Family-owned, award-winning resort located on scenic and historic Mackinac Island, boasting multiple restaurants, a tennis court, and more
Hotel at a Glance: Mission Point Resort
This getaway offers guests with the chance to step back in time to historic Mackinac Island. Mission Point Resort serves as home base while guests explore the island. This resort on the shore of Lake Huron is known for its expansive lawn, abundant gardens and Adirondack chairs overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. Mission Point offers guests a variety of activities, including an 18-hole putting course, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool, bike rentals and much more. The resort also features a wide range of dining options where one can enjoy the food as well as the views from Bistro on the Greens. Explore the Marketplace’s clothing, accessories, gifts, and artwork. The grounds also hosts Lakeside Spa & Salon, a full-service wellness center on the island.
- Direct beach access: From this hotel’s doors, it’s only a short trek to the lake beach.
- Accommodations: Straits Lodge rooms and suites have free WiFi. Family suites feature two bedrooms with a private entrance, some with private patios and hot tubs.
- Wine and dine at one of Mission Point Resort’s six restaurants, whether you’re fancying a northern Italian meal or al-fresco Mediterranean.
- Go for a swim in the seasonal outdoor pool, or relax in one of the hot tubs.
- Fun and games: tennis courts, croquet and bocce ball lawn, 18-hole putting course, video-game arcade, and movie theater
- Explore the island: The resort has tandem bikes and cruisers available to rent to explore the marketplace for luxury gifts and goodies or check out the dining options.
- Treat yourself to a Great Lakes hot-stone massage or a Signature Lilac facial at the Lakeside Spa & Salon.
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.