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The 2013 Lilac Festival Grand Parade Video Webcast

For the first time ever, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade was broadcast live on the internet and over 900 viewers in the United States and Canada tuned in for the event. The hour-long broadcast originated from the 2nd story of the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa and was produced entirely by the Mackinac Island Blog's own Mike Forrester.

If you weren't able to see it live, or just want to watch it again, here it is, in it's entirety. Enjoy!…


Added by Mike Forrester on June 16, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Watch the Lilac Festival Grand Parade Live, June 16th at 4:00pm

The Mackinac Island Blog will be providing a complimentary live stream of the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Grand Parade at 4:00PM ET on Sunday, June 16th. We will be webcasting from the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa on Main Street overlooking the parade from our 2nd floor vantage point.

You can view the live feed at:

We'd like to thank the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa for providing…


Added by Mike Forrester on June 16, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Lilac Festival Underway

The 64th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is underway through June 16th. Be sure to check out the official festival website, for a full list of daily activities.

Some highlights of the…


Added by Mike Forrester on June 9, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Horses arriving on Mackinac Island

I shot this video as horses arrived on the island on June 1, 2010. It's a sight that is occurring regularly right now and will continue through early June.


Nearly all the hotels, B&B's, restaurants and shops are now open with the remaining businesses opening in the next week.

Added by Mike Forrester on May 5, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mackinac Island 2013 soon underway!

Happy 2013 and welcome to the new season of the Mackinac Island Blog. Hopefully you've stayed up-to-date over the winter with our Twitter feed ( and Facebook page ( If you haven't visited them, please follow or like them as they have more frequent updates both in season and in the off-season.…


Added by Mike Forrester on April 19, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

2012 season wraps up, a winter visit offers new experiences

With the 17th Annual Mackinac Island Great Turtle Run on Saturday, the Somewhere In Time Weekend and the Close the Grand event, the 2012 season on Mackinac Island effectively comes to a close. Some businesses have already closed, but most are in shutdown mode this week, anticipating one last 'pop' of business during the sold-out race on Saturday.

By nearly all accounts, it was a good season on the island, which saw tourism numbers increase, a few new businesses open and others upgrade…


Added by Mike Forrester on October 22, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Take a ride across the Ice Bridge

(UPDATE 3/3/11: The ice bridge has disappeared due to a combination of high winds and warm temperatures in recent weeks. While possible, it's increasingly unlikely it will reform this year.)

Take a ride across the ice bridge. Using a GoPro camera mounted to his helmet, the driver gives you a great view of the trip. You can also view the return with the camera mounted to the windscreen here:…


Added by Mike Forrester on February 8, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Round Island Lighthouse preservation moves forward

If you are on Mackinac Island this Saturday, August 21st, make sure to visit Windermere Point at 10:30am for a special event. After years of work and the formation of the Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, the Society ,the US Forest Service and the Hiawatha National Forest will sign a Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU, as it is known, recognizes the Society as the cooperating preservation organization for the Round Island Lighthouse.

This is an important step in the… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on August 19, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Round Island Lighthouse Open House is July 10th

If you are on Mackinac Island on July 10th, be sure to make the trip to Round Island for a rare opportunity to visit the lighthouse. Free tours will be conducted by Freeland Boy Scout Troop 323 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. The cost for round-trip transportation to Round Island is $10 and the charters will be departing from the Arnold Coal Doc on Mackinac Island. Guests must be at least 8 years…


Added by Mike Forrester on June 27, 2010 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

A trip to the top of the Mackinac Bridge

On Thursday, June 17, 2010, my wife Jeanine and I had the rare opportunity to visit the top of the Mackinac Bridge. Each year, the Mackinac Bridge Authority awards a few non-profit organizations around the state with Tower Tour Certificates, which they use for fund-raising. Our certificate came from an auction that benefitted special programs in the Pinconning (MI) School District.

We initially chose June 15th as the day for the tour,…


Added by Mike Forrester on June 18, 2010 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Mackinac Island Blog/Grand Hotel Social Media Meet-Up is June 18th

If you are on Mackinac on Friday, June 18th, you're invited to the east front porch of Grand Hotel for a social media get-together from 5:00PM to 6:30PM. The hotel will provide light refreshments to all our blog, Twitter and Facebook friends. Evening attire not required! We do ask that you RSVP with your name so we can place your name on the guest list. Otherwise, you will have to pay the $10 entry fee. Please send me ( a note with the name of all attendees and we'll… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on June 8, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Horses arriving on Mackinac Island


Added by Mike Forrester on June 1, 2010 at 12:07pm — 4 Comments

Grand Hotel readies for another season

I found this video on the Detroit Free Press site last night and wanted to pass it along. Great storytelling makes for a great video...and it makes me want to head to the island this weekend!

Added by Mike Forrester on April 30, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Friesians on Mackinac Island

Brenda Horton shared the link to this video/slideshow with me, and naturally I had to share it with you.… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on April 11, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Meeting Mike

Pleasure meeting you and the girls this weekend at the Cottage Inn. Looking forward to your next visit. Thanks for all your computer help. Marge

Added by marge lind on February 11, 2010 at 5:32pm — No Comments

'Ice Bridge' movie releases new widescreen trailer

If you haven't seen 'Ice Bridge' you really should. It's a look at Mackinac Island that the majority of visitors never see. The filmmakers have just posted a new trailer for the film which continues to gather accolades from film festivals and fans.

I purchased a copy of the film about 18 months ago and was fortunate enough to meet the filmmakers last summer during a visit to the island. They've produced a film that only someone who lives on the island could… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on January 24, 2010 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Mackinac Island Winter Festival is February 6 & 7

Wanting to see Mackinac Island in a different wardrobe? Winter has wrapped itself around the island making for a very unique experience. In just a couple of weeks, the 34th annual Winter Festival will get underway with some winter events including snow golf, a snowmobile parade and snow volleyball.

The big event for me, however, is the chance to look through all the photographs being considered for the 2012 'Seasons of Mackinac' calendar during the Sunday events at the school… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on January 20, 2010 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

Ice on the Straits of Mackinac

I came across this video posted two days ago on YouTube by a gentleman that lives in Mackinaw City. It gives you a good idea of how icy the Straits of Mackinac is becoming. He also posted some videos of the outhouse races last weekend during the Winterfest in Mackinaw… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on January 19, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Postcard of the week

While you may recognize this aerial view of Mission Point - it's not the resort in this picture. This postcard view is in 1985 and the property is known as Mackinac Hotel, which took over the former campus of Mackinac College. While much of the property exists today as it did in 1985, the most notable… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on January 13, 2010 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Arnold Line ferry ends service for the season

The big news from the island this morning is that the Arnold Line ferry couldn't make it out of the St. Ignace harbor this morning, thus bringing an end to the 2009 season. Great Lakes Air is now the only connection to the mainland until the ice bridge forms.

Liz, an island resident and blog member has updated her blog, The Quilted Turtle, with some insight on what a shopping trip is… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on January 8, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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Coast Guard on Mackinac Island

Started by Robert Posar. Last reply by Robert Posar Oct 10, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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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