Mackinac Island Ushers in the Fall Season

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ — The arrival of fall color is an annual sight on Mackinac Island, signaling the official start of the new season. As the weather cools, savvy travelers can enjoy the advantages of summer without the crowds or peak-season prices. Mackinac also offers a gas-saving alternative to long distance road trips or cross-country flights.

Mackinac is home to dozens of tree varieties and offers one of the best fall color displays in the country. Whether visitors are teeing up on one of three golf courses, touring Fort Mackinac, biking or walking the eight-mile roadway that circles the Island (the only state highway in the nation where motor vehicles are not allowed) the color can be viewed from almost any vantage point.

“Mackinac Island is the quintessential fall vacation, providing travelers a memorable trip without taking them too far from home or exceeding their budgets,” said Mary McGuire Slevin, executive director, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. “In addition to terrific seasonal rates and all the trappings of fall, Mackinac Island provides visitors an excuse to park their cars and step back in time while enjoying all the modern amenities of today.”

The Island’s transition from late summer into fall is sprinkled with events that include marathon races, Civil War re-enactments, the Republican Party Convention, Oktoberfest and Halloween celebrations complete with foot races, a costume parade, trick-or-treating downtown, pumpkin painting and the famous pumpkin roll down Mission Hill.

Fall activities include:

* Carelton Varney’s Antiques & Design Fall Festival at the Grand Hotel –
September 30
* Oktoberfest — October 15
* Murder Mystery Weekend — October 7
* Somewhere in Time Weekend — October 14
* Big Band Dance Extravaganza Weekend with the Glen Miller Band and Alex
Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra — October 21
* Gaylord Days — October 21
* Mackinac Island Halloween Festival Weekend- October 29
* Trail Run-Half Marathon & 5.7 Mile Run/Walk — October 29
* Annual Halloween Mass at Ste Anne Church- October 30

About Mackinac Island:

Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark located between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas and covers 2,200 acres of land. The Island banned private motor vehicle use during the last century and today relies on the services of more than 600 horses to provide residents and visitors transportation around the Island.

Mackinac hosts more than a half-million visitors each year and is home to the Lilac Festival, Chicago & Bay View Yacht Clubs’ Race to Mackinac Boat Race, Fudge Festival, Grand Hotel Labor Day Jazz Festival and Somewhere in Time Weekend. For more information visit, http://www.mackinacisland.org/ or call 1-800-4LILACS.

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