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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!

Soon many of us will be making visits during the Lilac Festival, Festival of the Horse, during one of the yacht races or foot races. While crowds bring the island to life, it's the evenings and less-busy times that I enjoy the most.

Have plans to visit this year? Share them here and please post your pictures during or after your trip. No matter how many times I visit, there's always some new and magical about Mackinac.

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Comment by Mike Forrester on April 25, 2011 at 12:17pm
Todd and Kim, sounds like two fun dogs! I was just checking the webcams and saw another load of horses coming off the ferry. Nothing like see the 'boys of summer' arrive!
Comment by Todd & Kim on April 24, 2011 at 5:20pm

Kim and I are getting excited about our upcoming trip/stay on the island in July!! If you're there July 3,4, or 5 and you see a guy walking a yellow lab the size of a small horse with a woman holding a little white Maltese...that'll be us! Please feel welcome to stop us and say hello.  My lab Bruiser is a big loverboy...he'll hold your arm in his mouth and slobber all over you and her Maltese Gigi likes attention too.  See you all this July!!!

Comment by Cindy Lopez on April 21, 2011 at 2:35pm
That pic of the Island is Beautiful!!! Can't wait to go, I'm super excited!!!

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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

Wanted - Apartment to rent during offseason

Started by Rita. Last reply by Aimee Oct 10, 2013. 1 Reply

Does anyone know of any apartments to rent during the offseason?  I work from home so I would like to experience living on the island during the fall and winter.Continue

The Silver Birches

Started by Tina Fragale. Last reply by Susie A Senn Aug 2, 2013. 1 Reply

As I continue to do my homework, I am finding more and more things to see and do on the island. I think we will need more than a week!! Today, I stumbled across The Silver Birches. Can anyone tell me more about this? Thanks!

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