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Mackinac Island Eight Mile Run and Walk – September 11, 2021


End your Summer with the Mackinac 8 Mile Road Race

Join us for the 50th anniversary of this exciting, summer-ending event. You will experience Mackinac Island in one of the oldest and most scenic races in Michigan. The Island is a unique destination that can only be reached by ferry. Step back in time to a bygone era where travel is done by foot, bicycle, carriage or horse. With almost 2,000 runners and walkers plus the 50th year highlights, this is definitely a race you and your family will never forget!

Location
The 8 Mile Run & Walk will start directly in front of the Mission Point Resort. The Finish Line is located along along the Lakeshore Trail on the lakefront lawn (Great Lawn) of Mission Point Resort.

Starting Times
8 Mile Run & Walk will start at 9:30 AM
Please line up according to your pace with the faster runners at the front and walkers the last to start.

Kids Fun Run will begin at approximately 11:45 AM Children should gather at the Gazebo on Mission Point’s Lawn for fun exercise and instructions prior to the race.

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Grand Hotel – Murder Mystery Weekend – October 22 – 24, 2021

Grand Hotel - Murder Mystery Weekend

Consider yourself warned: Not everything is how it seems at Grand Hotel during Murder Mystery Weekend. Join us in October for an interactive Murder Mystery Weekend brought to you by The Murder Mystery Company, founded in Michigan. The intrigue begins Friday night and the crime is solved Sunday morning.

2021 Murder Mystery Weekend Theme:

What happened in 1887?

This invite comes from somebody with murder on their mind. The year is 1887, and you are invited to the opening of Grand Hotel, located on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. Your invitation promises plenty of excitement and intrigue. However, beyond the glitz and glamour of this event lies something more sinister.

You and your party play the detective in this interactive game of mystery and murder behind the closed doors of Grand Hotel. What happened in 1887? Investigate the scene of the crime, interrogate suspects, and solve a murder. This one-of-a-kind event promises to be nothing short of a “Grand” ol’ time.

After celebrating the roaring twenties we are ready to provide guests with another exciting time to remember in 2021.

Upon check-in, receive your first packet of information and clues. Friday is the kick-off performance, which sets the tone of events and when the first murder takes place.

On Saturday, there is a brief gathering with the Detective, who explains the hunt for clues. (This also allows you some time on your own to enjoy the beauty of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel.)

Come back on Saturday afternoon, when Act II is performed and another murder takes place. The evening concludes with three interactive mysteries, where guests in different groups will be rotated into the mystery experiences.

Sunday morning the mystery is solved!

Watch “Grand Hotel Presents The Murder Mystery Company” Video

Arrive Friday, October 22• Depart Sunday, October 24, 2021

Package Price:

  • Rates starting at $1,194.00 per couple; $1,044.00 single

Additional Pricing:

  • Take advantage of our lowest rate this season and stay additional nights October 21 and/or October 24 for $329 per night, based on double occupancy. The additional nights include breakfast and dinner.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • All resort amenities
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Murder Mystery activities and entertainment
  • Complimentary golf green fees on The Jewel (cart fee required – $30 per person, per 9 holes)
  • Special discount on ferry tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

This Murder Mystery Weekend package is available online or by calling 1-800-334-7263.

*Extra charges apply for additional adults over double occupancy. Regular children’s rates apply. Subject to 6% Michigan sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment fee, and $8.50 per person baggage-handling fee. Extra charges apply for additional adults or children over double occupancy. Dates subject to availability.

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Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run – October 23, 2021

Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run
Join us for the 25 Anniversary of the Great Turtle Half Marathon & 5.7 Run/Walk on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Registration will open mid-February. Thank you for your patience as we work through race details in these uncertain times.

This year marks the 25th running of one of the most scenic trail events in the state. We have a capacity of 3,000 participants running and walking the inside trails of Mackinac Island during the last open weekend of the season.

All who register will enjoy special race features – commemorative medals, unique, high quality Great Turtle swag (garment), special Halloween events for adults and kids, great end-of-season sales – plus the beauty of late fall on the Island.

Location
The Great Turtle Half Marathon will start directly in front of the Mission Point Resort.

The 5.7 Mile Run and Walk will start directly in front of the Straights Lodge of the Mission Point Resort, at the corner of Wendall Street and Mission Street.

The finish line for all events will be located in the park, just off the main road, also in front of Mission Point Resort.

Starting Times
The 5.7 Mile Run & Walk will start at 11:30 AM
The Half Marathon will start at 11:45 AM

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Grand Hotel – Close the Grand for the Season – October 31 – November 1, 2021

You’re invited to join in the unique experience as we close Grand Hotel’s doors for the winter months.

This package includes a casual dinner buffet on Sunday evening and a continental breakfast Monday morning. Enjoy an informal atmosphere as we clean out our pantries and wine cellar. Bob Tagatz, Resident Historian, will host a presentation explaining the process we go through to close the hotel, as well as fun facts and interesting information from the 2021 season. Sunday morning we continue the tradition of ringing the bell to signify the end of our season, and honor exemplary service by selecting an Employee of the Year.

We look forward to you joining our staff in this annual end of the year event that has become a tradition for so many.

Arrive Sunday, October 31 • Depart Monday, November 1, 2021

Package Price:

Rates starting at $349.00 per couple; $274.00 single

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Sunday afternoon Close the Grand presentation
  • Casual buffet dinner Sunday evening
  • Continental breakfast Monday morning
  • Employee of the Year Recognition
  • 10:00 am check-out time
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

This Mackinac Island hotel deal is available online or by calling 1-800-334-7263.

*Extra charges apply for additional adults over double occupancy. Regular children’s rates apply. Subject to 19.5% added hotel charge, 3% Mackinac Island assessment, Michigan 6% sales tax, and an $8.50 per person baggage-handling charge. Regular additional adult and child rates apply.

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