A Look at History

Hotel Names Reflect 1800s Sensibilities on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island has more than 20 hotels, resorts, inns, rental cottages, and bed and breakfasts. Many of these hotels have names that date back to when these places of hospitality were founded prior to World War I. Other, more modern, hotels use their names to hearken back to Victorian times. A dictionary will tell you that “Grand” is a very […]

Betty Rinestine

from Perrysburg, Ohio, will be celebrating her birthday on Mackinac Island this week. This is her 4th year visiting Mackinac and she always finds something new to discover. Betty has cycled all over the US of A, parts of Canada and Europe, but still enjoys cycling on Mackinac, she even brings her own “Mackinac Bike” with her. She says “Mackinac […]

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge Results

In Mackinac Island Yacht Club Bridge League games for the week ending Wednesday, June 15, Toots Gillespie placed first, Bev Benjamin placed second, and Janis Holle placed third. Sorry! This content is only available to online subscribers. Please login below or Subscribe today!

Float Building Underway for Sunday’s Grand Lilac Parade

For 61 years, Mackinac Island residents have come together to celebrate the beauty of the Island and its signature flower during the annual Lilac Festival. The culmination of the event has always been, and continues to be in its 62nd year, the Grand Parade. Float building preparation is underway all over town, as people are crafting the elements that will […]

Summer Reporting for Town Crier Offers Experience for MSU Students

Following Governor Rick Snyder to Grand Hotel, capturing the solemn Memorial Day ceremonies, and watching six seniors receive high school diplomas are just a few of the stories already covered by Mackinac Island Town Crier interns Lauren Gibbons and Alyssa Firth since stepping into their summer jobs in late May. The two Michigan State University journalism majors are serious about […]

Council Holds Millage Rate for Third Year, Taxes Rise Slightly

For the third year, the Mackinac Island City Council held firm the city’s tax levy of 8.0472 mills following a Truth in Taxation Hearing Wednesday, June 15. The levy includes 6.6361 mills for general operations, 0.1 mill for road improvement, 0.2111 mill to pay the fire truck debt, 1.0 mill for solid waste operations, and 0.1 mill for the capital […]

Headlands Hosts Dark Sky Park Open House

A public celebration is planned to commemorate the International Dark Sky Park designation at the Headlands in Mackinaw City from 5 p.m. until after dark Tuesday, June 21, the first day of summer. Visitors will be able to enjoy trail tours of the five miles of marked trails on the property, family-friendly games, food and beverages, music and presentations about […]

Childhood Obesity Program Offered at Health Center

A pilot childhood obesity program will be offered at the Mackinac Island Medical Center for the 2011-2012 school year to reduce the growing trend of children suffering from health complications associated with obesity. It will be funded by a $20,000 grant from Grand Hotel and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “As we all know, obesity is becoming a progressively […]


Spring Weather Has Powerful Impact on Health of Horses

There is an old line I used to hear from Mackinac Island Carriage Tours drivers on their tours. It went something like this: “You know, there isn’t a single mosquito on Mackinac Island.” People on the carriage would usually say, “Really?” “Yes,” would reply the driver. “They are all married.” Laughs and claps from the tours, and the carriage full […]

Maintaining Your Health on Mackinac

2011 Food Guidelines: Return To A Wholesome Diet

January 31, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services issued a new science-based set of dietary guidelines. The previous guidelines of 2005 urged Americans to eat more whole grains and less sugar, prompting changes in the ingredients used in many commercial food products. The emphasis was also to curb solid fats and salt. There was no directive […]