Mackinaw City Pure Michigan

Heading Straight into the Spring Season in the Mackinaw City Area

Posted on April 14th, 2019
Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Mackinaw City area, as the winter melts away and nature comes out of its deep slumber. Plenty of seasonal activities are planned to celebrate the arrival of spring and all its beauty—from the flora to fauna to astronomy to aviary. Savoring Michigan’s sweeREAD MORE

Six Straits Area Lighthouses Welcome Summer Visitors

Posted on April 1st, 2019
Michigan has more lighthouse than any other state (at nearly 120) and the Straits of Mackinac is home to more than a dozen of these historic navigational aids. Standing majestically against the backdrop of the Great Lakes, these lights remain a testament to the state’s early maritime history. Th… READ MORE

Mackinaw City Celebrates Spring Meltdown 2019 — April 1-15

Posted on March 26th, 2019
Mackinaw City businesses and hotels are celebrating the start of spring with vacation specials and events during the 3rd Annual Mackinac Meltdown, April 1-15 including: April 1-16 — Spring Break Splash at Pirate Cove Waterpark Things are heating up inside…with $5 fun, April 1-16 at the Pirat… READ MORE

Hitting the Ice for a Pure Michigan Fishing Experience

Posted on February 4th, 2019
By Chas Thompson – Professional Ice Fisher & Brewer Crisp winter mornings bring on a tradition tracing back to the first bearded men seeking the tranquility and solitude of fishing. Walking across the frozen inland lakes in the sheer quiet and peace of winter to cut a hole and pursue some fresh… READ MORE

Chill Out at the 2019 Mackinaw City Winter Festival, January 18-19

Posted on December 31st, 2018
For more than a quarter century, Mackinaw City has rolled out the white carpet for a weekend of seasonal fun and excitement fit for the entire family. The 26th Annual Mackinaw City Winter Festival is scheduled for January 18-19, 2019. Most of activities are free with a 2019 Winter Fest Button. Button… READ MORE

Snow Trekking in the Straits

Posted on December 12th, 2018
According to, “From Europe to North America to Asia, people began using snowshoes over 4,000 years ago out of a basic need explore new territories and to find food in the winter…the great success of snowshoes for winter travel was first observed by European explorers with Northe… READ MORE

Shedding Light on the Haunted Lighthouses Near Mackinaw City

Posted on October 18th, 2018
Michigan is home to more than 120 lighthouses and the Straits of Mackinac boasts nearly two dozen of those lights—and a handful of THOSE are rumored to be haunted. Among the most spirited beacon is the crumbling Waugoshance Shoal Light which stands in ruins off the coast near Wilderness State Park… READ MORE

Rock On…in the Straits of Mackinac!

Posted on October 15th, 2018
Ben from Clio shows off his first painted rock find from Mackinaw City (August 2017). According to the Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica on, “rock art, ancient or prehistoric drawing, painting, or similar work on or of stone…includes pictographs (drawings or paintings), p… READ MORE

This Autumn, Explore These Mackinaw City Area Scenic Byways

Posted on September 27th, 2018
Michigan is home to many Pure Michigan Byways which celebrate the state’s outstanding natural beauty and many sites of historical, scenic, recreational and cultural significance. Several of these routes are easily accessible from Mackinaw City, including: State Scenic Byways:
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Celebrate National Lumberjack Day in the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on September 15th, 2018
Yes, there is a National Lumberjack Day—and it falls each year on September 26 (this year, a Wednesday). One of America’s most noted lumberjacks is none other than Paul Bunyan (who has his “own” day on June 28). A lively tale about this towering woodsman was written by Sarah Pruitt and publis… READ MORE