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Historic Jacob Wendell House on Mackinac Island

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Overview
4 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
10 guests
2 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
For the 2018 season we will be updating the calendar by Nov. 15th, 2017. Please check the 2018 calendar for availability and feel free to contact us if you are interested in an available date. For the 2019 season and beyond, we have a new system for guests interested in making a reservation at the Jacob Wendell House. We will accept reservations starting October 15, 2018 at 10:00A.M. Eastern Time, until the calendar is full. At that time, if still interested, we can put you on our cancellation list. 1. First, check the calendar for availability. 2. Next, call us at beginning October 15, 2018 at 10:00A.M. Eastern Time . PLEASE DO NOT FILL IN ANY PAYMENT INFORMATION, WE DO PAYMENT ONCE WE SPEAK WITH YOU AND CONFIRM. Open May 4th - October 28th, this beautifully restored hom...For the 2018 season we will be updating the calendar by Nov. 15th, 2017. Please check the 2018 calendar for availability and feel free to contact us if you are interested in an available date. For the 2019 season and beyond, we have a new system for guests interested in making a reservation at the Jacob Wendell House. We will accept reservations starting October 15, 2018 at 10:00A.M. Eastern Time, until the calendar is full. At that time, if still interested, we can put you on our cancellation list. 1. First, check the calendar for availability. 2. Next, call us at beginning October 15, 2018 at 10:00A.M. Eastern Time . PLEASE DO NOT FILL IN ANY PAYMENT INFORMATION, WE DO PAYMENT ONCE WE SPEAK WITH YOU AND CONFIRM. Open May 4th - October 28th, this beautifully restored home is the perfect setting for family vacations, wedding parties, friends and business groups. This four bedroom, private bath home provides all the modern amenities for your Mackinac island vacation including spacious living areas, partial water views, large porches and a fenced yard. The perfect location from town, just far enough from the hustle and bustle of downtown yet you can easily walk, bicycle or take a horse drawn carriage home from dinner at the many wonderful restaurants. Thank you for visiting our site. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Half bath, 4 Full baths
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About the Owner
Liz B
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:75%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:April 2011
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Reviews (8)
travelrite2018
travelrite2018
Texas City, TX1 contribution
Excellent location just outside downtown and close to shore front park trails. Innkeepers were extremely responsive and friendly. The house is large and clean with room to spread out, cook and relax for our group of 6 adults, including large patios for sitting, dining, grilling. This was the only whole-house accommodation we know of on the island for short stays and it worked out perfectly. Enjoyed the many walking and biking trails all over the island. About a 10 minute walk to the center of town for shopping, dining, groceries, ferry.
Visited August 2018
Written August 25, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Getaway522072
Getaway522072
We are so pleased that the Jacob Wendell House was just what you needed for your group. We all need a little privacy to stretch out and relax from time to time. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. In gratitude, Liz, Brian & Barb Innkeepers
Written August 30, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jay-from-Oxford
Jay-from-Oxford
Oxford, MI14 contributions
We used the whole Jacob Wendell home and Carriage House for a week with family and friends. Had a great time. So close to everything. Kristen was so helpful throughout and Barb was onsite to help with any questions. We look forward to returning! See my longer review on Google.
Visited June 2018
Written July 8, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Getaway522072
Getaway522072
Thank you T. clan, you were wonderful guests, so glad you enjoyed the historic Jacob Wendell House and Carriage House. We look forward to hosting you all again.
Written July 13, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joy V
Joy V
Muskegon, MI9 contributions
My brothers and I wanted to take mom to the island for her 80th birthday. This was an ideal place to stay. It had the 4 bedrooms we needed, a beautiful outside porch where we could sit and chat, aND a lovely kitchen with all the dishes and utensils we needed. The Jacob Wendell House is in a great location..a little away from downtown and all the bustle, but close enough to walk for shopping, dinner or excursioms. And best of all....rumor has it that Napoleon slept here!
Visited May 2015 Travelled with family
Written May 19, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kathy D
Kathy D
Fairfield, OH138 contributions
Kristen, the Innkeeper, was great to work with from the planning stage to the day we left. She answered several questions for me as I planned the family getaway and made our group feel very welcome. The house is located just five doors away from St. Ann's Church at the edge of the business district. The ideal location. It was an easy walk to the restaurants and shops in town plus going the other direction to Mission Point. We had an 80 year old aunt with us, and she managed to walk it all except the trip up hill to the Grand Hotel. We took a horse taxi up to the Grand, but she walked down the hill to town. Each bedroom has its own bath which is a must for our group. Each bathroom was a little different, but that worked well for the 80 year old who took the one with the walk in shower. All of the beds were comfortable, so everyone reported a great nights sleep each night. Once we were in our bedrooms, we never heard anything from any of the other rooms. It must be the plaster walls...very quiet. Seven of us gathered comfortably in the spacious living room each night and in the full kitchen each morning. We were also able to take advantage of a warm afternoon on the porch. The house is very clean and well taken care of. We have a couple of picky, picky family members, and they were pleased with the house. We travelled from four different towns in three different states and wanted a location where we could put our comfy clothes on in the evening and sit together talking and laughing without bothering anyone else. This house was perfect.
Visited October 2014 Travelled with family
Written October 16, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

rich p
rich p
Novi, MI20 contributions
We've just returned from our second renting of the Jacob Wendell House for our annual siblings/spouses reunion. The house is exactly as pictured, and sits behind an attractive black iron fence, about 60 feet back from the street, and has a nice front lawn. It rents as a B&B, or the entire house can be rented turnkey (as we did). The 8 of us rented the house for a most relaxing week. There is something unique and very calming about sitting on the deck, or in the house, and hearing the clippity-clop of holves in the street. The lake can be viewed between the houses across the street, or via a short walk in either direction. This historic house is well located, about 6 doors from old St. Anne's Church, and a 4 or 5 minute pleasant walk from the fort and the start of downtown at Dowd's Market, which extents for several blocks toward the Grand Hotel. Understand that this is a very old house (1846), and not a Holiday Inn experience...it is much better than that. Each bedroom has a bath, and its own personality (the most different bedroom being the large master BR), and there are a few interesting quirks, like the very small powder room near the kitchen, where you will note the section of exposed original siding (planks measuring about 1 x 20 inches); and the butler's pantry, where tea is prepared. The kitchen is fully-equipted, and has a pleasant window sitting area (and many restaurants are within a short bike ride or 10-minutes walk). The dining room is large, and also serves as a game table. The living room is quite comfortable. The large deck with cushioned furniture is most inviting, and there is also a BBQ grill with umbrelled table/chairs for outdoor dining. The wi-fi is appreciated. There is a laundry behind the kitchen. If you can, bring your own bikes, as they are rather expensive to rent on the island. We saved a lot by preparing most of our meals in the kitchen. The innkeeper, Kristin, is the perfect combination of friendly, professional, and helpful.
Visited August 2012 Travelled with family
Written August 26, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

rich p
rich p
Novi, MI20 contributions
We are an extended family of 4 retired siblings and spouses who have an annual reunion of 5-7 days (adults only). This year, we chose the Jacob Wendell House on Mackinac Island. Renting the entire home gave us a totally free an relaxing environment, complete with everything any home offers. I can't imagine any hotel (especially the Grand) offering so relaxing an environment as the house, especially as everyone had their own bedroom and bathroom. We enjoyed the porch, the living room, the kitchen and large dining room. Games were played nightly at the dinning room table. The house is about 3 blocks from town, and an easy and safe walk at any hour. It is a very old house (1846), and like all old homes, it shows some age. I would have liked a bit more water pressure in the shower (BR#3), but I head no complaints about the house from any of the other 7 family members. [hmmm, come to think of it, I could have been writing about myself] All 4 BRs are upstairs, One is a large master w/small porch, others are small but comfortable. If you go, do take bikes if you have them, or can borrow them. Bike riding is extremely popular and easy (almost no hills on the beautiful 8-mile coastal route), but they do not come with the house, and will cost your right (arm) to rent. There are many forested and overlook walking trails that are well worth the modest effort required. Of course there are also horse-drawn tours covering about all one need see. The main historical attractions are the Grand Hotel and the fort. The town is very 'touristy', as one would expect (and of course, that's part of the fun in going). Do consider the buffet lunch ($40) at the Grand, it will allow you to explore the hotel, the famous 1,000 front porch, and the grounds. Persons not moving by foot or by bike are riding in a horse-drawn carrage (including taxi). The lake is a beautiful blue, and one can easily see Lake Huron's stoney bottom some distance out from the overlooks (the water is also a bit cold). The Great Lakes are the world's largest freshwater supply, an international boundry, and traveled by many large ships passing the closeby Straits of Mackinac leading to Lake Michigan. Restaurants are very good, and prices are about what one would expect in a seasonal and remote location. Yes, it really is an island, so 99% of those coming here take one of the frequent ferrys from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace (if you go to St. Ignace, you will travel over the famous Mackinaw Bridge ($3.50), and have a bit shorter ferry ride). The other 1% fly into the small airstrip. Finally, the Jacob Wendell housekeeper, Kristen, is perfect for her job. She is extremely helpful in every way, and has the personality of your best friend. If you don't fall in love with Kristen, there is something wrong with you...not her.
Visited September 2011 Travelled with family
Written October 1, 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Pat S
Pat S
15 contributions
We spent ten days / nine nights at this wonderful home. Our whole family celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. At different times during the week we had up to ten people counting the young children staying there. We had a full kitchen with everything you can imagine as far as utensils and supplies and if they didn't have it they got it for you. Kristen and her staff were wonderful! Having the four bedrooms each with its own bath was very nice. There was a washer & dryer which we used more than we thought. This is one of a few homes that rent by the day or week vs monthly.
Visited August 2011 Travelled with family
Written August 15, 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

TripBuddy1
TripBuddy1
Grafton, WI1 contribution
Kudos to innkeeper Kristen and her associates at the Jacob Wendell House for making our stay so truly relaxing and comfortable. My wife and I enjoyed the historic charm and comforts of the King Master Suite, and absolutely loved the breakfast that was delivered to our balcony porch each morning... what an incredible way to start the day! Also, when we were late to catch our ferry back to the mainland, Kristen and her staff made sure our luggage arrived at the dock just in time for boarding on schedule. If you desire a peaceful step back in time, without sacrificing comfort, the Jacob Wendell House is an incredible place to stay while touring the beauty of Mackinac Island.
Visited June 2011 Travelled as a couple
Written August 13, 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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About the neighbourhood
Located a short distance from town, you can walk, ride your bicycle or take a horse drawn taxi to and from the Jacob Wendell House.
Getting around
There are no motorized vehicles allowed on Mackinac Island, with the exception of emergency vehicles. Bicycles are available for rent from several bike shops in town, or you may walk or take a horse-drawn taxi to your destination.
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  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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Historic Jacob Wendell House on Mackinac Island is able to accommodate up to 10 guests. See all property details.

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