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Mackinaw Island Michigan delights visitors with itsí Old World charm and hospitality. Wide ranges of accommodations are available on the island, from grand old Victorian hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts and cottages. Some come to Mackinaw Island especially for the experience of staying in one of the islandís incredible Victorian hotels. The very first summer hotel built on the island is still in business, and is considered to be one of the best on Mackinaw Island. Another lavish resort has been named one of the best 100 hotels in the world. It offers afternoon tea in the parlor, croquet on the lawn and dancing to the sounds of the big bands in their terrace room in the evening. Dining here is at itís finest with white linen tablecloths, vintage wines and a dress code after 6 p.m. There are also a large number of reasonably priced, restored inns and bed and breakfasts on Mackinaw Island, some with period furnishings. Youíll find hotels and inns located in the heart of historic downtown; others are nestled on a bluff overlooking beautiful Lake Huron or the Straits of Mackinac. Apartments and condos, homes and cottages are also available for rent, by the week, month or for the whole season. Camping is not permitted on Mackinaw Island.

The islandís oldest hotel, built in 1852 as a beach resort, is still in business and has 97 renovated rooms and two dining rooms with gorgeous views of the harbor. In the latter part of the 19th century the island grew in popularity, and by the late 1880s Mackinac Island was considered the most popular summer destination in America. Other grand hotels and inns were built, including the largest summer hotel in the world, which has a total of 385 rooms, all decorated differently, and includes a full breakfast and five-course dinner in itsí room rates. Staying in any one of the Victorian hotels on Mackinaw Island continues the feeling of being in another time and place, and for anyone who loves history, a visit to Mackinaw Island is a must Ė at least once in a lifetime. Most all of the hotels on Mackinaw Island have beautiful views Ė some of the lake or harbor, others of the lighthouse or colorful gardens. One hotel even features a four-story atrium. Most all of Mackinaw Island hotels have restaurants on site or nearby. All are near the islandís attractions such as hiking, horseback riding and golf, lush gardens, the butterfly house and conservatory and Fort Mackinac.

If you prefer, there are rental homes on Mackinaw Island that are situated a little further inland from the lake, and these are generally at a lower cost. Across the bay at nearby Mackinac City and St. Ignace you will find even more accommodations at reasonable prices; bed & breakfasts, beachfront inns, budget motels, and national hotel chains. Many have excellent views of the Mackinac Bridge and Island and are conveniently located near the ferry docks for easy access to and from the island. The Mackinaw Island resort area has accommodations to fit everyoneís taste and budget.


 

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