Editor’s Review of Mission Point Resort
Remember "Somewhere in Time"? Much of the movie was filmed at this family resort, located on Mackinac Island. In fact, the resort has a movie theater with a specific seat dedicated to Christopher Reeves -- the exact place he sat during significant scenes in the movie. One of the oldest and largest resorts on the island, Mission Point occupies 18 acres and expansive views of Lake Huron and the Straits of Mackinac.
The focal point of the property is the massive front lawn, filled with white Adirondack-style chairs that face the waterfront. Most days, you'll find families flying kites, kicking soccer balls, playing with the family dog, or just spread out on a blanket with a picnic under a perfect blue sky.
In addition to
the wide variety of activities offered on the island, Mission Point has its own 18-hole putting course, tennis and croquet facilities, a pool and oddly enough, even a dental office. With these activities, plus with four onsite restaurants and 242 rooms in a variety of arrangements, families of all sizes and needs usually find exactly what they need here.
The name "Mission Point" is a reference to the property's history. Sometime in the early 1820s, a protestant missionary started an effort to educate and care for the Ojibwa children who lived on the island and in the region. A few years later, one of the first protestant churches in the Midwest was built here and aptly named Mission Church, thus securing the name Mission Point for this area of the island. Later, in the 1950s and during the spread of Communism, an evangelistic group committed to spreading love, honesty and purity, settled on Mission Point. Known as the Moral Re-Armament Society, they constructed the Main Lodge and other facilities on the grounds. Much of this story is told in the Tower Museum, a seven-story tower where, once you've climbed to the top, you'll enjoy a scenic view of the island and the lakes area.
As of 2015, and following nearly three decades, Mission Point Resort has new owners and new plans for enhancements, including renovations in guestrooms and at the spa and pool.
Our Editor Loves
- Family Suites
- Kids' Island Club
- Kids Eat Free
- DVD Player
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Mission Point has 242 rooms located in two primary buildings -- 109 rooms in the Main Lodge and 133 rooms in Straits Lodge. The Straits Lodge is where you'll find the 36 family suites, including two separate bedrooms with a Jack-n-Jill bath and lots of space to spread out in. The rate includes unlimited access to the Kid's Island Club.
Adjoining Rooms and Hot Tubs
Otherwise, room choices include adjoining rooms, rooms with hot tubs, or a large, three-bedroom Presidential Suite. Cribs are available at no charge, and rollaway beds are available for an additional $25 per night. DVD players are available for rent for $75 per day. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Bedtime Cookies & Milk
Surprise the kids with a bedtime story and milk & cookies from Mac-the-Moose. Although the Mission Point mascot appears in the lobby each Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. for stories and milk & cookies, you can make arrangements for the friendly moose to visit your room. There is an additional charge and advance notice is required.
Laundry service and guest laundry are not provided at Mission Point.
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