Fort Mackinac in Winter
Cross Country Ski Trails
New Year’s Eve Celebrations
Great Turtle Chili Cookoff – February 13, 2016
Mackinac Island in winter is the perfect place for travelers who want to enjoy all of the beauty and exhilaration of a snowy winter vacation up north. The uncrowded streets, lined with historic buildings, reveal the poignancy of the past to those who walk them while the snow quietly falls and the winter lights and holiday decorations celebrate a life lived simply.
The winter sports enthusiast can cross-country ski or snowshoe the trails that lead through the forests of Mackinac Island State Park, which covers 80 percent of the island. You can wind your way past Fort Mackinac up to the highest point on the island at Fort Holmes or venture to the natural landmarks of summer hikers – Sugar Loaf Rock and Arch Rock.
Although most of the hotels and restaurants on Mackinac Island are closed during the winter, there are a number of places to stay and few great spots to dine during the winter months. Doud’s Market is also open to supply any groceries or other provisions during your stay. The pages of Ski Mackinac were created to help you plan enjoy a wonderful winter vacation on Mackinac Island.
Featured Winter Lodging
Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island
The Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island is open for the early part of the winter season: From December 2, 2016 to January 2, 2017 Located on quiet Market Street, the Cottage Inn is just one block from the downtown area. Ferry Docks, Mackinac Island State Parks, historic Fort Mackinac and the Mackinac Island Marina are… more...
Pontiac Lodge is an intimate, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island. The Pontiac Lodge has 11 distinct rooms, most with wet bars, private baths with showers and some with Jacuzzi tubs. Included in these 11 rooms are a one bedroom suite and a two bedroom suite with a full kitchen. Located… more...
Bogan Lane Inn
Enjoy the quiet, beautiful pace of winter at Bogan Lane Inn. Enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on Mackinac’s picturesque trails. What better way to spend your time on beautiful Mackinac Island than in one of the older family homes? Our house was built in the mid-1850s during the period when the Mackinac Island fishing industry… more...
Featured Winter Dining
Cawthorne’s Village Inn
Formerly the Village Inn, established in 1981 is Grand Hotel’s newest casual dining option. Located on Hoban Street just a block off Mackinac’s Main Street across from Shepler’s Ferry docks, Cawthorne’s is open year round and features seasonally changing menus. Choices include the signature planked whitefish, special selections using Michigan products, several organic dishes; and… more...
The Islander’s year ’round hangout. Full bar featuring canned & draught beers, serving steaks, whitefish, traditional bar grub, burgers, dogs, wings, sandwiches, pizza, fries, rings, ‘shrooms and an array of great fried munchies. A special New Year’s Eve menu with be served along with pub fare. Live entertainment. Dinner reservations are highly encouraged. Located downtown… more...
New Year’s Eve Celebration on Mackinac Island
December 26, 2015 to January 3, 2016 Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island with countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. With cars banned, walk or snowshoe though a peaceful downtown Mackinac Island to one of the five accommodations, two restaurants and America’s Family Owned Oldest Grocery Store, Doud’s Market. Several shops also open their doors… more...
Mackinac Island Winter Festival – February 6 – 7, 2016
Winter Festival is a fundraiser for Mackinac Island Recreational Development (MIRD). Saturday festivities include Broom Hockey, Snow Bowling, Snow Golf, Cardboard Sledding Contest and Children’s Games at Great Turtle Park from 12pm-3pm. Sunday activities will be held at the Mackinac Island Public School with a hearty breakfast/brunch from 10am until 3pm. The Mackinac Island Calendar… more...
Great Turtle Chili Cookoff – February 13, 2016
Hit the cross-country ski trails surrounded by snow falling on cedars then make your way to the event of the winter. The annual chili cook off takes place at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Restaurant on Saturday, February 13th, where chefs and average Joe’s duke it out for the first, second and third place honors. Visitors can… more...
Getting To Mackinac Island in the Winter
Arnold Transit Co.
Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry – January 4, 2016 Single Digits & Steam on the Straits of Mackinac this morning… Means only one thing!? Making Ice Arnold Transit Co. – For up-to-date departures visit http://arnoldline.com/ride-arnoldline/departures/st-ignace Arnold Ferry Line is the oldest yet most modern passenger ferry and freight service from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan,… more...
Great Lakes Air
Great Lakes Air provides air service from Mackinac County Airport in St. Ignace. They will arrange a horse-drawn taxi to take you to your hotel if you need it as well. Call (906) 643-7165 for flight schedule or after hours service. The cost each way from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island is $28.00 per person… more...
Getting Around Mackinac Island in the Winter
Mackinac Island Taxi Service – (906) 847-3323
All reservations for evening or early morning must be made the by 3pm the previous day.
Mackinac Island Winter Services Listing
For more information visit the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Winter Page at: http://www.mackinacisland.org/winter