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June 23, 2020

Fireworks will fly over Mackinac Island this Fourth of July

“We’re thrilled to continue some of our favorite traditions on Mackinac Island. Fourth of July is a time for celebration, and there’s no better place for it than the Summer Capital of the World,” Mackinac Island Tourism Executive Director Tim Hygh said. “We have our member businesses to thank, as they really stepped up to […]

June 9, 2020

Mackinac Island businesses are spending a lot of money on coronavirus safety

Todd Callewaert has already invested $50,000 on face masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, plexiglass, and plexiglass installation in response to the new COVID-19 regulations. That doesn’t include the $5,000 heaters for added outdoor dining that allows for social distancing.  Full Article

June 7, 2020

We absolutely want people to come’ (prepared)

Mackinac Island business owners, hit hard by a shortened summer season due to the coronavirus pandemic, are urging people to pack face masks and head north. Full Article

June 1, 2020

Mackinac Island Begins Reopening

Mary’s Bistro Draught House reopens Saturday. Owner of the restaurant, Todd Callewaert said the restaurant will run at 50 percent capacity. Full article

May 20, 2020

Restaurants begin reopening

Northern Michigan bar and restaurant owners are scrambling to prepare for the unofficial start to the Up North summer season this weekend now that the state has cleared the way for a partial reopening of dining rooms. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order Monday allowing bars and restaurants in the Upper Peninsula and the northern part […]

May 5, 2020

Five-day virtual variety show to benefit The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund

In the spirit of National Travel and Tourism Week, Under the Radar: Michigan, MLive, the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (MRLAEF) and Pure Michigan are hosting a five-day virtual variety show, Come Together. The event is co-hosted by MLive’s John Gonzalez and Under the Radar Michigan host Tom Daldin and will feature live […]

April 20, 2020

Summer Businesses Fear Coronavirus Lockdowns Means a Lost Season

Todd Callewaert said he plans to wait as long as possible to open his family’s businesses on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, which include the Island House Hotel and Ryba’s Fudge Shops. The company typically hires more than 250 people for a season that runs from the start of May to the end of October. “We don’t […]

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 […]

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