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April 12, 2020

Covid-19 Delays Mackinac Island Tourism Season

Todd Callewaert hopes he’ll be able to open his seven family businesses on Mackinac Island as scheduled by May 22, but the situation is fluid. “Normally, we’d be up there the last week in April and now it’s the end of May,” Callewaert said. “I doubt that’s going to happen. We’ll see. It would be great. But I […]

April 1, 2020

Living History at Mackinac Island’s Island House Hotel

If the porch of Island House Hotel could give up its secrets, it would surely spill details of the century-old soirees and vacation stays of early Mackinac Island settlers, Chicago socialites, members of the Moral Re-Armament and 21st-century guests. One of the earliest hotels on Mackinac Island, Island House Hotel (theislandhouse.com) dates to 1852 and used to […]

February 13, 2020

Island House Hotel named to Historic Hotels of America Top 25 Romantic Places

The Historic Hotels of America 2020 Top 25 Historic Hotels for a Romantic Proposal Announced Historic Hotels are the perfect place for celebrating special occasions that create lifelong memories and are the ideal location for a romantic proposal. These special milestones celebrated at historic hotels include romantic getaways, the ideal place to propose, the destination […]

February 13, 2020

Ryba’s Fudge Shops create fudge flavor for Mackinac State Historic Parks 125th

The 125th-anniversary events, most of which are free, will be held at landmarks both on the island as well as in Mackinaw City. “Mackinac has such a special place in the history of our state and the hearts of Michiganders,” Phil Porter, Mackinac State Historic Parks director, said in a statement. “We look forward to […]

November 29, 2019

The Prettiest Town in Michigan

With its Victorian buildings and island-wide motor vehicle ban, Mackinac Island feels like stepping back in time. In fact, Mackinac Island is home to the only state highway in the country that doesn’t allow motor vehicles. Enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, golfing, stand-up paddleboarding and more. Take a carriage ride through town or kick back in a […]

November 25, 2019

5 ways to bring a taste of Mackinac home for the holidays

Fudge was being made on Mackinac Island long before Harry Ryba and Victor Callewaert opened their first shop there in 1960. In fact, it was the growing popularity of fudge at Michigan’s favorite summer destination that attracted the Detroit confectioners to the island. Since Ryba and Callewaert arrived on Mackinac Island, the place has never […]

September 5, 2019

Callewaert Family nominees for Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence

Historic Hotels of America Announces 2019 Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalists Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the nominee finalists for the 2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from across the nation and from around the […]

June 3, 2019

Historic landmark preserves past while embracing the future with the latest remodeling

A half-century ago, the now-historic landmark was ever so close to being scrubbed from the scene forever. Then, Victor Callewaert and Harry Ryba changed the island’s future for the better. Click here to learn more about the Island House Hotel’s history and renovations.  

June 1, 2019

Beautiful Beginnings at Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI

There was plenty of laughter and love between Robyn and Darrin during their fantastic wedding held at the Island House Hotel during a picture-perfect Memorial Day weekend. Click here to follow their story.    

February 15, 2019

Mackinac’s historic Island House Hotel gets $4M face-lift

The 167-year-old Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island is getting a $4 million makeover. Co-owner Todd Callewaert said it’s the biggest renovation at the hotel along the shoreline on  Main Street in a decade and includes the hotel’s 90-plus rooms, dining room, and outdoor pool area. The project, launched in 2015 and half of the rooms already are finished. […]

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