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Lilac Tree or Main Street Inn

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Lilac Tree or Main Street Inn

Our family of four is planning a trip to Traverse City in mid August. I thought Mackinac Island would be a good side trip. Our boys are ages 3 & 4. I want to stay somewhere on the island where we can walk to most everything without exhausting the kids. The Main Street Inn on-line looks like a nice hotel at a really bargain price. Is it too good to be true? Has anyone stayed there? I figured any decent place would be at least $200/night at peak season. Another important factor is that my husband can't live without air conditioning. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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1. Re: Lilac Tree or Main Street Inn

What a great vacation combination! I haven't stayed at either one of the Mackinac Island hotels you mention, but they both get excellent reviews. They are also both right downtown and near the docks. The Lake View, Iroquois and Chippewa are also right downtown. Hotels a little further up the main street are the Island House , the Inn on Mackinac and the Harbour View Inn in that order.

On our next trip to the island we'll be staying at the Harbour View. I have a 3 & 5 year old and think we should be fine walking into town and back as long as we stop to rest before heading back.

Many people say you don't need air conditioning on the island. We didn't have air conditioning a couple times on the island and regretted it both times. Once was at the Lake View in one of their non-airconditioned rooms. Being downtown it was a little noisey at night with the windows open.

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Mackinac Island, MI
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We are scheduled to stay at the Lilac Tree from 7/10-7/12. We will be traveling there after driving up the western coast of Michigan and staying in Traverse City.

When we return, I will let you all know what I thought of the Lilac Tree.

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My nephew works on the Island at the Cherokee. He tells me that the Lilac Tree is "Very Vey Nice."

I found this on their website. "All of our suites are air-conditioned and include a large bedroom, seperate spacious living room, two cable televisions, three telephones, marble bathroom, refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee maker. For a 360 Tour, click here."

Hope this helps...

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4. Re: Lilac Tree or Main Street Inn

Both are right downtown.

Both are relatively new.

Main Street Inn is brand new, offering bargains to build up business.

Both are more or less owned by the same people.

The Chippewa and Lilac Tree are owned by Benser/Nephew.

The Main Street Inn is owned by just one of them, I forget which.

They are both nice.

For kids (and some adults) Harbor View is about a ten minute walk to the heart of downtown.

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As far as air conditioning....

It is true that in the old days air conditioning was not at all necessary. There are still many places and homes that do very well without it, and there is almost a constant breeze coming in off of the lake.

However, it seems like it is often more humid than it used to be during deep summer. Sometimes, only for part of the day--then it cools down again. A few days each summer are that humid that only can be relieved by air conditioning, most others an open window and old-fashioned fan is enough.

A lot of it really depends on your location. If you have a lakeside room at the Iroquois or Chippewa---two hotels that are genuinely

'on the lake', you can rely on decent breezes.

If your hotel is blocked from the lake by buildings, or quite a ways off the Main Road--less possible circulation. And so on.

However, if your husband 'can't live without air conditioning', he could be like my mom---and absolutely nothing will satisfy her except air conditioning.

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