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What's your favorite month to visit Mackinac Island?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Forrester Jul 28, 2011. 7 Replies

What do you think about McNally Cottage being demolished?

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"Reading this made Kim and I more homesick than ever!! We had to move to Las Vegas for my career and we can't wait to get back home!.  I've started looking for a job back in Michigan so we can move back to the woods, water, and…"
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Christie Vidor commented on Mike Forrester's blog post A glimpse of Mackinac Island in 1937
"Still not sure I like the idea of reconstructing Fort Holmes.  Was always a great place to watch the sunset.  Afraid it won't be the same. But only time will tell."
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Round Island Lighthouse Open House - 2014

Visit Round Island Lighthouse on July 12, 2014 from 10:00AM until 4:00PM. Cost is $15 per person and boats leave from the Arnold Coal Dock.This is the only day in 2014 to visit Round Island Lighthouse with tours of the interior and tower!Visit…
Jun 28
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Fort Holmes 1937 WPA Reconstruction on Mackinac Island

During the depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) put millions of unemployed Americans to work on community projects. One of those was the rebui...
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A glimpse of Mackinac Island in 1937

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)…See More
Jun 28

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A glimpse of Mackinac Island in 1937

Posted 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…

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Roads Less Traveled

Posted 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…

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Fourth of July on Mackinac Island - 2014

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

UPDATED JULY 3RD: Fourth of July on Mackinac Island is day of celebration filled with events to keep you and your family busy until late in the evening. On this day, Mackinac Island is especially patriotic and feels like a step back to an earlier time in our country's history. American flags and red, white and blue bunting can be found throughout downtown and Fort Mackinac adding to the festive atmosphere.

Here are my…

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The Great Murdick's Fudge Giveaway

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 8:30am 10 Comments

Win a box of Original Murdick’s Fudge in celebration of National Fudge Day on June 16th!

Original Murdick’s Fudge and Mackinac Island Blog are giving away one five-slice box of delicious fudge daily through June 16th.

Each day, we will select one…

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Top Sights on Mackinac Island in 2014 - Part Two

Posted 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.…

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At 7:37am on June 14, 2014, Christie Vidor said…
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At 11:26am on January 3, 2011, Connie Kirby Dake said…
I hope to return in May!! I am packed and ready! I hope to meet you when I get to the island.
At 7:48am on August 16, 2010, Todd wynn said…
Thanks mike,Last week at this time I was walking freshly cleaned main street
With my daughter,now headed out to paint 2 story house in the heat.
Oh well!
At 12:51am on August 4, 2010, Patrick Newcomb said…
Hello Mike - Are you going to be able to make it up north again this year? Let me know if you are. Would like to make it over to the island and meet with you.
At 6:29pm on July 22, 2010, Kimberlee Faye Klatt said…
Thank you for the welcome. I love anything regarding Mackinac Island.
At 10:45am on June 21, 2010, Kellie Lawrence said…
Ha Ha! I feel embarrassed because I thought I already joined!! :o) I was like Hilde, I had the link in my favorites and just never realized I was not signed up. Looking forward to reading your posts.
At 9:44am on June 16, 2010, Hilde DaVanon said…
Thanks Mike...I have this link in my favorites and read it all the time, just never signed up for it. I'm glad I finally did though. :)
At 10:11am on June 9, 2010, Connie Kirby Dake said…
I was on that beautiful island May 24-28 and loved every minute I was there. I did not want to leave the island! I love having the web cams to view the island so I can reconnect to the best vacation I have ever had in my life! I will be back next year!
At 12:21am on June 9, 2010, Tennille Kalitta said…
Thank you!
At 10:39pm on June 8, 2010, Karen Lynch said…
Thank you for the welcome. Unfortunately I won't be there over the weekend. My family is counting the days until we are on the island again.
 
 
 

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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?http://www.viewthestates.com/explore/mackinaw-bridgeContinue

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

Vow Renewal

Started by Carrie Tippy. Last reply by Karen Kuys Mar 9. 1 Reply

My husband and I are going to be visiting St. Ignace next year in May. We are coming up to meet my birth family that I just found. Next year in April will be our 10 year wedding anniversary and we were wanting to do a vow renewal on Mac Island but…Continue

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