Island House Hotel - Mackinac Island, MI

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Hotel at a Glance: Island House Hotel

This Historic Hotel of America was constructed more than 160 years ago, making it the first on Mackinac Island. With this getaway, you’ll be treated to the island’s best-known specialty: a half pound of Ryba’s Mackinac Island Fudge. Snap off a piece to enjoy while you take in a view of the water from the lush front lawn or one of the rocking chairs on the veranda.

  • Guest rooms blend variety and comfort; each is individually decorated with details such as down comforters and air conditioning.
  • Dine al fresco: Use the included $40 dining credit for dinner at the hotel’s 1852 Grill Room, which offers outdoor seating.
  • Sit down with a cocktail at casual Ice House Bar and Grill, located in a secluded garden. Sandwiches and salads are on the menu as well.
  • Pedal power: Explore the island by bike—guests get a 50% discount on rentals at Island House Bike Shop.
  • Take a dip in the heated indoor pool, hot tub, or relax in the sauna.

Mackinac Island, Michigan: Quaint Island with Historic Attractions on Lake Huron

One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive on Michigan’s Mackinac Island is the absence of cars—they’ve been banned since 1898. It’s part of the isle’s Victorian charm and a major draw for visitors as well as the island’s 500 permanent residents. Nestled in the strait between Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas, Mackinac Island (pronounced “MACK-in-awe”) looks like a postcard from another century, replete with pastel-hued Victorian mansions and horse-drawn carriages. The 4-square-mile island was formerly a fur-trading and fishing outpost before it reinvented itself in the mid-19th century as a summer resort for the well heeled.

It’s incredibly scenic, too. Roughly 80% of the island is considered Mackinac Island State Park—America’s second national park, after Yellowstone (though the park was eventually handed back to the state of Michigan). More than 70 miles of hiking trails thread through stunning boreal forest here, and a popular 8-mile bicycle path called Lake Shore Boulevard circles the island. Along the route, you’ll see one of the island’s most photographed icons, Arch Rock. The limestone formation soars nearly 150 feet into the air and offers sweeping views of Lake Huron.

You can soak in some of the island’s history at Fort Mackinac, the first American military outpost captured by the British in the War of 1812. Grab a seat near the Parade Ground, a large open field in the center of the fort, to see soldiers dressed in period garb march in formation and fire off their rifles.

No trip to Mackinac is complete without sampling some of the island’s famous fudge from one of the 15 candy shops on Main Street. Inside several of the shops, the fudge-making process is a spectator sport. Confectioners use a hand paddle to push and flip the molten chocolate on cool marble slabs until it hardens into a solid loaf of fudge.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a traditional queen, traditional double, deluxe queen, or deluxe double room
  • Up to two kids 9 or younger stay free in a double room
  • $40 dining credit per stay at 1852 Grill Room; valid for dinner only
  • Dates into October

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 6-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • $40 dining credit for 1852 Grill Room
  • Half-pound of Ryba’s Mackinac Island Fudge
  • Baggage handling
  • Two restaurants
  • Heated indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna
  • Free WiFi
  • 50% discount on bike rentals at Island House Bike Shop

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 6-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points.

Other Details

Room Details

Traditional or Deluxe Queen Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Traditional or Deluxe Double Room

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest 10 or older; kids 9 or younger stay free

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: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: Chippewa County International Airport (CIU; 36 mi) and Pellston Regional Airport (PLN; 23 mi)
  • Driving distance from Grand Rapids: 236 miles, but the island must be accessed by ferry; cars are not permitted on the island.
  • By ferry: 20-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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