Mackinac Island Attractions: This weekend, stroll through downtown Mackinac Island—pop in and out of the island's many boutiques, antique and book stores. Stop in at Mary's Bistro on the water for a bite to eat, followed by a taste of Ryba's famous fudge. As one of the few places where foot traffic rules the road and cars are banned, Mackinac Island is the perfect place to partake in an afternoon promenade.
At your stroll's end, turn into the Inn at Stonecliffe to watch the sun go down in style. Once Mackinac Island's largest summer home, the inn is now a beautiful resort. On most Tuesdays, Sunsets at Stonecliffe include local art, food and music. On July 17, 2012 from 7-9 p.m., Northern Michigan singer/songwriter Michael Crittenden & his daughter Tara Cleveland will be performing. Come and watch the sun sink in to the Mackinac Straits while listening to these talented local artists.
According to the ancient Native American tribes of the Odawa and Ojibwa, Mackinac Island is the place where all life began. Here, the earth grew into being from a small mound of mud from the bottom of Lake Michigan, placed safely on the shell of the first turtle. Today, you can visit this sacred space in the Mackinac Island State Park. Free of charge and open all year round, the park covers over 80 percent of the island, and is characterized by stunning views of the Mackinac Straights, towering limestone bluffs and geological formations, and deep, quiet woods. Discover the park by foot, rented bicycle or horse, and remember to bring a camera or sketchpad to capture your trip to the place where the world began.
After your visit to the Mackinac Island State Park, stroll over to the Surrey Hills Shops. Featuring boutiques and souvenir shops, Surrey Hills also offers food at The Feed Bag, a good thing for hungry hikers! Grab some lunch and head out to the Surrey Hills lawn for an impromptu picnic, or wander through the main building, admiring the carriages on display. Located in the island's interior, just past the Grand Hotel, the Surrey Hills is quite close to the Mackinac Island State Park--the perfect place to rejuvenate after a long day out of doors!
Plan your visit by visiting the Surrey Hills web site!
Rise early and head to the Pancake House for a delicious and filling meal. Ask the friendly staff for a recommendation on their favorite food -- or go with the blueberry pancakes (word on the street is that they are delicious!)
Love the game of baseball? Go back to the beginnings of baseball time and watch a game played by the "gentleman rules of 1860." Come and watch one of the games offered at the foothills of the Grand Hotel Saturday July 21.
Step into the world of the past and check in with the dead on this "ghastly" tour of Fort Mackinac. The Fort has been standing for more than 115 years and in that time you had better believe it has experienced its fair amount of deaths, diseases, and "deranged discipline." Explore the inner workings of Fort Mackinac and hear some eerie tales that are bound to haunt you. This tour takes place Saturday July 7 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. It may not be suitable for young children.
Tickets must be purchased in advance to attend this event. Call between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday at 906-847-3328.
Mackinac Island Attractions: Doubtlessly you've heard of the horse-drawn buggies which have made the traffic-free island so famous. While suggesting a buggy ride again may seem like beating a dead horse (excuse the expression), things at Jack's Livery Stable are done completely differently. At Jack's, horsemen of all levels of skill andexperience may take out a buggy solo, guided by "horse professionals"--island horses who have shown visitors the island many times over. Take your time and make an afternoon out of your tour, choosing for yourself how much time to spend at each sight.
For more information and to rent a buggy go to their website.
This former War of 1812 battleground is the perfect setting to work on your game! Named "one of America’s Historic Golf Landmarks by Golf Digest in 1996," it is Michigan's oldest golf course. Wrap yourself in the You can rent golf carts as well as clubs that include hickory stick clubs. For more information and a complete history go to their website.
It's been a summer of celebrations for Mackinac Island. Two island icons turned 125 years old--The Grand Hotel, and Murdicks Fudge of Mackinac Island. Murdick's opened on the island in 1887, and has been serving slabs of creamy, sugary fudge from their marble tabletops ever since. They've survived both economic down turns and diet fads by sticking with the same natural ingredients and proven techniques. To celebrate this momentous birthday, Murdick's of Mackinac Island will be serving a new Triple Chocolate Espresso Fudge (available for a limited time) and Almond Brittle alongside the current flavors (there are more than fifteen to chose from!) of fudge and candy. So stop in and help Murdick's celebrate by indulging your sweet tooth.
For more information go to their website.
For a complete list of upcoming events on Mackinac Island check out their website.