Mackinac Island Vacation Lodging and Recreation

Winter on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island in winter is the perfect place for travelers who want to enjoy all of the beauty and exhilaration of a snowy winter vacation up north. The uncrowded streets, lined with historic buildings, reveal the poignancy of the past to those who walk them while the snow quietly falls and the winter lights and holiday decorations celebrate a life lived simply.

Mackinac Island Featured Winter Lodging

Lilac Tree Suites and Spa
Winter Lodging Dates: Open December 6 & 7, and December 29 – January 1, 2020 With thirty-nine uniquely appointed suites, the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa reflects the French, English and American heritage of Mackinac Island. Each spacious suite has a living room and a separate sleeping room. No two suites are alike. The unique decor is [...] more...

Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island
Winter Lodging: Open December 6-19, and December 27-31, 2019 Located on quiet Market Street, the Cottage Inn is just one block from the downtown area. Ferry Docks, Mackinac Island State Parks, historic Fort Mackinac and the Mackinac Island Marina are only a short stroll away. Featuring a large front porch for enjoying breakfast or just relaxing [...] more...

The Mackinac House
Winter Lodging: Open December 6, 7, 8, 29, 30 & 31. Mackinac Island has been charming visitors for decades with its beautiful landscape, history, shopping and sightseeing. The Mackinac House encompasses all the charm the island offers and is located steps away from it all. Mackinac House room types include: Deluxe Queen, Balcony Rooms, Tower Suite, Fort [...] more...

Pontiac Lodge
Pontiac Lodge is an intimate, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island. The Pontiac Lodge has 11 distinct rooms, most with wet bars, private baths with showers and some with Jacuzzi tubs. more...

Mackinac Island Winter Lodging Listings

Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (866) 847-6575
Open December 6 & 7, and December 29 – January 1, 2020
www.lilactree.com

Cottage Inn (906) 847-4000
Open December 6-19, and December 27-31, 2019
www.cottageinnofmackinac.com

The Mackinac House
Open December 6, 7, 8, 29, 30 & 31.
www.themackinachouse.com

Above Mackinac Condos (231) 392-6456
Open November 1 – January 3.

Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439
Open December 6 through the winter season!
www.boganlaneinn.com

Pontiac Lodge (906) 847-3364
Open All Winter (with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and Easter Weekend)
www.pontiaclodge.com

Village Inn Suites (906) 847-8077
Open All Winter (with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and Easter Weekend)
www.visuites.com

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Mackinac Island Winter Dining

Mustang Lounge
Mustang Lounge: Michigan’s Most Historic Tavern! Family owned since 1964. Fully remodeled in 2008 using 200 year old timbers from the original fur trader warehouse construction. Famous for our custom hamburgers, exciting appetizers and homemade pizza! Outside seating available overlooking the heart of downtown Mackinac. Mustang Lounge 1485 Aster St Mackinac Island, MI 49757 906-847-9916 Visit Mustang Lounge Website >>>> Mustang Lounge [...] more...

Huron Street Pub & Grill
Serving lunch and dinner year ’round. Pub fare in a casual setting. American bourbons, Irish whiskeys and a comprehensive European draught beer selection. Weekend entertainment. Huron Street Pub & Grill 7304 Main Street Mackinac Island, MI 49757 906-847-8255 Visit Huron Street Pub & Grill On Facebook >>>> more...

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Mackinac Island Winter Transportation

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Winter Schedule Winter Service – Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry offers winter ferry service from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island November thru April, weather permitting. (Service is halted during the winter when the harbors freeze over – generally sometime in January to sometime in March or April. [...] more...

Fresh Air Aviation
Daily Flights to Mackinac Island from St. Ignace (Mackinac County Airport). ​ Come experience the difference! We only utilize twin engine aircraft piloted by highly experienced aviation professionals. ​ Come on, what are you waiting for! Ride with us and get a breath of Fresh Air. You’ll be glad you did! ​ Please call 231-237-9482 ext 2 for more information or reservations Reservations [...] more...

Great Lakes Air
We operate offices out of Mackinac County Airport in St. Ignace and in Alpena Michigan. Since acquiring Great Lakes Air in 2018 we merged with our Alpena operations to create a more diverse company. Our new management team has brought fresh ideas and continues making important improvements. Your safety is our top priority. Our pilots are [...] more...

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Shopping

Open select days during Christmas season, please call ahead

Artists Market (906) 847-8225

Canvas & Paddle (906) 847-4020

Great Turtle Toys (906) 847-6118

Little Luxuries (906) 847-9980

Mackinac Outfitters (906) 847-6100

Mackinac Wheels (517) 575-8585, call ahead to reserve Fat Tire bikes.

Nephew’s of Mackinac (906) 847-3462

Rustic Chic Boutique/Sew U.P. Style Co. (906) 630-2813

Shopping – Open Year Round

Balsam Shop & Loon Feather, by appointment (906) 847-3592

Doud’s Market (906) 847-3444

Island Hardware (906) 847-6350

Skipper Store at Star Line Dock, open as long as ferries run (906) 847-3292

Vintage Glam Salon (906) 847-3290

Mackinac Island Fudge

JoAnn’s Fudge, mail order only at www.joannsfudge.com

Murdick’s Fudge (906) 847-3530, open for Christmas orders until December 20. www.originalmurdicksfudge.com

Ryba’s Fudge, mail order only at www.ryba.com

Getting Around

Mackinac Island Taxi Service (906) 847-3323; reservations required for service before 8:00 am or after 5:00 pm.

Mackinac Wheels (517) 575-8585; call ahead to reserve Fat Tire bikes.

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For More Information about winter on Mackinac Island visit: Mackinac Island Winter Season 2019-2020 at the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau.

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Mackinac Island Winter Transportation On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from Winter Transportation On Facebook.

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Tuesday April 7th, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

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Keep your distance!

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The boats are better at social distancing than some humans I know. Some people could learn a lesson from these boats.

Good Photo

Nice photo.

Looks like the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ALDER.

Monday April 6th, 2020 - 11:30 am

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

One of the many blessings we are thankful for right now! Early morning sunrise over Mackinac Island

📷: Captain Sid
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One of the many blessings we are thankful for right now! Early morning sunrise over Mackinac Island

📷: Captain Sid

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Hope to see it this summer. So beautiful.

Simply beautiful 💖

Good morning sweets!!

Thanks for sharing I miss it at this rate it's going to be a while before I see it

Beautiful!

Beautiful

Thanks for sharing Caption Sid!

So peaceful ❤️

Pretty

Beautiful

Beautiful ❤️

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Wednesday April 1st, 2020 - 1:29 pm

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

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Oh my, What peacefulness thank you for the picture

I’m so hoping to go in late May/early June,but it’s looking like Fall

Bought our passes in November can't wait to go.

I forgot how much I miss the color blue in the sky!!!

Where,s da duck a.ka star line duck

Hell if I could travel I'd be there now

Peaceful

I want to go so bad

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Wednesday April 1st, 2020 - 1:56 am

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry’s winter boat “The Mighty Huron” travels to Mackinac Marine Services boat yard for major refurbishment and modernization.

For immediate release:

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry’s vessel name the Huron, affectionately known as “The Mighty Huron” by many Mackinac Islanders, has been in service as the primary winter service boat to Mackinac Island since the early 1950s. She ran under the Arnold Line flag for most of her life and was acquired by Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet ferry in 2016 when Star Line purchased Arnold Line. Star Line merged the assets of Arnold into its operation and kept the Huron as the primary winter service boat.

During that time Star Line has made continuous improvements to the vessel. She has visited the Burger Boat yard twice since 2016 for some major hull replacement, other repairs to her internal structure and mechanical updates. These changes were made in preparation for the third and final update to the Huron which are scheduled to be completed this summer at the Mackinac Marine Services ship yard in Saint Ignace, Michigan.

Some of the modernization updates that Star Line has commissioned for the boat is a complete electrification of the vessels proposal system. The existing Caterpillar engine will be replaced with an electric drive system modeled after the new Tesla semi-truck platform. Including a Tesla Supercharging battery array and solar roof charging system. The upgrades will also include the installation of hydrofoils to the ship’s hull, allowing for greater speed and stability during its trips to Mackinac Island and back. In the winter, the hydrofoils can be outfitted with special edges which allow the boat to travel over the frozen lake surface.

Another critical modification is the addition of Star Line’s patented technology known as the “Hydro-Jet®”. The Hydro-Jet will give the boat a significant speed increase, which is needed to reach hydrofoil velocity and will also produce Star Line’s signature “Rooster Tail” water spray at the back of the boat. With these updates the Huron is expected to exceed speeds of 30 MPH.

When asked about the about the Huron’s updates Star Line Senior Fleet Captain Kyle Wallis said “She is a heck of a boat and has been servicing Mackinac Island for many decades. With these new modifications she will provide service to the future and beyond!”

Star Line’s CEO said “We are all excited to get the Mighty Huron back into service as the updates are expected to be completed ahead of scheduled and to be well under budget.”
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Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry’s winter boat “The Mighty Huron” travels to Mackinac Marine Services boat yard for major refurbishment and modernization.

For immediate release:

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry’s vessel name the Huron, affectionately known as “The Mighty Huron” by many Mackinac Islanders, has been in service as the primary winter service boat to Mackinac Island since the early 1950s.  She ran under the Arnold Line flag for most of her life and was acquired by Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet ferry in 2016 when Star Line purchased Arnold Line.  Star Line merged the assets of Arnold into its operation and kept the Huron as the primary winter service boat.  

During that time Star Line has made continuous improvements to the vessel.  She has visited the Burger Boat yard twice since 2016 for some major hull replacement, other repairs to her internal structure and mechanical updates.   These changes were made in preparation for the third and final update to the Huron which are scheduled to be completed this summer at the Mackinac Marine Services ship yard in Saint Ignace, Michigan.

Some of the modernization updates that Star Line has commissioned for the boat is a complete electrification of the vessels proposal system.  The existing Caterpillar engine will be replaced with an electric drive system modeled after the new Tesla semi-truck platform.  Including a Tesla Supercharging battery array and solar roof charging system.   The upgrades will also include the installation of hydrofoils to the ship’s hull, allowing for greater speed and stability during its trips to Mackinac Island and back.  In the winter, the hydrofoils can be outfitted with special edges which allow the boat to travel over the frozen lake surface.

Another critical modification is the addition of Star Line’s patented technology known as the “Hydro-Jet®”. The Hydro-Jet will give the boat a significant speed increase, which is needed to reach hydrofoil velocity and will also produce Star Line’s signature “Rooster Tail” water spray at the back of the boat.  With these updates the Huron is expected to exceed speeds of 30 MPH.   

When asked about the about the Huron’s updates Star Line Senior Fleet Captain Kyle Wallis said “She is a heck of a boat and has been servicing Mackinac Island for many decades.  With these new modifications she will provide service to the future and beyond!”

Star Line’s CEO said “We are all excited to get the Mighty Huron back into service as the updates are expected to be completed ahead of scheduled and to be well under budget.”

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Me & Jonny still think ya could pull skiers with them classic (not gonna fight them roostertails). www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fvignette.wikia.nocookie.net%2Fjonnyquest%2Fimages%2Ff%...

I know I will be excited if I get the chance to ride one of your ferrys this year

Ok “guys “ no more , I’m too old for this stuff , totally believe in the goodness and truth of everyone!!!

The horses enjoying a smooth trip 😂👍

Cool. And I only know about hydrofoil design from reading The Hardy's Boys books😁!!

Have you considered using a drag chute? I"m afraid that the upgrades may cause you to overshoot the Island before you can get her stopped.

Pleased to read a good one!😆

Surface piercing hydrofoils?!? Everyone knows submerged hydrofoils have less drag and better control with active steering controls...I sure hope this is not an April fools joke...

Does employees from the island get a discount on tickets

"...ahead of schedule and under budget." 😅😅😅

The funniest part of this post is reading the comments from people completely missing the joke.

Will james bond be the pilot...

Somebody has too much time on their hands. Like all of us do.

Very well written. Almost had me!

Definitely April Fools....

Excellent!!!

does it run up on legs like this?

What, no flux capacitor? 🙂

Nice try!

Looks good with a blue bottom!

Nice looking fairy

Good one.😅😂🤣

Good one😂😂

That was good

Wow nice!!!

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Tuesday March 31st, 2020 - 4:52 pm

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

Super Duck has BIG news to share with you all! He broke FREE from the icy tundra and is now swimming freely in Lake Huron as of yesterday, March 30th, 2020! We searched our 1,000 plus guesses and the FIRST person to guess the correct date was Terry Jubenville! So congratulations Terry on your two free passes to Mackinac Island! We hope you enjoy your trip over on one of our hydro-jet ferries and experience everything the Island has to offer! We are looking forward to meeting you! 🐥‼️⛴ ... See MoreSee Less

Super Duck has BIG news to share with you all! He broke FREE from the icy tundra and is now swimming freely in Lake Huron as of yesterday, March 30th, 2020! We searched our 1,000 plus guesses and the FIRST person to guess the correct date was Terry Jubenville! So congratulations Terry on your two free passes to Mackinac Island! We hope you enjoy your trip over on one of our hydro-jet ferries and experience everything the Island has to offer! We are looking forward to meeting you! 🐥‼️⛴

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What a fun game. Early this year.

Quack,Quack I am finally in the water. 🦆🌊🌊

Congrats! That was fun.

In Alaska, there’s a huge contest every spring to guess when a tripod on the Tanana River breaks free. The winner/winners can get a big pay out. It’s been around for decades.

Congratulations to the winner! Enjoy your trip. I immensely enjoyed the ride that goes under the bridge!!!

Are the boats even running now?

I wish I had been reading more closely to know this was a contest.

Congratulations to the winner!

No,he was supposed to wait till Thursday

Congratulations

So beautiful 🤗

Awesome..🐥👏 Fun time's

Congratulations!!

Congratulations!!!

This was &un

Congrats 🤩

Congratulations

You can do it.

Congrats!

Where did it come from?

Congrats 🐥

Congrats!!!

Congrats

Darn I was 1 day too late

Congrats Terry!!

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Saturday December 7th, 2019 - 1:27 pm

Great Lakes Air

Look at what we were able to get a sneak peek of today and thought we would share it with you! Great Lakes Air Owner/CEO Dr. Robert Currier and President Brad Shriner shared a sneak peek of Great Lakes Air's newest member of the fleet, the Britten-Norman Islander. Our twin-engine, 9 passenger Britten-Norman Islander is equipped with synthetic vision avionics which provides improved situational awareness to flight crews, and comfort to our passengers. Keep watching our Facebook page for updates!

#airtour #mackinacisland #straitsarea #winterwonderland #upperpeninsula #greatlakesair #alpenamichigan #Michigan #brittennormanislander #airtaxi #stignace
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Look at what we were able to get a sneak peek of today and thought we would share it with you! Great Lakes Air Owner/CEO Dr. Robert Currier and President Brad Shriner shared a sneak peek of Great Lakes Airs newest member of the fleet, the Britten-Norman Islander. Our twin-engine, 9 passenger Britten-Norman Islander is equipped with synthetic vision avionics which provides improved situational awareness to flight crews, and comfort to our passengers. Keep watching our Facebook page for updates!

#airtour #mackinacisland #straitsarea #winterwonderland #upperpeninsula #greatlakesair #alpenamichigan #michigan #brittennormanislander #airtaxi #stignaceImage attachmentImage attachment

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Looks great. I’m also assuming being a twin engine this will able you to fly more during low ceiling weather vs your single engine planes?

How much longer till we see it being used?

What a cute plane.

Great Lakes Air just curious on the time frame this plane will be in operation?

She looks fantastic, can't wait to go for a ride.

I love Islanders- my dad flew them to Beaver Island for years ❤️

Sweet unit

Wow!!!!!!! Love it!!!

Awesome!!!

Nice!

Very nice !

Great

Nice

Cool

Thats what makes work while and stories worth telling. Ment 2 say worth while.

I'm sure Isaac Carstens will be excited to see this!

SWEET!! Congrats

Great

I like it!

Woo,hoo

You hiring ? I want to come fly it !!

Thx 4 sharing

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Sunday November 10th, 2019 - 9:15 am

Great Lakes Air

Our Great Lakes Air family is sharing a Happy Birthday shout out to Jennifer Thorin-Savard our St. Ignace Office Administrator. Those of us that have the pleasure to work, fly or talk to her know she is always eager to serve.
We are thankful she is on our flight team and you can be too!
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Our Great Lakes Air family is sharing a Happy Birthday shout out to Jennifer Thorin-Savard our St. Ignace Office Administrator.  Those of us that have the pleasure to work, fly or talk to her know she is always eager to serve. 
We are thankful she is on our flight team and you can be too!

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Thank you all so much!

Happy birthday

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday young lady Hope you have a great day

Happy Birthday Jennifer!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Jennifer!! You do a great job!👍

Happy Birthday from Tina Marie Steed. Jason Steed and Dottie Sue!🥰

Happy Birthday 🎊🎼🎂😊💕

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Sunday October 27th, 2019 - 1:16 pm

Great Lakes Air

Thank you to Joann and Rose for allowing GLA to be a part of this blessing. We are beyond honored to share in this experience with Debbie, her family, and the entire Mackinac Island Community. We are truly a part of something wonderful!Most grateful to Bob Currier and the Great Lakes Air staff for adding to the blessings that have been bestowed on Debbie Kornusky and her family by the Mackinac Island community. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to Joann and Rose for allowing GLA to be a part of this blessing. We are beyond honored to share in this experience with Debbie, her family, and the entire Mackinac Island Community. We are truly a part of something wonderful!
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