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Living History at Mackinac Island’s Island House Hotel

April 1, 2020

If the porch of Island House Hotel could give up its secrets, it would surely spill details of the century-old soirees and vacation stays of early Mackinac Island settlers, Chicago socialites, members of the Moral Re-Armament and 21st-century guests.

One of the earliest hotels on Mackinac Island, Island House Hotel ( dates to 1852 and used to sit near the water, a simple three-story structure without the stately east and west wings. Today, thanks to several additions and renovations — including saving the hotel from demolition in 1969 — the historic landmark is a well-appointed resort with a circular drive for carriage drop-offs, lush flowers and gardens, two restaurants and remodeled guest rooms.