2018-04-07 / News

Renovations at Mission Point Continue; Lodge To Debut New Rooms

By Stephanie Fortino


Mission Point Resort will debut recently renovated rooms at the Main Lodge this summer, following a busy winter construction season. (Mission Point Resort photograph) Mission Point Resort will debut recently renovated rooms at the Main Lodge this summer, following a busy winter construction season. (Mission Point Resort photograph) Continuing a multi-year project, Mission Point Resort will debut about 50 newly decorated rooms at the Main Lodge when the hotel opens for the season Friday, April 27. With an updated color scheme to provide guests a soothing experience, the resort is continuing to focus on wellness this season, said Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Liz Ware, whose parents purchased the hotel in late 2014.

“As part of the stewardship of our family,” Ms. Ware said, “it was important to improve guest experience, bringing colors from outside in.”

Inspired by the color palette of nature, the renovated rooms at Mission Point feature the soft blue and green hues of Lake Huron and shades of cream of the limestone formations and rocky beaches. The new design scheme replaces the dark hunter green and burgundy that previously decorated the hotel. The bathrooms in the guest rooms have also been updated. The Main Lodge houses 108 of the resort’s 241 rooms, and just under 60 rooms at the lodge were renovated in time for last season.


Construction at Silver Birches, as seen from Lake Huron Thursday, March 22, is nearly complete, said Liz Ware, who has been overseeing the renovations. She and her parents, Dennert and Suzanne Ware, who purchased the property in late 2012, plan to live here this summer. Construction at Silver Birches, as seen from Lake Huron Thursday, March 22, is nearly complete, said Liz Ware, who has been overseeing the renovations. She and her parents, Dennert and Suzanne Ware, who purchased the property in late 2012, plan to live here this summer. Throughout the winter, a crew of painters, plumbers, and electricians have been working at the resort to make sure everything is finished by the time the first visitors arrive in late April.

“We’ve had a very, very busy winter,” she said, which will continue into a busy spring.

On the resort grounds, other improvements are planned and work will begin as soon as the weather allows. As a master gardener, Ms. Ware’s mother, Suzanne Ware, has been eager to collaborate on the hotel’s gardens. A new cutting garden is planned for near the tennis courts and gazebo on the front lawn, featuring beautiful flowers perfect for making bouquets that will be used throughout the hotel.

Next to the cutting garden, a deck will be installed and used specifically for yoga classes, and lavender will be planted around the deck for its soothing fragrance. Other improvements in recent years include the new spa that features a relaxation room and several lilac-themed treatments. The resort also offers outdoor programs such as morning hikes to Arch Rock for guests to watch the sunrise.

“People have been coming up to the Island to relax and reinvigorate for over 100 years,” she continued, as the first tourists traveled there to escape the heat and hay fever of large cities like Chicago.

The goal of Mission Point, Ms. Ware said, is to provide guests with a relaxing environment during their vacations. Whether a guest wants to spend time sitting in a lawn chair to watch the freighters go by, take a yoga class, or use the resort’s updated exercise room, Ms. Ware said her family has been capitalizing on the assets Mission Point already has to offer a whole range of relaxation options.

Other upgrades have been made to the resort’s meeting spaces, as Mission Point hosts many conference groups throughout the season. This year, many of the conference spaces and meeting rooms were updated to provide a lighter atmosphere. Many of the meeting rooms were dark with harsh fluorescent lighting, Ms. Ware said, but now have been updated with lighter colors and new lighting.

Customer feedback and needs are guiding the renovations at Mission Point, she continued, including the improvements to the conference center. Guests are interested in improved technology such as charging stations, she said, and the rooms will have new televisions this year.

Behind the scenes, other changes have been made such as new boilers and laundry facilities, Ms. Ware said. While not as apparent as renovated guest rooms, the improvements are necessary to maintaining a high level of service, she said.

While the 2018 season has yet to begin, plans are already underway for work that will begin in late October. Renovations next fall and winter will continue at Straits Lodge, where some of the public spaces have already been updated.

Work will continue in the guest rooms, as similar renovations as the upgrades in the Main Lodge will be completed.

Construction has also continued at the Ware family’s Silver Birches property on the north end of the Island. Inside the Adirondack lodge, which underwent an extensive preservation project in recent years, drywall is being installed and the finishing touches are being planned. New equipment for the kitchen has also been ordered and should arrive soon.

“Right now, my parents plan to [stay] out there this summer, and we’ll figure out our next steps” for the property, Ms. Ware said.

She has lived on the property during two summers when construction got underway after the family bought the property in late 2012. She is looking forward to staying there when work is finally finished, and to spend time with her parents and family this year.

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