Midwest Living Review
On the southeast end of Mackinac Island, Mission Point begins where the island's main street ends. Built in the 1950s as a moral and spiritual retreat, the property changed hands multiple times before it was sold and renamed Mission Point Resort in the late 80s. An expansive front lawn with unobstructed views of Lake Huron greets visitors and guests. The island's largest resort, with 242 rooms ranging from standard (double beds) to luxury suites (three bedrooms, four baths, fireplace and private elevator) is also its most diverse. An eclectic mix of buildings covers 18 acres. The sprawling compound has two lodges: Straits and Main. The latter houses 109 rooms, three of the resort's four restaurants and Great Hall, which resembles a giant teepee. The island's only movie theater shows first-run flicks on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights. For spectacular views of the surroundings, like Bois Blanc Island and Round Island Lighthouse, climb the eight-story Tower Museum. Each level rewards visitors with a different exhibit about Mackinac Island's history, from Native American heritage to building the 5-mile long Mackinac Bridge. When it comes to outdoor recreation, guests can choose from an 18-hole putting course, heated swimming pool and tennis court. An activities center offers bicycle rentals, a health club and sauna. The Kid's Island Club welcomes the short set with scavenger hunts, kite flying, Frisbee, arts and crafts, and a full arcade. Guests looking to unwind and relax will appreciate the resort's library. Grab a book and curl up in an overstuffed chair in front of one of six fireplaces that burn throughout the year in the main lodge. A spa fills one floor of the Observation Tower, with three treatment rooms and a salon that overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. If you enjoy the island's touristy summer bustle, this resort may seem too quiet. From $199.