5 things to do the first (or next) time you visit Mackinac Island


So, you’re going to Mackinac Island for the first time! Whatever you do during your stay, you’ll enjoy being here – even if your idea of the perfect vacation is just to sit on the porch and breathe in the fresh, island air. But if you’re looking for activity on Mackinac, there’s so much to…

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Opening day on Mackinac Island! What’s new in 2019


Finally, it’s here! Opening day for Mackinac Island is Sunday, April 21. Sure, people have been visiting Mackinac and having fun here all winter. But opening day is when the ferry boats resume regular service and the island really starts to emerge from a season of hibernation. The horses are returning. The restaurants and stores…

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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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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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An Island of Romance Awaits You


Valentine’s Day has come and gone, marking the official season of love and there’s no better time to begin planning your own romantic getaway here on beautiful Mackinac Island.  Starry nights, lapping waves, and opportunity for romance every step of the way included with each stay.  From couples spa treatments to quiet strolls along the…

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Make Mackinac Yours In 2018


The snow is flying, the cold months passing, and we’re dreaming of sweet summertime at America’s favorite freshwater destination, Mackinac Island.  There’s no time too soon to begin planning the perfect Mackinac Island experience and whether you’re traveling solo, jetting off on a romantic getaway, visiting for work, or adventuring in Pure Michigan with the…

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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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Sample the Tastes of Mackinac Island


We recently had a chance to ask a few of our travel writer friends about their dining experiences on Mackinac Island. Specifically, we asked about their favorite places to eat, to share a fun experience, or offer some advice about dining on Mackinac Island. Here’s what they had to say: By Amy Eckert Everyone should…

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FORE: Time to Book Your Mackinac Island Tee Time


For some, spring’s excitement doesn’t surround blooming flowers but rather swinging golf clubs. That’s right, it’s finally time to get those clubs out of the basement and into the trunk of your car because golfing season is officially here. For some, spring’s excitement doesn’t surround blooming flowers but rather swinging golf clubs. That’s right, it’s…

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Mackinac Island’s Academy Awards Connection


This weekend many of us will settle into our couches and watch the Academy Awards. Movies can entertain us, inspire us, and move us. They capture our imagination and show us how things were, how things are, and how things could be. In 1980 this movie magic and Mackinac Island magic converged for “Somewhere In…

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