MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – From the sweet smell of fudge to the sound of horses on Main Street, some Mackinac Island traditions never change. But this season, there will also be plenty of new things to explore in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations. From restaurants to resort upgrades – even a very Mackinac flavor of ice cream – tourism staff have compiled a long list detailing the new experiences visitors can see in 2022.
“There really is something special and nostalgic about being on Mackinac Island – if you’ve ever been here, you know what I’m talking about,” said Tim Hygh, executive director of the island’s Tourism Bureau. Mackinac. “We look forward to welcoming large numbers of visitors back each spring and are excited to showcase the renovations and changes our community has been hard at work implementing since last season.”
The two ferry lines serving the island – Star Line and Shepler’s – will begin their speedboat service on April 21. This means that the seasonal opening of many restaurants, hotels and attractions on the island will not be far behind.
This year, Grand Hotel is delivering many of the new additions to the island. The new Woodlands Activity Center will include a miniature golf course called The Gem, a BMX bike path, new pickleball courts and even a greenhouse/nature center where visitors can view some of the plants and flowers up close. grow on the island. The activity center will be open to hotel guests as well as visitors to the island.
The Grand Hotel is also opening a new restaurant this year. The Mackinac Island Pizza Co. is scheduled to open in mid-summer and will focus on serving Detroit-style thick slices.
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Here’s a look at what’s new Mackinac Island visitors will see this season:
RESTAURANTS and BARS
Mission Point Resort: Look for new tastes in Executive Chef John Clements’ farm-to-ferry cuisine. And there will be new seating on the sundeck deck at Round Island Kitchen, where guests can enjoy great views of the Straits of Mackinac and passing freighters. Discover the new bar area in the main pavilion.
Ice House BBQ: An outdoor pizza oven, a new rustic bar and more garden seating are available for this season.
Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor at the Grand Hotel: Dig into Mackinac Island lilac ice cream, made by Guernsey Farms Dairy as a tribute to the island’s signature flower. This lilac-flavored treat joins two dozen other creamy flavors now exclusively supplied by Guernsey, and it will only be available at Sadie’s.
Small Luxury Shop: New products join the range of this downtown favourite. Exhibits of artists’ trunks are coming this summer with Michigan makers.
Mackinac Brewers in Surrey Hill: New owners expand giftware and apparel.
The Mission Point Resort shop: State pride soars high here with new items from over 20 Michigan vendors.
THINGS TO DO
Watercolor Coffee: New courses are offered this summer.
Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory Wings: This fan favorite will celebrate its 25th anniversary with new additions and events this summer.
McGulpin House: This Michigan State Historic Parks property will reopen this year, giving visitors a glimpse into domestic life on the island in the early 1800s. It will be open to visitors June 4 through August 21 with a ticket to Fort Mackinac.
Fort Mackinac: After a two-year hiatus, Fort drill and rifle shooting are back for this season.
American Fur Co. Store and Dr. Beaumont Museum: This location will celebrate the 200th anniversary of a medical marvel with a new exhibit detailing the doctor’s experiences.
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HOTELS and RESORTS
The Chippewa Hotel: Long known for its scenic waterfront location and Pink Pony bar and restaurant, the hotel has updated its massive 25-person hot tub, which now features a Pink Pony mosaic. Overnight guests will find new walk-in showers, carpeting, and mattresses in all rooms.
Island House Hotel: Guests will find a remodeled indoor pool and spa, updated interior hallways and stairwells, and carpeting and hardwood floors in a number of rooms.
Mission Point Resort: New private hot tubs and patio renovations have been completed in all 14 resort suites.
Lilac Suites: This downtown staple has remodeled its lobby, added walk-in showers to rooms, and redone its front balconies.
Many island events that had been canceled or reduced in recent years are resuming their fun and full schedule for 2022. These include:
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