20 incredible summer views from Mackinac Island


Memorial Day has come and gone. The annual Lilac Festival is underway. Another beautiful summer on Mackinac Island is here. And the views are as incredible as ever! Each season brings a unique personality to Mackinac. A forest of colors erupts in the fall, snowmobiles speed through the streets in winter and the island awakens…

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Date night: Sneak away on Mackinac Island with a tandem bike


Picture your most romantic evening. Are you strolling hand in hand down a waterfront boardwalk? Riding in a horse-drawn carriage like a princess out of a fairytale? Cozying up on a blanket for a picnic under the stars? You can make all of that come true on Mackinac Island. Plus, you can share one of…

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Mackinac Island Inside Out: 5 things you have to see in Michigan’s original national park


You may know that Mackinac Island is home to historic Fort Mackinac, the Colonial-era military base that the British, French and Americans fought over in the 18th and early 19th centuries. But did you know that as the political significance of Mackinac declined and the island evolved into a popular vacation destination, it became the…

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6 unique aspects of destination weddings on Mackinac Island


  It’s Bridal Show Season! From Washington, D.C. to Atlanta to Denver, wedding expos are on the calendar to kick off the new year. And, no wonder, because seven of the nine most popular days for couples to get engaged are just before and during the holidays. In fact, one of every six engagements happen…

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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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Great Ways to Unplug & Relax on Mackinac Island


The daily grind can be overwhelming. We seek respite when life’s stresses — such as congested traffic, work’s demands, a constantly buzzing smartphone — start brimming. We desire a getaway to forget, unwind, and find our center again. This escape features a different recipe from person to person. A prevalent ingredient however is unplugging. Our…

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