Hotel at a Glance: Harbour View Inn
Harbour View Inn has French and Victorian-influenced buildings dating back to 1822. They fit nicely into the romantic setting of Michigan’s Mackinac Island. The property is made up of four distinct buildings, headlined by the Chateau LaFromboise, an elegant manor that was built by 19th-century fur traders Madame Madeline LaFramboise. Other accommodations include the cottage-themed Guest House and Carriage House, as well as the Harbour View Bed & Breakfast, which houses free-air filled standard rooms.
- Walk to fudge shops and historic buildings: The inn is just across the street from the 19th-century St. Anne Catholic Church, and a short walk from the candy shops on Main Street.
- Famous guests: Madame Madeline LaFramboise—the property’s owner from 1822 to 1846—entertained foreign dignitaries and military officers at her manor, now the Chateau LaFramboise.
- Recent renovations: Rooms in the Guest House, Carriage House, and Chateau LaFramboise just received upgrades, including new carpets, drapes, sofas, and wallpaper.
- Get sweaty: Cars are not allowed on the island, but you can rent a bicycle to explore the island on two wheels.
- A room with a view: Guest rooms feature views of either the harbor, the courtyard, or quaint nearby buildings.
- Why you should visit now: Upcoming events include the Mackinac Island Horse Show (Aug. 4) and the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival (Aug. 23–24).
Mackinac Island, Michigan: Quaint Island with Historic Attractions on Lake Huron
Located in Lake Huron where Michigan’s Lower Peninsula meets its Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island is popular for its scenic shoreline and quaint charm. Cars are not allowed on the island, so it’s common to travel the island on foot, bicycle, or via horse and buggy. Be sure to check out the island’s historic buildings, ranging from the Governor’s Summer Residence to the Mission Church— Michigan’s oldest-standing church building.
Roughly 80% of the island is considered Mackinac Island State Park, which was America’s second national park (after Yellowstone). More than 70 miles of hiking trails thread through stunning boreal forest here, and a popular bicycle path skirts the coastline's limestone bluffs.
You can soak in some of the island's history—as well as its scenery—at Fort Mackinac, which is thought to be the first American military outpost captured by the British in the War of 1812. Admission to the fort gives you access to a number of other sites in the island's historical downtown, including a preserved 18th-century home, and the natural cocoa springs that produce the island's famous fudge (drop into one of the candy shops lining Main Street to try some).
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