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74th Lilac Festival Recap

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The 74th Lilac Festival is one we won't soon forget!   It was such a busy 10 days of fun events, beautiful sights and smells, and the hustle and bustle of having YOU visit! Here are some of our favorite captured moments from the Lilac Parade this past week!

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Mackinac Island Favorites

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As you’re starting to plan your 2022 Mackinac Island vacation, here are a few of our Mackinac Island favorites!  Picnic Spots: A classic picnic is the perfect outing for a family or a group of friends visiting the island! Some of the best places for picnics include: Marquette Park or Windermere Point! Doud’s Market has all the perfect picnic essentials to make your meal special and tasty! If you decide to eat at Windermere Point, you can always grab food from the Dog House which has delicious hot dogs and hamburgers! Bike Rides: A favorite bike ride on the island...

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A Little Bit of Doud's Market History

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It's hard to imagine what life was like dating back to 1884. 138 years ago, brothers Patrick and James Doud, decided to open Doud's Bros grocery store. At the time, the location was on top of the now Starline Dock. In 1938, the Doud Bros. building caught on fire during the night. They had to relocate which is where Doud's Market now currently stands. Patrick Doud decided to branch off on his own and begin building houses on Mackinac Island. He built several beautiful homes that are still present today. A few to name are: the governor's summer residence, Market...

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Hauling Groceries to Mackinac

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Mackinac Island is truly a community like no other, especially during the winter. Living on Mackinac Island comes with a unique set of challenges, especially when the lake freezes over and the boat stops running.  One way Mackinac Island comes together during the winter is in the hauling of groceries across the ice bridge. Locals know to expect a slight delay during the winter in the timing of deliveries and if the weather is especially bad, they know groceries may not arrive (which is a rare occurrence). Andrew Doud personally hauls groceries across the ice bridge with his team each...

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Winter on Mackinac

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Are you wanting to come to Mackinac for the winter season? But don’t know what to do while on Mackinac Island?  Once we have snow on the ground, it’s a great time to hit the trails with your cross country skis or snowshoes. If you don’t have either of those, you can still just hike - you just have to be aware of how deep the snow is on the trails! It’s so much fun to experience your favorite Mackinac trail while on the snow - it’s a completely different experience!  There are snowmobiles and horses still on the island,...

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