For those not wanting the formality of the Grand Hotel, but still expect the feel of traveling back in time....The Summer House at the Inn at Stonecliffe is wonderful. The suites are spacious and air-conditioned. There is an elevator for those who need it. The main house is a very short walk for breakfast or to catch the taxi to town.
Bikes are available in all styles and sizes. There are bike racks outside each building. The walk to town is approximately 40 minutes, I was told.
But, expect to spend 30 minutes by taxi to get to downtown. Horse-drawn taxis full of luggage and people, can be quite tired. I enjoyed the scenery on the ride, but it also comes with a fee each way. Just know that ahead of time, and you can make the most of your day. You can inquire about a ferry and taxi discount from the hotel. Returning to Summer House in the evening was just what we wanted. It was relaxing and quiet, with beautiful lawns and a view of the Mackinaw Bridge.
The dining room is small and quaint, so we made a reservation for dinner in advance. Also, meals can be ordered from the bar and carried back to the room. Very enjoyable stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Stonecliffe enjoys a storied place in Mackinac Island history. Built in 1904 as a family summer escape by industrialist Michael Cudahy, Stonecliffe has enchanted guests for nearly half a century. Situated high on the west bluff, Inn at Stonecliffe lodging comprises a classic Tudor-style mansion that offers 16 bed and breakfast style guest rooms, and the more modern Summer House Suites, with 31 richly appointed suites decorated in a classic summer cottage style with a light Victorian influence. Overnight visitors to Mackinac Island often observe that the best time to enjoy the island is in the early morning or late evening when the last ferry has carried the daily visitors back to the mainland. At The Inn at Stonecliffe, you’ll enjoy that feeling every moment of your stay. Anywhere you turn, tranquility and relaxation await, from the breathtaking bluff-top views of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Bridge to the Inn’s lush, rolling lawns.Special Services and / or Features: • Breakfast Included• Air Conditioning• Onsite Dining and Cocktail Lounge• Weddings and Events• Kitchenettes• Bike Rentals • Cable Television• Outdoor Heated Pool• Private Baths• Telephones• Complimentary Wireless Internet• Non Smoking ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Stonecliffe Hotel Mackinac Island