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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'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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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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Mission Point Resort Dining – Photos

Mission Point Resort features five unique restaurants and eateries, including Chianti (Temporarily closed for the 2019 season), Round Island Bar & Grill, Bistro on the Greens, Reserve, Boxwood Coffeeshop & Cafe. Here’s our photo album to give you a glimpse of the wide-ranging dining options at Mission Point Resort.

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Chianti - Traditional, house-made Italian pastas, sauces and fare are hallmarks of Chianti. Begin the evening with a cocktail in the Library then savor the lovingly prepared cuisine al fresco on the lake view porch accompanied by live piano entertainment.
Round Island Bar &amp; Grill - The Round Island Bar &amp; Grill is a family-friendly culinary hub featuring all-day dining, signature drinks from our cocktail garden and indoor and outdoor seating. Round Island Bar &amp; Grill is a true Mackinac Island experience. Made to order omelets are featured on the breakfast buffet daily; burgers, sandwiches, salads and more can be enjoyed throughout the day.
Bistro on the Greens - Bistro on the Greens pairs great summer bistro dishes with extraordinary views. Overlooking the Greens of Mackinac, our picturesque 18-hole putting course, this popular spot features outdoor seating. We&#039;ve added something truly special to our alfresco dining at Bistro on the Greens, a lounge area overlooking the straits complete with fire pits.
Reserve - Enjoy Champagne, chocolate and sweet treats at Reserve, Wine Bar. The newest addition to the Mission Point dining experience, Reserve features a wide selection of wines from the world&#039;s premier wine-growing regions, as well as thoughtfully curated charcuterie boards and artisan cheeses.
Boxwood Coffeeshop &amp; Cafe -  Enjoy artfully crafted lattes made with Lavazza coffee and our made-from-scratch croissants or lemon bars. You will also find grab-and-go foods, Mission Point wines, and pasta sauces. Enjoy the views and take a moment to check your email using our free Wi-Fi.
Breakfast with a view at Round Island Bar &amp; Grill.
Round Island Bar &amp; Grill.
Bar seating at Round Island Bar &amp; Grill.
Patio seating at Round Island Bar &amp; Grill.
Chianti -
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Chianti - Seared Whitefish - Tuscan Herb Crusted - Lemon Risotto - Seared Kale - Puttanesca Sauce
Chianti - Butternut Squash Bisque - Toasted Pumpkin Seed
Chianti - Saut&eacute;ed scallops with a roasted tomato risotto and grilled asparagus, anyone? Indulge tonight in Chianti! Don&#039;t forget the glass of wine.
Bistro on the Greens offers lakefront dining and gorgeous views of the Straits.
Bistro on the Greens offers lakefront dining and gorgeous views of the Straits.
House-made burgers are the #1 seller at Bistro on the Greens.
Boxwood Coffeeshop &amp; Cafe -  Enjoy artfully crafted lattes made with Lavazza coffee and our made-from-scratch croissants or lemon bars. You will also find grab-and-go foods, Mission Point wines, and pasta sauces. Enjoy the views and take a moment to check your email using our free Wi-Fi.
Boxwood Coffeeshop &amp; Cafe -  Enjoy artfully crafted lattes made with Lavazza coffee and our made-from-scratch croissants or lemon bars. You will also find grab-and-go foods, Mission Point wines, and pasta sauces. Enjoy the views and take a moment to check your email using our free Wi-Fi.
Grab-and-go breakfast options are available at Boxwood Coffeeshop &amp; Cafe.
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Grand Hotel – Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend – June 28 – 30, 2024

Arrive Friday, June 28 • Depart Sunday, June 30, 2024

Description

Please join Grand Hotel’s Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer, and a celebrated winery for this special wine tasting and hotel package: the Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend at Grand Hotel.

Elizabeth Schweitzer, Master Sommelier at Grand Hotel
The eighth woman Sommelier in the world, Elizabeth enjoys sharing her vast knowledge every season with our guests during this special themed weekend. You can also find her in our Main Dining Room helping you choose the perfect wine during your meal every evening.
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Additionally, Grand Hotel’s Salle à Manger was recently awarded an Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for the third consecutive year. It recognizes Grand Hotel’s well-chosen assortment of quality producers and list of choices that will satisfy discerning wine lovers

Package Includes:

  • Grand Hotel Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • One welcome amenity per reservation
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Themed wine tastings
  • Special dinner event on Saturday evening, this dinner is for adults only
  • Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum

This Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend is also available by calling Grand Hotel Reservations at 1-800-334-7263.

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*Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment, and a $15.00 per person, per stay, baggage-handling charge. Regular children’s rates apply. Extra charges apply for additional adults over double occupancy rates. Dates are subject to availability. A 30-day cancellation policy applies.

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Grand Hotel – Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration – July 2 – 5, 2024

Grand Hotel - Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration

Available Tuesday, July 2 • Friday, July 5, 2024

Length of Stay Requirements and Pricing Details:

  • Three-night stays are required on July 2 – 5.
  • Five-night stays are required for premium room types.
  • Discounted extra day rates are available on June 30, July 1, July 5 and July 6.

Description

Celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends, while exploring the best that a Mackinac Island summer has to offer. July is the perfect time to soak up the sun at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool, play lawn games in the Tea Garden, or take a bike ride and explore Travel + Leisure’s #1 Island in the Continental U.S.

Package Includes:

  • Grand Hotel Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Family-friendly evening movies at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool
  • Evening Receptions on July 2nd and 3rd
  • Glow stick and cotton candy parties on July 2nd and 3rd at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool
  • Children’s Carnival in the Tea Garden on July 3rd and 4th
  • Ice Cream Social on July 4th
  • American Picnic in the Tea Garden on July 3rd
  • Grand Fourth of July Fireworks Display Viewing
  • Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum

The Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July package is also available by calling Grand Hotel Reservations at 1-800-334-7263.

Additional July Fourth Package Details
Start off your weekend with evening movies with Esther. Experience two days of an exciting children’s carnival full of games and prizes, small rides, face painting, blow-up bounce houses, and much more! On Wednesday, enjoy a BBQ luncheon in the Tea Garden and on Thursday cool off with our annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social. Celebrate the Fourth of July, with an evening American Picnic and Grand Fourth of July Fireworks Display, best seen from The World’s Longest Front Porch!

With so many activities around Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island, there really is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. We hope to see you for this Grand Fourth of July tradition!
See Pictures of Past July Fourth Events

 

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*Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment, and a $15.00 per person, per stay, baggage-handling charge. Regular children’s rates apply. Extra charges apply for additional adults over double occupancy rates. Dates are subject to availability. A 30-day cancellation policy applies. A 3 night deposit is required for this package.

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Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2024

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.

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Schedule:

The Honorable Judge Glen Allen Open Tournament

10:00 Open tournament Begins
Kerplunking for the toddlers and little ones,
12 and under Division (Winner receives bragging rights for a year and a trophy)
13 and up Amateur division (Winner receives a trophy and fudge)
11:45 Awards Ceremony for Open Tournament

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

High Noon – Professional Invitational Competition (Winner receives goblets of cash)

All are welcome to participate in some family fun. No one is too young or too old to compete.

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50th Annual Stone Skipping was great fun

The weather was perfect on Mackinac Island for the 5oth annual tournament open to all. Check out the final results on the 2018 Scorecard to see this years winners.

The Pro division was quite exciting with a tie for first place. Traditionally when there is a tie the win goes to the to skippers second best stone. This year Bugsy and Lefty tied for 19 as their best skip and tied again with 17 for their second best skip. After deliberating with the judges Acting High Commissioner Paul H. Toepp, III announced that the winner would be determined by a sudden death 1 stone skip off. The crowd audibly signed when Bugsy threw a 5 and wonder if Left would go for the easy win. Lefty wound up and through for a 20+ but ended up with a 10 to take this years pro title.

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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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