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“Cozy B&B just off of Main Street” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island

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Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island
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Minnesota
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cozy B&B just off of Main Street”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

We had never been to Mackinac Island, but decided to look into it based on a trip that my brother in-law took there with his family. My husband and I decided that it would be best to visit the island before summer officially kicked off and the peak tourist season started so we chose the following dates June 9th through June 15th. After reading reviews on Trip Advisor on places to stay on the island we came across the Cottage Inn. We visited their website and loved the pictures so we decided to email the innkeeper (Rich) with some questions which were promptly responded to. Our questions being answered, we decided to book our room two months in advance. As our trip neared we began researching things to do on the island and when we weren’t able to locate a decent map of the island on-line, my husband emailed Rich to see if he knew where we could get one and much to our surprise he offered to mail us a map. This was just the beginning of the hospitality we were to receive during our stay at the inn. After a quick ferry ride to the island from Mackinaw City we arrived with our carry-on luggage’s and bicycles. We were pleasantly surprised when we found out that the inn was only a two minute walk from where we got off the ferry (Arnold Transit dock) and were greeted with a warm welcome by the innkeepers. They showed us to our room and made sure to mention that afternoon snacks were just about to be put out downstairs on the buffet. The afternoon snacks consisted of fudge and caramel corn from Murdick’s (a local establishment and original fudge shop). We stayed in the Bridge Room, a quaint room painted a light blue with dashes of white for clouds and beautiful pictures of the Mackinac Bridge. The room had a four poster bed (very comfortable and soft pillows), a small flat screen T.V., one window, and a small bathroom. After settling in we made our way downstairs for dinner and asked for recommendations to which Rich had plenty of suggestions and coupons. Fast forward to the next day and we are ready for breakfast (served until 10:00 a.m.). Breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, juice, milk, coffee and Marge’s yummy egg dish. It was so nice staying at a place that served a breakfast that was not only tasty but fulfilling. The egg dish was different every day made by Marge who obviously took pride in her dish. It so was yummy that my husband ended up asking for the recipe so that we could eat it at home. Throughout our entire stay they made sure that we didn’t want for anything and were always so warm and pleasant. The reception area was just large enough to feel open and yet cozy and they even had DVD’s that you could borrow and take up to your room to watch. We ended up watching a couple of movies during a rainy afternoon. Overall the inn is beautifully kept, the innkeepers (Rich and Marge) could not have been more hospitable, and the location is just off of Main Street in a center part of town with easy access to all the sites worth visiting. When we come back we’ll be staying at the Cottage Inn- have no doubt!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Bridge Room which had queen bed, small flat screen T.V., two night stands, a small...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GloN
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

We stayed here in early May for our anniversary trip and we are very happy we did. Gracious host and hostess, excellent food, clean room!

We will stay again in the future!

Room Tip: We liked our room very much - we had a balcony and we liked that the sink was in the room and the to...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Michigan USA
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113 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

During Lilac Festival it's always difficult to find room on the island, we were lucky and got a room for Sunday night at the Cottage Inn. There were three of us, and we had opted for the Mackinac Suite, which turned out to be a wonderful choice. Two bedrooms, a spacious bathroom, and a sitting room in the tower. The view from there was wonderful, we were looking up at the Fort and some of the older homes on the island, it was like stepping back in time, reinforced by the sound of the horse-drawn wagons. We were cordially welcomed when we left our luggage there earlier in the day and went off to "downtown". The rooms were very comfortable, Rich was a fount of information and answered all our questions about the house, which looks so old yet is so new, very interesting. The best part, aside from breakfast and the afternoon snacks, was later in the evening, we were sitting in our tower room and through the balmy night we heard Taps being played on a bugle, right after the clocktower struck 10. Breakfast on the porch within easy smelling distance of a lilac bush that was still blooming (the lilacs, like everything else this year had been early, but there were still some blooms) was very tasty. We'd like to come back in the winter, that should be a very special treat! We saw some of the other rooms and each one looked comfortable, but we are all partial to the Mackinac Suite!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dyer, Indiana
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

My granddaughter and I stayed here July 2012 after many calls to various B&B's on the island. Cottage Inn was chosen because of the first impression, second impression and caring response to all my questions by Rich. Rich made me feel I was a alued guest and offered some great ways to enjoy the island before I even booked. Both Rich and Marge made our stay perfect by letting us know the happenings of the day, like the opening of the stables at the Grand Hotel and concert in the park. We were so close to everything and could see the fort from beautiful sitting area in front of the inn. We enjoyed our light house room on the top of the inn.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cntrysrfr
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Woodbury, New Jersey
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

we couldn't have stayed at a better B&B on the island. our hosts were gracious and went out of their way to make our stay perfect. they made dinner reservations and called "taxis" for us when we asked. they even offered us discounts to several of the businesses without my asking.

the B&B is charming. we had excellent accommodations and the location couldn't be any better. just one block off the main street in town. but, at the same time, quiet enough to enjoy the serenity of the island when you wish. i can't tell you how many people stopped out front to take a picture of the front garden.

breakfast was delicious. coffee 24/7 (just about) and the "treats" in the afternoon are delightful. at the price, you can't find a better place to stay.

Room Tip: Any room will be wonderful. Just let your hosts know your desires.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Visiting46940
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Red Bay, Ontario
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

We stayed here in October 2011. The island is very charming and well worth the visit. We visited in the off season.

The B&B was easy to find once off the ferry. It was very clean. We found our room to be; well, it felt like a little boys room. It did have everything you might need or have forgotten. The bathroom was freezing! We were located on the main floor and were able to hear all the activity with others coming and going. Breakfast was buffet style with limited selection. I have dietary restrictions and brought my own food. If you have restrictions, bring your own food as they do not provide this feature.

Rich was very helpful in explaining the finer points of the island. The owners did get commondeered by other guests in the morning. We were never introduced to Marge but did see her at breakfast. The late afternoon snacks were very nice.

The island is very quaint and we had a great time walking around. Restaurants were limited, but we found the few who were open, the food to be very good.

Room Tip: Try and get a room on an upper floor.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank R H
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San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

While all of Northern Michigan was a delight to visit, my husband and I loved Mackinac Island in particular because of the lack of cars and the joy of getting around by bike and horse & carriage. Our B&B - the Cottage Inn - was charming and our hosts were very accommodating. Breakfast was wonderful, as was the mid-day snack. The location of Cottage Inn put us right near all the attractions but still away from the busy main street. Be sure to ride your bikes around the island in each direction-- it's a comfortable but spectacular ride and you won't want to miss anything!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank dojo28
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Additional Information about Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island

Property: Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island
Address: 7267 Market St, P.O. Box 458, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-5171
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island is a beautiful inn built with Victorian style and charm. The Cottage Inn was built in 2001 and we are proud to be the most modern B&B on Mackinac Island. ... more   less 
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