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Fort Mackinac

Inside the stately stone walls it’s a different time.

The cannon blasts, the rifles fire, the soldiers march and history comes alive. The oldest building in Michigan and 13 other historical structures boast exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort.

More than just a military outpost, Fort Mackinac served as a home for soldiers and their families and eventually the headquarters for Mackinac National Park, where tourists to the island visited the great fortress on the bluff, much like they do today.

Live Programs and Tours

Demonstrations and tours by costumed interpreters are scheduled throughout the day.

Exhibits

All fourteen buildings in the fort are restored and open to the public. They are furnished with period settings highlighting the building’s particular function or a themed exhibit. Special exhibits include:

  • Mackinac, An Island Famous in These Regions on the second floor of the Soldier’s’ Barracks presents the full history of Mackinac Island. 
  • Military Medicine at Mackinac: 1780-1895 in the Post Hospital explores medical care at the fort and changing nineteenth-century medical practices. 
  • Kids’ Quarters features hands-on displays and interactive games.

Audiovisual Programs

Heritage of Mackinac is featured in the Post Commissary, providing an overview history of Mackinac. It repeats every 20 minutes.

Fort Mackinac Video via Mackinac State Historic Parks

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Fort Mackinac – Photos From Instagram

Tag your Fort Mackinac instagram photos with #fortmackinac and they will appear here in our Fort Mackinac Instagram Photo Stream.
 

Instagram post 17867551546880241 GoPro camera view from historic Fort Mackinac - on Mackinac Island.  #fortmackinac #mackinacisland #gopro #puremichigan #primeshots #michigan

GoPro camera view from historic Fort Mackinac - on Mackinac Island. #fortmackinac #mackinacisland #gopro #puremichigan #primeshots #michigan ...

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Instagram post 17898930430618347 The perfect perch to look over the Straits of Mackinac.

The perfect perch to look over the Straits of Mackinac. ...

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Instagram post 17857953733656639 Hello winter! Towards the center of the island is the cemetery. We were able to snap a photo of the beautiful wreaths at the Fort Mackinac Cemetery. ✨ •
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Hello winter! Towards the center of the island is the cemetery. We were able to snap a photo of the beautiful wreaths at the Fort Mackinac Cemetery. ✨ • • • #littleluxuriesofmackinac #mackinacisland #michigan #fortmackinac #wreathsacrossamerica ...

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Instagram post 18105634870242018 Our interpreters are ready to welcome guests to Fort Mackinac! #thisismackinac #mackinacisland #fortmackinac #openingday

Our interpreters are ready to welcome guests to Fort Mackinac! #thisismackinac #mackinacisland #fortmackinac #openingday ...

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Instagram post 17966081074341828 Most people associate stunning fall colors in the US with New England, but completely overlook another incredible option: the Midwest!

And within the Midwest, I honestly think Michigan has some of the best fall colors in the country. (There, I said it!)

This photo, for example, isn’t from New England, but rather is from Mackinac Island, a popular summer resort island in Michigan. While Mackinac isn’t known for its fall color (its delicious fudge and ban on cars are way more famous), there are nevertheless lots of colors to enjoy this time of year.

So I guess my point is... don’t write off the Midwest when it comes to fall color! (Also, expect lots more fall color photos in the coming weeks 😬.)

Would you have ever guessed this photo was taken in Michigan? Also, what else would you like to know about Mackinac Island? I’ll share more info about this quirky spot in my next post.

Most people associate stunning fall colors in the US with New England, but completely overlook another incredible option: the Midwest! And within the Midwest, I honestly think Michigan has some of the best fall colors in the country. (There, I said it!) This photo, for example, isn’t from New England, but rather is from Mackinac Island, a popular summer resort island in Michigan. While Mackinac isn’t known for its fall color (its delicious fudge and ban on cars are way more famous), there are nevertheless lots of colors to enjoy this time of year. So I guess my point is... don’t write off the Midwest when it comes to fall color! (Also, expect lots more fall color photos in the coming weeks 😬.) Would you have ever guessed this photo was taken in Michigan? Also, what else would you like to know about Mackinac Island? I’ll share more info about this quirky spot in my next post. ...

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Instagram post 17894972125796295 Fort Mackinac during a beautiful sunset. Tone and lighting completes the composition. 

Let me know what you think!

#puremichigan #mackinacisland #mackinac #mackinawcity #landscapephotography #michigan #michiganders #michiganphotographer #photography #fortmackinac #travelphotography #travel #photographer #michiganphotography #michiganphotographers #mackinacislandstatepark #lighthouses #sonyalpha #greatlakes #greatlakesstate #greatlakesproud #architecture #onlyinmichigan #mood #fort #sonyphotography #islandlife #history #historic #moodygrams

Fort Mackinac during a beautiful sunset. Tone and lighting completes the composition. Let me know what you think! #puremichigan #mackinacisland #mackinac #mackinawcity #landscapephotography #michigan #michiganders #michiganphotographer #photography #fortmackinac #travelphotography #travel #photographer #michiganphotography #michiganphotographers #mackinacislandstatepark #lighthouses #sonyalpha #greatlakes #greatlakesstate #greatlakesproud #architecture #onlyinmichigan #mood #fort #sonyphotography #islandlife #history #historic #moodygrams ...

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Instagram post 17842099780930589 Mackinac Island is so picturesque. Somehow, a blanket of winter snow makes it seem even cozier. 😍 Where’s your favorite winter spot around the Great Lakes? 🌊
🌊 Photo by jasovereign  #greatlakes #greatlakesloving #lakemichigan #lakehuron #michigan #mackinacisland #northernmichigan #puremichigan #michigrammers #michiganders #fortmackinac #puremichigan #michiganwinter #winter #cozy #snow #vacation #travel #greatlakeshistory #explore #mackinacisle #upperpeninsula #theup #upnorthmichigan #thisismackinac #makeitmackinac #beautifulview #mackinacislandlife #mackinacislandtourism

Mackinac Island is so picturesque. Somehow, a blanket of winter snow makes it seem even cozier. 😍 Where’s your favorite winter spot around the Great Lakes? 🌊 🌊 Photo by jasovereign #greatlakes #greatlakesloving #lakemichigan #lakehuron #michigan #mackinacisland #northernmichigan #puremichigan #michigrammers #michiganders #fortmackinac #puremichigan #michiganwinter #winter #cozy #snow #vacation #travel #greatlakeshistory #explore #mackinacisle #upperpeninsula #theup #upnorthmichigan #thisismackinac #makeitmackinac #beautifulview #mackinacislandlife #mackinacislandtourism ...

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Instagram post 17900048899327487 Had a great day interpreting at Fort Mackinac! The weather could not have been better ❤️#historicadventures #fortmackinac #1862 #michiganhistory #womenshistory

Had a great day interpreting at Fort Mackinac! The weather could not have been better ❤️#historicadventures #fortmackinac #1862 #michiganhistory #womenshistory ...

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Instagram post 17873692568470210 Happy weekend! IG family, we whittled down 32 different Michigan destinations to one my family & I will travel to for my birthday in August. And the winner is...

Mackinac Island!!!! 🥳

It’s been 5 years since T & I last visited. And when we were there, we hit up all the popular spots like the fort, carriage tour, & arch rock. This time, we’re going to heed the advice & suggestions of Mackinac Island expert cassondra.wanders! (Give her a follow if you’re also planning an island trip!)

But as always, I’m open for other suggestions & tips. Especially recommendations on where to stay! Drop your advice below!

Again, thank you everyone for voting! 😊
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#mackinacisland #mackinac #fortmackinac #straitsofmackinac #mymackinac #makeitmackinac #mackinacislandlife #upnorthmichigan #islandlife #michiganhistory #deserve2preserve #travelthrowback #awesomemichigan #michiganexplored #thegreatlakesstate #michiganoverboard #michigansummer #midwestlove #midwestsummer #midwestblogger

Happy weekend! IG family, we whittled down 32 different Michigan destinations to one my family & I will travel to for my birthday in August. And the winner is... Mackinac Island!!!! 🥳 It’s been 5 years since T & I last visited. And when we were there, we hit up all the popular spots like the fort, carriage tour, & arch rock. This time, we’re going to heed the advice & suggestions of Mackinac Island expert cassondra.wanders! (Give her a follow if you’re also planning an island trip!) But as always, I’m open for other suggestions & tips. Especially recommendations on where to stay! Drop your advice below! Again, thank you everyone for voting! 😊 . . . . . . . . . . #mackinacisland #mackinac #fortmackinac #straitsofmackinac #mymackinac #makeitmackinac #mackinacislandlife #upnorthmichigan #islandlife #michiganhistory #deserve2preserve #travelthrowback #awesomemichigan #michiganexplored #thegreatlakesstate #michiganoverboard #michigansummer #midwestlove #midwestsummer #midwestblogger ...

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Instagram post 18004134919235966 Happy Birthday to grizzlybearit, the best travel buddy a girl could ask for! 😘We spent the past weekend biking, drinking and eating all over Mackinac Island! This picture is from our bittersweet boat ride back to the mainland, camper, and cats. We keep finding that it’s so hard to say goodbye to a spot like this after we've just had so much fun, but then we remember there’s always more fun to be had at the next stop! This life with you has been pretty surreal and unique so far and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I hope you've felt as loved as possible today!!! 🥰🥰

Happy Birthday to grizzlybearit, the best travel buddy a girl could ask for! 😘We spent the past weekend biking, drinking and eating all over Mackinac Island! This picture is from our bittersweet boat ride back to the mainland, camper, and cats. We keep finding that it’s so hard to say goodbye to a spot like this after we've just had so much fun, but then we remember there’s always more fun to be had at the next stop! This life with you has been pretty surreal and unique so far and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I hope you've felt as loved as possible today!!! 🥰🥰 ...

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Instagram post 18058004047172705 Shoot a picture, not a cannon! 💂📸 #fort #mackinac #fortmackinac #mackinacisland #michigan #puremichigan #scenery #travel #photography #nature #lake #island #beautiful #views #themitten #fall #autumn #lakehuron #upnorth #scenic #travelling #embrasure

Shoot a picture, not a cannon! 💂📸 #fort #mackinac #fortmackinac #mackinacisland #michigan #puremichigan #scenery #travel #photography #nature #lake #island #beautiful #views #themitten #fall #autumn #lakehuron #upnorth #scenic #travelling #embrasure ...

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Instagram post 17925683611333565 #fallforcostume Day 22: Green. My green wool 1860’s dress is probably my favorite dress that I’ve made to date. The weather on Mackinac Island was perfect for a wool dress on this sunny June afternoon. redthreaded #historicadventures #1860s #1860sfashion #wool #mackinacisland #fortmackinac #puremichigan

#fallforcostume Day 22: Green. My green wool 1860’s dress is probably my favorite dress that I’ve made to date. The weather on Mackinac Island was perfect for a wool dress on this sunny June afternoon. redthreaded #historicadventures #1860s #1860sfashion #wool #mackinacisland #fortmackinac #puremichigan ...

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Summer employees have returned! ...

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Market Street Inn News and Specials

Market Street Inn of Mackinac Island – Facebook News

Market Street Inn

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Book your next getaway at the charming Market Street Inn on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The inn offers a variety of uniquely furnished guest rooms at affordable rates and a cozy sitting area where you may relax after a day of sightseeing and having fun on Mackinac Island.

The gardens surrounding the Market Street Inn provide an intimate and relaxing environment. Reserve our beautiful back garden area for parties, weddings, and receptions.

The inn, built at the turn of the century as a private home, has been updated to include all modern conveniences including:

* air conditioning
* wireless internet
* flat-screen LCD TVs with cable
* private baths
* guest bike rack
* guest grill

Each morning we deliver a delicious continental breakfast to your choice of location: your room, backyard garden or parlor.

The Market Street Inn provides a quaint, smoke-free atmosphere. Come enjoy the perfect blend of turn of the century charm and 21st century comfort. Our goal is to make you feel welcome!

Contact us at 1-888-899-3811 to reserve your room today!

Market Street Inn
PO Box 224
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
1-888-899-3811

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Stu Stuart – Stand-Up Comedy Show at Lilac Tree Suites

The funniest comedy show on Mackinac Island! (Never mind, it’s the only one.)

Stu Stuart’s mass-appeal style of comedy is clever, witty and unpredictable with an unexpected edge. He presents his comedy in a comfortable and witty manner causing you to think, then laugh, all while continually pulling the rug out from you when you least suspect it, says the Seattle Times.

His delightfully different slice-of-life comedy is enjoyed by people of all ages. He’s proof you don’t have to be dirty to be funny. He’s sometimes dark, but always humorous. Every once in a while a comedian comes along that really hits home–this is Stu.

His conversational style of in-the-moment and often improvised comedy is a delight to watch and guarantees no two shows will be exactly the same. This is one of the reasons many people return year-after-year to see his show.

Lunch with Comedian Stu Stuart – Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog

Stu Stuart – Stand-Up Comedy Show at Lilac Tree Suites

Tickets available at the Lilac Tree Suites front desk and at the door.
General Admission $15
Students, Seniors & Military $12.50
Family Package (Parents & children) $50
Groups of 10 or more $10.

Cash and checks accepted, sorry, no credit cards. Advance tickets encouraged to guarantee admission as seating is limited. Showroom at the Lilac Tree Hotel features a full bar with specialty drinks and is smoke free. Showtimes, dates and locations subject to change without notice. For more information call (231) 215-0173. To get advance tickets before arriving on Mackinac, call and we will email or U.S. Mail you tickets to guarantee your place.

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haven't been there in at least 38 yrs don't know where this post came from I am going though hopefully next week

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Winter has returned to Mackinac Island… (Photo via The Inn at Stonecliffe – Mackinac Island)

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Mackinac Island Valentine, Chili Cookoff, Postcard Memento Poker Scenic Ski Rally, Walk Weekend – February 12 and 13, 2011

16th Annual Mackinac Island Valentine, Chili Cookoff, Postcard Memento Poker Scenic Ski Rally, Walk Weekend February 11, 12 & 13

Friday Welcome Reception at the Village Inn
4:00-6:00pm, $12.99 per person (includes tax and gratuity):
Hot cocoa. hot coffee, spiced cider and soft drinks. Pot of Homemade Soup, Smoked Great Lakes Whitefish Dip with toasted garlic parmesan crostinis , Imported and Domestic Cheeses and assorted crackers , Fried Chicken wings both spicy and barbecued, chilled shrimp with traditional cocktail sauce. Alcoholic beverages served on a cash basis.
Friday Night everyone is on their own for dinner.

The Village Inn will feature a Fish Fry with all you can eat locally caught whitefish in addition to our regular menu. The Village Inn is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner The dinner menu features award winning entrees, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza & desserts. A full service bar and First Class wine list make it a favorite gathering place for Islanders during the winter.

Saturday is the Annual Ski Run / Chili Cookoff noon – 4pm
This sixteenth annual event features tasting and judging of multiple chili entries from the island and all over. All Snow drifter members are encouraged to enter their favorite chili and win prizes Or participate in the tasting and judging.

Cross Country Ski/Walk Memento Postcard Poker Rally starts 8am Saturday
Register at the Village Inn any time between 8:00am and noon. No registration fee. Routes take you by by Arch Rock, Fort Holmes, Fort Mackinac and Sugarloaf. It’s not a race, ski at your leisure. Prizes awarded at 5:30pm, cards may be turned in as early as noon.

Saturday Night Group Buffet Dinner 6:30pm. $29.99 per person (includes tax & gratuity):
Prime Rib of Beef, Planked Whitefish or Grilled Chicken & Pasta (three item menu )
Includes salad, vegetable, potato and dessert … non alcoholic beverages included with the meals. Alcoholic beverages sold on a cash basis.

Sunday Morning Pancake & Sausage Breakfast $12.99 per person (includes tax & gratuity):
A complete breakfast buffet served from 8:00am till noon featuring stacks of buttermilk pancakes, maple syrup and Plath’s famous smokehouse bacon, ham and sausages

Hotel Rooms $134.40 per person (includes tax & levy):
Call Pontiac Lodge for availability (906) 847-3364

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Market Street Inn

The Market Street Inn offers a variety of uniquely furnished guest rooms at affordable rates and a cozy sitting area where you may relax after a day of sightseeing and having fun on Mackinac Island.

The gardens surrounding the Market Street Inn provide an intimate and relaxing environment. Reserve our beautiful back garden area for parties, weddings, and receptions.

The inn, built at the turn of the century as a private home, has been updated to include all modern conveniences including:

* air conditioning
* wireless internet
* flat-screen LCD TVs with cable
* private baths
* guest bike rack
* guest grill

Each morning we deliver a delicious continental breakfast to your choice of location: your room, backyard garden or parlor.

The Market Street Inn provides a quaint, smoke-free atmosphere. Come enjoy the perfect blend of turn of the century charm and 21st century comfort. Our goal is to make you feel welcome!

Contact us at 1-888-899-3811 to reserve your room today!

Market Street Inn
PO Box 224
7237 Market Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
1-888-899-3811

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