Fall for Mackinac Island


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the Perfect Destination for Fall in Michigan

While you may know Mackinac Island as an iconic summer destination, its best-kept secret is the fall season, which is full of exciting events, breathtaking views, and opportunities to explore. As the kids return to school, make the most of the dwindling crowds and enjoy all Mackinac Island has to offer without the wait. The peaceful fall ambiance and the vibrant community make the perfect pairing for a relaxing weekday retreat.

With end-of-the-season sales, exclusive fall menu items, and gorgeous sunsets that match the autumn leaves, Mackinac Island is the perfect place to experience Michigan’s most beautiful season. With the lowest hotel rates of the year, book a weekday stay for a bargain, especially in early October!

Enjoy the Mackinac Island Fall Colors

Northern Michigan is recognized nationwide for its outstanding natural beauty, particularly during the fall months, and Mackinac Island is no exception. When the leaves turn to vivid shades of crimson, gold, and auburn, the urge to explore is irresistible. Take in the brilliant fall scenery on Mackinac the authentic way with a colorful drive your own carriage tour. With open sidewalks and streets, you can take your time and meander across the island at your own pace, all while learning about our history and enjoying the magnificently colorful views.

Grab a Decadent Fall Treat

Move over pumpkin pie because your new favorite slice is sure to be the pumpkin fudge at Ryba’s Mackinac Island Fudge Shops. With a flavorful base of pumpkin and notes of cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla, this sweet treat perfectly encapsulates the essence of autumn. A highly anticipated seasonal flavor, the pumpkin fudge is sure to please any lover of fall and the holidays.

Shop End of Season Sales

Calling all bargain-hunters, head to your favorite shops on Main Street this fall to get the best deals of the season! The arrival of autumn on Mackinac marks the start of tons of once-a-year sales as shops liquidate their inventory for the year. With the holidays fast approaching, it’s a great time to get some early shopping done for your friends and family. While you’re at it, get a little gift for yourself as well!

Experience Seasonal Dining Experiences

Michigan fall harvests are some of the most diverse and divine in the country. With locally grown apples, butternut squash, and pumpkins to work with, the chefs on Mackinac Island bring the flavors of fall to life when crafting their seasonal menus. We recommend heading to the 1852 Grill Room to try their famous butternut squash soup and pumpkin pie. If you are in the mood for a festive cocktail, head to the Seabiscuit Cafe and get a little toasty with a fabulous warm apple cider martini!

Enjoy Fall Nights on Mackinac 

In need of an evening to decompress and recharge? Look no further than a scenic autumn night on Mackinac. The bright, multihued sunsets are sure to take your breath away as the sky turns  different shades of pink, orange, red, and yellow. As night falls, grab a lap blanket and a bottle of wine and make your way down to the toasty chimeneas to make s’mores, all while gazing out at the stars on the lawn of Island House Hotel.

Mackinac Island Weather in October

Since the weather on Mackinac in early fall is mild, it is a great time to embark on an adventure without having to bear the summer heat. Bike the famous 8-mile loop all in one go or make some stops to observe the island’s natural beauty. Start your journey at Island House Bike Rentals for great rates and experience the scenic autumn views all over Mackinac for yourself.

Fall Getaway Specials on Mackinac

In addition to the beautiful scenery, unique cuisine, and reduced crowd volume, the special end-of-season pricing makes a fall trip to Mackinac Island truly unbeatable. At Island House Hotel, you can get a fantastic deal on your accommodations with the Fall Getaway Package. This package includes the fall essentials: breakfast, ferry tickets, luggage transfer, Ryba’s pumpkin fudge, and a souvenir fleece lap blanket.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay at the Island House Hotel today and sign up for 906 rewards to get 5% back to spend during your vacation!

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