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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

The Ice Bridge of 2011 has formed!

Liz, from the Quilted Turtle Blog, wrote that the first brave souls went over the ice bridge on Sunday, January 23rd. The weather has changed pretty quickly this month. Greg Main posted the video below from New Year's Day, and it was just last week that Arnold stopped running boats.

It shouldn't be long before the old Christmas Trees have been placed to mark the 'road' between British Landing and…


Added by Mike Forrester on January 24, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Pictures from the Winter Festival

It was a memorable visit to Mackinac Island last week for the Winter Festival. If you've never visited the island during the off-season, I highly recommend it! To help give you an idea of the sights, please be sure to look at some of the photos and videos from the visit. Here's a link to the photo album:…


Added by Mike Forrester on February 15, 2010 at 1:21pm — No Comments

The flight to Mackinac Island

After a good day of travel, we boarded the next to last portion of the trip in St. Ignace - the flight to Mackinac Island. Great Lakes Air was making frequent round trips as they were taking construction workers off the island and quite a few residents...and visitors, back. Here's the entire five minute flight.

I have loaded additional videos on our YouTube page and

some photos on the MIB… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on February 4, 2010 at 10:44pm — 4 Comments

It's time for the Winter Festival on Mackinac Island

Get ready for a weekend full of pictures and video from Mackinac Island. I've only visited the island once before during the winter (New Year's 1999), so I'm looking forward to this visit quite a bit! When I first decided to make the trip, I mentioned it to friend and blog member Brenda Horton who soon decided that she and her friend Dawn, also from Georgia, would hop a ride in the rental car with me from Flint to St. Ignace. When Jill from the Island Bookstore heard of our doings, she joined… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on February 4, 2010 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

Winter Pictures from Mackinaw City

Jill from the Island Bookstore shared these pictures with me from her December visit to the island. I'm guessing the amount of snow is not much different today, but I will know for sure on Thursday.

Boats rest comfortably ashore to avoid damage from the ice.

The Mackinaw Breeze on winter's break

The retired Coast Guard Cutter 'Mackinaw' is now a… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on February 2, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Winter has re-arrived on the island

Not even a week ago, much of the snow on the island had melted thanks to warm temperatures and a good rain. Fortunately, that weather anomaly seems to have departed as the forecast has decidedly returned to winter! Temperatures have been in the teens and are dipping even lower when the wind chill is included.

Here's The Weather Channel forecast for the weekend:

This morning the… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on January 29, 2010 at 9:00am — 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

Your Mackinac photo could be in the next 'Seasons of Mackinac' calendar

Have you ever taken a picture on Mackinac Island and thought 'this should be in a calendar?' Well, here's your chance. Entries are being accepted for the next 'Seasons of Mackinac' calendar. Each year during the Winter Festival, scheduled this year for February 6 & 7, entries are judged and twelve lucky individuals are selected to have the pleasure of knowing that thousands of Mackinac Island fans will be enjoying their picture.

The 2010 calendar, pictured at left, is… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on January 6, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Winter Videos from Mackinac Island

If you want to see what Christmas Day on Mackinac Island looked like, you'll enjoy visiting the YouTube site of this islander, gmacisleman.

Not only does he have videos from Christmas, but last year as well. It's a great chance to see what the island looks like in the middle of winter!…


Added by Mike Forrester on December 28, 2009 at 5:54pm — 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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