When Mackinac Island’s famed Mission Point Resort opened for the 2019 season, guests noticed the beautiful transformation of 133 rooms and suites in the Straits Lodge, which were redone to bring the island’s natural colors indoors.
The refreshed rooms now boast a palette consisting of greens, blues, tans, laurels and grays, all reflective of the Mackinac Straits’ landscape. Decorative elements from Michigan companies like Detroit Denim Co., Earth2Earth, Detroit Bikes and Carhartt blend in with custom-designed curtains, pillows, bedding and artwork from local artist Ginnie Cappaert.
The resort’s public banquet spaces, including the Summit Room and Colonial Room, also received fresh coats of paint. The 2019 season renovations finish a $10 million, multiyear renovation plan that included redesigning 108 rooms inside the resort’s main lodge in 2018. Future projects include upgrading the pool, conference center and promenade deck. The renovations were started when the Ware family purchased the waterfront resort in 2014, determined to bring new life to the historic property.
Mark Ware, the company’s CEO, and his sister, Liz Ware, vice president of sales and marketing, have led the resort’s improvements, executing Mission Point ownership’s — their parents’ — overall vision for the property. The Lakeside Spa and Salon, the island’s only full-service wellness retreat, builds on the family’s emphasis for health with signature offerings like the Great Lakes stone massage and lilac facial and body treatment.
This summer for the first time, guests are invited to work in the dirt alongside the resort’s horticulturalist to learn expert tricks of the trade while also contributing to the property’s vast floral landscape as a Proven Winners Signature Garden.
“Mackinac Island is such an iconic destination for flower and plant enthusiasts, and we are really looking forward to sharing the gardening experience with guests,” Liz said. “Our grounds team works incredibly hard throughout the entire year to ensure that our 18 acres are beautiful all season.”
Garden Tours also are offered throughout the summer, complimentary to guests, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information or to make reservations, visit missionpoint.com or call (800) 833-7711.