About Us

Mackinac Island has been delighting visitors for decades with its beautiful landscape, history, shopping, and sightseeing. The Mackinac House encompasses all the originality and elegance the island has to offer and is located just steps away from it all.

"We'd love for you to be our guest!" – Your hosts

Our Mackinac Island hotel is tucked into peaceful Market Street, just one block from downtown Mackinac Island. Ferry docks, Mackinac Island State Park, Historic Fort Mackinac, and the Mackinac Island State Harbor are just a short and picturesque stroll or bike ride away. Our large front porch is ideal for enjoying a quiet continental breakfast or just relaxing with the family while taking in the clip-clop of the famous horse-drawn buggies passing by. You won't find a more tranquil place to stay on Mackinac Island!

What Others Say About Us

★★★★★ Beth B. 

"Finding a beautiful place to stay on Mackinac Island is not hard to find. But finding a place to rest, relax, and enjoy the island with staff on hand to help you every inch of the way is the wonderful gift you receive if you stay at Mackinac House. Alyssa, Clover, and Mullaney each provided our large party with anything we needed. Meeting the needs of 14 people is never easy, but these ladies made it seamless for us to prepare for a wedding and enjoy the island. Island. Each of them understands what it means to provide hospitality, and they excel at it. Will absolutely stay here again and will recommend the Mackinaw House to anyone visiting the island. Kudos to the owners for hiring such able and caring women."

★★★★★ Cristina B. 

"We’re frequent fliers of The Mackinac House. We’ve stayed here 3 times now and only hope to stay here more in the future. Rooms are spacious, well decorated, and full of character. Bathrooms are always large with plenty of lighting options and plenty of towels. Rooms come with a smart TV, Keurig, and a mini fridge. Staff here is absolutely amazing! Alissa, Clover and crew truly make you feel like family. We love the breakfast in the morning (milk, juice, yogurt, bagels, fruit, muffins) as well as snacks in the afternoon. There’s a handful of tables and chairs in the commons area to play games, chat, or eat dinner. Highly recommend staying here!"

★★★★★ Sydney J. 

"This is my new go to place to stay on the island. The staff was friendly, decor adorable, rooms clean and comfortable, loved the shower, and the window bench for breakfast was a perfect way to start each day. We spent a lot of time on the front porch for its beauty, peacefulness, and watching the horses pass by. I cannot say enough about this location. Such a simple walk a block up and all of the tourism chaos disappears. It's so calming, the front yard is perfect, yet everything remains accessible by foot. This is the place to stay for families, couples, friends... Anyone who wants a positive, relaxing visit."

★★★★★ Tiffani C. 

"We had a wonderful stay at the Mackinac House. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The rooms are beautifully decorated and there are many extra well done details. We enjoyed time spent on our balcony, in the lobby and out on the front porch. All of the staff were very sweet with our 7 year old daughter as well and you can tell children are very welcome here. The snacks in the lobby were great with a wide variety and the continental breakfast was great too! We will definitely be back the next time we visit the island!"

A Step Back in Time

Mackinac Island has history dating back to 900 AD. The Island’s name is shortened from the Ojibwe word “Mishimikinaak”, which means “Big Turtle”. The historic origins of the Island are still represented today, as you’ll see with a stroll down main street. This rich history has brough visitors from near and far. Since the end of the Civil War when railroads became popular across the United States, Mackinac Island has been a destination for travelers

Mackinac Island banned cars in 1898 because the horses were being scared by the loud vehicles of the time. That law still stands today, keeping the historic charm alive. There is an eight-mile highway that wraps the island, and while you’re welcome to travel it by bike or by foot, it is the only highway in the United States that does not allow cars!

About 600 people live on Mackinac Island year-round. In the summer, the Island will see as many as 1 million visitors! This has given us plenty of experience in hospitality, and we know just how to make your stay on the Island as enjoyable as possible.

Whether you’re looking for Mackinac Island lodging for one night, a week, or longer, we would love to have you visit Mackinac Island and our hotel! Click here for information on how to get to Mackinac Island, then here to plan what activities you’d like to explore!


When you’re looking for the perfect hotel on Mackinac Island for your vacation, we have you covered. The Mackinac House room types include: Deluxe King and Queen, Balcony Rooms, Tower Suite, Fort Suite and Lower Level Suite.

Our rooms are tastefully decorated with traditional Mackinac Island elements. You’ll see pops of bright colors, fun prints, and hints of coastal décor.

For more information on our rooms, click here.

Where is Mackinac Island?

Mackinac Island is a small island located in northern Michigan. It is in Lake Huron, East of the Straits of Mackinac. Mackinac Island is reached by ferry or plane, either from St. Ignace in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or Mackinac City, in the Lower Peninsula. The Mackinac House is one of the closer hotels on Mackinac Island to the ferry docks. Learn more about how to get to Mackinac Island here

Amenities Close By

When you're considering hotels on Mackinac Island, think about the amenities close by. There are a plethora of restaurants along Main Street that are a short walk from The Mackinac House. Dining options within a quarter mile of The Mackinac House include

Don’t forget to bring home some famous Mackinac Island fudge—we love the original Murdick’s Fudge!

Getting around on Mackinac Island is different from other places as there are no cars here! The most common methods of transportation on the Island are walking, biking, and carriage. Because of this, the proximity of The Mackinac House to downtown amenties makes it the best place to stay on Mackinac Island.

The front desk can call a horse-drawn taxi to pick you up, or you may call them from anywhere on the island. Taxis run 24 hours per day during the summer season. You cannot hail a taxi on the island; rather, you must call and request one. Taxi drivers only take cash.

To call for a taxi, you may call (906) 847-3323. You may also call for a taxi to bring you back to the Mackinac Island ferry dock. For more information, visit Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

If you’d like to rent a bike while you’re on the island, there are plenty of options. On Main St, Mackinac Island Bike Shop and Mackinac Wheels are popular options.

You can typically rent a bike by the hour, for a half day, a full day, overnight, and for a 24 hour period. 

Mackinac Island Accolades

There are many reasons to visit Mackinac Island, but you don’t just need to take our word for it:

  • Top Ten Island in the U.S. – Trip Advisor
  • Top Family-Friendly Beach Town – Nerd Wallet Travel
  • Best Family Vacation Destination – Away.com
  • Top 17 Most Romantic Destinations in the U.S. – DatingAdvice.com