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"Wow time does fly. We had wanted so much to get to the Island this fall, but time is sort of running this year for a trip there. Hopefully next spring. Have enjoyed Mackincac Island since 1958. Just love it there in the summer, but not the…"
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Video shot on September 15, 2014 on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Video submitted to The Weather Channel for their use by the Mackinac Island Blog.
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The Sights and Sounds of Mackinac Island

You may not always be able to make a trip to Mackinac Island when you want to, so we bring the island to you. Our 'Five Minutes on Mackinac' video series is ready to help you escape.Here's 75 minutes of the sights and sounds of Mackinac from our…See More
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The Sights and Sounds of Mackinac Island

Posted by Mike Forrester on September 30, 2014 at 11:32am 0 Comments

You may not always be able to make a trip to Mackinac Island when you want to, so we bring the island to you. Our 'Five Minutes on Mackinac' video series is ready to help you escape.

Here's 75 minutes of the sights and sounds of Mackinac from our YouTube Channel playlist!

Here's a direct link to the playlist:

You can watch all our Mackinac Island videos on our YouTube Channel at:

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A glimpse of Mackinac Island in 1937

Posted by Mike Forrester on June 28, 2014 at 9:30am 1 Comment

Fort Holmes, the highest point on Mackinac Island, had been a strategic location for the military during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Built by the British and named in honor of King George, the fort was later turned over to the United States in 1815. It was then named Fort Holmes, in rememberance of Major Andrew Holmes who died in battle on Mackinac Island the previous year.

The fort decayed over time, but in 1937, as part of The New Deal, the Progress Works Administration (WPA) rebuilt the fort to it's original appearance.

A film crew documented WPA projects around Michigan and the Fort Holmes project was part of the hour-long documentary. The film is now part of the Public Domain collection within the National Archives.

I have edited the video below so it features just the Mackinac Island portion of the film. The video includes some scenes of Fort Mackinac and the downtown district, likely in early 1937 before moving to the Fort Holmes laborers hard at work.

If you haven't made the trip to Fort Holmes, here is what it has looked like more recently:

In 2013, Mackinac State Historic Parks announced the reconstruction of Fort Holmes to it's original appearance, along with interpretive exhibits for visitors.

While most visitors will never see Fort Holmes, I hope those that do will now not only enjoy one of the best views on the island, but see another part of Mackinac Island's history come to life.

A postcard of the WPA reconstructed Fort Holmes.



Roads Less Traveled

Posted by Mike Forrester on June 22, 2014 at 5:00pm 2 Comments

In a continuing series this summer, I'm featuring guest bloggers who are sharing their experiences and insights on Mackinac Island. Our second guest blogger, Brenda Horton, who writes her own blog, Bree's Connecting the Dots has graciously shared some of her favorite little secrets about the island with us. Thank you, Brenda!

Returning to Mackinac Island as a vacationer - instead of a home owner - happened to the Horton clan a couple of weeks ago for the first time in six years.

I found myself taking notes on what felt different about the trip, since we could no longer answer the oft-asked question, "Where are you staying on the island?" with "Oh, we have a condo here."  It embarrasses me to admit I loved saying that and watching visitors' eyes widen with wistfulness; but I can say it without guilt because before we bought on the island, my eyes widened the same way when we'd meet someone who owned Mackinac property.  I'd be - in turn - awed, wistful, and OK - downright jealous.

But . . .those days are gone, and we're slowly adjusting to our new normal (sigh).  We are once again visitors/vacationers/fudgies/tourists (well, OK, we're not fudgies).  We check in and out of wherever we're staying just like 95% of the other visitors to Mackinac.  And that's fine because, after all, where you put your head down on the pillow at night is not what's important on Mackinac Island.  What's important is that you "get it", and if you "get" Mackinac, it doesn't matter if you're there for a day trip, a week-long vacation, a month, or a season.

My husband Ted and I learned many years ago that to truly experience Mackinac you have to get off the two main streets and go up into the island.  You need to get yourself a map from the Tourism Bureau and explore all the trails - even those with funny names - like Morning Snack,…


Top Sights on Mackinac Island in 2014 - Part Two

Posted by Mike Forrester on May 30, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

UPDATED JUNE 2: In Part One of my list of the top things to do on Mackinac Island, I listed several familiar island activities. In this installment, I'll include more, along with a few that some of you may not be familiar with - sort of 'off the map' sights that I enjoy. Mackinac Island has more to offer if you're willing to venture off Main Street and explore sights most visitors never see.

A good map is a necessity and fortunately the Tourism Bureau Office has a great map that is quite detailed, printed on glossy paper and best of all - is free. Download the map, or pick up a copy and you will be well on you way to locating some of the real treasures of the island.

Trails and paths are generally well marked and accessible by foot or bike, though some of these are foot trails only including Pontiac Trail.

Be sure to take your cell phone and map with you when venturing away from town and remember that homes on the island are private property, unless indicated otherwise.

Here are my picks, part two!

  • Take an early morning hike past the West Bluff cottages continuing along Pontiac Trail (use map)

  • Visit the Tower Museum at Mission Point Resort and learn fascinating facts about the history of the resort and the Great Lakes…


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Coast Guard on Mackinac Island

Started by Robert Posar. Last reply by Robert Posar Oct 10. 7 Replies

I was a Coast Guardsman assigned to the Mackinac Island Life Boat Station 1958-1960. The Station is now the Visitors Center. While living on the island for near 2 years, I met many wonderful Islanders, worked for the City, and rode saddle horses for…Continue

Arnold Ferry

Started by Tina Fragale. Last reply by Mike Forrester May 15. 2 Replies

I understand Arnold Ferry may not longer be running. It is our tradition to get to and from the island on Arnold!! Anyone have any info? BRING BACK ARNOLD!!

A view of the bridge

Started by Robert Keck May 4. 0 Replies

This is a webcam that went on line last fall, okay to add?

Grand Hotel entrance fee

Started by Tina Fragale. Last reply by maxine teachout Apr 6. 2 Replies

I have read in one place only, that if you enter the hotel grounds from West Bluff or by a horse drawn carriage, there is no entrance fee. Can anyone confirm this?Thanks! TinaContinue

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