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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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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 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&#039;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&#039;s Fudge of Mackinac Island)
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Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac – Photos via Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac, tag it with #cycrtm and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.

Instagram post 17841993868017079 And they're off! Pretty cool to watch the Race to Mackinac kick-off from #AshoreThing at the east end of Navy Pier.

The bonus was getting on top of the East End Ballroom to shoot it // #cycrtm #Chitecture

And they're off! Pretty cool to watch the Race to Mackinac kick-off from #AshoreThing at the east end of Navy Pier. The bonus was getting on top of the East End Ballroom to shoot it // #cycrtm #Chitecture ...

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Instagram post 17961066097052535 ‪Tomorrow the Race to Mackinac begins in Chicago on Lake Michigan

‪Tomorrow the Race to Mackinac begins in Chicago on Lake Michigan ...

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Instagram post 17917846448453751 Haulin ass while witnessing a gorgeous sunrise… #cycrtm

Haulin ass while witnessing a gorgeous sunrise… #cycrtm ...

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Instagram post 17888390563236194 Rough Waters. This afternoon on Lake Michigan for the Race To Mackinac

Rough Waters. This afternoon on Lake Michigan for the Race To Mackinac ...

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Instagram post 17913719911812184 Great night photographing the yachts crossing the finish line! Welcome to Mackinac sailors! ⛵️ #cycrtm

Great night photographing the yachts crossing the finish line! Welcome to Mackinac sailors! ⛵️ #cycrtm ...

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Friday at the Race to Mackinac.

Chicago Skyline. Sailboat Skyline. Friday at the Race to Mackinac. ...

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Saturday Sailing. Today at the Race to Mackinac. ...

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Instagram post 18044561458887621 Race To Mackinac vs Race To the Dock.  Today in Chicago on Lake Michigan.

Race To Mackinac vs Race To the Dock. Today in Chicago on Lake Michigan. ...

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Downtown Mackinac Island Lodging

JUST A REMINDER: One of the best ways to get the most of your Mackinac Island trip is to spend the night downtown in a charming hotel or cozy Bed and Breakfast. Here’s a photo album of some of our downtown lodging sponsors who will help you spend the night in the heart of Mackinac Island.

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Located at the end of Main Street, Hotel Iroquois on the Beach pampers guests in style and elegance with forty-six suites and rooms. Named by Cond&eacute; Nast Traveler as one of the &ldquo;Best Small Hotels in the World&rdquo; for three consecutive years.
A stay at the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront - Mackinac Island, Michigan puts you right in the middle of all the charms of Mackinac Island. Watch the ferries arrive and the freighters pass by from the balcony of your Harbor View Suite.
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 - 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.
A small lovely boutique country inn, the Metivier Inn: Bed &amp; Breakfast on Mackinac Island, Michigan 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.
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 &amp; buggies passing by. Deluxe rooms and suites with all of the modern amenities.
Cloghaun Bed &amp; Breakfast 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 from the late 1800&rsquo;s evoke a feeling of casual elegance.
Pontiac Lodge is an intimate, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island.

The Pontiac Lodge has 11 distinct rooms, most with wet bars, private baths with showers and some with Jacuzzi tubs.
One of the best ways to get the most of your Mackinac Island trip is to spend the night downtown in a charming hotel or cozy Bed and Breakfast. Here&#039;s a map of some of our downtown lodging sponsors who will help you spend the night in the heart of Mackinac Island. - http://www.mackinacisland.net/downtown-lodging/
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Mackinac Island Lodging – Featured Downtown Hotels

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...

Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
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
With thirty-nine uniquely appointed suites, Lilac Tree Suites 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 to create an [...] 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...

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
Guests choose Island House Hotel for the gorgeous waterfront views & ideal location to downtown. Long-time family stewards continue to add contemporary conveniences while preserving the historic ambiance of this award-winning state landmark. Amenities include casual and fine dining, a heated indoor pool, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, bicycle rental, and freshly decorated air-conditioned guest rooms with [...] more...

Lake View Hotel
A lot of people will mention the wide white porch while others will tell you first about the swimming pool in the center of the hotel that is enclosed within a four-story atrium. We like that this hotel is directly across from the ferry docks, and in the midst of the bustling activity of Main [...] more...

Pontiac Lodge
Pontiac Lodge is an intimate, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island. The Pontiac Lodge has 11 distinct rooms, most with wet bars, private baths with showers and some with Jacuzzi tubs. more...

Mackinac Island Lodging – Featured Downtown Bed and Breakfast Inns

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
Winter Lodging: Current Availability for December 2-3, December 8-10, December 15-17 and December 26-29, 2023 (Check website for latest winter availability.) 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 [...] 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...

Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Pine Cottage Bed and Breakfast is one of Mackinac Island’s treasured hideaways, quietly tucked along Bogan Lane just steps away from Main Street, Lake Huron, nature trails, downtown shopping, dining, attractions, and nightlife. The unique Victorian farmhouse décor and design of each room with rustic hardwood floors lend itself to the quaint cottage’s much-beloved country character. [...] more...

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An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2019 (Cancelled for 2020)

Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass of Fort Mackinac’s parade grounds create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry patriots with Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts. Stay for the fireworks!

An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac
Presented by Grand Hotel

Thursday, July 4, 2019
6:30 p.m. to Dusk
Adults: $64.00; Child (5-12): $40.00; Under 5: Free

Featuring:

GRILLED HOT DOGS
HAMBURGERS
BBQ BABY BACK RIBS
GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS
CORN ON THE COB
PASTA SALAD, COLESLAW, RED SKIN POTATO SALAD
CORN BREAD, POTATO CHIPS
BAKED BEANS
WATERMELON SLICES
FULL DESSERT BUFFET
ICED TEA, LEMONADE, MILK
Beer, wine and soft drinks available for additional charge.

All Fort Mackinac buildings will be open and a program of patriotic music will be presented. Tickets are nonrefundable if event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Advance tickets will go on sale in June and will be available at Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, and Mackinac Island State Park Visitors Center. Ticket includes fort admission.

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Mackinac Island Winter Festival – February 1 – 3, 2019

Join Mackinac Island’s winter community at Great Turtle Park for a bonfire cook out, sledding, snow golf, archery, snow volleyball and broom hockey. Mackinac Island School hosts food and Photo Contest to select pictures for the 2020 Mackinac Island Calendar.

>>>> Information Below if from Last Year’s Winter Festival <<<<< >>>> Check Back For Updates <<<<< Saturday (Great Turtle Park)
12pm
* Bonfire and Hot Dogs
* Cardboard Sled Contest
* Kids Sledding and Games
* Boom Hockey
* Snow Bowling and Snow Golf
* Snowmobile Egg and Spoon Obstacle Course

Saturday – Evening Turtle Trek Sponsored by MSHP
5:30-7pm

Sunday – (Mackinac Island Public School)
10am Brunch
* Bake Sale
* Silent Auction
* Photo Contest
* Kids Activities
* Snow Biathlon
* Poker Run
* Cupcake Walk

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Grand Hotel – Open The Grand – May 2 – 3, 2019

Grand Hotel - Open The Grand

We invite you to be one of the first guests of Grand Hotel’s 133rd season as we Open the Grand.  We will be offering this very special one night package that includes accommodations, a casual dinner buffet on Thursday evening in the Main Dining Room and breakfast on Friday morning. Come experience this special one night package before the hotel officially opens on Friday, May 3rd.

We hope to see you in May to Open the Grand!

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Buffet dinner Thursday evening
  • Breakfast Friday morning
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to 19.5% added hotel charge, 2% Mackinac Island assessment, Michigan 6% sales tax and a $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. Regular additional adult and child rates apply.

Open the Grand

Arrive: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Depart: Friday, May 3, 2019

Package Price:

$319.00 per couple, $269 single

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