With state parkland, forested trails and scenic lookouts making up more than 80 percent of Mackinac Island, there’s plenty of natural opportunities to socially distance and enjoy the unique beauty of Michigan’s most popular summertime destination.
But it’s actually part of the island in private ownership that’s the perfect place during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the southeast corner of Mackinac Island at Mission Point Resort, there’s an expansive lawn with lots of room to spread out a picnic blanket or relax in Adirondack chairs along the Straits of Mackinac.
“We know that everyone wants to be outside so we’re encouraging people to come down to Mission Point, provision for a picnic at Bistro on the Greens, Round Island Bar & Grill or Boxwood Coffeeshop & Café where we have carryout available, and have a picnic to take advantage of this great lawn that we have,” said Liz Ware, vice president of sales and marketing for the resort that occupies 18 spacious acres.
“Mission Point Resort is the epitome of being outside, being on a lake and being in wide open spaces.”
The Mission Point Picnic Society is just one example of how the resort on the sunrise side of Mackinac Island is adapting to life during a pandemic and offering visitors opportunities for socially distanced recreation this summer. Here are four other ways Mission Point Resort is encouraging a healthy, safe vacation to Mackinac Island:
- The resort spent $2 million over the winter building a new event space for weddings, concerts and more. With many of those activities cancelled or delayed during the pandemic, Mission Point is temporarily converting the beautiful promenade deck into the largest lemonade stand on Mackinac Island with non-alcoholic and adult lemonade beverages available. It’s one more opportunity to enjoy refreshing outdoor seating on the grounds of Mission Point Resort. “It is going to be spectacular sitting there having a lemonade and watching the freighters go by,” Ware said.
- Mission Point also updated its conference center and meeting space over the winter. But with many business meetings, family reunions and wedding parties on hold during the pandemic, the resort is making the space available to guests who might like some different scenery as they work remotely. “We’re giving you the opportunity to work remotely with a magnificent view” Ware said. “You’ve been at home with your family under tight quarters and you’re working from home. Now you can come up here and still work, and your family can be out riding bikes and enjoying beautiful Mackinac Island.”
- Because many people come to Mackinac Island for the day rather than spending the night, Mission Point Resort has created a new Daycation Package so those visitors can enjoy many of the same benefits as overnight guests. The package includes a round-trip ferry ticket, half-day bike rental, round of golf on the Greens of Mackinac putting course and a $25 food and beverage voucher for dine-in or carryout at any Mission Point Resort restaurant – all for only $80 per person.
Not only is Mackinac Island a natural destination for visitors to get away from home and enjoy wide open spaces on the waterfront and in the wilderness, but the island’s restaurants, shops and attractions all are committing to operate as safely as possible during the pandemic by encouraging visitors to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
Ownership, management and staff at Mission Point Resort also are making a commitment to create safe environments for visitors by wearing masks and upgrading the frequency and intensity of cleaning procedures in public spaces and private rooms. Certain high-touch items such as printed guest directories have been removed from the rooms and hand sanitizer dispensers are located around the resort.
Mission Point’s restaurants and recreational areas will operate with capacity limits to ensure social distancing, too.
“This is being taken very seriously island-wide and particularly at Mission Point,” Ware said. “You will see our teams with masks on. There’s a deep personal commitment to get this right.”
One of the restaurants at Mission Point Resort, Bistro on the Greens, and the Greens of Mackinac putting course already have opened to the public. The rest of the resort including the hotel, spa, shops and other restaurants are scheduled to open Thursday, June 25, and reservations are being taken now.