Plan Now for the 70th Annual Mackinac island Lilac Festival


Experience The Scents and Sights of Mackinac Island’s Ten Day Lilac Festival Beginning June 8 and ending with the Grand Parade on Father’s Day (June 17), thousands of visitors will flock from far and wide to Northern Michigan’s picturesque Mackinac Island for the island’s 70th Lilac Festival. The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival brings people together […]

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Play 2 one-of-a-kind golf courses on Mackinac Island


There are 15,000 golf courses in the United States. Yet, only one involves a mile-and-a-half, horse-drawn carriage ride between nines. And only one is laid out on a battlefield where American soldiers died in a failed attempt to wrest control of the Great Lakes from the British. Both of those courses are on Mackinac Island. […]

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Explorer’s guide to Mackinac Island: Cave of bones and more


More than 250 years ago, Fort Michilimackinac came under attack during Pontiac’s War. Under the guise of a lacrosse game, a coalition of Native Americans invaded the fort and routed the British who controlled it. Twenty people were killed, some of them scalped alive. The fur trader Alexander Henry fled. Henry was friends with the […]

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Mackinac Island: Bicycle capital of the world


The Netherlands is the so-called bicycle capital of the world, with upwards of 20 million bicycles for a population of 17 million. That’s more than one bike for every person. By comparison, in the United States there’s only one bike for every three people. But there are some places in the USA, like Mackinac Island, […]

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Historic Mackinac attractions now opening for the season


After a long winter, spring is emerging on Mackinac Island and ferry services have resumed regular shuttles from the mainland. Many of the island’s shops, restaurants and lodging accommodations are opening for the season. Now, here comes one more sign that Mackinac is stirring back to life. Staff at Fort Mackinac will blast a cannon […]

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Time to plan your family’s summer getaway to Mackinac Island


Spring Break may still be fresh in your mind, but if you look ahead you’ll see that summer vacation isn’t far off. Soon, thousands of families will start having fun on Mackinac Island, enjoying a break away from the hustle and bustle of the school year. Now is the time to make plans for you […]

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Opening Day! What’s new on Mackinac Island in 2018


It’s official: Mackinac Island is now opening! Well, technically, the island never closes and almost 500 people live here year-round. But the unofficial start of tourist season is Thursday, April 26. Lingering ice and snow pushed back the beginning of ferry season, but both companies that service Mackinac now are running regular schedules from the […]

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New and “Note” – worthy in 2018 🎶


We’re just a few short weeks away from a fabulous new travel season on Mackinac Island!  Businesses are opening, staff returning, and the birds are singing with excitement just like us!  Hopefully soon winter will break for some much needed spring-like temps and the official 2018 season will be underway with plenty of new and […]

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How spring on Mackinac makes for a unique island experience


It’s seven weeks until Memorial Day. Which means there are seven weeks to experience Mackinac Island in a way many visitors never do – during the spring. The unofficial open to the 2018 season is April 26, 2018. The summer months are the most popular time of year on Mackinac, yet you might find that […]

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5 reasons Mackinac Island is Michigan’s wedding capital


When was the last time you were at a wedding where the dessert table featured authentic Mackinac Island fudge? Or where the wedding party went for a cruise under the Mackinac Bridge? There were more than 2 million weddings in the United States last year – more than 6,000 every single day – and so […]

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