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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 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. […]

November 21, 2018

Ryba’s Fudge Shops named Comerica Small Business of the Game

Ryba’s Fudge Shops will be featured on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2018 at the Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears game in Comerica Park. #ChivsDet #OnePride #ComericaSmallBiz #RybasFudge #MackinacIsland

July 16, 2018

Mackinac Island rallies to fundraise for Upper Peninsula after flooding

Savoy’s coworkers at the Seabiscuit Café on Mackinac Island banded together with the Callewaerts family to organize a fundraiser. The Callewaerts own the Seabiscuit and a host of other businesses on the island: the Island House Hotel, Ryba’s Fudge Shops, Island House Bike Shop, Starbucks, Mary’s Bistro Draught House, Pancake House, Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast, 1852 Grill Room, Ice […]

July 8, 2018

Mackinac Island Employees Raise $9000 for Copper Country Flood Relief

Employees of Seabiscuit Cafe & Ice House BBQ on Mackinac Island came together to raise more than $9,000 in donations for the Copper Country Flood Relief. Learn More

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