Instagram alert! It doesn’t get more picturesque than the Mission Point Resort, located on Mackinac Island. And after a $2 million renovation to the charming Promenade Deck Pavilion, the 241-room lakeside retreat is a more scenic spot for gatherings than ever before.

In harmony with the beauty and tranquility of Mackinac Island, where no cars are allowed, the expansive, raised pavilion area is a versatile outdoor event space with lush landscaping, refreshing lake breezes and stunning views of the Straits of Mackinac. Overlooking the Great Lawn, the Deck can accommodate up to 160 guests.

The Deck is only one of many event spaces on the 18-acre property, which is reached by ferry.  In all, the resort offers 38,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. That includes the 13 event spaces in the resort’s Conference Center.  Among these spaces: a wood-paneled Amphitheater accommodating up to 100 guests, an Executive Boardroom for 12 guests, and a variety of attractive rooms ideal for meetings and receptions for 50 to 125 guests. Mission Point's 'Main Lodge' houses the Cypress Lodge (with a beautiful outdoor terrace), Colonial Room, and Summit Room. Mission Point also has three restaurants with outdoor dining, two coffee shops, bike rentals, a putt-putt golf course and activities that include kite flying, flower pressing and bocce ball.

To welcome guests and meeting attendees back, Mission Point subscribes to the Pure Michigan Pledge: Guidelines that were developed with input from more than 350 tourism industry professionals across the state and outline seven steps businesses in the travel industry will take to ensure a safe environment for travelers. “By taking the Pure Michigan Pledge,” the resort says, “Mission Point is committed to upholding local safety protocols and CDC travel guidelines so that all can continue to travel safely this season and beyond.” For a few moments of remote bliss, watch the resort’s live webcam.

MACVB Annual Educational Conference finally reaches the shores of Mackinac Island.

As I rode in the carriage from the Shepler’s Ferry terminal to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, my mind wandered to a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” In said scene, King Arthur and his sidekick, Patsy, approach a castle while galloping and banging coconuts together. After a few moments passed and my mind wandered back to the tree-lined streets of the island, I realized it was the clippety-clop of the draft horses pulling our carriage that brought on my thoughts of Python.

 

In just a few weeks, the Michigan Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (MACVB) convenes on Mackinac Island for its annual educational conference—a much-anticipated event for an organization that is all about meetings and gatherings.

MACVB Executive Director Larissa Draves says being able to meet in person to learn, share, and network is invaluable. The annual conference was held in person in 2021, though had to be virtual in 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

 

When you meet in one of the country’s great leisure destinations, sparks fly and creativity soars. 

Known for dense forests and trout streams, remote Great Lakes beaches and cottage living, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) and Mackinac Island have long been the settings for memorable vacations. The same natural beauty and endless outdoor activities that attract leisure visitors make the area an appealing destination for corporate meetings and retreats.