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Give Thanks on Mackinac Island

Shine a little light into our darkening autumn days by giving thanks for the magnificent season of colorful leaves behind us and the sparkling holiday season ahead. Here at Hotel Iroquois, we believe each and every visitor plays a part in making Mackinac Island the incredible destination it is today. So this Thanksgiving, we look back on all the merriment and memories we’ve made in 2022 and look forward to the sunny seasons in 2023 to make new ones. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still visit the island.

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Tuck into All Things Autumn

After Labor Day, crowds in our northern climes melt into a trickle of a few hundred daily visitors. Days turn chilly enough to wear sweatshirts with shorts, and a certain quiet settles in around the area's famed lakes, bike trails, historic parks and restaurants. And thanks to the insulating effects of the Great Lakes, the show of color near Mackinac starts early and stretches late into October. So come and be here with us. We can think of a few ways you might spend your time while you’re here.

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Come and Celebrate Summer on the Dock

We’ve always loved the views from our Carriage House dining room, its quintessential waterfront backdrop ideal for any occasion, be it toasting good friends on a Friday or saying “I do” on your wedding day. But now, with the completion of our brand new dock on the water, “boardwalk cocktails” will become a summer season event you simply won’t want to miss.

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Watch the World’s Longest Freshwater Sailing Race

Every summer, two yacht races carve through the waters around Mackinac Island, and this year, as every year, you’re invited! Hurry up and book your stay with us to watch world class sailers compete for the title in the “formula one cars” of the water. Read on to learn more about each race.

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Experience the Lilac Festival

Can you smell the sweet perfume in the air? See the lavender and pink, burgundy, and creamy white? Lilacs are out and in full bloom this month on Mackinac Island, and we’re inviting you to come and see them. 

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Open and Newly Renovated for the Summer

Your cherished summer getaway is opening its doors again this month with expansive renovations we can’t wait to show off. Come and visit so we can wine and dine you in our restaurant and take you to the patio for unparalleled waterfront views.

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Come and See What’s Hot at the Mackinac Arts Council

Just as Mackinac Island emerges from its long, snowy winter, The Mackinac Arts Council blossoms with creative programs and activities designed to inspire year-round residents, students, and island guests alike. Read on to learn what’s new spring and summer and make plans to take part during your stay with us at Hotel Iroquois.

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Explore State Park on Mackinac Island

There’s a lot to look forward to this summer at Mackinac’s state historic parks. Check out what’s old, really old, at Fort Mackinac and what’s new at the Dr. Beaumont Museum. So what are you waiting for? Come on up for a visit!

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Think Spring! Make Plans to Visit Mackinac Island

This month, we’re warming up with thoughts of Spring and all of the fun you can have when you visit Mackinac Island under sunny blue skies. Whether on four hooves or two wheels we’ve got a few ideas to sweep you off your feet yet keeping you on the move.

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Wintering on Mackinac Island

Well before the season’s first snowfall, Mackinac’s tourist population, often numbering in the hundreds of thousands, will have left the island leaving in their wake an intrepid 500 or so year-round residents.

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A Month for Sharing Gratitude

What better time than now to gather our hands and hearts in thanks. November is the month when evening arrives earlier, when autumn’s last leaves fall, and when our thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays, particularly Thanksgiving.

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Travel & Leisure Top 10 in the Midwest Award

We have you to thank! Hotel Iroquois is runner up in Travel & Leisure’s Best Midwest Resort Hotels 2021

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Take the Selfie Scavenger Hunt Challenge!

It’s always worth taking the scenic route on Mackinac Island, and we’d love to see what you discover!

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See Mackinac Through Artists’ Eyes

Admire the unforgettable views of Mackinac Island on canvas. Take a stroll through the island’s treasured galleries to see how nature has inspired local artists and craftsmen.

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Tour Mackinac Island By Water

Now that the weather has warmed up a little for the summer, we’ve once again taken to one of our favorite Mackinac Island activities—venturing out onto Lake Huron. Leading most of these excursions, Great Turtle Kayak Tours takes visitors on unforgettable routes through the area, showcasing over 25 years of experience at each twist and turn.

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The Lilac Festival Is Back In Bloom This Summer

When you’re out and about on Mackinac Island, casually strolling through the streets or pedaling along the coastline, you’re sure to notice some stunning accents and aromas throughout the day. Dotting a picture-perfect scene otherwise defined by rich greenery and blue waters, lilacs bring a special touch to summers here.

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Ready, Set, Mackinac!

While it’s evident that the winter season is a quieter time on Mackinac Island, there is constant work and preparation to ensure that all is ready for the springtime rush—from the time the last ferry departs at October’s end to the first to arrive in April! Here are just some of the ways in which residents, small business owners, and others get the Island ready for your arrival.

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Discover the Mackinac Magic

While our guests who return each season have become family, we’re equally thrilled to welcome newcomers! Seeing the joyful looks on their faces and hearing their glowing remarks after discovering the beauty and charm of our beloved island allow us to vicariously experience it again for the very first time! To assist those new to the island in uncovering our charm, we recommend one of these tours below.

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Giving Thanks to Our Guests

November – the time of year when the evening comes ever earlier, when autumn’s last leaves fall before the coming of winter, and when our thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays, particularly Thanksgiving.

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Fall in Love with Mackinac Island

While many already know Mackinac Island as America’s top summer travel destination, in some ways, October is actually the best time of year to visit.

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Mackinac Island’s Five-Mile Fort2Fort Race Goes Virtual

This year, the third annual Mackinac State Historic Park Fort2Fort Five-Mile Challenge race was set to take place in recognition of the park’s 125th birthday. 

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Did Someone Say Fudge Festival?

For more than a century, Mackinac Island’s fudge has been an institution that’s become worldwide—so much so that the island has earned the nickname “Fudge Capital of the World.”

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Reignite Your Love With A Romantic Getaway

It’s no secret that we’ve all been craving some sort of getaway—a beautiful, intimate, romantic one at that. Conveniently enough, Mackinac Island’s beauty has provided the inspiration, and the setting, for several real-life romance stories throughout its history. 

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Mackinac Fun Facts

As Trip Advisor’s Hottest U.S. Summer Destination, Expedia’s Most Tourist-Friendly U.S. City, and one of the world’s most celebrated towns, Mackinac Island is much more than just a summer retreat.

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The Victorians Started It All

As we look forward to another gorgeous summer and fall on Mackinac Island, let’s look back at how the vacation destination you know and love came to be— for most people don’t know that it was the Victorians who made Mackinac one of the nation’s most favored summer spots.

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Three Fun Things to do on Mackinac Island

Each season, Mackinac Island offers our visitors and guests a wealth of fun and fabulous events and activities for their entertainment—listed below are three suggested activities for a great time.

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Restored Biddle House Opens in May

Make your plans now to explore the early Americana experience of the Biddle House; an experience that begins as soon as you step inside and surround yourself with the period furnishings and settings. 

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Three Romantic Things to Do on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island’s natural beauty has been an inspiration for a myriad of true-to-life romantic tales, and many visitors who have fallen in love here will attest that the island itself possesses an aura of enchantment.

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A Fun Fitness Getaway

If you’re one of the 59 percent of folks who made a New Year’s resolution to get more exercise, we suggest a Mackinac Island getaway. 

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