Mackinac Island Greets Visitors with Glory and Activities New, Tried and True

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With ice, snow and bitter cold in the rear view mirror, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau rubs its hands in anticipation of the annual flood of summer visitors. From a $3.8-million new ferry boat to a weekend of classic interior decorating instruction to a dozen new draft brews at a bistro, the island is always up to something new.

"As always, it's all here"

With winter past and summer looming, Mackinac Island will share another season of its legendary fun and glory to the joy of guests and visitors.

Guests of Mackinac Island have ample options for outdoor and indoor entertainment, regardless of the season. Those who enjoy nature can hike, explore bike trails or sail on Mackinac Bay. Tourists who prefer indoor comforts can enjoy a variety of dining, shopping and cultural events in town.

"As always, it's all here," says Tim Hygh, executive director of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. "But every year, the people of this island keep coming up with new events and improvements to the things they've already done so well."

The island is open a full 6 months this year with the addition of the first Grand Hotel Halloween Package adding to the already popular Halloween Mackinac Island events.

Typically, the off-season is the time for renovations and repairs in the island's hotels. At the Grand Hotel, more Cupola Suites on the fourth-floor will offer spectacular views of the Straits of Mackinac. The hotel also will feature a weekend package of classic interior decorating instruction from June 12-14th at its first annual Dorothy Draper School of Decorating. The event will be hosted by Carleton Varney, who has been decorating the Grand for more than 40 years.

At the Chippewa and Lilac Tree hotels, all the rooms have been freshly painted and upgraded to Direct TV, which provides improved HD reception and additional channels including ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports and Showtime.

The journey to the Island will soon see a shiny new addition; Missy Margy—a new $3.8-million ferry—will crown the Shepler's Mackinac Ferry's 70th anniversary with a huge celebration this summer.

Meanwhile, Great Turtle Kayak Tours will open a retail store at the front of the Horse Corral Mall.

The theme for this summer's art exhibition at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum is "Peaceful Mackinac." Nearby, a new piece of sculpture in the peace garden will honor the relationship between the U.S. and Canada. Work also has begun on the reconstruction of historic Fort Holmes.

For more information on Mackinac Island, visitors are invited to visit the official website; contact the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau at 906-847-3783; or visit 7274 Main Street in Mackinac Island, MI 49757.

The Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau proudly promotes an island suspended in a forgotten, more innocent time. Mackinac Island's fine dining, luxurious lodging, historic sites and fun-filled attractions draw thousands of visitors every year. Rugged outdoor activities, breathtaking coastal views, carriage tours and horseback riding are but a few of the reasons Mackinac Island has become a popular travel destination.

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