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Mission Point Resort – Mackinac Island

Once you have stayed on an island ……

© Becky Linhardt 2012

 There is something special, almost magical about islands. Mackinac Island in Michigan takes that magic to another level by banning motor vehicles.  Transportation is by foot, bicycle, or horse just as in the days of old. So if you want a romantic escape or fun for the family consider a stay on Mackinac Island at Mission Point Resort.  You can enjoy the usual comforts and amenities of a resort stay – with a few extra perks.

 

 Location, Location, Location! Mission Point is the only lakefront resort on the island. True, there is no beach per se but the Lakefront Lawn stretches for acres and acres of space for flying a kite, snoozing in an Adirondack chair, watching the boat traffic as it passes through the Straits of Mackinac or just enjoying the expansive vista of land, water, and the ever-changing sky. It’s all within an easy walk (about ¾ of a mile) from downtown, the ferries, historic sites and most attractions.

Baggage is transferred for free from the passenger-only ferries to Mission Point via horse drawn shuttles. Room rates are very reasonable for individuals and couples and there are some great values for families that choose a two bedroom Junior Suite that has its own entry foyer, shared bath, and vanity sinks in each bedroom. The guest room décor is an upscale lakefront cabin style – comfortable but not pretentious. Most single rooms have lake views; junior suites face the green and leafy hillside.

 Mission Point chefs provide a range of dining choices from the Lakeside Marketplace deli/snack shop that can pack a picnic lunch for your bicycle jaunt around the island to fine dining Italian style at Chianti where the view to the lake is almost as delicious as the dining experience. A bit more casual, the Round Island Bar & Grill at the Main Lodge has a sports bar feel for inside dining and umbrella table dining, weather permitting, on the terrace that wraps across the lake side upper level of the Main Lodge. My favorite outdoor dining is tapas-style on the deck at the Bistro on the Greens – the view, the soft evening light, and the selection of flavors equal magic. For a special dessert treat try the S’Mores – a special mini-hibachi arrives with all of the goodies so that you can toast your marshmallows to perfection.

 

 As with many resorts there are tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a spa, fitness center, and meeting rooms for corporate retreats or family reunions. Mission Point also has a theater showing first run films, a sound stage (from previous film productions), and the Kids Island Club that offers supervised activities during the summer season is free/no fee so that parents can have some time during the day on their own. There is also an arcade, bocce ball, croquet, bicycle rentals, mini-golf/putting on The Greens, and a Tower of History to explore – all on property!

 

 Of course you will want to explore the island. History comes to life with a BIG – Boom! The cannons occasionally roar simulating honorary salutes at Fort Mackinac on the bluff above Marquette Park downtown. Re-enactors provide the historical content to bring the fort to life – circa 1880. The uniforms for that time period are striking. Kids love the demonstrations of cannon and musket firing but there are also details about military life at the fort that are presented, such as a court martial for drunkenness – based of the fort’s own documents.

  

Downtown has many gift shops and candy stores with their famous Mackinac Fudge. Horse drawn carriage tours are available from a variety of liveries and vary in length. Don’t cheat yourself with a short tour. A longer carriage ride that takes you through the State Park includes drive-by views of The Grand Hotel, the BIG mansions on the West Bay Bluff and East Bay Bluff above Mission Point Resort and traveling through the leafy lanes of the State Park there is time to stop for sites that are not as easily accessible: the Sugar Loaf, Arch Rock, and the highest point of the island with its view to the Mackinac Bridge.

 

Remember, everything on the island moves by foot, bicycle, or by horse-drawn carts so don’t be surprise to see the UPS man making his deliveries on foot from a cart piled high with boxes.

 

No work for you! You can be as lazy as you want while you enjoy your stay at Mission Point Resort.

Mission Point Resort: 6633 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI

906-847-3312 or www.missionpoint.com

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau: 7274 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI

906-847-3783 or www.mackinacisland.org

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