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Welcome To Mackinac Island!

A trip to Mackinac Island is a journey to the best part of the past. Step off the ferry and you are immersed in a new world: horse carriages wait for passengers instead of taxis and families ride bicycles – yes, mom, dad and the kids, all together – through the streets downtown.

Some visitors to Mackinac Island come for the elegant places to stay, such as Grand Hotel or the Hotel Iroquois. Others for the rich history of Fort Mackinac. Still others come to shop and to hear the clip clop of the horses and take a scenic carriage tour or ride bicycles to the interior and around the shoreline of the island. And almost everyone, of course, wanders into one of the many sweet-smelling candy shops downtown for a taste (or more) of creamy Mackinac Island Fudge

One of the best ways to visit Mackinac Island is to find a place to stay on the island and experience the entire day – from sunrise to sunset – and watch the lights come on in the evening. Our Interactive Lodging Map will help you find your favorite resort, hotel or historic inn, or bed & breakfast on Mackinac Island.
 
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Mackinac Island Featured Lodging – Photos
Many Mackinac Island hotels and businesses opened last weekend and early-season visitors were treated to a beautiful stretch of sunny spring weather with plenty of blue skies and sparkling blue waters. More hotels and businesses will be opening this weekend and the weeks to come. With the 2019 season off to a great start, we’d [...] more...

Mackinac Island Lilacs – Photos
The 2018 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival kicked off on Friday and continues through next Sunday (June 17) with the Lilac Festival Grand Parade at 4pm… To celebrate the lovely lilacs of Mackinac Island here is a collection of our favorite photos from previous years. Mackinac Island Lilacs – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & [...] more...

The Gardens of Mackinac Island – Photos
During August (and into September) the gardens of Mackinac Island are at their peaks – their flowers blossoming with unsurpassed color and brilliance. Be sure to enjoy all the splendor around you on your trip to Mackinac Island. Here are a few of our favorite photos of some of the gardens of Mackinac Island. The Gardens [...] more...

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – Photos
The Bayview Mackinac Race – which will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 – is recognized as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world. Join the excitement of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as boat racers sail Michigan’s Great Lakes to reach their final destination, Mackinac Island. It’s all Pure [...] more...

Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac – Photos
The Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac gets under way this Saturday. The lead boats will start arriving on Mackinac Island as early as late Sunday. By Tuesday the marina will be filled with sailboats and successful racers will be celebrating on the island. #TBT: Here are some of our favorite photos from previous versions of [...] more...

 
Mackinac Island Featured Lodging
 

Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel is situated on the southwestern bluff of Mackinac Island overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and – in the distance – the Mackinac Bridge. From the front porch – the world’s largest at 660 feet – guests can look down at the well-kept gardens and relax and enjoy the ambiance of “somewhere in [...] more...

Hotel Iroquois
Located on the waterfront at the western edge of town, the Hotel Iroquois is convenient to all the main-street attractions of Mackinac Island, yet far enough away to offer guests a bit of privacy from the downtown bustle. Stunning views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge are the hallmark of a stay [...] more...

Mission Point Resort
Mission Point Resort is located on Mackinac Island, one of the most unique island destinations in the world. Guests are enchanted by Mission Point’s relaxed atmosphere, award-winning cuisine, rustic fireside ambiance, rich culture, arts and activities, broad lawns and lush gardens that together create the perfect setting for renewal, inspiration and meaningful connections. Nestled on 18 acres [...] more...

Chippewa Hotel
A stay at the Chippewa Hotel puts you right in the middle of all the charms of Mackinac Island. Choose a main street room and wake up to the clip-clop of the horse carriages passing along the street below. Stay in a Harbor View waterfront room or suite and enjoy the views of the harbor [...] more...

Lilac Tree Suites and Spa
With thirty-nine uniquely appointed suites, the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa reflects the French, English and American heritage of Mackinac Island. Each spacious suite has a living room and a separate sleeping room. No two suites are alike. The unique decor is accented with variations of wood, wicker and iron. Traditional antiques and modern fixtures combine [...] more...

Main Street Inn and Suites
Step back in time with an overnight stay on beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. Our well-appointed 18 rooms and suites provide comfortable elegance, perfect for honeymoon couples to large families. We offer affordable accommodations with many outstanding amenities, including a communal sitting room with pool table, cable television, and games. Our nightly turndown service includes a fudge [...] more...

Lakebluff Condos and Suites – Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island Lakebluff Condos at Stonecliffe are situated high atop the West Bluff on beautiful Mackinac Island. There are acres of bike trails, walking trails and roads throughout and around Mackinac Island. Our accommodations have panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge with awesome sunsets on the grounds of Stonecliffe Estate. GOLF [...] more...

The Inn at Stonecliffe
Discretely situated high atop the west bluff of Mackinac Island, The Inn at Stonecliffe welcomes you to experience the historic charm and unparalleled beauty of this one-of-a-kind Mackinac Island summer estate hotel. Today, completely remodeled and expanded, this Edwardian style Inn & hotel celebrates its first century with an unmatched location and grand views of [...] more...

Harbour View Inn
Immerse yourself in the ​historic​ charm that has made Mackinac Island famous when you stay at the Harbour View Inn – a hotel with a fascinating history of its own. Located only a short walk from the best attractions on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, yet away from the bustling traffic of downtown, this relaxing hotel complex offers the perfect romantic retreat. more...

Island House Hotel
Since 1852, guests at the historic Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan have enjoyed the escape to a simpler time. After acquiring the resort in 1969, the Callewaert family has continued to add contemporary conveniences while preserving the allure of its historic ambiance, serving to maintain Mackinac Island’s oldest operating hotel, a Historic Hotels [...] more...

Metivier Inn
A small lovely boutique country inn, the Metivier Inn offers 22 charming guest rooms for your stay on Mackinac Island, each including air conditioning and private baths. The rooms are uniquely and tastefully decorated in a blend of English and French country style. Most of our rooms are ideal for couples or solo travelers, as [...] more...

Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island
Located on quiet Market Street, the Cottage Inn is just one block from the downtown area. Ferry Docks, Mackinac Island State Parks, historic Fort Mackinac and the Mackinac Island Marina are only a short stroll away. Featuring a large front porch for enjoying breakfast or just relaxing while taking in the clip clop of horse [...] more...

Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast
Cloghaun is one of the oldest Victorian homes on the Island. Thomas and Bridget Donnelly left Ireland in 1848, and completed Cloghaun in 1884. This lovely home has been preserved by their descendants and now offers guests a tranquil, romantic interlude from the demands of everyday life. Eleven guest rooms individually designed and decorated with antiques [...] more...

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast
There is no experience quite as unique as Mackinac Island. One begins stepping back in time at the first glimpse from the ferry of historic buildings while rounding Biddle Point. When emerging onto Main Street, history unfolds while horse drawn carriages pass by and the preferred method of travel is a bicycle. Pine Cottage is [...] more...

The Mackinac House
Mackinac Island has been charming visitors for decades with its beautiful landscape, history, shopping and sightseeing. The Mackinac House encompasses all the charm the island offers and is located steps away from it all. Mackinac House room types include: Deluxe Queen, Balcony Rooms, Tower Suite, Fort Suite and Lower Level Suite. Rates starting at $165 Our rooms [...] more...

 
 

Mackinac Island Featured Lodging – Photos

Many Mackinac Island hotels and businesses opened last weekend and early-season visitors were treated to a beautiful stretch of sunny spring weather with plenty of blue skies and sparkling blue waters. More hotels and businesses will be opening this weekend and the weeks to come. With the 2019 season off to a great start, we’d like to give a shout-out – via this photo album – to our lodging sponsors who are ready to take great care of you on your next stay on Mackinac Island…..

Mackinac Island Featured Lodging – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

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The Grand Opening for Grand Hotel for the 2019 season was last weekend. -- Grand Hotel is situated on the southwestern bluff of Mackinac Island overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and – in the distance – the Mackinac Bridge. From the front porch – the world’s largest at 660 feet – guests can look down at the well-kept gardens and relax and enjoy the ambiance of “somewhere in time”.
Hotel Iroquois OPENS for the 2019 SEASON on May 9, 2019. - Located on the waterfront at the western edge of town, the Hotel Iroquois is convenient to all the main-street attractions of Mackinac Island, yet far enough away to offer guests a bit of privacy from the downtown bustle. Biddle Point Suite at Hotel Iroquois. Stunning panoramic views of Mackinac Harbor.
Mission Point Resort OPENED for the SEASON last weekend. - Mission Point Resort is located on southeastern shore of Mackinac Island. Guests are enchanted by Mission Point’s relaxed atmosphere, award-winning cuisine, rustic fireside ambiance, rich culture, arts and activities, broad lawns and lush gardens.
The Chippewa Hotel is OPENED for the 2019 SEASON last weekend. - The Chippewa Hotel is located at the east end of downtown at the foot of the bluff where Fort Mackinac stands guard on the island. Guests who stay in the Chippewa Hotel's spacious lake view and harbor view suites can enjoy a fantastic view of the Straits of Mackinac and watch the boats and ferries come and go from Mackinac Island.
Lilac Tree Suites & Spa OPENS for the 2019 SEASON May 10, 2019. - With thirty-nine uniquely appointed suites, the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa reflects the French, English and American heritage of Mackinac Island. Each spacious suite has a living room and a separate sleeping room. No two suites are alike.
Main Street Inn and Suites OPENED FOR THE SEASON last weekend. - Main Street Inn & Suites, located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island - offers 18 rooms and suites with comfortable and elegant furnishings and all the amenities to make your trip to Mackinac Island a vacation to remember. Choose from an assortment of guest rooms and suites. Grab one of the suites with a private balcony and - from your perch above Main Street - you can keep track of all the comings and goings in Downtown Mackinac Island. - www.mainstreetinnandsuites.com
Lakebluff Condos & Suites OPENS for the season May 24, 2019. Lakebluff Condos & Suites is located in the interior of Mackinac Island in the Stonecliffe area. This beautiful 3 bedroom Suite (pictured) at Lakebluff Condos & Suites has a vaulted ceiling living room with fireplace and sliding glass patio doors which places you on a balcony facing the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge.
The Inn at Stonecliffe OPENS for the season on May 10, 2019. - Discretely situated high atop the west bluff of Mackinac Island, The Inn at Stonecliffe welcomes you to experience the historic charm and unparalleled beauty of this one-of-a-kind Mackinac Island summer estate hotel. Today, completely remodeled and expanded, this Edwardian style Inn & hotel celebrates its first century with an unmatched location and grand views of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Bridge.
Harbour View Inn OPENS for the 2019 season on May 9, 2019. - Immerse yourself in the ​historic​ charm that has made Mackinac Island famous when you stay at the Harbour View Inn – a hotel with a fascinating history of its own. This relaxing hotel complex offers the perfect romantic retreat. Wander to the nearby docks and watch yachts sail into the tranquil harbor or take a short stroll along historic streets where the finest shops and restaurants on Mackinac Island await.
Island House Hotel OPENED for the SEASON on last weekend. - Mackinac Island’s oldest hotel, Island House Hotel offers sweeping harbor views and a full complement of amenities. Far enough from the downtown hustle to enjoy the sounds of horseshoes on the pavement and gentle breezes off the water yet just a short walk to Mackinac Island’s most popular attractions and shopping. Whether relaxing on the porch or enjoying drinks with friends in the garden, the iconic Island House Hotel delivers the complete Island experience.
Metivier Inn OPENED for the SEASON on May 3, 2019 - The historic Metivier Inn, whose beautiful gardens attract the attention of passersby on Market Street all summer long. A small lovely boutique country inn, the Metivier Inn offers 22 charming guest rooms for your stay on Mackinac Island, each including air conditioning and private baths. The rooms are uniquely and tastefully decorated in a blend of English and French country style.
The Cottage Inn of Mackinac is OPEN for the SEASON. - Located on quiet Market Street, the Cottage Inn is just one block from the downtown area. Ferry Docks, Mackinac Island State Parks, historic Fort Mackinac and the Mackinac Island Marina are only a short stroll away.
Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast OPENS for the season on May 10, 2019. - Cloghaun is one of the oldest Victorian homes on the Island. Thomas and Bridget Donnelly left Ireland in 1848, and completed Cloghaun in 1884. This lovely home has been preserved by their descendants and now offers guests a tranquil, romantic interlude from the demands of everyday life.
Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast OPENS for the 2019 SEASON on May 10, 2019. - Pine Cottage is located on historic Bogan Lane, which sits quietly away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, but is merely a short stroll from shopping, restaurants, bicycle rentals, ferry docks, and a glistening harbor that maintains extraordinary views of Lake Huron. You’ll find old warm charm with hints of antique furniture, steam radiators and claw foot tubs, original to the hotel. Pine Cottage provides you with a lasting and memorable Mackinac Island experience. - www.pinecottagemackinac.com
As Mackinac Island's NEWEST Bed & Breakfast, The Mackinac House encompasses all the charm the island offers and is located steps away from it all. Mackinac House room types include: Deluxe Queen, Balcony Rooms, Tower Suite, Fort Suite and Lower Level Suite. Rates starting at $165. Rooms are beautifully furnished and meticulously decorated by an esteemed interior design professional. THE GRAND OPENING IS SUMMER 2019.
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Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel is situated on the southwestern bluff of Mackinac Island overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and – in the distance – the Mackinac Bridge. From the front porch – the world’s largest at 660 feet – guests can look down at the well-kept gardens and relax and enjoy the ambiance of “somewhere in [...] more...

Hotel Iroquois
Located on the waterfront at the western edge of town, the Hotel Iroquois is convenient to all the main-street attractions of Mackinac Island, yet far enough away to offer guests a bit of privacy from the downtown bustle. Stunning views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge are the hallmark of a stay [...] more...

Mission Point Resort
Mission Point Resort is located on Mackinac Island, one of the most unique island destinations in the world. Guests are enchanted by Mission Point’s relaxed atmosphere, award-winning cuisine, rustic fireside ambiance, rich culture, arts and activities, broad lawns and lush gardens that together create the perfect setting for renewal, inspiration and meaningful connections. Nestled on 18 acres [...] more...

Chippewa Hotel
A stay at the Chippewa Hotel puts you right in the middle of all the charms of Mackinac Island. Choose a main street room and wake up to the clip-clop of the horse carriages passing along the street below. Stay in a Harbor View waterfront room or suite and enjoy the views of the harbor [...] more...

Lilac Tree Suites and Spa
With thirty-nine uniquely appointed suites, the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa reflects the French, English and American heritage of Mackinac Island. Each spacious suite has a living room and a separate sleeping room. No two suites are alike. The unique decor is accented with variations of wood, wicker and iron. Traditional antiques and modern fixtures combine [...] more...

Main Street Inn and Suites
Step back in time with an overnight stay on beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. Our well-appointed 18 rooms and suites provide comfortable elegance, perfect for honeymoon couples to large families. We offer affordable accommodations with many outstanding amenities, including a communal sitting room with pool table, cable television, and games. Our nightly turndown service includes a fudge [...] more...

Lakebluff Condos and Suites – Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island Lakebluff Condos at Stonecliffe are situated high atop the West Bluff on beautiful Mackinac Island. There are acres of bike trails, walking trails and roads throughout and around Mackinac Island. Our accommodations have panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge with awesome sunsets on the grounds of Stonecliffe Estate. GOLF [...] more...

The Inn at Stonecliffe
Discretely situated high atop the west bluff of Mackinac Island, The Inn at Stonecliffe welcomes you to experience the historic charm and unparalleled beauty of this one-of-a-kind Mackinac Island summer estate hotel. Today, completely remodeled and expanded, this Edwardian style Inn & hotel celebrates its first century with an unmatched location and grand views of [...] more...

Harbour View Inn
Immerse yourself in the ​historic​ charm that has made Mackinac Island famous when you stay at the Harbour View Inn – a hotel with a fascinating history of its own. Located only a short walk from the best attractions on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, yet away from the bustling traffic of downtown, this relaxing hotel complex offers the perfect romantic retreat. more...

Island House Hotel
Since 1852, guests at the historic Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan have enjoyed the escape to a simpler time. After acquiring the resort in 1969, the Callewaert family has continued to add contemporary conveniences while preserving the allure of its historic ambiance, serving to maintain Mackinac Island’s oldest operating hotel, a Historic Hotels [...] more...

Metivier Inn
A small lovely boutique country inn, the Metivier Inn offers 22 charming guest rooms for your stay on Mackinac Island, each including air conditioning and private baths. The rooms are uniquely and tastefully decorated in a blend of English and French country style. Most of our rooms are ideal for couples or solo travelers, as [...] more...

Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island
Located on quiet Market Street, the Cottage Inn is just one block from the downtown area. Ferry Docks, Mackinac Island State Parks, historic Fort Mackinac and the Mackinac Island Marina are only a short stroll away. Featuring a large front porch for enjoying breakfast or just relaxing while taking in the clip clop of horse [...] more...

Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast
Cloghaun is one of the oldest Victorian homes on the Island. Thomas and Bridget Donnelly left Ireland in 1848, and completed Cloghaun in 1884. This lovely home has been preserved by their descendants and now offers guests a tranquil, romantic interlude from the demands of everyday life. Eleven guest rooms individually designed and decorated with antiques [...] more...

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast
There is no experience quite as unique as Mackinac Island. One begins stepping back in time at the first glimpse from the ferry of historic buildings while rounding Biddle Point. When emerging onto Main Street, history unfolds while horse drawn carriages pass by and the preferred method of travel is a bicycle. Pine Cottage is [...] more...

The Mackinac House
Mackinac Island has been charming visitors for decades with its beautiful landscape, history, shopping and sightseeing. The Mackinac House encompasses all the charm the island offers and is located steps away from it all. Mackinac House room types include: Deluxe Queen, Balcony Rooms, Tower Suite, Fort Suite and Lower Level Suite. Rates starting at $165 Our rooms [...] more...

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Mackinac Island Lilacs – Photos

The 2018 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival kicked off on Friday and continues through next Sunday (June 17) with the Lilac Festival Grand Parade at 4pm… To celebrate the lovely lilacs of Mackinac Island here is a collection of our favorite photos from previous years.

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Mackinac Island Lilacs - View of lilac trees in the tea garden at Grand Hotel
Lilac trees behind Ste. Anne's
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Mackinac Island Lilacs - Marquette Park
Mackinac Island Lilacs at Metivier Inn: Bed & Breakfast on Mackinac Island, Michigan
Mackinac Island Lilacs at Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast
Mackinac Island Lilacs at HarbourView Inn
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Mackinac Island Lilacs - In Marquette Park below Fort Mackinac
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Mackinac Island Lilacs - on Huron Street
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Mackinac Island Lilacs on Market Street
Mackinac Island Lilacs - In the tea garden at Grand Hotel
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Mackinac Island Lilacs in the tea garden at Grand Hotel
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Mackinac Island Lilacs in the tea garden at Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island Lilacs in Marquette Park
Mackinac Island Lilacs in Marquette Park
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Mackinac Island Lilacs at Mission Point
Mackinac Island Lilacs at The Cottage Inn of Mackinac
Mackinac Island Lilacs on Market Street near The Cottage Inn of Mackinac
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Mackinac Island Lilacs on Cadotte Avenue
Mackinac Island Lilacs at the Little Stone Church
Mackinac Island Lilacs in the tea garden at Grand Hotel
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The Gardens of Mackinac Island – Photos

During August (and into September) the gardens of Mackinac Island are at their peaks – their flowers blossoming with unsurpassed color and brilliance. Be sure to enjoy all the splendor around you on your trip to Mackinac Island. Here are a few of our favorite photos of some of the gardens of Mackinac Island.

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The garden at the front entrance to Grand Hotel...
The front lawn garden at Metivier Inn: Bed & Breakfast on Mackinac Island, Michigan...
The gardens and lawn at Mission Point offer plenty of room to roam and relax on the shore of Lake Huron.
The walkway garden between the Carriage House and the Hotel Iroquois on the Beach.
The hillside entrance garden at Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast
The entrance garden at Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast
Front porch garden at The Cottage Inn of Mackinac
The garden at The Cottage Inn of Mackinac
Flower baskets hanging on the front porch of The Cottage Inn of Mackinac
Flowers at the entrance to Metivier Inn: Bed & Breakfast on Mackinac Island, Michigan
The lovely entrance to Metivier Inn: Bed & Breakfast on Mackinac Island, Michigan
The seclude backyard garden at Metivier Inn: Bed & Breakfast on Mackinac Island, Michigan
Flower baskets in full bloom at Main Street Inn and Suites...
The entrance garden at Grand Hotel
Flowers at the entrance near Sadie's at Grand Hotel
The walkway garden at Hotel Iroquois on the Beach
Walkway garden at the Hotel Iroquois on the Beach
Walkway garden at the Hotel Iroquois on the Beach
One of the beautiful gardens at Lakebluff Condos on Mackinac Island
The Wedding Gazebo at Mission Point
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Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – Photos

The Bayview Mackinac Race – which will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 – is recognized as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world. Join the excitement of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as boat racers sail Michigan’s Great Lakes to reach their final destination, Mackinac Island. It’s all Pure Michigan from start to finish! – Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – 2017 >>>

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Official Race Merchandise Available now!

http://stores.coralreefsailing.com/bells_beer_bayview_mackinac_rac/shop/home

Happy to show the 2019 merchandise artwork by Carolyn Somes that will be on the back of this year's sportswear.
We'd like to thank our partners of the sea, the United States Coast Guard, for all they do to guard our fleet and ensure our sailors' safety on the waters – Thank you! U.S. Coast Guard USCG Sector Detroit U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie
We have hit the 175 boat mark, the field is filling up! We have some new boats, some old boats and some historic boats. Welcome all. 

#BBBMR #BYC #bellsbeer
Countdown to the 95th race! Two months away!
You know our hashtag? #BBBMR
The most exquisite hotel and the most expedient ferry service in Michigan are once again sponsors of #BBBMR - we are grateful for our friendships and partnerships with Grand Hotel and Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry. #BYC #AmericasSummerPlace #RideSheplers
Without our volunteers, we could not run the race. We are so grateful for their hard work. #BYC #BBBMR
Nothing matters more in life than family. We love our sailing families. Behind every great crew is a mom. We're grateful for them! #MothersDay #BBBMR
The rigging is up, the harbor is starting to fill up with beautiful boats and it's amping our excitement for #BBBMR #BYC
We love our sponsor North Sails for providing educational seminars for our competitors. They help strengthen skills in the areas of weather and routing. #bbbmr #byc #NorthSails
Know your race history: The first race was in 1925 - the boat Bernida skippered by Russ Pouliot winning against 12 yachts. 
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Two Michigan Traditions: Bell's Beer and the Bayview Mackinac Race. As we look forward to our 100th race in 2024, it's inspiring to have such a tremendous partner in Bell's. Bell's support has been invaluable in making the race what it is today. #bbbmr #byc #bellsbeer
Thank you to our sponsors for the 2018 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race! 

Bell's Brewery The Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Tito's Handmade Vodka Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry North Sails Pentastar Aviation Gill North America Coral Reef Sailing Apparel Legal Copy Services, Inc. Aitken & Ormond Insurance, Inc. Frankenmuth Insurance Vortexx Pressure Washers Detroit Sports Media Marx Layne & Company Pink Pony
EYE ON THE PRIZE

PART 2...ON THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM @sojournerracingteam

Some of the teens and young adults on Sojourner’s crew of Sea Scouts will be taking on the race for the very first time.

Sojourner, another boat signed up in the Shore Course division, is a 30’ Seidelmann 299 owned and raced by the Boy Scouts of America Sea Scout Ship 1148. Its crew is comprised of a mix of five boys and girls – Caleb and Caitlin Parton (Detroit), Billy Stimson (Riverview, Mich.), Rachael Washburn (Trenton), Sara Mazurek (Trenton) – ranging in ages from 16 to 20 and three adult leaders, Becky Washburn (Trenton), Bill Tilley (Grosse Ile) and the Sea Scout unit’s Founder Timothy Branson (Dearborn). They are all from the Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Trenton areas of Michigan.

“This will be the boat’s first-ever Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, and for two of the kids (Caitlin and Billy), it will be their first time, too,” said Branson, who sailed in the 2017 race for his first time as crew and will serve as skipper this year. “They are both excited and a bit nervous, but the others have a better idea of what’s involved, since they’ve raced on other people’s boats. And all of the kids have helped ferry boats back from Mackinac in the past, but this time it’s strictly a crew of Sea Scouts.”

In preparation for this adventure, Sojourner has raced weekly in local regattas and in a Tuesday night series. The crew gained some heavy-air experience sailing back from the Mills Regatta on Lake Erie in 35 knots. According to Branson, Billy will handle the foredeck and flying spinnaker, Caitlin is a grinder, and Sarah, Caleb and Rachael have all been designated as helmsmen. There will be four-hour shifts where every hour one crew rotates off and another crew rotates on, and an adult will be in the cockpit at all times.

“Basically, we’ve been preparing for three years,” said Branson. “The boat, built in 1979, was donated to us three years ago, and we’ve pretty much gone through breaking everything on the boat and replacing it. The Edison Boat Club of Detroit pretty much adopted us, so we’ve had an awesome place to sail out of, and we were able to outfit the boat with help from them and Bob Cowles of the Detroit Yacht Club’s Sailing Development Fund. He heard we were fundraising like crazy and sent us a big chunk of what we needed to make the boat extremely safe and more modern to train the kids. The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race has a list of required and suggested safety gear; I figured if kids were going, we were going to bring it all on.” 

As it stands now, there are 14 boats in Sojourner’s ORR Class O that are similarly rated. “We’re hoping for a better-than-average finish,” said Branson. “We’re shooting for the top five but will be happy with middle of the pack.” 

When Sojourner gets delivered from Bayview to Port Huron before the race, it plans to have aboard some crew members affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is part of a program coordinated between the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race and Set Sail for Autism. (The race also supports the Alliance for the Great Lakes.)

For the full release and captions go to http://www.bycmack.com/raceupdates.cfm?RaceNews=354
SET SAIL FOR AUTISM

Crunch time is here and we need your help! For years, Bayview has partnered with Set Sail for Autism to put young adults with a chaperone on boats for the return deliveries from Mackinac to Detroit or Chicago, and this has been a great success enjoyed by the participants and crews alike. 

This year, in order to simplify logistics for everyone, we have modified the program to focus on pre-race deliveries from Detroit to Port Huron. We are in severe need of host boats. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please email Ryan Farrell, Rear Commodore Bayview Yacht Club, at rjfarrell22@gmail.com.

To learn more about this great cause, visit setsailforautism.org, or come to BYC tonight to watch the them duke it out in the river in the 2nd Annual Set Sail for Autism J120 Thursday Night Challenge sponsored by Rest Assured Property Management.

Thank you for your support!
Proud to support Set Sail For Autism Official and the Judson Center!
Tickets for Sails, Sips and Sweets are now available! Please call the Bayview Yacht Club Front Desk at 313-822-1853 to purchase tickets! Tickets are limited and are only sold in advance. Ticket sales close at 5 p.m. on July 10th. Thank you to our sponsors Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort and Sharpe Travel Group!
A SEMINAR TO LIVE BY

Over April 21-22, Bayview Yacht Club, organizer of the ever-popular Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, hosted (with help from Detroit Yacht Club) a US Sailing Safety at Sea Course that literally swept away its 130 participants with a loaded schedule of activities geared toward managing risk and avoiding danger during racing or any other time at sea.

“Where else do sailors ever really practice swimming in full gear, getting into a life raft in full gear, locating their gear when inflated, assigning roles in a life raft, using flares, and putting out fires,” said Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Chair Gary Shoemaker, who credited members Rick Titsworth, Lynn Kotwicki and Bob Nutter with putting together the ambitious program of in-water and on-land drills that also included a helicopter rescue demonstration by the US Coast Guard. “I know that I had never done these things before this weekend, and I’ve been racing sailboats for 53 years.”

According to participant Randy Shelagowski: “The two days were long and a lot of information provided, but because of the club’s coordination and all speakers engaging with the audience, the time went surprisingly fast . . . . True enough it’s never too late to learn; clearly this event has me better prepared than ever for my 32nd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race!”

So if you haven’t yet taken a Safety at Sea course, go do it! It could very well save your life or a crew member’s.
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Wednesday July 26th, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Chippewa Hotel Waterfront

Photo highlights from the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race this week. This year's event was the 93rd annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island. Over 200 boats participated, and good winds enabled a quick finish. The island was busy with sailors and visitors. We had a full house, and of course Pink Pony was "yachts of fun!" Great to see everyone again! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac gets under way this Saturday. The lead boats will start arriving on Mackinac Island as early as late Sunday. By Tuesday the marina will be filled with sailboats and successful racers will be celebrating on the island. #TBT: Here are some of our favorite photos from previous versions of the Race To Mackinac. – Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac – July 15 – 18, 20177 >>>

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The Chicago Yacht Club-Race To Mackinac gets under way this Saturday. The lead boats will start arriving on Mackinac Island as early as late Sunday. By Tuesday the marina will be filled with sailboats and successful racers will be celebrating on the island. #TBT: Here are some of our favorite photos from previous versions of the Race To Mackinac. (Feel free to post your photos in the comments below.)
Watching the racers cross the finish line - Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013
Chicago Race To Mackinac - Crossing the finish line at Round Island... (Photo via Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island)
Chicago Race To Mackinac - Keeping updated on the progress of the race from the Pink Pony.
Chicago Race To Mackinac
Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013
Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013
Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013 - The view of the finish line from the Carriage House patio at Hotel Iroquois on the Beach.
Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013
Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013
Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013
Chicago Race To Mackinac - Awards ceremony at Grand Hotel
Chicago Race To Mackinac - View of the marina from the Pink Pony
Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013
Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013
Chicago Race To Mackinac - 2013
Chicago Race To Mackinac - Celebrating on the patio at the Pink Pony
Chicago Race To Mackinac - Awards ceremony at Grand Hotel
A full marina of Chicago to Mackinac racers... (Photo via Pink Pony)
The Chippewa Hotel Waterfront - Mackinac Island, Michigan
View of the full marina from Marquette Park
A Chicago to Mackinac racer passing under the Mackinac Bridge... (Photo via Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island)
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