2017-05-20 / News

Mission Point Resort Unveils Fresh Room Design, Renovations

By Jacob A. Ball


At right: Mission Point Resort Vice President and Managing Director Bradley McCallum stands outside the main entrance. Mr. McCallum said decisions about renovations and improvements at the resort are based on a multifaceted approach that considers guest feedback, needs for group events, and decisions from management and the ownership. At right: Mission Point Resort Vice President and Managing Director Bradley McCallum stands outside the main entrance. Mr. McCallum said decisions about renovations and improvements at the resort are based on a multifaceted approach that considers guest feedback, needs for group events, and decisions from management and the ownership. Mission Point Resort opened in April, the earliest it ever has opened for the season, to a crowd of tourists who were the first to experience additions and renovations that include 50 newly-redesigned Lakeview suites, a new spa and wellness center, and the brand-new Reserve Tasting Room dining experience.

The resort also underwent dozens of the usual off-season cosmetic and mechanical repairs to maintain its historic appeal. Mission Point has enjoyed substantial growth in the last five years and Vice President and Managing Director Bradley Mc- Callum said he continues to look for ways to improve the guest experience.


Mission Point Resort unveiled 50 redesigned Lakeview suites for the 2017 season Friday, April 28. The color scheme is meant to better reflect the natural features of Mackinac Island. All new linens, including throw blankets made from recycled materials, plus Bluetooth alarm clocks, and new artwork, are among the improvements. Bathrooms were renovated to match the new room themes. Mission Point Resort unveiled 50 redesigned Lakeview suites for the 2017 season Friday, April 28. The color scheme is meant to better reflect the natural features of Mackinac Island. All new linens, including throw blankets made from recycled materials, plus Bluetooth alarm clocks, and new artwork, are among the improvements. Bathrooms were renovated to match the new room themes. “We strive for excellence in the simple comforts while providing an authentically Northern Michigan experience in an elegant, upscale environment,” Mr. McCallum said.

This year’s updates are part of a multi-year renovation project by the Ware family, which purchased Mission Point in December 2014. Repairs and improvements have included new furniture in the main lodge, the addition of Boxwood Coffeeshop and Café, a renovated workout area, and revamped retail space offering high-quality resort wear and souvenirs.


This is the future home of Reserve Tasting Room, the newest addition to the dining options offered at Mission Point. The Reserve will be a quaint and cozy wine bar where guests can enjoy a variety of vintages from some of the most respected vineyards, along with Charcuterie and artisan cheeses. Tentative plans are for the tasting room to be open by the middle of May. This is the future home of Reserve Tasting Room, the newest addition to the dining options offered at Mission Point. The Reserve will be a quaint and cozy wine bar where guests can enjoy a variety of vintages from some of the most respected vineyards, along with Charcuterie and artisan cheeses. Tentative plans are for the tasting room to be open by the middle of May. The resort’s newest suites have been redesigned to better reflect the natural world outside their windows, with attention to the smallest detail. Former color schemes that featured green-plaid carpeting and darkly painted furniture have been replaced in the new suites with soft blues, tans, and whites to mimic the simple beauty of the Lake Huron shoreline, its deep-blue waters and limestone beach.

The new Lakeview suites have brass fixtures, new carpeting, restored antique furniture, and paintings and photographs from local artists portraying Mackinac Island and its surroundings.


The Boxwood Coffeeshop and Café at Mission Point Resort features carry-out sandwiches and salads, a variety of coffee drinks, and freshly baked pastries every day. There will be additional artwork and seating in the Boxwood when it opens for its second season. The Boxwood Coffeeshop and Café at Mission Point Resort features carry-out sandwiches and salads, a variety of coffee drinks, and freshly baked pastries every day. There will be additional artwork and seating in the Boxwood when it opens for its second season. “We wanted to bring in the colors of Mackinac (Island), and make the rooms more instinctively natural,” Mr. McCallum said.

Planning for the current round of renovations began a little more than a year ago, and so far, a quarter of Mission Point’s 239 rooms have been redesigned. Eventually, every guest room in the resort will be updated to reflect the simplicity and elegance the owners say they hope to exhibit.

Mr. McCallum said Mission Point seeks to be different from other accommodations. He said he wants the resort to provide something unique to Mackinac Island, rather than simply compete with other hotels and resorts.


Mission Point’s Lakeside Spa and Salon is the only full-service beauty and wellness center on Mackinac Island. This season, the Resort also has added steam rooms. The amenities provide services for the many weddings held at Mission Point during the summer and offer an alternative way to relax when Island weather is less than perfect. Mission Point’s Lakeside Spa and Salon is the only full-service beauty and wellness center on Mackinac Island. This season, the Resort also has added steam rooms. The amenities provide services for the many weddings held at Mission Point during the summer and offer an alternative way to relax when Island weather is less than perfect. He theorizes that the strength of the Island’s hospitality industry is the multitude of experiences that are offered and each business owner’s desire to find his or her own niche, rather than all of them competing for the same clients.

Mission Point always will strive to enhance guests’ experiences by adding amenities, Mr. McCallum said. Decisions about renovations and new concepts are developed through a multipronged approach involving guest comments, internal branding decisions, and feedback solicited from returning guests and groups, he said.

The new color-scheme is part of the resort’s goal of better-reflecting Mackinac Island’s summer setting. Mr. McCallum said the previous design, while attractive, elicited feelings of a winter ski lodge and not a summer island resort. Once the changes are completed in the next few years, suites that face the nearby bluff will make use of greens and browns to match the world outside.

Lakeside Spa and Salon opened last summer as the only full-service salon and wellness center on Mackinac Island. Many guests had requested access to the services now offered at Lakeside, including hair care, massages, and facials, Mr. McCallum said. The spa can provide valuable services for weddings held at Mission Point and, in general, offer a relaxing way to spend a day during the early- or late-summer when the weather might not be perfect, he said.

This season, the men’s and women’s steam rooms have been added to the spa’s amenities. Steam rooms were among the most-requested additions to the spa, which also has a sauna, a relaxation area, and several treatment rooms for individuals and couples.

The Reserve Tasting Room is a wine-tasting café-style restaurant featuring hand-selected vintages from the top wine regions of France, Spain, and Italy. The tasting room also offers an assortment of Charcuterie boards featuring artisan cheeses and fine meats. Mr. McCallum said this is going to be a “great alternative” to the other dining options at Mission Point and downtown.

Mr. McCallum and Executive Chef Gabriel Vera are heavily involved in the curating of wines offered at Reserve. Guests had requested additional dining options at the resort, he said, and a small boutique wine bar fits well with other options available.

Together with the familyfriendly Round Island Bar and Grill, the casual Boxwood Coffeeshop and Café, the upscale Bistro on the Greens, and the fine-dining Chianti, Reserve will offer a unique experience for guests, Mr. McCallum said.

Chianti, previously open only for lunch and dinner, now will serve a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.

Additional improvements and additions are planned in the years ahead.

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