While most visitors think of Michigan's crown jewel, the timeless and picturesque destination set majestically between Michigan's two peninsulas, as a destination that closes for the winter, Mackinac Island is truly always open. However, many renovations and new construction happens during the quieter months of the year, but by May, horses arrive back on the island, ferries begin to run and businesses begin to open for the season. Here's a look at whats been happening on the island the new, the renovated and a few classic must-see destinations on Mackinac Island this season.
Island hotels and resorts use the winter season to freshen up, put on a fresh coat of paint or complete renovations, and get ready to welcome travelers. This winter was no different with hotel improvements around the island including the new Musser Suite at Grand Hotel. Named for R.D. Musser, the Chairman of Grand Hotel, this new one-bedroom suite, located at the West end of the fourth floor of the hotel, will feature a king bed, a wet bar, and a separate parlor with spectacular views of the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac.
Many hotels and resorts also offer packages, deals and discounts throughout the season. New for 2014, Mission Point Resort is offering a Culinary Getaway package, the perfect way to experience the flavors of Michigan and the sights of Mackinac Island. This two-night getaway includes all meals, two hour bike rental, tickets to Fort Mackinac and a Mackinac Island cookbook to take home.
This season Mackinac Island will welcome its first tap room. Located next to Marys Bistro, the Draught House will offer 50 craft beers on tap. A majority of the beers will be Michigan brewed and to compliment the craft beers, The Draught House will serve homemade pretzels and bar cheese.
Travelers will also enjoy the new atmosphere at The 1852 Grill Room at the Island House Hotel with new seating, an expanded bar area, plus an expanded view of the Straits of Mackinac. The Grill Room is known for casual fine dining in a cottagey atmosphere.
Known for Goodfellows Italian Chop House, the Goodfellows restaurants have expanded with a second location, the Goodfellows Grill, at the former site of 21 Speed at the Bicycle Street Inn across from the Shepler dock.
Visitors can watch as a piece of Mackinac Island history comes back to life. Originally built in the early 1900s, the iconic three-story Adirondack-style lodge known as Silver Birches is currently undergoing renovations. Situated about three miles from downtown, this historic property is planning to open in stages and welcomes visitors to come see a piece of history transformed.
Mackinac is known for its art galleries, featuring the works of Island and regional artists. This summer the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum will host the Places of Mackinac exhibit, artwork depicting the natural beauty, historic landmarks, iconic architecture, stunning vistas and other places that are uniquely Mackinac. Admission to the museum is free for all who spend the night at a Mackinac Island Convention & Visitors Bureau property.
Thursday evenings come alive in Marquette Park with Music in the Park. Sit back and enjoy the delightful sounds and the spectacular view. Music in the Park, founded by the Mackinac Arts Council, has announced five unique acts scheduled for July 2014.
With more than 80% of Mackinac Island located within the Mackinac Island State Park, free of charge and open year-round, visitors can discover the natural gems of the island. Plan to visit the parkland by foot, bike, horseback or carriage to experience the geological wonders and unique historical monuments that can only be found on Mackinac Island.
So this season leave the ordinary at home and set sail for this timeless and picturesque destination, Mackinac Island.