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Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island 2.5

Mackinac Island, Mackinac County, Michigan

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  • Newer property with an old-fashioned feel
  • On a quiet residential street, but close to restaurants and shops
  • Themed rooms and a suite with charming decor
  • Homemade, buffet-style breakfast included in room rate
  • Free fudge and peanut brittle in the afternoons
  • Rooms have DVD players and movies are available to borrow
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Cozy lobby with board games


  • Breakfast can be repetitive 
  • Rooms on the main floor can be disturbed by noise from the breakfast area

Bottom Line

This small two-and-a-half pearl bed and breakfast was built in 2001, with design and decor in the style of Mackinac Island’s charming older homes, minus the creaky floorboards. It’s not quite as luxurious as some of the other island hotels, but it's popular for its quiet atmosphere, away from the busy Main Street. The 10 rooms and one suite have old-fashioned decor inspired by the island and its history, including a “Somewhere in Time” room, named for the 1980 romance filmed here. All rooms have DVD players and guests can borrow movies from the B&B’s library. A homemade breakfast is served each morning, usually with an egg dish and cake, and afternoon snacks include local fudge and peanut brittle. 

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Bright and old-fashioned decor geared toward couples

The turreted Victorian Cottage Inn looks like it was built in the 19th century, with cheerful decor that veers towards old fashioned. The walls inside the reception area are painted a bright Pepto-Bismol pink and are decorated with traditional paintings. Baskets of DVDs and a stack of board games are presented on wooden shelves. The inn has a homey, comfortable feel, with a bright-blue floral sofa and small, unobtrusive front desk. The space is geared more toward couples and older guests, though children are welcome.


On a quiet street, walkable to all restaurants, shops, and attractions

The inn is on Market Street, in a quieter residential area that’s removed from the activity on Main Street, but it's still right around the corner from plenty of shops and restaurants and close to the ferry docks. Most attractions on this car-free island are within walking distance, including Fort Mackinac, which is five minutes away on foot, and the Grand Hotel, a 10- to 15-minute walk away.  


Charmingly decorated themed rooms and one three-room suite

There are 10 air-conditioned rooms and one suite spread over three floors, all of which have queen beds. Premium Deluxe rooms and the Victorian Turret room are a little larger, while the Mackinac Suite is made up of two bedrooms and a sitting room in the house's turret. All rooms are decorated in a Victorian style, with lots of light marine blues and pinks florals, and plaids, though it’s not too fussy. All come with flat-screen TVs and DVD players and Wi-Fi is free throughout. The decor is inspired by Mackinac Island -- the Somewhere in Time room has photos and books of the movie from which it takes its name, while the Sail Away room has kitschy sailboat wallpaper. Pedestal sinks are in the rooms themselves, while adjoining bathrooms are clean and basic, and come with curtained walk-in showers. Rooms on the main floor can get noisy in the morning due to their proximity to the breakfast area.


Homemade breakfast, afternoon snack, and DVDs available to borrow

The owners serve a homemade, buffet-style breakfast each morning with a hot egg dish and cake, as well as toast, English muffins, fresh fruit, and yogurt; the quality is good but past guests have complained about repetition. A snack of local treats, including fudge and peanut brittle, is served each afternoon. There's also a DVD library with movies that guests can borrow and watch in the rooms. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. 

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7267 Market St, P.O. Box 458, Upper Peninsula 49757-5171, United States