The Inn At Stonecliffe
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast
- Stepping back in time: Mackinac Island is car-free, and you’ll be transported from the ferry dock to the mansion in a horse-and-buggy
- Enjoying the view from your balcony or from a poolside lounger
- Watching the sun set over the Mackinac Bridge from the pillared portico off the bar
- A fresh seasonal dinner in the Cudahy Chophouse followed by drinks in the bar or on the lawn
What To Know
- Getting from ferry dock to hotel is a $7 scenic ride in a horse-and-buggy
- Request a room in the mansion for unrivaled views of the Mackinac Bridge and a Summer House suite for a more luxurious bathroom with a spa tub, as well as a microwave and mini fridge
- Meander on hidden orchard trails to the stone outcropping called Sunset Rock
- A recent revamp has replaced room antiques with more standardized furnishings
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Built for meatpacking baron Michael Cudahy, the Tudor Revival mansion was designed by the high-society architect of his day, Frederick Perkins, who also designed the Michigan governor’s mansion elsewhere on the island. The original exterior looks much as it did when constructed, down to the clover motif (Cudahy was Irish) and original stained glass.
Bed and Bath
A recent redo brought a contemporary touch to the guestrooms, with similar dark furnishings, neutral wall colors and matching artworks representing birch trees or birds. The Summer House suites have a Victorian look, with a yellow, sage and light blue color scheme offset by white furnishings and wainscoting, and separate sitting areas and roomy decks. Mansion bathrooms have original wavy windowpanes, old mirrors and subway tile walls — charmingly worn, but out of place in comparison with the newer features. Some have original clawfoot tubs.
The Cudahy Chophouse, with its paneled walls, tray ceilings and French doors, offers white tablecloth dining and fresh seasonal dishes such as confit of duck waffle and roasted pork chop with maple-thyme glaze, sweet potato gnocchi and vegetable du jour. Breakfast is a cut above the typical continental spread, offering flaky scones and jam, hearty biscuits and gravy, sausages, eggs and more, all served in the Cudahy family’s intimate dining room under framed photos of the original home. The coziest spot in the place is the bar, a former library; a wood fire crackles on cool nights, and it opens up to the Portico, a popular covered porch where even locals come for a drink and the sunset view. On nice nights the brown wicker chairs on the lawn, tucked behind a neat hedge, are the place to be.
In the Area
Rent a carriage you drive yourself at Jack’s Livery Stable or opt for 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 not-to-be-missed dessert is the fudge at Murray’s. Visit historic sites, 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
We love Mackinac and try to go at least once a season. This was our first time staying on the island; normally we stay on the mainland. We thought about the Grand, but have heard horror stories about the lack of accessibility so chose Stonecliffe instead. Right off the bat Venus was incredible in helping me identify an accessible room that would fit my wife's needs, as well as accommodate our entire family for sleeping. Our room in the Summer House was great overall. When I shared that the shower was a bit tight for my wife Venus again came to the rescue and told us about another room with a roll-in shower that was almost finished with a remodel. Something we will definitely keep in mind for our next visit.
The full how breakfast was astounding and just the thing to wake up on several chilly mornings. The view from the back lawn out over the lake to the bridge is something that cannot be missed, and is worth stopping by to see even if you are staying elsewhere. While visiting, James at the bar is always a pleasure to talk to, and dinner at the Cudahy Chophouse restaurant is worth every penny.
My wife and I are big into new experiences, and have discussed trying every hotel and fine dining establishment on the island over the next couple of years. Now I worry that other experiences will necessarily pale by comparison.
First you tend to think of all the places you have been and a comparison in your mind begins to form. My wife and I have been to many places. I will have to say Stonecliffe ranks right up with one of the top locations we have enjoyed together. From the moment we stepped onto Mackinac Island docks and was greeted by our porter Owen, He immediately hailed us a ride & gave us some helpful information for our stay. Later we learned that he also worked in the resturant. It was a nice feeling anytime we came across him to see a friendly face. At dinner, time we met our server Mark, this guy and his attention to detail seemed to make the food taste even better. Mark served us on several
occasions and it was always enjoyable. Every morning George greeted us for breakfast, the breakfast taste and choices far out did the common type hotel breakfasts. Cory also was very helpful with bags and a room door lock problem that was quickly remedied. We will be back.
We come here every year, and every year it gets better! The rooms are always clean, the staff is friendly, and the grounds are beautiful! This year they even had an awesome fire outside where we met some nice people from the west side of the state. The breakfast they serve in the morning is very good! All around great trip! We will certainly be back!!!!
My visit at The Inn at Stonecliffe was simply amazing. Rooms were beautiful, clean and made me feel like I was at my own private little hideaway.
Food was also fantastic...hats off to the chef. Bikes were available to ride around the island and somehow they managed to give us the best sunsets ever. I can't wait to come back.
I want to point out that, if you look at my past reviews, I am always positive, so this is awkward.
We went there for my birthday for a few days. The setting is stunning. The rooms in the one-off building are modern, nice, and spacious. The view is outstanding and the grounds and main building are great. The bartender was great, and it was so nice to have a glass of wine with that view.
The first issue we had was dinner times. It is a long ways from the main drag, which we knew, so that was fine. What we didn't expect was being told by the front desk was that we couldn't make dinner reservations after 8 pm for the second time we wanted to eat there. ( I mean we asked for 8:15). We were told that "you might stay a while." So they wouldn't accommodate a later time. When we tried to assure them it would be an hour at most, like the time before, they turned us down. So strange. I want to point out their tables were mostly empty at all times.
The second issue was transportation- which we just sucked up. Don't stay out late- there isn't going to be a way back except for walking. However, the walk (unless you have mobility issues) is lovely and pretty easy, if long.
One night in the room was a nightmare of sounds which apparently turned out to be teenagers in a room down the hall who were practicing "WWF" wrestling at 1 am (according to the hotel). I called the main desk because a woman was screaming that another person should stop trying to kill her. You could hear body parts slamming into walls. Seriously. Nice job, parents, who rent a 300+ room only to have it destroyed! When we complained the next day, again, the people at the front desk apparently thought the whole issue was really funny and kept laughing: "If I was in your room, I would have kicked their butts." When I questioned why we should have dealt with this, they just kept joking. Honestly, it was the weirdest. They assured me that a manager would call. Of course, that didn't happen or I wouldn't be writing this review. I left a note, and later called, and no response.