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Destination: Mackinac Island

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Getting to know Mackinac Island

Mackinac City on the mainland was the location of an important Fort in the French and Indian Wars in the 1760s, changing hands several times. The fort was moved to Mackinac Island in 1780-81 and stayed in British hands until the American Revolutionary forces occupied it in 1796. In the 1860s, the island became a famous summer vacation spot, as Americans escaped the cities for the healthy airs of Lake Michigan. The Grand Hotel, its iconic accommodation, was built in 1887, and still opens its doors to guests only for the summer season.

Our All-inclusive Visit

We’ll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. With no cars allowed on the island, your horse-drawn carriage tour is a great way to experience the Victorian ambience of this National Historic Landmark. Learn about the island’s history and see turn-of-thecentury summer homes built by early captains of American industry. High atop a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, your tour of Fort Mackinac delves into its strategic importance during the War of 1812. Then take in the views from the Grand Hotel’s verandah, the longest in the world, and enjoy the hotel’s infamous Grand Luncheon Buffet. Back in town, you’ll have time to browse through galleries and boutiques. Before sailing this evening, the Grand Hotel’s resident historian Bob Tagatz will come onboard for a colorful talk on the history of Mackinac Island and its world-famous hotel.

Destination: Mackinac Island

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Victory Sailing Dates Which Call Here:

Getting to know Mackinac Island

Mackinac City on the mainland was the location of an important Fort in the French and Indian Wars in the 1760s, changing hands several times. The fort was moved to Mackinac Island in 1780-81 and stayed in British hands until the American Revolutionary forces occupied it in 1796. In the 1860s, the island became a famous summer vacation spot, as Americans escaped the cities for the healthy airs of Lake Michigan. The Grand Hotel, its iconic accommodation, was built in 1887, and still opens its doors to guests only for the summer season.

Our All-inclusive Visit

We’ll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. With no cars allowed on the island, your horse-drawn carriage tour is a great way to experience the Victorian ambience of this National Historic Landmark. Learn about the island’s history and see turn-of-thecentury summer homes built by early captains of American industry. High atop a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, your tour of Fort Mackinac delves into its strategic importance during the War of 1812. Then take in the views from the Grand Hotel’s verandah, the longest in the world, and enjoy the hotel’s infamous Grand Luncheon Buffet. Back in town, you’ll have time to browse through galleries and boutiques. Before sailing this evening, the Grand Hotel’s resident historian Bob Tagatz will come onboard for a colorful talk on the history of Mackinac Island and its world-famous hotel.

More about Mackinac Island…

Legend has it that automobiles were banned on Mackinac Island soon after they were introduced because they tended to scare the horses. In truth, the restriction was put in place in 1898 with encouragement by the carriage drivers union. The ban wasn’t strictly enforced until the 1930s. Today, there are still horse-drawn carriages in operation and over 1400 bikes available to rent on Mackinac Island. The ban has an exception for snowmobiles, which the city’s 500 residents use to go to and from the mainland over the frozen lake each winter.