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Evening is an especially pleasant experience on Mackinac Island. The crowds have thinned and the air has cooled. Visitors are strolling along Main Street enjoying the summer evening when the paced has slowed from the afternoon. Sit back and enjoy the evening with them in this episode of 'Five Minutes on Mackinac.'
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Rush hour on Mackinac Island isn't quite the same as it is anywhere else in America. Perhaps that's one of the reasons I enjoyed watching it from my perch above Main Street. The 2nd floor balcony of the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa provided a great view of Main Street on this busy summer morning. Carriages were lined up, waiting to be filled with visitors, drays were busy hauling freight, dockporters hauling baggage and visitors strolling the still fairly empty sidewalks. Take five minutes to…Continue
Added by Mike Forrester on August 17, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
The latest Five Minutes on Mackinac is now available here and on our YouTube Channel. In this episode, I set up just east of The Island House Hotel looking toward St. Anne's Church on an early summer afternoon during the Lilac Festival. The lilacs were in full bloom adding some wonderful color to the already vibrant palette of colors on Mackinac.
Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Five Minutes on Mackinac.
Added by Mike Forrester on August 7, 2013 at 8:45am — No Comments
Take five minutes to relax in Marquette Park looking at the activity on Main Street. It's a gorgeous summer afternoon, so sit back with your favorite cool drink and soak it in.
Here is the direct link to the video: http://youtu.be/JOQFJCAQOhs
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Added by Mike Forrester on July 19, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Mackinac Island is certainly one of my passions in life. I like to visit it, learn about it and in the age of social media, talk about it with other fans. I relish being on the island when the lilacs are blooming and this year our trip was coinciding with the end of the Lilac Festival. While lilacs don't always work off the Tourism Bureau calendar of events, 2013 was shaping up to have boatloads of blooms by the end of the ten day festival.…Continue
Added by Mike Forrester on July 10, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments
After a busy Fourth of July holiday, take five minutes to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of an evening view of the Mackinac Bridge from Mackinac Island.
This is the fourth installment of 'Five Minutes on Mackinac,' a video series that captures five uninterrupted minutes of the sights and sounds of Mackinac Island, Michigan.
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Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. The painting below is by Mary Lou Peters, who captures the magic of Mackinac Island for all of us to enjoy.Continue
Added by Mike Forrester on July 4, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
There's nothing quite like spending Independence Day on Mackinac Island - it's about as American as you get. If you're planning on visiting the island next week, here's a list of activities and my suggestions for making the most of your Fourth of July on Mackinac Island.Continue
Added by Mike Forrester on June 28, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
There are some days that I miss being on the island. To help that withdrawal, I decided to videotape scenes all around downtown, the bluff and harbor for five uninterrupted minutes. Each video captures the sights and sounds of everyday life on the island. No music, no narration, just the sounds that surround us on the island.
This first 'Five Minutes on Mackinac' is titled 'A Main Street Afternoon.' The second video, 'Sunrise over the Bay' captures the peace of an early morning when…Continue
Added by Mike Forrester on June 27, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Added by Mike Forrester on May 27, 2013 at 9:56am — No Comments
I have a big update after our visit to the island last week. Every year I take a look at what’s new on the island and this year there is quite a bit to report.
Downtown is seeing lots of changes, most for the better, in my opinion. One thing that can’t be denied is that business owners are spending money making improvements, upgrades or changes to their businesses. After several years of stagnation, it’s nice to see fresh coats of paints and new businesses opening their…Continue
Grand Hotel celebrates 125 years of hosting guests July 10, 2012. While you may have been built in less than 100 days, your builders laid a solid foundation that I hope will last another 125 years! Congratulations!…Continue
Added by Mike Forrester on July 10, 2012 at 7:19am — No Comments
9:30am - Governor's Summer Residence is open for tours (free)
10:00am - Stone-skipping contest begins at Windermere Point (kids games and family activities)
Added by Mike Forrester on July 3, 2012 at 8:08am — No Comments
June 19th is World Sauntering Day. A day to enjoy a leisurely walk with a joyful disposition. W.T. Rabe of Grand Hotel created the holiday in the 1970's, according to Wikipedia 'to encourage people to slow down and enjoy the world around them.'
Personally, I can't think of a better place to saunter than the porch of Grand Hotel, which celebrates 125 years of hospitality in July. (Photo by Mackinac Island Blog Member Pam Schuch).…Continue
Added by Mike Forrester on June 19, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments
While I normally don't write trip reports, I thought I'd share a few highlights from my visit last weekend. The highlight was hopping a boat for the ride to the Round Island Lighthouse Open House. The Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society (www.roundislandlightmichigan.com) did a great job of organizing the event. Freeland Boy Scout Troop 323 played host to the visitors with scouts located throughout the lighthouse…Continue
On July 9th, make a visit to nearby Round Island and enjoy a tour through and to the top of Round Island Lighthouse. Each year, Freeland Boy Scout Troop 323 opens the iconic lighthouse from 10AM to 4PM and provides tours of the lighthouse, including the tower.
Charter boat transportation is provided for $10 round-trip, per person with boats departing from the Arnold Coal Dock (the dock just west of their ferry dock). Closed-toe shoes are recommended and you need to be able to walk on…Continue
After spending several days on Mackinac Island last week, I’m pleased to provide my 2011 list of ‘What’s New on Mackinac’ for your enjoyment. While not exhaustive, it’s a good indicator of what to expect that’s new...or no longer.
Main Street was still relatively quiet compared to summer weekends, but many school groups find their way to the island before the end of the school year. I managed to snap the photo below at a low in group movements, but don't be fooled, they were…Continue
With the creation of the new Convention and Visitors Bureau on Mackinac Island, there's a dedicated source of funding to help promote the island. One of the first things they did was commission a Pure Michigan ad. Just like the other Pure Michigan ads, it features the voice of Tim Allen and the theme from 'Cider House Rules' but this time, it's all about Mackinac!
While I love to visit Mackinac Island, I still have to spend more time away from it than I’d like. To help pass the time until my next visit, I like to read books, watch DVD’s and surf the internet in search of anything related to the island. Fortunately, I’ve found a few treasures that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few months here on the blog.
The first item is a book that while promoted as a ‘behind the scenes’ book, is really more of a photo essay of Arnold Transit ferry…Continue
The streets of Mackinac Island are slowly coming to life as business owners and employees start preparing for another season on Michigan's Crown Jewel. The Grand Hotel opens on Friday (April 22) with other hotels in the days that follow. All three ferry lines are running as they are now required to operate ice-to-ice, so access to the island has never been better, even during the off-season!…Continue