Set majestically between Michigan’s two peninsulas is the crown jewel, Mackinac Island. Named one of the Top 10 Islands in the World by Conde Nast Traveler, Mackinac Island is one of Michigan’s most unique tourist destinations. This season, leave the ordinary at home and set sail for this timeless and picturesque destination. Here’s a sneak peek of the new, the renovated and must-dos on Mackinac Island this season:
Spending the night on Mackinac Island lets you experience why this island is so magical. The sound of waves and freighters are showcased amidst the ever present clip clop of horses. Choose to stay at one of the many hotels, B&Bs, resorts and inns that are members of the Mackinac Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and receive free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.
Island hotels and resorts use the winter season to freshen up, put on a fresh coat of paint and get ready to welcome travelers. This winter was no different with hotel improvements around the island including renovations at the Grand Hotel and Chippewa Hotel.
Many properties have put together new packages for 2013 including Opening Weekend specials. Make sure to check out the exciting deals at Grand Hotel including the Pure Michigan package, the Memorial Day Weekend package at The Island House or the Boat, Buggy and Breakfast package at the Inn at Stonecliffe.
This season a new hotel opens their doors on Mackinac Island. The three story, 36-room Bicycle Street Inn and Suites, is the newest hotel to welcome guests to the island. Located on Main Street in the center of downtown, the Bicycle Street Inn and Suites features guest rooms and suites up to 700 square feet, most with balconies and panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac.
Also new this season is Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor. Serving Michigan’s own Hudsonville Ice Cream, Sadie’s is the newest offering at Grand Hotel. Located just outside the east entrance, Sadie’s will offer 24 Hudsonville flavors, malts, sundaes and a special Grand Sundae made to share with large groups. Sadie’s is named after the Scottish Terrier belonging to the Musser family, proprietors of Grand Hotel. Sadie is famously known for her Best in Show win at the 2010 Westminster Dog Show.
Several new businesses that offer recreational activities will open this season as well, including Great Turtle Kayaking, Green Planet Extreme Kayaking Tours and Spirit of the North Yoga.
Spend a weekend exploring the Island’s vast history of Mackinac Island. Hear the bugle music, rifle fire and a cannon blast at Fort Mackinac. Dance to a 19th century tune, drill with soldiers and play Victorian children’s games. Relax during a leisurely carriage tour through the Mackinac Island State Park, including stops at the carriage museum and Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory.
The 2013 season welcomes the Mackinac Arts Council to a new, permanent residence at the Mission Point Theatre. Throughout the season, the new ‘Center for the Arts’ will screen 40 films on Monday and Friday nights, from May to October. Titles will include film favorites from Casablanca to Caddy Shack. Also in the works is a permanent art gallery to be installed in the foyer at the Center for the Arts. The facility will also offer programs, workshops and other summer functions. In addition, the Mackinac Arts Council will continue to host the Music in the Park series at Marquette Park and the weekly artist workshops at the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Arts Museum.
Spend a relaxing evening on the water with Shepler’s Ferry. Back by popular demand are the Moon Cruises. Shepler’s Ferry has added more evening cruises including two new late night cruises that will focus on summer meteor showers. The cruises are planned around various events in the night sky and are timed out around sunset/moonrise.