Imagine snow falling, peaceful walks in the woods, great meals and time spent with friends and family and rockin’ parties in the pubs downtown….that is a Mackinac Island New Year’s Eve.
Great Lakes Air provides air service from Mackinac County Airport in St. Ignace. They will arrange a horse-drawn taxi to take you to your hotel if you need it as well.
Call (906) 643-7165 for flight schedule or after hours service. The cost each way from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island is $28.00 per person each way, children 12 and under are half price – 3 and under are free as are dogs.
Mackinac Island Taxi offers horse-drawn taxi service by reservation, call (906) 847-3323. Please note, any taxi service after 5pm or before 8am must be called in by 3pm each day due to limited drivers and much lighter schedules this time of year. It is imperative to make reservations before 3pm daily for any evening activities to ensure timely service.
Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542
Serving lunch and dinner daily, the Village Inn has been a favorite of locals and tourists for 45 years. Delicious sandwiches, salads and appetizers. 100% Certified Angus Steaks, chops, burgers & ribs. The house special Planked Whitefish has received world acclaim. Fine wines by the bottle and glass. Enjoy the award winning Bloody Mary and happy hour. Located downtown on Hoban Street.
A special dinner menu will be served with pianist John Kissane and entertainment into the wee hours. Dinner reservations are encouraged.
Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916
The Islander’s year ’round hangout. Full bar featuring canned & draught beers, serving steaks, whitefish, traditional bar grub, burgers, dogs, wings, sandwiches, pizza, fries, rings, ‘shrooms and an array of great fried munchies.
A special New Year’s Eve menu with be served along with pub fare. Live entertainment. Dinner reservations are highly encouraged. Located downtown on Astor Street. Take out food and beer as well.
Great Turtle Drop
The Innkeepers at the Cottage Inn dreamed up the Great Turtle Drop as Mackinac Island’s version of Times Square and it was so well received that they are lighting up their turtle again this year. The drop takes place on Main Street at the Christmas Tree around midnight.
Where to Stay
Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439
Cottage Inn of Mackinac (906) 847-4000
Harbor Place Studio Suites (906) 847-3347
Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (906) 847-6575
Mission Point Resort (906) 847-3312
Pontiac Lodge (906) 847-3364
Village Inn Suites (906) 847-8077
Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing
Cross Country skis are available for rent from Cawthorne’s Village Inn. The Mackinac Island Ski club grooms trails on the east and north side of the Island in Mackinac Island State Park.
New Year’s Eve Hayrides
Hayrides will also be available during New Year’s Eve day and includes complimentary hot chocolate, warm apple cider and coffee. Sign up at Cawthorne’s Village Inn or call for reservations 906-847-3542 (definitely recommended).
Crystal Earth Sustainable Living and Spiritual Center
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays or By appt: (906) 847-8110 firstname.lastname@example.org
Crystal Earth features Reiki and Crystal Bed Sessions, along with sustainable living, spiritual classes, and special presentations. Browse among the books, listen to music, or simply admire the selection of carefully-presented crystals, stunning handmade jewelry and other selected items.
Doud’s Market – Since 1887, Doud’s Market has been nourishing Islanders and visitors. This full service grocery store offers fresh cut meats, fresh produce, bakery, deli counter, prepared meals, packaged liquor and lottery. Open until 10pm on New Year’s Eve, we recommend picking up your late night munchies during the day to be certain you have some great snacks for your afterglow.
Harrisonville General Store – Groceries, beer, wine, specialty items and jewelry made by Island residents. Located up Island in the Village.
Little Luxuries of Mackinac – Beautiful Michigan themed gifts, handmade soaps and lotions as well as entertaining, gift giving, decorating, and inspiring little luxuries.
Mackinac Outfitter – Mackinac Island’s favorite outfitter, providing the most popular lines of outdoor gear and clothing since 1981. We are located on Main Street across from the Shepler Ferry dock.
SomeWear on Mackinac – A fine boutique of ladies clothing, outerwear, scarves handbags and more. Located at the Grand Gatehouse Courtyard Shops.