Mackinaw City Pure Michigan

Following Northern Michigan’s Autumn Monarch Migration

Posted on September 14th, 2019
Probably the most recognizable butterfly in North America is the monarch, with its distinguishable and vibrant black and orange color palette. Did you know that during the summer, millions of these beautiful winged creatures (if you recall from biology class: lepidoptera from Ancient Greek lep… READ MORE

19 Ways to Soak Up the Fall Colors in the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on September 1st, 2019
Mackinaw City is considered the “Crossroads of the Great Lakes” for good reason – it is central to dozens of unique locations and activities along both the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron shorelines, as well as the vast woods and waters of both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. This autumn, bring th… READ MORE

The Sweetest Side of the Straits

Posted on July 30th, 2019
Certain American cities or regions are known for their specialized cuisine – Philly for its steak sandwiches, New England for its clam chowder, Texas for its bar-b-cue, Atlantic City for its salt water taffy. Here in Michigan, we have Coney dogs in Detroit, pasties in the Upper Peninsula and fudg… READ MORE

Hemingway’s 1919 Trip Through the Straits to Seney

Posted on July 23rd, 2019
By Dianna Stampfler, Board Member – Michigan Hemingway Society One hundred years ago, on a hot August day in 1919, a 20-year-old Ernest Hemingway and his two friends, Jack Pentecost and Al Walker, boarded the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad in Petoskey set out for the Seney in the central… READ MORE

Celebrate an all American 4th of July in the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on June 13th, 2019
No place celebrates America’s independence quite like the communities in the Straits of Mackinac. Bring your family and enjoy a full day of activities in Mackinaw City, including:
  • 1-3pm — Family Games on the Marina Lawn
  • 9pm-Dusk — Straits Area Concert Band Concert at Conking Heritage Park
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Pressed Pennies: Shiny Souvenirs from the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on June 9th, 2019
By Jhai Smith and Dianna Stampfler Pressed pennies are definitely one of the most affordable souvenirs to “purchase” when visiting the Straits of Mackinac. Also known as “elongated coins,” they are quite a collector’s item for people traveling here from around the state and across the… READ MORE

19 Things You May Not Know About Wilderness State Park

Posted on May 7th, 2019
With the passage of Public Act 218 signed by Governor Albert Sleeper on May 12, 1919, the Michigan State Park Commission was officially organized…making this year the unit’s 100th Anniversary! Yet, there were two parks under state control prior to that act…according to the Michigan Depart… READ MORE