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
Loved the setting, the bridge view, the grounds and quietness. The restaurant and bar had excellent choices. Bike rentals were very reasonably priced. It was an easy walk from ferry docks, The time or two we needed to contact the property by phone before we traveled, they were extremely helpful and friendly.
I booked the very expensive room online for my birthday trip. I read reviews and description and booked a "Studio Suite 1 King" room with a lake view and a balcony. When we checked in that is not what we got. We got a room, 1 out of 3 in the whole summer house with no lake view or balcony. After I had seen room, I went back to the desk and was told there was "absolutely nothing that could be done" that the "website sometimes does that" and that they were completely booked and a few other excuses that boiled down to oh well. SO we had a view of our bikes and a huge tent, That really ruined a part of the vacation and most expensive room we ever stayed in. After coming home and emailing back a fourth with management I found that I SHOULD have listed in room requests for the lake view and balcony. Management did offer a solution after this situation, which I greatly appreciated SO if you BOOK ONLINE I would Definitely list the exact room you want to stay in.
Other than that HUGE issue...
It was far from town, we brought all own bikes and rode them, but it was far and the hill by the Grand Hotel is a douzy. The hotel was nice and clean and up kept and we made sure we had AC. Pool was the cleanest we had seen on this trip. The breakfast was good and filling. The views were pretty of the lake from the back yard. There are also some trails we hiked behind the hotel. The hotel handled the luggage transfer to the ferry and when we got back to the mainland luggage was secure and was waiting on us.
We had a great time here. I brought my parents who dont get around very well anymore. The staff couldn't have been nicer to them, and they were quite comfortable. I would highly recommend this inn to anyone looking for a quiet getaway.