Plan Your Visit
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Mackinac Island, one of Michigan’s most photographed and talked about travel destinations. Located between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, the island offers you unforgettable natural and historical treasures surrounded by the sparkling blue waters of the Great Lakes. Here are some travel tips to make your vacation more enjoyable.
Mackinac Island is located between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. As cars are not permitted on Mackinac Island, you must leave your car at the ferry docks in either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Both cities have ferry service to the Island and offer several secure day and overnight parking options which you can arrange upon your arrival at the dock.
Ferry service to Mackinac Island operates from May until November. Departure times vary throughout the season becoming more frequent during the peak of the summer season in July & August. You may choose to leave from the Lower Peninsula at the Mackinaw City dock or St. Ignace in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Mackinaw City offers more frequent and later departure times. St. Ignace is less congested and generally has open parking.
Prior to your trip we suggest adding discounted ferry tickets to your hotel reservation. You will claim your tickets at any Star Line ticket window on your scheduled day of arrival by showing ID for the name your reservation is under.
Departures from Star Line’s Mackinaw City dock are the closest dock to Island House Hotel. Check the ferry schedule prior to leaving home. Star Line Ferry Schedule
For a smooth trip, arrive at the ferry dock no less than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled ferry departure time.
Upon arriving at the ferry dock of your choice you will be directed to overnight parking services. Here you will arrange for vehicle parking, and have any luggage that you wish to be transported to Island House Hotel tagged and loaded onto the ferry for you.
Reaching Mackinac Island by air is a unique experience no matter which option you may choose. Mackinac Island is served by Pellston Airport (231.539.8441) located a mere 12-miles south of Mackinaw City. Transportation to and from Pellston is available through Mackinaw Shuttle (888.349.8294).
Mackinac Island also has an airport capable of accommodating both chartered and private planes. Chartered flights are available through Great Lakes Air (906.643.7165) and St. Ignace Airport (906.643.7327). Call Mackinac Island Airport (906.847.3231) for private plane information.
6966 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Getting to Island House Hotel from Mackinac Island Ferry Dock
Once you arrive on Mackinac Island, a porter will take your luggage and direct you to the hotel.
Guest transportation to and from the hotel are not included in your nightly rate. You may walk, bike or take a horse-drawn taxi to the hotel. Mackinac Island Taxi
Upon arrival at the hotel, please present your luggage claim stubs that you received at the ferry dock to the desk clerk at check-in. Your luggage will then be delivered to your room.