Brigadoon Bed & Breakfast

207 Langlade
Mackinaw City, 49701
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First time staying at a B&B, so not much expectations going in and a little hesitant on what to expect. But I was BLOWN away! My husband and I booked on the phone and it was easy. We called about 2 months in advance to book our weekend for beginning of August and they were almost already booked. We decided on suite 302 and we were warned of a spiral staircase. There was a deposit involved which was a bit steep and then the entire bill was due 10 days prior. The Brigadoon is such a cute place with the yellow and green, very bright and inviting on the outside. The inside is a bit darker though and felt heavier with the decor. We were greeted at the front desk and were told breakfast is from 800am-930am, while dessert is from 800pm-900pm. The journey to our suite 302 was a bit long and there are no elevators or help from staff to carry your bags. So my lovely husband got the task of going up two flights of stairs and then a spiral staircase to then get to our room. Suite 302 is nice though because you are in your own wing of the house and it is private. The room was clean, but had a strange smell to it. My husband thought it was moth balls, but I couldn't put my finger on it (or should I say nose?). Once you got in the room you got used to the smell, but I smelled it each time I walked in. Air conditioning unit only in the master bedroom side while sitting area doesn't have AC, so you could tell the difference in temp. There is a fireplace in the sitting room area, but in the dead of summer wasn't put to use. The amenities were nice with a fridge, microwave, and wine glasses. The bed was a king and pretty comfy. Flat screen TV and mini balcony. I say mini because you are sitting within the arch of the roof. If we were any bigger or taller I don't think we could sit out there comfortably. But the view was nice and able to see Lake Huron. Again the room looked and felt very clean. But then again the decor was heavy with reds, greens, and wallpaper. The bathroom had marble floors, which again was a nice touch. The breakfast was amazing, so so so amazing, I cannot say it enough! Homemade yummy french toast one day and then a quiche another morning. They always have coffee and tea anytime and during the afternoon cookies were out. Dessert we got to enjoy was cheesecake and a very decent piece. It was nice that they have separate dining room tables, so you don't have to awkwardly sit with other guest (I know I am more anti-social than most). The B&B is a great location being only 3-5 minute walk from the shops and food of Mackinaw City. Very comfortable and welcoming place to stay. Of course it is a bit more expensive, but with the service and food as well as great location it is worth it. A couple cons (I know I am picky): They do have wifi, but I do not think the wifi was strong enough to get to our room on the third floor. Also no great cell phone charges on the sides of the beds, I had to plug my phone in the cove of the sitting area. The keys to the room are charming, but our door kept sticking and I gave up each time I tried to use it. Lastly, having to pay for the bill 10 days in advance of your stay is a bit much. I know there are only 8 rooms, but if something terrible happened and you couldn't make it, then you are essentially screwed out of a big chunk of change.
My husband and I just got back today from our new "home away from home," the Brigadoon. We'd stayed there for two nights to celebrate our 1-year wedding anniversary. It truly felt like our home- away-from- home... from their extremely gracious and hospitable staff, to our cozy room with all of the amenities we had hoped for (and then some- heated marble floor bathrooms, jacuzzi tub, rain shower head, gas fireplace, comfortable bed, stereo with a soothing piano cd- fitting for the charming victorian theme), to the delicious breakfasts, the great location, and the impeccable condition and decor of the entire home- we were thoroughly impressed and found it challenging to pull ourselves away! This was our first B&B experience and it exceeded our expectations. We even had one staff member (Lorie) offer to serve us dessert (after hours when the kitchen was already "closed") when we mentioned we missed it that night due to there not being an 8pm ferry from Mackinack Island to the city - so sweet of her and she was genuinely glad to serve it to us- giving us options and sweetly obliging with a smile! I highly recommend staying in the 3rd floor suites for a romantic getaway- we were in 301- the turret room- very spacious and cozy all at once. We felt the value we got for the (discounted short- notice) price, was incredible! We will be back again and again, and are also recommending Brigadoon to all of our friends!

(231) 436-8882

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast

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Neath the Birches Restaurant

14277 N Mackinaw Hwy
Mackinaw City, 49701
Reviews:
We stopped here on a recent visit to Mackinaw due to the yelp reviews. I feel like this is one of the first times that Yelp has let me down. I gave it 3 stars because what we experienced was not pleasant at all - but we never got to eating. We ended up walking out. I didn't want to give it lower, because sure maybe the food is fantastic. But I wanted everyone to be able to have the information that we didn't. We pulled up to the building and it looks like someone's house. It is definitely off the beaten path and past some questionable looking hotels. We gave it the benefit of the doubt, due to the reviews. We walked inside (past the AAA approved sign) and were surprised to see that there was exactly 2 people (1 table) inside. It's never a good sign when there is no one eating there. Again, we decided to wait and see due to the glowing reviews. The greeter practically ran to greet us and ushered us to a table. The tables were covered in nice cloth tablecloths with cloth napkins. We sat down and were immediately given water....in dirty glasses. The waitress started by telling us the goblets were just old and scratched, which we understood, but them she looked closer and agreed that 3 of them at our table were actually dirty. She took them away and brought us new ones. We looked at the menu and realized this was not for us. The menu was very limited, mostly with fish. There were no sandwiches/burgers of any sort. The prices were also a little on the steep side. One of the cheapest things on the menu was $15. Steaks were closer to $30. I understand that sometimes things are more expensive, especially when they are high quality. But the lack of choices combined with the dirty glasses (and silverware) we decided to apologize and find somewhere else to eat for dinner.
Broiled whitefish with Cajun spices and baked sweet potatoes were delicious! We were on our honeymoon and our server gave us some great ideas for places to visit. Plus some commemorative pens and calendar. An unexpected personal touch that made our visit more special.
This place is an adventure. Decor is straight out of Mad Men, the setting is Pure Michigan (the huge old birches are great), and the awkward little building it is housed in looks nothing like a restaurant to anyone who hasn't done hard time in northern Michigan. That said--if you come with a palate and appetite geared toward food with flair, you will be disappointed. Everything is pretty straightforward American, though this place is a cut above many options like it in the area. The prices are high for the area. Stick with the local fish! I did not get a chance to try the local smoked porkchops--perhaps they are sublime. I had the potroast, which was flavorful. The waitstaff is practiced and the experience was oddly hilarious (we were there in the second day of the season). Three stars for the food, and an extra star for ambience and moxy.

(231) 436-5401

American (Traditional), Bars

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Pizza Palace

316 E Central Ave
Mackinaw City, 49701
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Family of 4 ate lunch at noon on a Thursday - quickly seated and drinks/order taken in timely manner. Good service on refills. Pizza Palace serves a decent gluten free pizza- comes standard with 3 toppings for~$11. two of our party split a full sized meatball sub $11 and the third person shared a small cheese pizza. The food arrived 15-20 minutes after we ordered. The bill was ~$50. Would eat here again.
Great pizza! I mean really great! Crisp crust! Breadsticks were a bit disappointing. I was expecting something different. More cheese perhaps? These folks know how to balance dough, sauce, cheese and toppings. Yelp wins again!
We stopped in last Friday night, the 3rd of July...were seated immediately and we ordered the pretzel nuggets and broccoli poppers. I NEED to know if those pretzel bites with cheese can be delivered...SO delicious! Pizza was fabulous as always. We've been coming to Mackinaw City for 12 years...the past few years our favorite dinner/lunch spot is always the Pizza Palace!

(231) 436-5462

Pizza, Gluten-Free, Sandwiches

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Keyhole Bar & Grill

323 E Central Ave
Mackinaw City, 49701
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Great place we stumbled across with a local feel! Went in to grab a drink and ended up staying a while! The decor and key theme is really cool! Bartenders are super friendly and inviting! Michigan craft beer and definitely get the Rum Runner! It's amazing! And cheap and strong!! Boyfriend decided to have a burger and he said it was one of the best he has had in a long time! Be sure to check it out next time you are in Mackinaw City! We will definitely be back!
Excellent service and great food. Malina was our server and she was great.... had the chicken quesadilla and took 2 slices home. Very filling. Bf had the wilbur burger and was great! Fast and cool place. We come here everytime we are in mackinac.
Awesome atmosphere, excellent service, and great food! We had the wet burrito and beer battered shrimp- would definitely recommend them!

(231) 436-7911

Bars, American (New)

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Key Hole Bar

323 E Central Ave
Mackinaw City, 49701
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When you are vacationing or just passing through, be sure to stop here!! It was our first visit and we had a great time. We started with cocktails. Our good looking waiter Dave hooked me up with an artistic garnished Rum Runner...excellent recommendation on his part. Thanks Dave!! Our food was good and filling. Not too greasy so we didn't leave feeling awful. Great Mackinaw eating experience.
The waiter was nice, however very neglectful. We had to go to the bar several times to ask for things. My sister's burger was over cooked, and my burrito was way more beans than beef and very bland. We had to diners and a child's meal, with an appetizer. Or bill was $35!!! We all had water... Definitely not worth the price! The atmosphere did not make up for it. It is a bar restaurant so of course noisy, but people (mostly staff) kept going in and out of the door next to us which we are assuming was so they could smoke cigarettes because every time someone opened the door we got a face full of smoke. Very disgusting when you're trying to enjoy your meal. unfortunately we will not be returning.
Went to the keyhole for my birthday with my boyfriend and best friend. It was rather busy so we sat at the bar instead of a table. When we were presented our bill at the end, it was all on one tab. The waitress informed us that she could not split it up because we were sitting at the bar and not a table. I don't know what computer system they use which they can't form separate bills for 3 people. If this is the case, being informed this when we sat down before we ordered would've been courteous. Instead, one of us had to put the entire bill on our credit card because there was nothing our waitress could do. She offered little sympathy or explanation and made it seem like it should've been common knowledge to us. Will not go back to this establishment after this experience.

(231) 436-7911

Bars, American (Traditional)

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Kilwins Mackinaw Central

226 E Central Ave
Mackinaw City, 49701
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Salted Caramel....amazing!!!!! Key Lime Pie also great!
I recently read an article about top 10 ice cream spots in the country. I had been to 2 of them (Jenni's and Graeter's) and read in the comments that this place was supposed to be awesome too. Meh. I've experienced better. lol What I had was just ok, probably a 2.5 but my boyfriend HATED it and wasn't a big fan of his toasted coconut. We have been going to spots in St. Igance, mostly Jilbert's.
Great selection of good ice creams. Salted Carmel was great. Kilwin's mud was even better. Price was a little high but servings were large.

(231) 436-5939

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Mackinaw Bakery

110 Langlade
Mackinaw City, 49701
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The peanut butter creme filled long johns are ridiculous! The donuts are spot on and the staff is always friendly. Make sure to check out their local coffee selection and fresh baked breads.
I came for the coffee and the doughnuts. Had a cinimon twist which tasted like a plain glazed donut. 3/5 for that but the coffee, not sure if it was the styrofoam cup or what was unremarkable. Service I had was fine (4/5). Also still 5 dollar min for credit cards FYI. Still would not come back.
Bakery with tables to the side, and a tea shop on the other side. Bagel was a "bread" Bagel not a real water processed bagel, but it tasted o.k. They do not have real butter--only margarine--a negative in my book, especially for a bakery! Coffee was good. They had two kinds of Cinnamon roll. One was more of a fried doughnut, the other more like a baked roll. I opted for the larger baked one. Too much frosting, and obviously baked yesterday--would not order again. Long johns seemed popular, and they have various doughnuts. Seems to be a local gathering spot--lots of folks at a large table obviously local. Fair prices. I would return, but would order differently next time.

(231) 436-5525

Bakeries

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Audie’s Restaurant

314 N Nicolet St
Mackinaw City, 49701
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We came to Audies because it was rated highly and we had had a bad experience with a previous restaurant and just wanted to get something to eat. Once we arrived there we were promptly seated and brought our drinks. The room it's self is a nice well designed room with a good amount of room between each table. We ordered the bison burger and the chicken parmesan. The food it's self was about 11 dollar average and I thought it was a little pricey for what we got until we tried the food. The food was great and not to rich, which is what I was worried about. The amount of food was pretty average and we had a few leftovers after we were done. The service was very nice, all the staff were polite and prompt without being overly friendly or pushy. A nice place to go to, although after seeing some breakfast plates I do recommend the breakfast here although we did not try it.
We have eaten here on several occasions through the years. Dinners have always been great. We had breakfast today and it was fantastic . The pancakes alone are worth the stop. I had the Fishermans Breakfast. It was 2 eggs, hash browns and fresh grilled Whitefish. It was amazing
This was the first time I ever had Walleye fish. The fish is prepared about 10 different ways at Audie's. The salad bar was good and filling. The menu had many choices - all very tempting. Audie's also offers up some great old fashioned cocktails. The Brandy Alexander was over the top good. Wish we were not driving thru or I might of tried out a few more!!! The fish platter I ordered was yummy. Sauted in butter and served up with some veges - I was happy. The fries that came with my wife's Pastrami sandwich evaporated off her plate. The sandwich which she did not eat there, was devoured the next day. The best service I have had in a restaurant for a long long time. The waitress read our minds, but was there but was not....

(231) 436-5744

Bars, American (Traditional), Breakfast & Brunch

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The Depot

248 S Huron Ave
Mackinaw City, 49701
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Service makes up for the lackluster food. The food isn't bad, just nothing special. The onion rings were hand dipped but bland as heck!
Best burger I've had in a long time & key lime pie is to die for. Waiter was delightful too!
We just wanted a quick bite to eat while we walked around the shopping area. They have a full bar and a restaurant and a small patio as well. They serve typical American cuisine. I ordered the cheese burger with sauteed mushrooms. The server didn't ask me how I wanted it cooked, you know it's going to be overcooked when they don't even ask you how you want a burger cooked. It was OK but didn't seem to have any seasoning. I had the keylime pie as a dessert, it was OK but didn't taste like the keylime pie I've had at good restaurants.

(231) 436-7060

American (Traditional)

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Blue Water Grill & Bar

918 S Huron Ave
Mackinaw City, 49701
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At first glance, this place seemed like a nice local establishment that prides itself on its whitefish and all you can eat crab legs. The homemade cornbread served complimentarily prior to the entrée was the best part of the entire meal. The fries were sub par and a step up from McDonald's. There were strange substitution charges for things like mediocre coleslaw for a side salad that was drowning in dressing. And while the menu boasts a "substantial portion" of whitefish on its whitefish sandwich, mine was a small fillet on a strange tasting bun. Make sure to do your research before falling prey to tourist trap restaurants in the Mackinaw City area.
We really enjoyed our dinner here. We had all you can eat crab legs, Hen on the Woods (grilled chicken breast), and smoked pork chops. Yummy place to eat!
This is one place that may be good food but from the minute we came in we were treated terrible.. The host, Vern, was stressed and showed it- even expressed it telling us it would be a while though we could see tables were available. It took over 15 minutes for them just to come and get our drink order - waitress came back in another 15 minutes saying she didn't know where the bar tender was so would take our order - food came in another long wait - the food was good but then after over 2 hours we wanted to get the bill - took another 20 minutes - Staff was very put out with us for wanting them to hurry up so we could get the kids to bed. Not family friendly or accommodating - would not recommend it

(231) 436-7818

Pizza

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