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Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

This is a small bed & breakfast located 1-1/2 blocks from the main street and Arnold's Ferry and 1/2 a block from Ft. Mackinac. Innkeepers Rich and Marge are very friendly and helpful and the rooms are comfortable and well appointed. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch, taking in the aroma of the colorful flowers, and watching the carriages and bicycles go by. Local sweets are served at 3 p.m. and coffee and tea are available all day long. A delicious breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Revolution Room on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

The location is just off Main Street, so close to the action yet quiet. The innkeepers are very friendly and helpful with local tips. We enjoyed the homemade breakfast and afternoon snacks, which included local fudge and caramel popcorn. Our room was spacious and clean. The bathroom was modern too. We never heard any other guests. Will definitely return and recommend this place to others to stay.

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5  Thank TAP647
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

My wife and I vacationed on Mackinac Island for the first time last August. We stayed in the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa and I gave them a TA ranking of 4 out of 5. Overall, it was a nice experience, but with some disappointments.

This year, we returned with our children and booked the Mackinac Suite at Cottage Inn instead for several reasons:

* The Cottage Inn is ranked the #1 B&B on Mackinac Island.
* It is located on Market Street one block off of Main. This street is much quieter...not nearly as busy.
* No bats! (Read my review on Lilac for details)
* It is a very short walk from Arnold Transit and the Marina (and my favorite J L Beanery)
* A hot breakfast is served each morning from 8-10
* Snacks (fudge, peanut brittle, saltwater taffy ++) are served each afternoon from 3-5
* The rooms were extremely clean thanks to Carmen who was very pleasant.
* Rich and his wife, the innkeepers, were very accommodating and knowledgeable about the area.
* The pillow-top mattresses were comfortable.

When we return to Mackinac Island, we will book the Cottage Inn again.

Room Tip: 1. The Mackinac Suite was perfect for a family of four (two teenage girls). There were two bedrooms...
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2  Thank AccordingToJoe
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

I knew this would be a great inn. My initial email inquiring about reservation information was returned as a personal phone call, asking clarifying questions to ensure my expectations would be met. I was given helpful advice right from the start (take the Arnold ferry, it docks only a block away) and had the assurance that the celebration of my wife's birthday with her extended family would be a wonderful memory.

The ferry porters took our bags at the dock and delivered them to the Inn while we strolled across Main Street, dodging horse drawn taxis and bicycles, and after a block turned right and saw a profusion of perennial flowers surrounding the sign announcing the "Cottage Inn". The swing on the front porch beckoned but that could wait until after check in.

Rich, the Innkeeper, welcomed us warmly and showed everyone to their rooms.

My wife's parents were in the first floor "Somewhere in Time" room. There are photos and decorating touches in the room to remind you of that (incredibly boring and plodding) movie which was shot on the Island. It would have to be a toss up which would put you to sleep faster: the incredibly comfy bed, or the movie.

My family had the Mackinac Suite on the third floor. There was one nice bed that our girls shared, and in a separate room was the main bedroom. We really enjoyed the sitting room at the top of the turret -- it is perfect for watching movies late at night. (by the way, the Inn has a nice selection of DVDs for guests' use, and they provide complementary popcorn and coffee and tea for snacking anytime)

The only weird thing in our suite was the bathroom. It was off the main bedroom, so a bit of knocking and calling out was in order whenever a daughter wanted to wash or use the toilet. It was fine for us, but you want to know the people you share this suite with very well!

I want to point out that although this looks like an old quaint Inn, it actually is fairly new construction and because of that, everything works! We've all stayed in quirky inns where the floor creaked, the water dribbled out at low pressure, you ran out of hot water, the walls were thin and the windows were drafty. Not so at the Cottage Inn - you have the lovely old style but with modern conveniences and careful maintenance.

The beds are comfy with great mattresses and duvets. The pillows feel great. The towels are big and soft -- and everything is super clean.

Breakfast was very good. Marge (Mrs. Innkeeper) prepared a nice egg casserole each morning, along with a variety of cereals, bagels, english muffins, toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, and a lovely coffee cake. Juice, coffee and a variety of teas were all available as well. You can eat at a table in the "lobby" or take your breakfast on the porch.

Every afternoon the breakfast counter offers wonderful treats made on the Island: fudge, peanut brittle and caramel corn. Of course, the coffee and teas are always available.

The rooms are quiet, I never heard another guest from our room. And for the summer, each room has air conditioning, although we preferred opening the window, turning on the ceiling fan and listening to the hoof beats of passing horses as we drifted off.

The Inn surprised me: I didn't expect to have the rooms made up everyday. Maybe I've stayed in the wrong B&Bs, but usually there is no cleaning service. Not so at the Cottage Inn! Here, the wonderful Carmen tidies your room, makes the bed and replaces your towels - yes, we're on vacation!

The island has many wonderful destinations and restaurants, and being landowners and residents on the Island, Rich and Marge know them all. Tell them what you are looking for and they will make a suggestion which is sure to please. They know where to get discounts, how to support local small businesses and where to have casual or special meals. In fact, Rich has written a small booklet (available at the Inn) on fun, free things to do on the Island.

When it's time to take your last bit of fudge and say goodbye, Rich will call the porter service and have your bags delivered to the ferry so you can wander around without having to schlep your bags.

There is a very good reason this B&B is the top rated one on the Island. Try it, and you'll be writing your own glowing review.

Room Tip: There are rooms on the first floor if you don't like stairs, but the rooms that face the street...
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Mackinac Island is a step back in time. Traffic is four legged and the work sounds is a delightful clip clop. It is a clean place and the food is very good. It is an historic place and those who live on the island understandably consider it paradise. The Cottage Inn did its very best to include us in the friendliness and charm of the place. The beds were comfortable and the breakfasts were delicious. Coffee is available all the time. In the afternoon there are irresistible snacks and we made a point of being there in time for them. Fudge is a specialty of the island and there was always delectable fudge included in the snack. Rich and Marge were friendly, gracious and professional and helped us choose our activities and places to eat. Thank you folks for a great time.

Room Tip: We had a ground floor room and it was "just right" for us.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Upon reviewing Tripadvisor we chose the Cottage Inn as our first stay at a B&B. We were not disappointed. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary and upon arrival there was some fudge and a card congratulating us. It was a nice touch and the fudge was yummy! The Inn keepers were helpful in providing suggestions regarding restaurants and activities on the Island. We stayed in the Lilac Parlour which was very clean and cozy. Breakfast is served between 8-10. We enjoyed the variety...yogurt, fresh fruit, hardboiled eggs, a warm egg and cheese dish, cereal, juices/coffee/tea, english muffins/bagels and a lovely lemon poppy seed cake.(Hope I didn't miss something!) We were only able to enjoy breakfast the 1st day as we had to catch the ferry prior to breakfast being served on the 2nd day. We loved the Island but our most favourite part of the Island experience was our stay! Each afternoon after some sightseeing we returned to the B&B and enjoyed wine, conversation and some yummy snacks that are served at 3p.m. The location is terrific. Only a block up from the Main street. We were able to watch the wagons and people go by but it wasn't as busy as the Main street which was nice. We will definitely recommend this experience to friends and hope to visit again!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank neatfrk
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

My wife and I have stayed on the Island several times. It is no surprise that the Cottage Inn is rated number one. Rich and Marge are excellent hosts. Add to that location, atmosphere, great food and total comfort and you will have plenty of reasons to stay here!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Kathy O
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #2 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Mackinac Island
Price Range: $95 - $315 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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