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Two Michigan Locations in the Running for Best Winter Wonderland in U.S.

Michigan has a lot to boast about: great beerbeaches, food-- and as we approach the holidays, we know the Mitten State is a fantastic place to celebrate!

Two locations in Michigan are in the running for "Best Winter Wonderland" in America in a USA Today and 10 Best readers' poll.

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Courtesy of the Grand Hotel
Courtesy of the Grand Hotel
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Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel Voted No. 3 Best Historical Hotel in U.S.

As a kid I remember taking trips to Mackinac Island and feeling like I'd entered another time-- no cars, horses and carriages in the street, beautiful Victorian architecture-- it was magical.

Perhaps one of the most enchanting places on the island is The Grand Hotel, which has just been voted the No. 3 Best Historical Hotel in a USA Today10 Best readers' poll

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Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media
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Mackinac Island Fudge, Bikes, Horses, Boats, Flowers and More [Photos]

Mackinac Island is a unique vacation spot which draws thousands of visitors from all over the world. Take a look at some of the memorable sights found on Mackinac Island.

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Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media
Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media
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Biking M-185 on Mackinac Island [Video]

You can see a lot of things on Mackinac Island, but automobiles are not one of them. Cars are banned. Instead of cars, bicycles are everywhere. Bikes are used to commute and for recreation.

Here's a look at the most common recreational bike ride on Mackinac Island, the eight mile trail that travels around the island along the shore.

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Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media
Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media
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Making Fudge on Mackinac Island [Video]

June 16 was National Fudge Day.

What better way to celebrate than by watching fudge being made at Mackinac Island?

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Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media
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Mackinac Bridge Sunset Ferry Ride [Video]

They say getting there is half the fun, but they're usually wrong.

One exception to this rule is a trip to Mackinac Island. The ferry ride to or from Mackinac Island is always a scenic one. It is especially memorable when timed with a perfect sunset behind the Mackinac Bridge.

See for yourself.

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Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media
Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media
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Mackinac Island Lilac Festival [Photos]

The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival was nominated as one of the top flower festivals in the country earlier this year. Once all the votes were counted, the lilac festival finished second behind Holland's Tulip Time.

Take a look at the lilacs at this year's Mackinac Island Lilac Festival.

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These are the 5 Most Beautiful Street Scenes in Michigan

From our historic and quaint villages and Great Lakes scenes, it's not difficult to select beautiful street scenes across Michigan. It's more difficult to narrow them down to just five.

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Tulips In Full Bloom In Toyooka
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Holland’s Tulip Time and Mackinac Island’s Lilac Festival up for Nation’s Best Flower Festival

USA Today has named Holland's Tulip Time and Mackinac Island's Lilac Festival among the 20 best flower festivals in the country. Readers can vote for their favorite through March 28.

The nominations are part of USA Today’s annual 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Mackinac Island Named Michigan’s Most Underrated Tourist Attraction

Supercompressor.com recently released a list of the most underrated tourist attractions in each state. I don't know where they got their info from, since those of us who live in the Mitten State know about the wonders of Mackinac Island, but that is the destination they chose as Michigan's "most underrated". 

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Mackinac Island Ferry Gets Stuck in Ice

A ferry boat with about 56 passengers got stuck in the ice on New Year's Eve while heading to Mackinac Island.

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Mackinac Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Michigan Sea Grant)
Mackinac Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Michigan Sea Grant)
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Mackinac Island Opening for Historic Season Including War of 1812 Battle Bicentennial [Video]

While the Great Lakes still have some ice on them, Mackinac Island is about ready to come alive.

It has been a long winter, with ferry service to Mackinac Island in the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan just getting back into operation. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry said it plans to start passenger service Tuesday.

Bob Benser, Jr.'s family owns two hotels, a bed-and-breakfast and Murdick's Original Fudge on Mackinac Island. The bed-and-breakfast is open year-round, but the hotels -- The Chippewa Hotel and The Lilac Tree Hotel & Spa -- are opening May 9, just in time for Mother's Day, he told "Andy Rent Show" guest host Tim Harris this morning on 100.5 The River.

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