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Mackinac Island Media Contacts

Welcome to our media page where past and present accolades, media events, articles and all press-related information about the Island is archived.

For media inquires:

Tim Hygh 517-582-3414 cell or toll free at 800-454-5227
Executive Director-Mackinac Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

Alison Silk 906-430-8088 cell or toll free at 800-454-5227
Assistant Director-Mackinac Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

Press Tours

Media writers and producers looking for a complete FAM tour of the Island are always welcome. Media rates are available at most Island accommodations. Black out dates do apply and mid-week tours are encouraged. To book a FAM tour, email us.

News Archives

News from Mackinac Island

Top Ten Christmas Towns

HGTV features Mackinac Island as town #6 in their holiday special Top Ten Christmas Towns. View the episode.

Top Ten Car Free U.S. Destinations

Sherman’s Travel writes “This Michigan isle is the perfect destination for vacationers looking to ditch their vehicles – in fact here, it’s a regulation. With motor vehicles restricted since as far back as the 1920s, you’ll have to kiss your car goodbye at the boat docks before setting sail for hospitable Mackinac Island, with its scenic setting of unspoiled nature and Victorian homes.” Read entire article.

Chicago Tribune

Mackinac Island—with its Victorian sensibility, its fudge and ice cream, and its clopping horses—is magic to folks who adore Victorian sensibility, fudge, etc. Read more.

Race to Mackinac

The yachts are coming in July 2008, for press kits please contact the Chicago Yacht Club and Bay View Yacht Club for your race of interest. For images to the trade, please
contact us.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Theme

Each season, a theme is chosen for the Lilac Festival Grand Parade. For the 2012 season, it is only fitting for the theme to celebrate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, expect parade floats to honor the past and shopkeepers to decorate their windows based on this historic period on Mackinac Island.

Sustainable Mackinac

National Geographic Traveler November/December Issue 2007 commends Mackinac Island as one of the Top Ten Islands in the World for Sustainability.

News Update

Horse & Marriage, Episode 23 features wedding coordinator Carole Erbel of For the Love of Mackinac on the Style Network’s show Married Away and will be rebroadcast on October 27-29. The Colorado couple’s gorgeous wedding took place at the Inn at Stonecliffe.

Past Features

Budweiser Clydesdales
The Budweiser Clydesdales visited Mackinac Island the afternoon of Tuesday, July 24, 2007.

Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe
Discovery’s Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe filmed two episodes about the workers and their jobs on the Mackinac Bridge and the street sweepers and our composting system here on Mackinac Island. Now in repeats, please check your local listings to ensure you catch these amazing episodes. Hats off to Mike Rowe and his crew for their work in our area and for their camaraderie with all the hard workin’ folks in this region.

The Early Show (7am-9am weekdays) was on Island June 22 to film segments with Weather Anchor Dave Price. He filmed at Fort Mackinac, Cindy’s Riding Stable, Professor Harry’s Old Time Photos, Orr Kids Bikes, Murdick’s Fudge and the Mackinac Bridge. Also, the show will be filming their final Great American Vacation episode on the Island to air on August 23rd from Grand Hotel…stay tuned for more information.

The View
Mackinac Island was featured on ABC-TV’s The View (recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show) on January 4, 2006 as one of the Top Five Places in America to Lose Weight.

Life Magazine Mackinac Island was featured in the Top Ten Island Getaways in Life magazine. Thank you Life!

Cottage Living Magazine Charming hotels and inns are everywhere downtown. Most famous of all is the Grand Hotel on historic West Bluff with its sweeping front porch, the largest in the world. Read the entire article.


Grand Hotel and Hotel Iroquois were both awarded as Top 500 Hotels by Travel + Leisure magazine. In addition, Hotel Iroquois was also awarded the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Gold List Award.

Mackinac Island is the recipient of theTop Ten North American Islands by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

The American Bus Association voted the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival one of their top 100 events.