• The resort sets the tone for your event
• Making the most of the surrounding area
• Mackinac Island provides memorable moments through relaxation
Mackinac Island is a living historic destination; it embodies a sense of Americana. Located at the intersection of two Great Lakes, Huron and Michigan, there are no cars, only horses and bicycles. Life is simpler. Upon arrival one immediately disengages from the daily distractions of mainland. For meeting planners this is critically important. Without outside distractions, attendees can have a much richer, more meaningful meeting experience.
“We held our annual meeting for the first time on Mackinac Island at Mission Point in 2016,” explained Mary Kay Makarewicz, Director of Programs and Operations, Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology. “People loved it…we saw an increase in attendance with members…[and] our oncologists felt like being at Mission Point was a retreat for them.”
Groups of all different interests will find special experiences for them on the island. Culinary endeavors include alfresco, lakefront dining/receptions, ice carving demonstrations, culinary presentations, back of the house tours, and cooking classes. Your healthy lifestyle attendees will enjoy group yoga on the lawn, Sun-Up hiking sessions to watch the sunrise, and guided hiking and biking tours through Mackinac Island Historic State Park. History and horticultural tours, art classes, and use of the only theater on the island round out cultural activities.
The island experience is a teambuilding event in itself, but on Mission Point property, lawn and teambuilding activities include Bocce, Croquet, kite building and flying, Tug-of-War, traditional games, Euchre Tournaments, Executive Glow Golf, charter fishing, sunset cruises, and golfing at historic Wawashkamo Golf Course, the oldest in the state. Makarewicz shared, “We held a golf tournament at Wawashkamo Golf Course. The staff coordinated everything and it was a success.”
“Meeting planners and guests return because they are greeted with warm caring service, respect for simple comfort, values, delicious food, the ability to recharge, and our vintage nature. We embrace the history of the island, celebrate our unique lakefront location, cultivate an abundance of vibrant flowers, marvel at the deep, clear water, magnificent sunrises, majestic sun sets, brilliant starry nights, and giggle when adults fly kites.” explained Liz Ware, Director of Public Relations, Mission Point.
Encourage relaxation and celebrate the diversity of human creativity and expression by choosing a location that ‘makes a point’ and opens itself to your attendees’ needs beyond the meeting or event.