The main house is an old mansion, and the rooms are lovely, The rooms with a harbor view cost more, but tree top views from the others are equally serene. The back porch and back yard offer lovely places to just sit and relax. The breakfasts were lovely, especially when enjoyed out doors. Walk to the far end of the back yard and you are on your own planet, just you and the gulls, the grass and the trees.
While not related to the hotel, the best choice I made during my trip was a bicycle ride around the outer edge of the island. It was lovely and not difficult, as the route is relatively level. It is 8 miles, and there are restrooms at about the half way point. Take a camera and a water bottle.
There was a wedding at Stonecliffe on the Saturday of my stay, and I understand that this is usually true. That meant a party tent with a band, so that music (or noise, depending on your taste) filled the house and grounds until 10 pm. Zoning ordinances require quiet after 10. Plan accordingly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Stonecliffe enjoys a storied place in Mackinac Island history. Built in 1904 as a family summer escape by industrialist Michael Cudahy, Stonecliffe has enchanted guests for nearly half a century. Situated high on the west bluff, Inn at Stonecliffe lodging comprises a classic Tudor-style mansion that offers 16 bed and breakfast style guest rooms, and the more modern Summer House Suites, with 31 richly appointed suites decorated in a classic summer cottage style with a light Victorian influence. Overnight visitors to Mackinac Island often observe that the best time to enjoy the island is in the early morning or late evening when the last ferry has carried the daily visitors back to the mainland. At The Inn at Stonecliffe, you’ll enjoy that feeling every moment of your stay. Anywhere you turn, tranquility and relaxation await, from the breathtaking bluff-top views of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Bridge to the Inn’s lush, rolling lawns.Special Services and / or Features: • Breakfast Included• Air Conditioning• Onsite Dining and Cocktail Lounge• Weddings and Events• Kitchenettes• Bike Rentals • Cable Television• Outdoor Heated Pool• Private Baths• Telephones• Complimentary Wireless Internet• Non Smoking ... more less
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- The Inn At Stonecliffe Hotel Mackinac Island