The Porches of Mackinac Island


Summertime and porches go together. Is there a better way to spend a summer afternoon than on the porch while you sip on some tasty refreshment like lemonade? And you know what else pairs nicely with the summer? Mackinac Island. And you know where you can find some gorgeous porches? That’s right, Mackinac Island. Most […]

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Downtown Mackinac: Something for Everyone


From shopping to eating to enjoying the sights, downtown Mackinac Island has something for everyone. For the foodie: Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining or your sweet tooth is craving some fudge, your culinary wish is our command. The island boasts nearly 50 restaurants ranging from family friendly to fine dining. For the […]

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Grab That Selfie Stick: Prime Mackinac Island Selfie Spots


Mackinac Island is a photographer’s dream. Scenic vistas, majestic horses, Victorian architecture and, of course, the Mighty Mac. But, professional level photography is not for everyone. Enter the selfie. So, I did what any millennial would do and toured the island in hopes of finding the perfect spot to send that “wish you were here” […]

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Back to School, Back to Mackinac Island


For twenty years, I have been leading elementary school field trips “Up North” over the Straits of Mackinac to Mackinac Island. Thousands of young people and their parents have enjoyed the unique magic of the Island and returned with special Mackinac memories. Here’s how a typical trip unfolds. The kids are in awe with their […]

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Family Fun at the Fort


Mackinac Island has always been a part of me. I grew up an hour away, visited Fort Mackinac on an eighth-grade class trip and even worked there. So, in September of 2010, when I learned my father-in-law had never been to Mackinac Island, I knew I needed to take my family there. My parents-in-law drove […]

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Lime Kiln Ruins, Eagle Point Cave, Robinson’s Folly, oh my!


When one thinks of the natural attractions on Mackinac Island, the mind wanders immediately to Arch Rock or Sugar Loaf or even Devil’s Kitchen. And deservedly so. These are great natural wonders. Easy to find on the Island. And great spots for selfies and photo ops. But these aren’t the only natural attractions on Mackinac […]

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Wedding of Sara Romano and Spencer Baird


The Inn at Stonecliffe, Mackinac Island Saturday, July 9, 2011 Spencer and I chose to get married on Mackinac Island because my family spent time on the Island while I was growing up. Knowing we wanted to be married by the water, I immediately thought of Mackinac Island. We spent a full afternoon exploring venues, […]

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Music in the Park


Do you long to tell the world when you unexpectedly stumble across something so special that you can’t wait to relive the experience again and again? My “something so special” took place during the summer of 2011 on beautiful Mackinac Island. After weeks of planning a unique and family-friendly vacation, we finally made it to […]

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