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Zoo-de-Mackinac – May 21, 22 & 23, 2021

The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island.

This is Not a Race!

The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of outdoor enthusiasts (4,000 in 2014-16) who want to enjoy a little physical exercise together in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Michigan. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Riders pedal through rolling countryside and trillium covered forests, along sandy beaches, and are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from 400′ high bluffs. We stop approximately half way, at a unique place called the Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Star Line Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. Once on the magical island, check into your hotel and stroll into town to forget the aches and pains from the day’s ride. As the evening wears on, the island comes alive with The Gatehouse, Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands!

Entry Fee

Register Early & Save!
Until February 28 2021 – $55
March – 1-31 2021 – $60
April 1-30 2021 – $65
May 1- 16 2021 – $75
Late Registration On Site May 21-22, 2021 – $75

Entry fee includes the annual pre-ride BASH Friday night at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands with live band, games & swag with New Belgium, raffles with dozens of prices and the Annual Charity Tricylcle Races! Also included: luggage transportation to Mackinaw City on Saturday, lunch at the Legs Inn on Saturday, round trip ferry transportation to and from Mackinac Island on Star Line Ferry and post-ride Finish Line Bash on Saturday afternoon at The Crossings with live entertainment, cash bar and food vendors… and of course the Saturday evening parties on the island!

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Zoo-De-Mackinac On Facebook

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Zoo-De-Mackinac – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Zoo-De-Mackinac via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your Zoo-De-Mackinac experience, tag it with #zoodemack and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.

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Grand Hotel – Summer Michigan Golf Live Package – June 4 – 6, 2021

Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Live Summer Package

Tee up the vacation of a lifetime with our Summer Michigan Golf Live Package. Named for the state’s leading golf program, Michigan Golf Live, show host Bill Hobson coordinates this golf event — complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, Saturday morning golf scramble, and box lunch.

The Jewel Golf Course was designed by architect Jerry Matthews and is ranked as a top northern U.S. golf resort by Condé Nast Traveler and the Best Grand Golf Hotel by Golf Digest. It provides unforgettable views of the Straits of Mackinac, the Mackinac Bridge, and the seasonal beauty of Mackinac Island. We hope you’ll come to be part of the fun, friends, and memories of this very special time at Grand Hotel!

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Michigan Golf Live

Now in its 3rd decade of celebrating the greatest game on earth, Michigan Golf Live continues to grow its audience throughout the Midwest on both radio and television. Executive Producer and Host, Bill Hobson, is found behind the mic and in front of the camera every weekend of the season, with MGL Radio heard across the state on 15 stations every Saturday morning, and MGL-TV seen on FOX Sports Detroit each Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 AM.
View Michigan Golf Live

Arrive Friday, June 4 • Depart Sunday, June 6, 2021

Package Price:

  • Rates starting at $1,178.00 per couple; $1,028.00 single

Additional Pricing:

  • $149.00 per additional adult, per night
  • Take advantage of our lowest rate of the season and stay additional nights June 3 and/or June 6 — 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
  • Unlimited golf on The Jewel (cart included)
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Saturday morning golf scramble
  • Box lunch on Saturday
  • Saturday evening reception
  • Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

This Grand Hotel golf package is available online or by calling 1-800-334-7263. We encourage you to book early as both the Summer and Fall packages have sold out in previous years.

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

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Grand Hotel On Facebook

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Lilac Festival Run & Walk – June 5, 2021

Lilac 10K Run & Walk
Join us on Saturday, June 5, 2021, to kick off the 71st Mackinac Island Lilac Festival with a great morning race. Over 1,100 participants joined us in 2019 to enjoy the early season beauty on the Island. The course will provide you with the tree-covered paved roads through the center of the Island, and tremendous lake views with the Mackinac Bridge on the horizon. This is certainly a race you don’t want to miss!

Change in Race Start and Distance!

Due to current Covid 19 social distancing requirements, for 2021 we are not able to run the traditional course through downtown Mackinac Island as planned. Instead, we will begin the race in front of Mission Point’s Straits Lodge heading to Truscott, then travel the traditional course to finish at the school (approximately 5.5 miles). The start line will feature “rolling start”, open from 8 am – 9:30 am, allowing participants the opportunity to be well distanced and enjoy a safe race. Current plans are to mail race bibs and distribute shirts at the finish of the race, though specific race details will be provided closer to the event.

For those not comfortable with an in-person race, we are also offering a Virtual Race option so you can run or walk wherever and whenever you choose.

We appreciate your understanding as we work through these unique and challenging times. We are also grateful to the Mackinac Island City Council, Tourism Board, Island businesses and Mission Point Resort for working with us to find a way to safely hold the Lilac Festival Run and Walk in 2021.

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Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2021

The annual 4th of July tournament on Mackinac Island is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

Here is a link to the replay of the 2019 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament on ESPN * – Click here to view the replay. (NOTE: ESPN subscription may be required.)

Everyone is eligible to compete in the tournament. The more the merrier.

The tournament is open to all ages and always occurs at Windermere Pointe Beach (Located next to Hotel Iroquois) every year at 10:00 am on the 4th of July. Professional skippers compete at high noon, often skipping 20+ skips.

The Honorable Judge Glen Allen Open Tournament
(July 4th)

Judges Tribunal – Windemere (8:30ish am)

  • Stone Skipping Clinic – 10ish on the beach hosted by several world champion skippers
  • Opening Ceremonies – Fudge Canoe arrives (10:00 am)
  • Amateur Tournament – 13 years old and up (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
    (committee may ask for credentials)
  • Pebbles Tournament – 12 year olds and under (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for Amateurs (12:00 pm)+

Wilmer T. Rabe International Stone Skipping Tournament
(July 4th)

  • Professional Tournament (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for Professionals (1:30 pm)

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50th Annual Stone Skipping was great fun

The weather was perfect on Mackinac Island for the 5oth annual tournament open to all. Check out the final results on the 2018 Scorecard to see this years winners.

The Pro division was quite exciting with a tie for first place. Traditionally when there is a tie the win goes to the to skippers second best stone. This year Bugsy and Lefty tied for 19 as their best skip and tied again with 17 for their second best skip. After deliberating with the judges Acting High Commissioner Paul H. Toepp, III announced that the winner would be determined by a sudden death 1 stone skip off. The crowd audibly signed when Bugsy threw a 5 and wonder if Left would go for the easy win. Lefty wound up and through for a 20+ but ended up with a 10 to take this years pro title.

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Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions

Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions on Vimeo.

Photos and Video from the 2010 Stone Skipping Tournament

Former Guinness Book Record holder Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars won the 2010 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament with a throw of 30 skips. Second place went to Todd “Mussels” Callewaert with 26 skips & rounding out 3rd was Glenn “Hard Luck” Loy with a 22 skips. (Note: Video is the third round throw and is not the tournament winning 30 skip throw.)

Photos from the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2010

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