Travel Blogs from Mackinac Island
Great Lakes golden perch lunch for Linda and Cuban Pork sandwich for Lon. Across the street is Lake Huron and view of Mackinac Island - will visit tomorrow by ferry - for fudge no doubt! Our first attempt at logging our travels this fall 2013 with the aide of Red Jacket Amber Ale for ...
After departing Alpena with following John & Rita we followed highway 23 through Cheboygan to the bridge. Connie got a great picture of the magnificent bridge as we crossed it onto the Upper Peninsula (UP), beginning our Yooper experience. Both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are really only one body of water, sharing the same water level elevation.
Another remote park, small but very nice with spectacular waterfront sites on Lake Michigan so we are looking straight out over the water, Can’t get in our heads that we are on a
lake. “Can’t see the other side, nothing but water”.
We went into Mackinaw City on Lake Huron to check it out and to get a schedule for the Mackinac Islands ferry. We had ok pizza at Nonna’s Pizza Restaurant. Very neat, clean ...
... Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante were others to visit and film. Oh, and itis pronounced Mack-a-naw. The "ac" came from the French representations of the Indian name for this place. But then, why aren't we driving Cadillaws??? So, on to Buffalo and Niagara Falls. It'll take a couple of days. We might go via Ontario, it's shorter and we'd miss a lot of big city traffic ...
Late start today 10:30 am after my morning coffee from my favourite Coffee Shop. Strangest thing at the US border, the Customs Officer just asked what was the Province of my plate, checked my ID then told me to go! Was the easiest crossing ever. Planned on getting to St Ignace and made it at 6:45pm. In Michigan traveled @ 70mph and the further North I went the colder it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Murray Hotel Mackinac Island
My wife & I stayed at the Murry Hotel for "a romantic weekend" trip. They had a weekend package advertised which included Breakfast in bed, a champagne basket with fudge, a 1-hr. carriage tour, a picnic lunch for two, dicount coupons for the ferry, and a discount card for shops downtown.
I also just came back from a Labor Day weekend at the Murray Hotel and wanted to write another review to give more color. My fiance and I were on a budget, and Murray seemed affordable but nice from the pictures.
We just returned today from our stay at the Murray hotel. I wanted to add more details to the reviews that have been posted. The hotel is located directly across from the Arnold Line. It was very easy getting our luggage from the dock in Mackinac City to the hotel. The Arnold staff and Murray staff handle all luggage for you. Our check-in went very smoothly. You will walk through the fudge shop each time you enter the hotel (which is not good for the diet). The Murray is a very old and quaint hotel. It still has actual keys (not the credit card keys). Elevators are very small however, never seemed crowded. As you will see in the other reviews, the rooms are very small and very outdated. I can understand that the hotel is historic therefore, the rooms will be small, however the bedspreads, flooring, shower, etc... have not been updated for many, many years. The beds were not comfortable at all. We stayed for only two nights so not as much an issue as if we would have stayed longer. The hotel sends cookies to the room each night. They also give you muffins upon departure. Nice touches. The continental breakfast was the usual. I had read that the walls were very thin. We did stay with our two small children and thought that it was fine. We are pretty picky about our children not making noise, but did not hear other people either. All in all our stay was nice. It was definetely worth staying on the island. The island is beautiful! However, one huge drawback for us was the smell of horse maneure. I read about this on other reviews and thought "how bad could it be". Really bad!!! It will probably stop us from going back to this beautiful island. We heard people complaining everywhere about it. I am not sure why they do not bag the horses? We have been to other towns that have carriages (Savannah, Charleston, ect..) and have never experienced this kind of smell before. We had to constantly watch both our shoes and the kids shoes. It was absolutely disgusting. If you have a chance to bring your own bikes, do. People ride their bikes everywhere. The Grand Hotel is also something to see. If we ever do return we will probabaly stay at a hotel out of town so that the smell is not as strong.
My husband and I just returned from a wonderful weekend on Mackinac Island (July 15-18). We flew into Pellston Airport and took a shuttle to the ferry dock. I have never flown into a small regional airport before. I was impressed with the staff at the airport and how wonderful they had decorated the interior (very cozy, like being at home). We took the Arnold ferry line over to the island. Nice boat and very fast. Our dock was right across the street from where we were staying, the Murray hotel.
I called to make reservations at the Inn at Mackinaw- sister property to the Murray. I was told that I had reservations for a room with a queen sized bed at the Inn, but my husband and I were embarrassed to find that the reservation was actually at the Murray Hotel and we had to take our things and walk back down to that part of town. This was our anniversary and we wanted it to be nice. So, we checked into the hotel, annoyed but trying to be positive, only to be walked up to a tiny, ugly room with no ammenities. I felt like we were in steerage on the Titanic.
Will definately stay here again!
A very nice hotel! My wife and I stayed at the Murray for our anniversary and had a great time. The staff was very courteous and went out of their way to make sure we had the best experience possible. If you're going to stay on the island, you certainly can't beat the Murray.
I have had an opportunity throughout the years to stay at almost every hotel on Mackinaw Island. By far, I enjoy the Murray Hotel the most. They have a wonderful location on Main Street. They aren't surrounded by noisey bars at night it is quite peaceful, especially if you request a room overlooking the back street. The Pulte family has been running the facility for 20+ years and there are 2 generations of family on-site to make sure everything is done right. They truely have the best fudge offered on the Island. This summer they offered 55 varieties. You can sample before you buy. My favorite is the Turtle Fudge. They make their fudge in pans so they can layer "stuff" in the middle of two layers of fudge. It is just a hop and skip to the Marina and large park. Great for a picnic or a nice trek up to the Fort. Pat Pulte is quite an artist and he recently put his works of art on display in his lobby. You can even buy them! Someone else posted that the pictures were creepy... WRONG! They are indicative of the period that you go back to when you visit Mackinaw Island. Oh yeah... Great breakfast included for the whole group too!
Great but freaky
the place was very clean and it had great service and very nice people. but all the old pictures kind of scared me a bit. but other wise it's a great hotel.
Friendly, professional and CHARMING!
Right in the heart of it all - BEST Fudge on the island. Each room is decorated with antiques.. its Victorian hotel with porch and all... Loved movie night. When we left our window open we could hear the clip-clap of horses on the cobblestones.. and each morning we'd hear Reviley played from the Fort at 7 am. PERFECT!
The hotel was wonderful!! The staff was very friendly and professional. The place was very clean and well cared for. On site bakery and fudge making was excellent!! There is also an outstanding Continental breakfast as well as the Monet Cafe, which had wonderful homemade soups and sandwiches, made to order, There were nightly movies, made on the island.....I took a watercolor workshop that was GREAT!! The Island itself offers many wonderful sights as well as historical places to visit. The Grand Hotel was wonderful to visit in the daytime. There are many shops to see as well as waterways to veiw. The non-automotive status makes a delightful retreat destination. The horse and carraige rides were so much fun. Everywhere I went, for the week that I visited, people were so nice and friendly....I would recommend this for anyone, alone or with a family........Have a wonderful time!!