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Staff Picks

Looking for an insider tip? You’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our staff-approved top picks for creating magical Mackinac memories.

This December, ask Santa to skip the usual gifts and leave something in your stocking you’ll really love – a reservation for a glorious summer getaway on beautiful Mackinac Island.

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Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894) was taken by the charms of Mackinac Island from the early days of her girlhood.

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This month, guests of Hotel Iroquois can take part in a joyous, weekend-long celebration of women and wellness from Friday, October 20th through Saturday, October 21st.

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This September, retreat to the serenity of Mackinac Island.

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Join us on August 18th – 20th for the annual Mackinac Island Fudge Festival.

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This Independence Day, the air will be redolent with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday.

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This year, give Dad something he'll really love – a Mackinac Island getaway.

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Since 1949, the people of Mackinac Island have been honoring the beloved lilac with the Lilac Festival.

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Imagine leisurely spring and summer evenings spent stargazing, or sunny days exploring the island by horseback or bicycle.

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As winter slowly draws to a close, the island’s inhabitants and few visitors look to that harbinger of spring, and Michigan’s state bird, the American Robin.

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Throughout its history, the beauty of Mackinac Island has provided the inspiration and the settings for many real-life romance stories.

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With its abundance of natural beauty, historical landmarks, and unique architecture, it’s no wonder that Mackinac draws thousands of annual visitors, and that these same charming features have made it so attractive to the film industry.

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From Mackinac’s Island earliest history, the horse has played a crucial role.

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This spring, treat yourself to a feast for the eyes, as well as a unique educational experience, with a visit to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory.

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For Halloween this year, Mackinac has a lot planned.

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If horse-drawn carriages, kayaks, or sailboats don’t suit you, try exploring Mackinac Island by bike. As no cars are allowed on our little isle, biking is one of the most serene ways to get from one side of Mackinac to the other.

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For our nature lovers, Mackinac offers some of the best ways to get up close and personal to our island’s original residents.

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Mackinac’s long history is rich and full of interesting stories for visitors to learn, only these can sometimes be overshadowed by the amazing views, cute shops, and beautiful buildings.
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One of the most beautiful views on our island is that of Arch Rock, a short hike, ride, or paddle from Hotel Iroquois. The dynamic shoreline of Mackinac Island offers plenty to see, but any trip would be incomplete without a stop at this iconic spot on the eastern side of the Island.

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Give a cheer because summer’s here! Summer has come to Mackinac Island and what better way to celebrate than by taking a cruise on the Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry and seeing all that Mackinac Island has to offer from the water?  

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It’s almost summer time on Mackinac Island and that means it’s almost time for the first and largest summer event on the island, the 68th Annual Lilac Festival! 

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It may not feel like spring just yet, but it won’t be long before it makes its way to Mackinac Island, and with it, the reopening of the historic island landmark, Fort Mackinac! 
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Mackinac Island is a quaint island with a rich history. Less than five minutes from our Mackinac Island hotel, The Richard and Lane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum makes the area history come alive in art.
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As you may or may not know, Mackinac Island has a ban on almost all kinds of motor vehicles, so walking around town almost feels like walking back in time, and with Jack’s Livery Stable, you can make the journey feel even more authentic with an old-fashioned horse and carriage ride.

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Winter on Mackinac Island moves at a different pace than the rest of the seasons. It’s typically the out-of-season time,... Read More >
If you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit this October, we recommend diving into the history of the island... Read More >
If you’re looking to spend some time in Mackinac’s great outdoors, you don’t have to go far; Mackinac Island State... Read More >
Now is the perfect time of year to be enjoying the outside patio dining option at Hotel Iroquois's premier restaurant, The Carriage House. ... Read More >
It's time for 4th of July festivities, and when it comes to celebrating, Mackinac Island does nothing halfway! Visitors can... Read More >
This summer, Mackinac Island is getting musical! Beginning June 18th and running until August is the Music in the Park series, featuring different rock, folk, country, and blues artists every Thursday night.... Read More >
There's a lot going on on Mackinac Island this June!... Read More >
With the official opening of Fort Mackinac on Sunday, May 4, Mackinac Island ushers in the official start of another glorious season. ... Read More >
We're beginning to see the first signs of spring here on Mackinac Island so, naturally, our thoughts are turning to all the delicious flavors that will soon be found at our highly rated Carriage House restaurant. ... Read More >
Snow golf, snow volleyball and snow bowling? Yes, it's time for the Mackinac Island Winter Festival! Scheduled February 7-8, this fun weekend of outdoor recreation embraces the chill with winter thrills including broom hockey, cardboard sledding and lots of children's games. ... Read More >
Sure, Times Square in New York City may have the world's best-known New Year's Eve Ball Drop, but once you've seen Mackinac Island's Great Turtle Ball Drop, well, we're pretty sure it will spoil you for all others.... Read More >
Traditionally, the holidays have always been about spending time with family and friends, appreciating life's gifts, and helping those who are in need. Each year, in keeping with these traditions, the people of Mackinac Island throw the annual Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar.... Read More >
Mackinac Island is nothing short of a step back in time so, naturally, its grocery store is America's oldest family-owned grocer. Serving Mackinac Island and nearby St. Ignace, Doud's Market is a full-service shop keeping island larders stocked âÂ?" year-round âÂ?" with fresh meats, fish, coffee, bread, pizza and deli goods, along with household basics and a wide selection of Michigan-made products. ... Read More >
Confectioners and candy makers on Mackinac Island like to say they didn't invent fudge, but they sure did perfect it - and who are we to disagree! After all, more than 10,000 pounds of fudge leave the island every day - sweet souvenirs for folks back home.... Read More >