Eight Reasons to Keep Coming Back to Mackinac Island

Today, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau shares eight reasons to keep coming back to Mackinac Island as told by their fans! 

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Mackinac Island is known as a destination for reunions, a destination to return to year after year. From family vacation traditions to wedding and anniversary celebrations, or just a weekend getaway to have fun with friends and family, there are many reasons to keep coming back.

We recently asked some of our fans why they #MakeitMackinac every year. Here’s what they had to say…

Worked on the island during my summers in college to experience life outside of California. Now I go back every summer for a long weekend reunion with the amazing friends I made there. Can’t wait for my annual pilgrimage in just 6 more weeks… – DeeDee, Long Beach, CA

We spent our honeymoon on the island. It took us 10 years to get back, but we have been there every summer since. We renewed our wedding vows for our 20th anniversary a couple of years ago. We love this place so much, and our kids love it here as well! It’s always so sad when it comes time to leave the island. Maybe, someday, we won’t have to leave. – Tracy, Iowa City, IA

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Island Toursim Bureau

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Island Toursim Bureau

Grew up going to the island for a few days each summer. Went there for my honeymoon, and make it back every year. It’s my favorite place in the world to visit. – Allison

I visited the island a few times as a child, and loved it! Then my husband and I took our son when he was about 7 or 8. When we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary we visited the island with family. On our 10th we stayed at the Main Street Inn for a week. For our 15th anniversary stayed two nights at Main Street Inn and brought our son so he could also experience the quiet of the island. We still visit at least once a year, and are planning to stay at Grand Hotel for our 20th anniversary in a just a few years. Never stayed there and have always wanted to. We must have properly spread our love for the island to our son because this summer he is working for Shepler’s Ferry and having a wonderful experience. Yes, even with all of the hard work, he loves it. The island is truly a magical and wonderful place, and I hope it keeps it tradition forever. – Denise, Dewitt, MI

My husband and I met while working on the summer at Grand Hotel! Mackinac will always be magic to us! – Lora, Tyler, TX

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

My parents honeymooned there in the 1940s and have made the trip every year since. Sometimes we came two and three times a year. Following the tradition, my daughter got married there in 2003. Keep the tradition alive, my 4 month old grandson just made his first visit. There is no other place like Mackinac. To me it’s a place I crave when I’m away from it. – Susan

We were married at the gazebo at Mission Point. We come back every year for our anniversary. – Beverly, Adrian, MI

I’ve been visiting since I was about 6, first time with my grandparents. We have ancestral roots to the Island and St. Ignace. We have brought our children and now our grandchild. We try to visit every summer. Cannot get enough of this beautiful Island. My favorite place to bring family. – Pam, Chesterton, IN

Why do you keep coming back to Mackinac? Share your reasons with us below!

Celebrate American History on Mackinac Island with Patriotic Events at Fort Mackinac

Mackinac Island is getting ready to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Mackinac Island. Today, Mackinac State Historic Parks provides a look at some special patriotic events happening on the island to commemorate the occasion.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lilienthal at Fort Mackinac

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lilienthal at Fort Mackinac

On July 17, 1812, war descended upon Mackinac Island as a combined force of British, Canadian, and Native American soldiers captured Fort Mackinac from a small, unsuspecting American garrison. The fall of Mackinac, one of the first engagements of the War of 1812, set off over two years of combat between the United States and Great Britain for control of Michigan and the Great Lakes.

In the summer of 1814, the United States dispatched seven warships and nearly 1,000 men on a two-month expedition to recapture the island. British and American troops actually met in battle on Mackinac Island on August 4 at what is today Wawashkamo Golf Club, but at the time was Michael Dousman’s farm. The ensuing battle resulted in American defeat. Only the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812, restored peace to Mackinac. American soldiers took possession of Fort Mackinac from the British garrison on July 18, 1815, three years and one day after the post had been captured.

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

This August, Mackinac State Historic Parks continues to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Special 1812 demonstrations and tours take place every day at Fort Mackinac. New exhibits in the East Blockhouse present the compelling story of the American attempts to recapture the fort in 1814. A series of special events between August 2 and August 4 will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Mackinac Island. Just some of the exciting features of these special events include a large scale battle reenactment where the actions of the British and American forces are displayed in the very footsteps as they were two centuries ago.

Additionally, the U.S. Brig Niagara, a reproduction of one of the ships present for the battle, will be available for dockside tours. Concerts of patriotic music, and special bicycle tours around the island, highlighting points of interest pertaining to the War of 1812 round out the programming for the weekend.

For more information on the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Mackinac Island weekend events visit, the website.

Have you ever visited Fort Mackinac? Tell us about your visit!

Four Ways to Express Your Love of the Arts on Mackinac Island

From the weekly Music in the Park series to artist lead workshops, films in a historic theatre and an exhibit gallery, the Mackinac Arts Council has enhanced Michigan’s picturesque Mackinac Island with the love of the arts. Here are four fun ways you can enjoy the arts during a trip to Mackinac Island.

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Arts Council

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Arts Council

What started as a vision to meet the arts and cultural needs of the island has developed into a world-class program encompassing music, film, workshops and more, giving residents and visitors enhanced access to the arts. The Mackinac Arts Council continues to grow and provide expanded arts and cultural programming including Music in the Park, 2014 Film Series, Workshops and Special Events.

The Marquette Park lawn, at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina, is the place to be on Thursday evenings for Music in the Park. The summer concert series, Thursday evenings in July, welcomes folk, jazz, rock, country, and blues musical guests to the island. From American Opera to The Accidentals and Jetty Rae this season is sure to offer music for all tastes. Plan a picnic, or ask an island restaurant to prepare a gourmet picnic of menu favorites, and find the perfect spot on the lawn to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Mackinac.

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Arts Council

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Arts Council

The Center for the Arts, Mackinac Arts Council’s new home generously donated by and located at Mission Point Resort, will offer three art exhibits during the summer 2014 season including Children’s Book Illustrations, June 2-28, features the work of numerous children’s book illustrators; Puppet Art, July; and featuring 16 original collages from Jennifer Powell’s children’s book “What I saw on Mackinac” an exhibit of the same name, August 4-September 30.

For a hands-on art experience, join local and regional artists as they share their expertise during the workshop programs. From pastels to photography, jewelry and more, the workshops offer a broad range of media. Workshops at the Museum kick off on July 1 with Kids Day. The workshop program has grown this year to include multiple day workshops taught by nationally known artists, including papermaking, bookbinding, painting, felting and weaving. Extended workshops book early, check the website for the 2014 schedule.

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Arts Council

Photo courtesy of Mackinac Arts Council

In addition to the gallery space the Center for the Arts also includes a 500 seat theater. Take in a classic, or cult-classic, film at the historic theater at Mission Point Resort. Throughout the season films are shown most Fridays and Mondays. Along with the regular line up, the Arts Council will also feature an Art and Artists on Film Series on Fridays during August. Check the calendar to see what’s showing this season.

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The Mackinac Arts Council would like to thank several local and statewide organizations, businesses and individuals for their dedication to the arts. For without their support the arts programs and operations on Mackinac Island would not be where they are today.

Do you have a trip to Mackinac Island planned for this summer?