EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF MACKINAC ISLAND IN THE WINTER
Visiting Mackinac Island in the wintertime is a completely different experience than visiting in the summer. Two restaurants remain open where you can mix with the locals. For the most part, shops are closed and the focus this time of year is on the beauty of the island itself. Visitors can hike through the woods and take in the beauty of the serene snow covered forest. Mackinac Island Ski Club grooms trails throughout the state park. There are many things to do throughout the winter season. The island holds it's annual Christmas Bazaar in early December, Winterfest weekend is the beginning of February, the Great Turtle Chili Cookoff is mid-February, and the state park hosts lantern lit ski events at various times during the winter. For more information about winter on Mackinac visit www.mackinacisland.org.
Pontiac Lodge is located downtown on Hoban Street. This boutique hotel features charming, nautically-themed rooms, with wet bars, and some with Jacuzzi tubs. There is also a two bedroom suite with a full kitchen and living room. Open year-round.
Village Inn Suites are located downtown above Kingston Kitchen at the Village Inn. These suites have private bedrooms, comfortable living rooms, kitchens, and full baths. They are just a short walk from ferry docks. The suites remain open through the winter season.
Star Line Ferry Line:
The only boat line servicing Mackinac Island in the off season. Star Line Ferry offers passenger ferry service from St. Ignace, MI, November - April, weather permitting.
Fresh Air Aviation:
Year 'round air service to Mackinac Island from St. Ignace airport.
Great Lakes Air:
The airport services the island everyday throughout the season (weather permitting). The airport is located in St. Ignace, MI.
Mackinac Island Carriage Tours and Taxi:
The horse drawn taxi has daytime hours and does accept reservations for the evening when reserved ahead of time.
Star Line Ferry (906) 643-7635
(from St. Ignace only until the ice freezes)
Doud’s Market (906) 847-3444
Great Lakes Air (906) 643-7165
Fresh Air Aviation (231)237-9482
Mackinac Island Medical Center (906) 847-3582
Mackinac Island Taxi Service (906) 847-3323
(all reservations for evening must be made by 3pm daily)
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau (906) 847-3783
Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916
St. Anne’s Catholic Church (906) 847-3507
Trinity Episcopal Church (906) 847-3798