4 ways to keep your New Year’s resolution on Mackinac Island


Lose weight and get in shape. Year after year, those are two of Americans’ most common New Year’s resolutions. Chances are they’re resolutions of yours, too. Nearly two-thirds of Americans aspire to lose weight in 2019 and more than five out of six want to stay fit and healthy this year. You can do something…

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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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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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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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My Three Favorite Mackinac Biking Adventures


The breeze in my face, the throbbing pulse in my legs, and the experience of nature set the scene for when I feel most free and alive. For people like me, biking isn’t solely an activity but rather an adventure that constantly summons: it’s more a lifestyle than hobby. I need my bike to escape,…

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