Island House Hotel - Mackinac Island, MI

Two-Night Stay in a Traditional King or Queen Room at the Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI

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Restored 19th-Century Hotel on Historical, Car-Free Island

After stepping off the ferry to Mackinac Island, you may notice the absence of a familiar sound: traffic. An 1896 ban on automobiles, put in place by wealthy vacationers who fiercely guarded their island's tranquility, is still in effect here. Today, the daily ferries from mainland Michigan dock within two blocks of the Island House Hotel, a grand Victorian inn that overlooks both the harbor and the island's quaint Main Street. A State of Michigan Historic Landmark, the Island House dates back to an age of socialites, high tea, and ballroom dancing.

The hotel's traditional rooms are outfitted with cozy furnishings and down quilts. Though the classic interiors help to make-believe it’s 1895, you can stay connected with WiFi and tin-can telephones wired to the mainland. On a warm day, there are few better places to catch the lake breeze than from one of the rocking chairs lining the long front porch. When the temperature drops—as it occasionally does in northern Michigan, even in summer—head for the hot tub and sauna adjoining the heated pool inside.

In the morning, smells of breakfast waft up from the buffet in the hotel's main restaurant, the 1852 Grill Room. Named for the house's birth year, the elegant restaurant also serves dinner from a menu that includes prime rib and baby-back ribs alongside locally caught fish. For a more casual experience, try the Ice House Bar & Grill, where you can chase a BLT with a tasty cocktail.

Mackinac Island, Michigan: Quaint Retreat with Deep American Roots

The Island House is not only the oldest hotel on Mackinac but also the only one that falls inside the boundaries of Mackinac Island State Park, originally America's second national park when it was established in 1875. Encompassing roughly 80% of the island, the park is laced with more than 70 miles of hiking trails through stunning boreal forest, and a popular bicycle path skirts the coastline's limestone bluffs.

Soak in the island's history along with its scenery at Fort Mackinac, thought to be the first American military outpost captured by the British in the War of 1812. Admission to the fort also includes 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.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Two-night stay for two in a traditional king or queen room

  • $299, valid on select weekdays in May, September, and October
  • $349, valid on select weekdays and weekends in May, June, September, and October

    Included in both options:
  • Daily breakfast buffet for two at 1852 Grill Room
  • $50 dining credit to 1852 Grill Room or Ice House Bar & Grill
  • Half-pound of Ryba's Mackinac Island fudge

Book by: 6/5/12
Travel by: 10/28/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Two onsite restaurants
  • Heated indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna
  • Free WiFi
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/5/12 or promo value expires
  • Must travel by 10/28/12
  • Option 1 valid May 13-14, 16-17, 20, 22-24, 27-28, Sept 3-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 30, Oct 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25
  • Option 2 valid May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Jun 1-3, 5-7, 18-19, 24-30, Sept 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, Oct 5-6, 12-13, 26-27
  • Limit 2/person, may buy 2 more as gifts
  • Limit 1/visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee; 5-day notice required or fee of Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • Must provide full name at checkout which will be provided to merchant
  • Valid only for traditional queen/king rooms
  • Credit card required at booking/check-in
  • Not valid w/reward points
  • 16% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One king or one queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not available
  • Cable TV
  • Down comforters

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Two-night stay for two in a traditional king or queen room

  • $299, valid on select weekdays in May, September, and October (up to a $400 value)
  • $349, valid on select weekdays and weekends in May, June, September, and October (up to a $440 value)

    Included in both options:
  • Daily breakfast buffet for two at 1852 Grill Room (a $56 value)
  • $50 dining credit to 1852 Grill Room or Ice House Bar & Grill
  • Half-pound of Ryba's Mackinac Island fudge (an $8 value)

    Total value: up to $554

Getting There

  • By plane: 36 miles from Chippewa County International Airport (CIU); 23 miles from Pellston Regional Airport (PLN)
  • By car: Mackinac Island is located about 236 miles north of Grand Rapids, but it must be accessed by ferry, since cars are not permitted on the island.
  • By ferry: 15-minute ferry ride from either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace

Traveler's Tips

  • Cars are not permitted on Mackinac Island. You must leave your car at the ferry docks in either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.

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