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

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    Mackinac Island’s Five-Mile Fort2Fort Race Goes Virtual

    September 22

    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. While Mackinac Island can no longer hold the event as they traditionally would due to COVID-19, the race will continue! This year, the race will be hosted as a virtual event, so runners and walkers can join in and run five miles whenever or wherever they please.

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    Did Someone Say Fudge Festival?

    August 10

    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

    July 22

    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

    June 10

    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

    May 11

    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

    April 06

    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

    March 02

    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

    February 03

    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

    January 06

    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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    Say “I Do” to a Mackinac Island Wedding

    December 02

    It’s official—the proposal has been accepted, the ring is on her finger, and the two of you are discussing tentative plans for the ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, and most importantly, the location.

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    Start A New Tradition

    November 04

    This Thanksgiving, while you enjoy a glorious feast with your loved ones and give thanks for your blessings, why not start a new holiday tradition?

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    A Fabulous Finale

    October 01

    October on Mackinac Island is a bittersweet month. While it brings the end of yet another season of fun, autumn dazzles us with its brilliant glory, and the final events are always fabulous. For details, see below.

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    “Fall” in Love with Mackinac Island

    September 03

    Here on Mackinac, autumn brings breathtaking views, delightfully mild days, and refreshingly cool evenings.

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    Fudge, Fabulous Fudge

    August 01

    Rich, sweet, creamy, decadent—no matter how you describe it, it’s a wonderful treat worthy of our annual celebration, and we hope you’ll join thousands of other “fudgies” from August 23-25 for the 2019 Mackinac Island Fudge Festival.

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    Sail Through Summer

    July 01

    July on Mackinac Island—the days are warm and sunny, the nights are pleasantly cool and full of stars, and the fun is boundless.

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    Make Dad’s Day with a Mackinac Getaway

    June 03

    Searching for that perfect gift for the best Dad ever?

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    A Lilac Immersion Experience

    May 06

    Make your reservations and start packing your bags for a ten-day getaway featuring fabulous flowers and floral-themed festivities.

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    Hit the Trail

    April 01

    Mackinac Island offers a myriad of scenic paths and trails to explore, the majority of which are part of the Mackinac Island State Park.

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    Our Native American Heritage

    March 04

    Most of our guests visit here because they enjoy the Mackinac Island “experience” reminiscent of a more genteel era – an era of horse-drawn carriages, wildflower-strewn woodlands, bandshell concerts, and vintage architecture with unique shops and boutiques.

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    The Most Romantic Places on Mackinac Island

    February 01

    Here on the Island, we’ve heard a multitude of romantic tales told by visitors who fell in love here, said their vows here, or experienced a memorable romantic proposal.

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    Two Terrific Tours of Mackinac Island

    January 07

    While we appreciate our guests who return each season, we also look forward to those who have never been here before.

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    A Perfect Group Getaway

    December 03

    Whether you’re planning a retreat or a gathering of a circle of friends, a family anniversary or a wedding, you’ll find Mackinac Island is the perfect getaway destination.

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  • Reflections at Thanksgiving

    November 05

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

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  • Celebrating Halloween and the Haunts of Mackinac Island

    October 01

    Todd Clements has been incredibly busy for the past 25 years.

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  • Autumn is a ‘Cool’ Time to Visit Mackinac Island

    September 07

    Autumn is a great time of the year to visit Mackinac Island; guests have the advantage of gorgeous views and weather, pleasantly cool evenings, and fewer crowds.

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  • Fudging It on the Island

    August 06

    On August 24-26, fudge lovers (also known as “fudgies”) will descend on Mackinac Island for the Annual Mackinac Island Fudge Festival.

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  • The Regattas of Mackinac Island

    July 03

    Every July on Mackinac Island, crowds gather to cheer on hundreds of sleek sailboats and elegant yachts coming into the home stretch of Mackinac Harbor.

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  • A Mackinac Island Father’s Day

    June 04

    This year, treat Dad to a Father’s Day he’ll cherish forever with a June vacation on beautiful Mackinac Island.

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  • Four Great Reasons to Make a Reservation Right Now for the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

    May 08

    A profusion of fragrant and colorful lilacs will be in full bloom when Mackinac Island celebrates its 70th annual Lilac Festival June 8-17.

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  • The Beautiful Birds of Mackinac Island

    April 02

    Although famous for lilac festivals, yacht races, horses, and fudge, there is another aspect of Mackinac Island that appeals to a select group of enthusiasts – the birders of America.

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  • Mackinac Island’s Rich Architectural History

    March 06

    From stately Victorian-era hotels, to Arts and Crafts-style cottages, to New England Colonial structures and the earliest Native American wigwam dwellings, the architecture of Mackinac Island reflects both its history and the diversity of its influences.

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  • Romantic Selfies: Your Mackinac Island Getaway

    February 05

    Imagine the look of surprise and delight on your Valentine’s face when you present them with the idea of a “couples selfie” getaway on beautiful Mackinac Island.

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  • Get in Shape Now for Your Mackinac Island Getaway

    January 09

    Is reaching your fitness goals one of your New Year’s resolutions?

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  • A Christmas Present for the Future

    December 07

    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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  • The Tale of Anne’s Tablet

    November 07

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

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  • Wellness & Wine: A Weekend for Women

    October 02

    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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  • The September Serenity of Mackinac Island

    September 05

    This September, retreat to the serenity of Mackinac Island.

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  • August is All About the Fudge

    August 07

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

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  • Celebrate a Star-Spangled Fourth at Fort Mackinac

    July 01

    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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  • Delight Dad with a Mackinac Island Getaway

    June 05

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

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  • Make Reservations Now for the Annual Lilac Festival

    May 01

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

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  • Book Now and Save Big on a Mackinac Island Staycation

    April 03

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

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  • The Wildflowers of Mackinac Island

    March 06

    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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  • Romance on Mackinac Island

    February 08

    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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  • Mackinac Island and the Movies

    January 09

    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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