remain in the present, and dream of the future. With the arrival of Thanksgiving, it’s also a time to remind ourselves of our many blessings and to acknowledge them, whether spoken aloud among loved ones, or with a quiet meditation.

    Here on the island, we find many reasons for which to express gratitude, and, although we appreciate our “winter wonderland,” we always find ourselves eagerly anticipating the opening of the exciting spring and summer season. We’re grateful for the island’s stunning natural beauty and for those who choose us for their summer getaway, whether they are first-timers, or return to the island annually. We wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you during the 2020 season. For details, or to make reservations for your Mackinac Island getaway, call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • How to Wind Down a Fabulous Season

    How to Wind Down a Fabulous Season

    It’s October, and we’re preparing to bid a bittersweet farewell to another glorious tourist season. Meanwhile, we can all still enjoy the fun to come with the events listed below. First, women from all over the state will be in attendance from October 18-19 for the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend. This celebration of friendship and good health will feature wine, shopping, yoga, and wellness seminars, with proceeds benefiting the Mackinac Island Cancer Fund.

    Next, join us right here at the Mission Point Resort on October 26 for one of the most popular fall events on the island: The Great Turtle Trail Run and Half Marathon. This trail features some of the most spectacular views Mackinac Island has to offer and draws thousands of participants annually. Also on October 26, the Mackinac Island Halloween Trick-or-Treat festival will offer trick-or-treating at downtown local merchants, along with costume contests, live music, and much more. For more information, or to make reservations for your Mackinac Island October event, call us at (844) 246-0650.

  • Castle of the Straits: A Guiding Light

    Castle of the Straits: A Guiding Light

    With the coming of autumn, the days on Mackinac Island are pleasant and sunny, the nights are comfortably cool, and the summer folk have left for the season. However, September is one of the best times to come to the island, and is prime time for a visit to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Open for the fall season from September 2 – October 6, this vintage lighthouse and complex welcomes visitors. The lighthouse, in operation since 1889, provided light for ships traveling through the Straits of Mackinac.

    Four generations of lighthouse keepers have lived at the complex, and guests are invited to see the restored Keepers’ Quarters, along with an exhibit on the lighthouse’s history that includes original artifacts, hands-on displays, and exhibits on optics and lenses, along with fog signals and sound. Tower tours are available, and a short film, “Shipwrecks of the Straits,” is shown every fifteen minutes. Lastly, the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum provides visitors with artifacts and audiovisual displays about the various shipwrecks through the years. For more information about this, or other Mackinac Island events, call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • Fabulous Fudge and Competitive Cornhole

    Fabulous Fudge and Competitive Cornhole

    Join thousands of other “fudgies” from August 23-25, as we celebrate a long-standing tradition during the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival. This year adds a new activity to the games. Along with all the time-honored events such as fudge-making demonstrations and tastings, a showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, games at Windermere Point, an ice cream social, the open house and art walk on Market Street, and the fudge egg hunt, will be available exclusively at Mission Point Resort.

    Meet at the Great Lawn when the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and Michigan Cornhole team up to offer a Cornhole Tournament for all skill levels. This double-elimination tourney will feature both social and competitive divisions, and the winners will receive a $2,500 prize. You can bring your own partner and your own bags if you wish, but they must be regulation-approved—ACL and ACO rules and regulations will apply. All players should pre-register by August 22 at the link above. For details and reservations, call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • Only at Mission Point: Movies and More

    Only at Mission Point: Movies and More

    July offers an abundant array of fabulous events to entertain our visitors; many of which take place right here at Mission Point Resort. Celebrate the tradition of Mackinac Island filmmaking with “Movies on Mackinac.” Ongoing through the summer at the Mission Point Theater, this series’ theme is “Made on Mackinac,” and features movies shot on the island. Showing every Tuesday and Sunday throughout the summer, the series features the 1980’s classic Somewhere in Time; the 1947 star-studded musical romance, This Time for Keeps and Mackinac: Our Famous Island.

    Also, don’t miss the Mackinac Island Showcase, an art exhibit showing in the theater lobby from July 15 – August 15. This exhibit will showcase the work of local island artists and highlight the art of the “Mackinac 7” artists collective. Lastly, get your fitness groove on with the Mackinac Miles Running Club. Every Tuesday and Thursday, bring your running shoes to our front lawn and head out for a scenic run that includes such iconic landmarks as Arch Rock, Skull Cave, and more. All runs end here, and we invite participants to join us for happy hour appetizers and drinks.

  • Make Dad’s Day with a Mackinac Getaway

    Make Dad’s Day with a Mackinac Getaway

    If you’re looking for that just-right gift for the best Dad in the world, may we suggest a getaway to beautiful Mackinac Island? With its stunning natural beauty and old-world charm, the island offers the perfect remedy for stress and burnout. Surrounded by the heady aroma of fragrant lilacs and the soothing “clip-clop” of horse-drawn carriages, Dad and the entire family will feel as if they’ve been transported back in time. The island offers an abundance of entertaining events and activities for every interest and taste.

    Dad can ramble around the island at his leisure, exploring landmarks such as Anne’s Table, climb up to Arch Rock, or just relax and enjoy a brilliantly-colored sunset from the aptly-named Sunset Rock. Horseback touring is also available, along with bicycles for rent. The annual Lilac Festival events will be ongoing through June 16, with its famous Dog and Pony Show and “A Taste of Mackinac,” among its many entertainments. Be sure to stroll around historic Downtown Mackinac, and don’t forget to take home some of our handmade decadent fudge. We’re betting that Dad will have such a fabulous getaway, that you’ll want to make reservations for next year as well.

  • It’s a Blooming Spectacle

    It’s a Blooming Spectacle

    Be sure to join us June 7-16 for the 71st Annual Lilac Festival. Thousands of visitors come to the island to celebrate amid a profusion of fragrant and multi-colored blooms, some of which are over 100 years old. The lilacs are at their most glorious here long after they have ceased blooming throughout the country. Often as tall as 40 feet high, these brilliant blossoms can be seen everywhere from Main Street to Fort Mackinac, and their aromatic presence is a welcome addition to the island’s legendary beauty and quiet charm.

    You’ll find many floral-themed events and activities to enjoy while you’re here, including an array of both outdoor and indoor concerts. Fabulous food and drink will be available from a variety of venues. Be sure to attend “A Taste of Mackinac” to sample some of the most savory culinary treats ever. Runners will appreciate the scenic Lilac Festival 10K, and everyone will want to be in attendance for one of the festival’s funniest and most beloved events, the Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show. For details, call us at (231) 331-3419. Hope to see you in June!

  • For the Birds: Mackinac Island’s Avian Population

    For the Birds: Mackinac Island’s Avian Population

    Calling all birders! Although Mackinac Island is renowned for its fudge, festivals, and yacht races, it’s also home to over 160 species of birds. The island’s varied terrain of fields, marshes, forests, lakeshores, and limestone formations has created and long supported habitats for a myriad of avian species. Additionally, the majority of the island is protected from development as it is part of the Mackinac Island State Park, which provides an ideal environment for most of these, both native and migratory.

    Some birders come to the island in the winter for a peek at the Snowy Owl, fresh on arrival from the Arctic—but spring, summer, and fall are the most popular seasons for birdwatching. These are the best times for birdwatchers to get up close and personal looks at yellow warblers, bald eagles, indigo buntings, and red-tailed hawks. The access to deep water also encourages the presence of loons, long-tailed ducks and other species of waterfowl, and the parks department often compiles a complete online checklist of the birds of Mackinac Island. To arrange for your own birding getaway, call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • Honoring Our Heritage

    Honoring Our Heritage

    Many of our guests are charmed by Mackinac Island’s “vibe” of belonging to a long-gone era – a tranquil and lovely haven with the sounds of outdoor concerts, the hypnotic “clip-clop” of horse’s hooves, and the jingling of carriage reins. While this is an integral part of the island experience, we want to remind our guests about our past and the many contributions made by the Potawatomi, Ojibwa, and Odawa people who originally made their home here.

    The Biddle House is an ideal example of one of the history of our original inhabitants. The oldest building on the island, this structure was the home of Odawa chief Agatha Biddle. The house has just gone through a complete renovation, and is expected to open soon with two rooms of exhibits. Another way to learn about the island’s Native American history is through the recent markers set up around M-185. By reading these markers along the perimeter, our guests can learn more about the island’s Native American tribes and their history, including stories of trade and their burial grounds. Want to see the markers and Biddle House for yourself? Call us at (231) 331-3419.

  • Mackinac's Historic Romantic Reminders

    Mackinac's Historic Romantic Reminders

    Overlooking downtown Mackinac, the Straits of Mackinac, and Marquette Park sits the original gazebo from the movie “Somewhere in Time.” Designed and built for specific scenes in the film, the gazebo was restored, moved, and remains as a reminder of the romantic period drama, filmed at various locations on Mackinac Island, including Grand Hotel and Mission Point Resort. Today, the gazebo is a popular choice for weddings and other related events.

    While unknown to some, this 1980’s movie has attained cult status, and, along with the Lilac Festival, the Fudge Festival, and the Chicago Yacht Club Race, the annual “Somewhere in Time” weekends are one of the most popular events celebrated here. With over a thousand acres of Mackinac Island State Park and only bicycles and horse-drawn vehicles allowed, it’s easy to recapture the quaint and charming zeitgeist of the film’s era. Many film fans consider the “Is it you?” monument a must-stop on each visit here. Some of our guests will tell you that it wasn’t until they saw “Somewhere in Time” that they learned of our location, and thus began their own love affair with Mackinac Island. For more information, call (231) 331-3419.

  • Three Tours, Three Ways

    Three Tours, Three Ways

    As pleased as we are to greet our repeat guests, we also love to meet and interact with our first-timers. We often find that even our regular visitors are unaware of the history and heritage of Mackinac Island, and they are eager to learn, so we suggest the following: Walk, bike, or take a carriage horse tour with Mackinac Revealed. You’ll see the sights and get insights from a genuine Islander, who is knowledgeable about the Island’s rich history, Native American heritage, shipwrecks, and more. For a more leisurely jaunt through time, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours takes you on a loop to view some of the Island’s most interesting landmarks, all from the comfort of your open carriage seat.

    Lastly, treat yourself to something out of the ordinary with the Haunts of Mackinac tour. These walking tours are led by enthusiastic and informed guides, who will tell all about the Island’s history, legends, and spooky tales. Your journey to the unknown also includes our own Mission Point Resort, which was featured on the SyFy channel show, “Ghost Hunters.” For more information, or to make reservations for your Mackinac Island vacation, call us at (855) 229-9802.

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