MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Mission Point Resort opens for the 2018 season on Friday, April 27, with 108 renovated Main Lodge hotel rooms and suites. The completion of these rooms marks a significant milestone in the in the $5 million of extensive updates the Ware family has made since taking ownership of the resort in 2014.
Other recent improvements to the property include the addition of Mackinac Island’s only full-service spa as well as several dining and retail amenities.
The Main Lodge’s traditional rooms, two-bedroom family suites and signature suites all now reflect the design approach the Ware family is instilling in the entire resort, bringing the colors of the island into the hotel, with classic Americana décor presented in hues of blues, tans and laurel and gray.
“Our goal in renovating Mission Point Resort is to build upon the natural and incomparable assets of the property, being situated on the water’s edge at the island’s east end with magnificent vistas,” said Liz Ware, Mission Point’s vice president of marketing and public relations. “As we continue to steward updates to the property, we hope guests at Mission Point Resort feel a sense of relaxed elegance, where the experience inside and outside of the resort is seamless, effortless and exceptional.”
The renovated Main Lodge rooms are the latest of many updates that have been made to Mission Point Resort. Mission Point recently opened the Lakeside Spa and Salon, Mackinac Island’s largest and only full-service health and wellness retreat. The spa features a couples’ treatment room, men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms, a spa shop and indulgent treatments. The spa’s signature service includes the Lilac Facial and Body Treatment, incorporating the best of Mackinac Island, with an express facial, massage with lilac essential oil, a hydrating foot mask and hot towel service. This year, a bridal ready-room was also added to the spa to elevate the wedding experience at Mission Point.
Mission Point Resort has also completely revamped its food and beverage program in Chianti, a traditional Italian restaurant with handmade pasta; Bistro on the Greens, a casual al fresco cafe with extraordinary views of the Straits and putting greens; and Round Island Bar and Grill where guests will find handcrafted American fare. New restaurants at Mission Point include Reserve Wine Bar featuring a well-curated selection of wines, charcuterie and cheeses; and Boxwood Coffeeshop and Café, with Lavazza coffee, homemade pastries and picnic items.
“As we have been considering the cadence of updates and improvements to make at Mission Point, from the very beginning we knew it was important to make an impression with our food and beverage program,” Ware said. “We are bringing extraordinary culinary experiences to our guests and visitors, with selections and settings that are unique to Mission Point.”
Mission Point Resort has a variety of packages throughout the 2018 season with guest favorites such as Pooch at the Point, for travelers and their dogs, as well as the Lake to Plate Fishing and Culinary Experience, featuring a five-hour fishing charter followed by a customized two-course dinner. The resort also has special packages for major events and holidays such as Mother’s Day, the Lilac Festival and Fourth of July.
Guests of Mission Point Resort have their choice of traditional rooms and a variety of suites including the ever-popular two-bedroom family suites. The property has an outdoor pool and jacuzzi as well as its famous Great Lawn dotted by 81 white Adirondack chairs overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. The property also has 38,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space for corporate events, meetings and weddings. Reservations can be made at missionpoint.com or by calling 800-833-7711.
Celebrating 30 years as Mission Point Resort in 2018, the various buildings and scenic grounds that make up the current property have been attracting vacationers to Mackinac Island since the late 1800s. Known as a popular gathering place for hundreds of years, during the 20th century the site was home to an international religious and educational retreat center, various hotels and lodging houses, and was the site of Mackinac College in the late 1960s. The Ware family purchased Mission Point Resort in 2014, stewarding the next phase in the life of the property, dedicated to preserving its historic character while providing modern amenities.
Mission Point Resort is located on Mackinac Island, Michigan, where there are no motorized vehicles and the island is only accessible by ferry or airplane. The resort is open from the last weekend in April through Oct. 27. The 241-room hotel has received several awards and recognitions, including two Conde Nast Travel Readers’ Choice Awards, the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award, The Knot Best of Weddings Award, Trip Advisor Award of Excellence and Shape Magazine’s Healthy Travel award.