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    About Mackinac Island

A Short Trip to Another Time & Place

Mackinac (MACK-in-awe) became one of the nation’s favored summer resort destinations during the Victorian era. Vacationers seeking the cooler weather on Mackinac Island arrived in large lake-excursion boats from Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit. They danced to Strauss’ waltzes, listened to Sousa’s stirring marches, dined on whitefish, and strolled along the broad decks. To accommodate overnight guests, boat and railroad companies financed the building of Grand Hotel.

Where We Go by Foot, Bike, or Horse

One of the most noticeable differences on Mackinac Island (which is accessible only by boat and plane) is the absence of automobiles. Visitors and residents travel by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. There are only 600 year-round residents. And during the summer, there are more than 500 horses.

Something Different, Something to Remember

If you’d like to learn more about beautiful Mackinac Island — and see why it was awarded “Best Island in the Continental U.S.” by the prestigious Travel + Leisure 2022 World’s Best Awards — here are two recommended websites for you to visit.

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Limited Time Offer: Chasing Summer

Our Chasing Summer sale is back in honor of the Memorial Day holiday with new discounted dates to maximize your summer vacation at Grand Hotel. Ends May 28th. Availability is still open for Memorial Day Weekend. Book Now!