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Grand Hotel – Tea For Two Golf Package

7th greenA special package for Two. Tee up the vacation of a lifetime with unlimited Golf on The Jewel designed by architect Jerry Matthews and ranked as a top northern U.S. golf resort by Conde Nast Traveler. The 18-hole course provides unforgettable views of the Straits of Mackinac and the seasonal beauty of Mackinac Island. After the last putt falls, it’s time to relax over Afternoon Tea in Grand Hotel’s Parlor while enjoying a musical performance. This special package also includes a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily.

Make your reservation online or call 1-800-334-7263 for availability.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Unlimited golf on The Jewel, per person (cart fee included)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea in the Parlor
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

*Tee times may be booked up to two weeks prior to arrival. A modified version of Afternoon Tea will be offered on certain dates. Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. Regular additional adult and children’s rates apply. *Dates subject to availability.

Tea For Two Golf Package

Available on select dates in 2017.

Package Price:

$299 per person, per night based on double occupancy, $523 single, per room, per night

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Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – June 9 – 18, 2017

Celebrating Mackinac’s lilac collection began in 1949 after a conversation with Evangilene “Ling” Horn and Nurse Stella King who encouraged the then teen and today’s Mackinac Island Carriage Tours veterinarian Dr. Bill Chambers to have a parade on Lilac Sunday.

The idea was to bring people to the Island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the Island in June.

What began as a one day event called the Mackinac Island Lilac Day has blossomed into a ten day festival.

The 2017 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival starts on Friday, June 9, and goes through June 18.

The long list of festival events include:

Lilac Festival Queen Coronation
Saturday, June 10 • 5 p.m. • Windermere Point

The Lilac Queen has been an important part of the Lilac Festival tradition since it began in 1949. The Lilac Queen is selected by the students from their classmates at Mackinac Island Public School. It is to honor the student who has dedicated their time to their classmates and community events throughout the year. Her duties include opening Fort Mackinac, welcoming guests to A Taste of Mackinac, riding in the Lilac Festival Parade and making appearances at many community events for the year of their reign.

Lilac Festival Grand Parade – Sunday June 18, 2017 • 4 p.m.

Celebrating Mackinac’s lilac collection began in 1949. The idea was to bring people to the Island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the Island in June. What began as a one day event called the Mackinac Island Lilac Day has blossomed into a ten day festival.

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While you wait for the 2017 Lilac Festival, here’s a view of some of the early summer flowers adding their color and beauty to the month of June on Mackinac Island.

Lilacs in bloom on Mackinac Island – Click photos for slideshow view.
 

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Lilac Bloom Updates From Barnwell Landscaping – 5/31/2016

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 - 3:52 pm

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Mackinac Island #FollowTheBloom Lilac Update
Your #FollowTheBloom Lilac Update brought to you by Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services- A Mackinac Island Based Company and Mackinac Island Tourism. For a full schedule of events for the 2016 Lilac Festival, June 3-12, visit MackinacIsland.org #MackinacIslandLilacFestival #MakeitMackinac
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Mackinac Island #FollowTheBloom Lilac Update

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I love that he has dirty fingers! A true gardener!

We were there this past weekend celebrating our 39th Anniversary and the Lilacs were not quite blooming but we had one of the Best Anniversaries ever spent on the Island, the weather was totally beautiful. Thank you all as this was my first visit and will not be the last. Next visit is with the entire family.

I'll see you at the lilac festival!!

My wife & I --- will be there Sun. June 12th. --- staying at the Grand Hotel , first time ... Can't wait

Grand parade is Sunday, June 12th. At 4pm.

Will be on the Island this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ❣❣

What the weather look like this weekend?;)

How long do the blooms last? Will they still be fragrant on the 12th?

I haven't been there since I was real little 😢 This summer I would love to take my daughter there.

Been there several times one of my favorite places to visit.

Missing one of my favorite places!!

See you Saturday!!

Wonderful lilacs,great job Jack.Michelle Valade Woodham and Diane O'Neal Cook

Tony Peach

Lynda Popp Swanson

Christina Turpen

Very nice - but it's illegal to pick lilacs, so I don't know how Jack Barnwell got away with that!

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A Taste of Mackinac – June 15, 2017

Mackinac Island’s most anticipated culinary event.

Located at the Harbour View Inn, tickets are $20. Tickets available at Tourism office across from Star Line Ferry.

This award-winning luncheon also features products from Coca Cola, the official soft drink of the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, along with award-winning Michigan Beer & Wine (for those 21 & over with proper I.D.) and delicious coffee and tea from our local Starbucks.

Live music and entertainment provided by Ardan Academy of Dance and Local singer/songwriter Michelle Chenard.

Tickets are available online through My North February 15 through June 14, 2017. You can purchase them here. Be aware that tickets do sell out quickly.

Past Restaurants Have Included:
1852 Grill Room – Island House Hotel
Bistro on the Greens – Mission Point Resort
Cawthorne’s Village Inn – A Grand Hotel Restaurant
Goodfellow’s Italian Chophouse – Lake View Hotel
Harbour View Inn BBQ
Island Slice Pizzeria
Mary’s Bistro
Millie’s on Main
Pink Pony – Chippewa Hotel

Past Wineries Have Included:
Black Star Farms
Leelanau Cellars
Mackinaw Trail Winery

Past Microbreweries Have Included:
Arbor Brewing
Arcadia Brewing
Bell’s Brewery
Cheboygan Brewery
Founder’s Brewing Company
Frankenmuth Brewing
Keewanau Brewing
Petoskey Brewing Company

Refreshments:
Coca Cola
Starbucks

Fudge:
Joann’s Fudge
May’s Fudge
Murdick’s Fudge
Ryba’s Fudge

2017 – A Taste of Mackinac
June 15, 2017
Harbour View Inn
6860 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757

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Grand Hotel – Summer Michigan Golf Live Package – June 18 – 20, 2017

Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Live Summer PackageTee up the vacation of a lifetime during our Michigan Golf Live Package named for radio and television show host Bill Hobson of Michigan Golf Live, the state’s leading golf program. Host Bill Hobson coordinates this golf event complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, Monday morning golf scramble and box lunch.

The Jewel Golf Course was designed by architect Jerry Matthews and is ranked as a top northern U.S. golf resort by Conde Nast Traveler and the Best Grand Golf Hotel by Golf Digest. It provides unforgettable views of the Straits of Mackinac, the Mackinac Bridge and the seasonal beauty of Mackinac Island.

Michigan Golf Live

We recommend calling ahead to make your tee times for the unlimited golf and Monday morning golf scramble. Tee times can be made by calling 906-847-9218.

This package is also available September 8 – 10, 2017. More Info >>

Meet Michigan Golf Live Host Bill Hobson:

Bill Hobson

In 1999, Michigan Golf Live (MGL) host Bill Hobson had the unusual dream of bringing entertaining golf talk to the radio. In its early days, the result of that dream was a weekly 1-hour radio show that has grown in the one of the nation’s leading programs dedicated to celebrating the game and the special places it can be played.

Now in its 17th season, MGL Radio is carried statewide every Saturday morning, while MGL-TV can be seen on FOX Sports Detroit each weekend at 9:30 a.m.

The MGL/Grand Hotel partnership gave birth to the Grand Golf Getaway, hosted by Bill and attended by Grand Hotel guests in both June and again in September. We hope you’ll come be part of the fun, friends, and memories of this very special time at Grand Hotel!

Make your reservation online or call 1-800-33GRAND for availability.

Stay an additional night Tuesday, June 20 for $229.00* per room, per night.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Unlimited golf on The Jewel
  • Sunday evening Welcome Reception
  • Monday morning golf scramble
  • Monday evening reception
  • Box lunch on Monday
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. *Dates subject to availability. Additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Summer Michigan Golf Live Package

Arrive: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Depart: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Package Price:

Standard Room:
$989 per couple, $889 single
Lakeview:
$1,425 per couple, $1,325 single

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Grand Hotel Arts Weekend – June 23 – 25, 2017

Grand Hotel Arts WeekendJoin faculty, alumni and students from the Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters, the celebrated home of art, theatre, language, literature, innovation and creativity at the University, as they convene for the 23rd annual weekend celebrating the arts while enjoying the splendor of Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island.

Join in pre-dinner cocktail receptions, fine dining, and performances showcasing theatre and music by the MSU Department of Theatre, faculty, and students.

Programming includes a performance by the MSU Department of Theatre, guided tour of the Manoogian Art Collection led by Tatum Walker ‘13 (Associate Director of Digital Strategy at Ford’s Theatre), presentation by Adam Brown (Digital Artist and Associate Professor), an interactive improv workshop led by Sarah Hendrickson ‘04 (Instructor of Improvisation), and an evening of improvisational comedy featuring special guests.

This is the perfect weekend to bring out your passion for the arts!

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Christopher Long, Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters Dean Introduced 2016 Arts Weekend in this video:

Stay additional nights Thursday June 22 and/or Sunday June 25 for $229 per room, per night.

Make your reservation online or call reservations at 1-800-33GRAND for availability.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and five-course dinner daily
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Saturday evening reception
  • All theater, art, music performances, and seminars
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel Endowed Scholarship for Arts & Letters, created by the Musser Family, supports students wishing to pursue creative endeavors both inside and outside of the classroom. A portion of your reservation fee will help support this important scholarship.

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. Regular additional adult and children’s rates apply.

Grand Hotel Arts Weekend

Arrive: Friday, June 23, 2017
Depart: Sunday, June 25, 2017

Package Price:

Standard Room:
$1,065 per couple, $965 single
Lakeview:
$1,499 per couple, $1,399 single

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Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2017

The annual 4th of July tournament on Mackinac Island is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

Everyone is eligible to compete in the tournament. The more the merrier.

The tournament is open to all ages and always occurs at Windermere Pointe Beach (Located next to Hotel Iroquois) every year at 10:00 am on the 4th of July. Professional skippers compete at high noon, often skipping 20+ skips.

The Honorable Judge Glen Allen Open  Tournament
(July 4th)

Judges Tribunal – Windemere (8:30ish am)

  • Stone Skipping Clinic – 10ish on the beach hosted by several world champion skippers
  • Opening Ceremonies – Fudge Canoe arrives (10:00 am)
  • Amateur Tournament – 13 years old and up (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
    (committee may ask for credentials)
  • Pebbles Tournament – 12 year olds and under (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for Amateurs (12:00 pm)+

Wilmer T. Rabe International Stone Skipping Tournament
(July 4th)

  • Professional Tournament (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for  Professionals (1:30 pm)

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Mackinac 2016 Stone Skipping Results – Beach Report

From the depths of an International field of top Pro-Stone Skippers, came the man known as Lefty! He stared down the waters of the Straights of Mackinac looking for the best water on which to land his third toss of six. Dave Kolar 57, of Troy Mich., hurled a monster local-stone, and achieved a winning skip of 27 to take the coveted Grand Hotel Goblets and the $200 prize money….

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Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions

Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions on Vimeo.

Photos and Video from the 2010 Stone Skipping Tournament

Former Guinness Book Record holder Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars won the 2010 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament with a throw of 30 skips. Second place went to Todd “Mussels” Callewaert with 26 skips & rounding out 3rd was Glenn “Hard Luck” Loy with a 22 skips. (Note: Video is the third round throw and is not the tournament winning 30 skip throw.)

Photos from the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2010

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