As part of our amazing Michigan road trip this summer, we stopped by Mackinac Island, one of my favorite places anywhere. Who couldn’t be charmed with an island full of horse-drawn carriages and bicycles as the main form of transportation? The main reason for our trip was to experience the new renovations at Mission Point Resort. The resort, located on 18-acres on the sunrise coast of Mackinac Island, is the perfect place to call home when staying on the idyllic island. Here’s everything you need to know about Mission Point Resort before you go.
Disclosure: Our family was provided a complimentary stay at Mission Point Resort. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.
Getting to Mission Point
The easiest way to get to Mackinac Island is by ferry. On this particular trip, Shepler’s Ferry brought us to the island. Choose to leave from St. Ignace or Mackinaw City. Don’t forget to count the number of bags you bring. Once you exit the ferry, slow down and breathe. Walk a few steps and you’ll be right in the middle of downtown Main street. You’ll be greeted with the smell of fudge (and horse poop.) Don’t worry about your luggage, as the ferry will transport it to the resort.
Tip: Make sure you pack a bag with essentials just in case it goes “missing” or don’t get to it right away.
Mission Point Resort is located on the East End of Mackinac Island, opposite from the famous Grand Hotel. If you want to take it easy, you can use the Mission Point Resort horse shuttle or a horse taxi to get to the resort. If you don’t mind hoofin’ it take a right and walk about a mile. After passing through downtown, you’ll immediately notice everything slow down. Embrace the “island” life! Pass by charming homes, cottages, St. Anne’s Church until you see a wide green space full of socially distant spaced Adirondack Chairs. You definitely cannot miss it!
Checking in at Mission Point
As you enter the lobby at the Main Lodge, you can’t help but look up and notice massive log beams forming the ceiling. In the lobby you’ll find the front desk, the concierge‘s desk, a bellman, Round Island Bar & Grill.
Fun fact: Did you know that Mission Point Resort was originally built as a conference center for a peace organization? The first building built was the 800-seat theater. It eventually became a college but then was sold off to become what it is today.What a rich history!
Connected to Main Lodge is also Boxwood Coffee, the Boutique store, and the majority of guestrooms. As far as staying safe, Mission Point did an excellent job. Hand sanitizer stations everywhere, all staff (including porters) had face masks on.
Tip: Stop by the Concierge desk and say hello to Nick, the super adorable resident Mission Point dog.
Guests have the choice of staying either at Main Lodge or the Straits Lodge. We stayed in the Straits Lodge in a Family Suite. The huge benefit of having a family suite meant that the kids could have their own room, and mom and dad could finally have their own. Our recently renovated rooms were fresh and bright with whites and pops of denim blue. The vintage Mackinac Island posters and the Mission Point Resort pennants were a nice touch. The rooms were absolutely gorgeous, a job well done for sure! We never wanted to leave.
Tip: The Straits Lodge is about a few minutes walk away from the Main Lodge. It was nice to be in a quieter section of the resort.
Staying at Mission Point Resort give you a huge advantage – prime location for epic sunrises. I’ll let the photos do the talking.
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Tip: My favorite spot was just down past the resort (by the Mackinac Island State Park sign.) A nice secluded spot that juts out into the water.
Get your coffee on
Every morning after watching the sunrise, I made a beeline straight for Boxwood Coffeeshop, Mission Point’s newest coffee shop. While they had a nice outdoor patio in front, I walked a few extra steps to sit at the Adirondack Chairs right by the shore. This was THE perfect to start the day! FYI, there is another coffee shop at the Straits Lodge but it wasn’t open when we visited.
With five different restaurants, guests have a variety of foods to choose from. During our visit we dined at Round Island Bar and Grill and Bistro on the Greens. And, of course, coffee from Boxwood Coffeeshop and Cafe. They embraced the concept of farm-to-ferry using fresh local produce, dairy, and other products from the region to guests’ plates.
Tip: If at all possible, make sure to make reservations especially if you prefer outdoor seating.
Round Island Bar & Grill does it all – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And yes, we did happen to try the restaurant for each meal. I was pretty happy that they did take out orders for breakfast. The banana-oat brioche french toast was amazing. I tried yogurt-topped quinoa with berries, a first for me, which ended up being pretty good. All the typical breakfast foods – oatmeal, eggs and bacon, pancakes – were all pretty yummy. Lunch and dinner pretty much had the same menu. Whatever you do, do not miss out on ordering the parmesan truffle fries. Seriously, so addicting! The fish was superb and my kids couldn’t get enough of the mac and cheese.
Located next to the putting green, Bistro on the Greens, not only offered delicious and fresh food., but beautiful views of the lake and putting green to boot. We started with the Mediterranean plate and it was very satisfying. We ended up ordering the herbed salmon, shrimp and chicken skewers, and steak and frites. Just like everything we tried so far at Mission Point Resort, everything was delicious.
Rent a bike
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A visit to Mackinac Island is not complete without a bike ride around the island. Mission Point not only rents out the coolest bikes made from Detroit Bike Company but you can ride in style! Featuring wicker baskets, stitched leather handlebars and seats, these bikes are truly one of a kind.
Put your put put skills to the test
Once the kids spied the putting green, they couldn’t wait to play. At the Greens of Mackinac, the family can enjoy putting their golf skills to the test with 18 holes. Not only do golfers get prime views of the lake but they’ll find art and sculptures along the way. For a fun experience try golf during the evening with Glow Golf. Tip: Adults can feel free to order a drink at the bar at the Bistro then bring their libation in a plastic cup on the course.
Enjoy the green space
It would be a crime not to spend time at Mission Point Resort’s Great Lawn where the Adirondack chairs are calling your name. It’s the perfect place to sit and relax. During the mornings, I headed here to enjoy my cup of coffee. During the evening, we had the most memorable family picnic. (We grabbed food from Doud’s Market that included sushi!) With 18 acres of lawn space, it was super easy to social distance ourselves from everybody. While my husband and I were finishing our cheese, crackers, and wine, the kids were happy running around. Not to mention, this is a fabulous spot enjoy the sun going down.
Tip: Other options for a picnic include take-out from Round Island Bar & Grill or Bistro on the Greens or grabbing sandwiches and drinks from Boxwood Coffeeshop & Cafe.
Grab a souvenir
Have a refreshing lemonade
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On our final day, we were lucky to catch the opening of Lily’s Lemonade on Mission Point’s brand new promenade deck. Not only do they offer regular lemonade but there are a couple different flavors AND there are a few specialty lemonade drinks with alcohol. Perfect for mom and dad! We loved our Mackinac Arts Mule and wished we could have walked out with a gallon of this!
Enjoy some “me” time
If you’re looking to get pampered, Lakeside Salon and Spa is the perfect way to let go of the everyday stress. Their signature Lilac Facial and Body Treatment will have you relaxed and rejuvenated in no time (and smelling great!) I was a bit weary to experience such close contact during these uncertain times, but everyone at Lakeside did a fantastic job making everyone feel safe having masks on all the time and taking temperature checks of guests.
Explore the rest of the island by carriage
One of the best parts about staying on the island is of course exploring the island! And if you stay at Mission Point Resort you can schedule a private horse-drawn carriage tour with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. Not only did our driver take us all over the island to the popular spots, but we saw a few places that we’ve never seen before. We absolutely loved it!
When we were all packed up and ready to go, we called the bellhop to grab our luggage. (Again, make sure you count the number of luggage you’re bringing!) Tell them which ferry and city you’re going to and you’re all set! If you’re riding Shepler’s Ferry, the luggage will be waiting for you in the tent. When we were all set to go, we returned our key to the front desk then walked back to the downtown area.
Tip: If you’d like to rest your weary feet, you can use the horse carriage shuttles that arrive every 30 minutes or so. If you’d like to go somewhere else other than downtown make sure to ask the front desk to call a taxi for you.
Make it a daycation instead
Even if you can’t stay overnight, visitors still can take advantage of all Mission Point fun with their “Mission Point Daycation” Package. Guests will receive one Shepler’s ferry ticket, one half-day Mission Point bike rental, one round of putt putt at The Greens of Mackinac, and one $25 food & beverage voucher to enjoy dine-in or carry-out at any Mission Point restaurant. How fun!
Final Thoughts About Mission Point Resort
Our stay at Mission Point Resort was nothing but magical. When looking for family-friendly accommodations on Mackinac Island, nothing beats a stay here.
Location: One Lakeshore Drive, Mackinac Island,Michigan