Harbour View Inn
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The authentic Victorian look — the property was built in the 1820s by fur trader/philanthropist Madame La Framboise (Room 1207 was her bedroom)
- Taking in the view of the harbor and Round Island Lighthouse from one of the cushioned white wicker chairs on the original pillared porch
- Friendly, personalized service: Return guests are often greeted by name
What To Know
- A stay here is about stepping back in time (it’s a car-free island) and enjoying the scenery
- There’s a laid-back approach to modern amenities island-wide; some TVs are dated and fireplaces in the rooms may not be operational
- Although there’s no restaurant, you’re just a quick walk from plenty of options
- Free WiFi
Built in 1822, the Harbour View Inn nods to its Victorian roots with mauve walls, floral carpets, exposed wood beams and pink patterned furnishings. In the main lobby hangs a painting of Madame Magdelaine La Framboise, the home’s original owner and one of the most successful fur traders of her time. The pillared double-decker porch hasn’t changed much since the original construction, and details such as vintage Shakespeare books in a locked antique cabinet keep the look authentic.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms were refreshed in 2013 and are more staid than the public spaces with their deep, rich colors such as burgundy, slate blue, pale yellow and sage. Some have gas fireplaces, antique dressers, air conditioning and two-person whirlpool tubs. The adjacent B&B annex offers rooms with a more contemporary lakehouse style, thanks to a lighter color palette, floor-to-ceiling bay windows and bright checkerboard bed skirts. All accommodations also have access to a private or semiprivate terrace — perfect for taking in the views of the garden or harbor.
The best seats in the house are the cushioned white wicker chairs on the original pillared porch, which overlooks the harbor and oft-photographed Round Island Lighthouse. Guests picnic on the grounds or enjoy the inn’s occasional barbecues of grilled chicken and burgers along the sidewalk in front of the B&B annex. There’s a continental breakfast that offers oatmeal, toast and fruit served in a parlor room or on the porch (heaters are available if it’s chilly).
In the Area
Rent a carriage you drive yourself at Jack’s Livery Stable or get a bike (rentals are available on-site) and cycle the 8.2-mile water’s edge loop trail. Afterward sip a Rum Runner on the lively patio of the Pink Pony. There’s hip, casual island cuisine at spots like Millie’s on Main, but the island’s not-to-be-missed dessert is the fudge at Murray’s. Visit historic sights or watch the film Somewhere in Time, and then take a self-guided tour of filming locations such as Mission Point Resort and the Grand Hotel.
How to Get There
I was okay with Harbour View Inn. A better view would have improved the experience!Breakfast was probably better than average. If I could give ratings in 1/2 points, it would suit the reviewer better. I would say our stay was slightly above average.
Loved the location . Great people, spacious clean room, charming atmosphere. The porter service was awesome . Bags were delivered from dock to our room and from room to dock . Would definitely stay here again
room was very nice and clean , our view overlooking the gardens was very nice, very quiet , very helpful when asking about things to do and places to eat dinner. Breakfast they offered was very good and filling, nice assortments of fruits, pastries and muffins and cereals.
Visiting Mackinac Island is stepping back in time with a relaxing get away. The Harbor View Inn adds to that relaxation and tranquility. Just far enough from the crowded downtown yet close enough to walk back and forth. My husband and I both recommend this lovely and quaint Inn.
Desk staff was very nice. Room was also nice. Breakfast OK. Good value compared to more expensive island options. On a fairly steep hill. Mackinac Island is a fun visit for a few days. Fall visit is less crowded.