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Travelling just got more interesting. Whether it's by horseback, ATV, or pumpkin, you're going to want to make a pit stop in Harbour Pointe.
Best of America by Horseback
Explore the beautiful shores of the Great Lakes on horseback. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Mackinac Horsemen's Association, the organization is celebrating with a weekend of riding on Mackinac Island. From September 28 to 30, join Tom Seay and Kristen Biscoe, hosts of the Best of America, through the untouched forests of Mackinac Island State Park. Spend a crisp September weekend riding, taking in the views of the fall season. Register online and find more information on the route here.
Trek the Mighty Mac and Expo
We'll cross that bridge when we get there - well now's your chance. From September 28 to 29, join a line up of ATVs that will be crossing Mackinac Bridge. If you don't have an ATV, or a three-wheeler, you can see what this unique sight from the sidelines. The ATVs will be heading north across the Mackinac Bridge through downtown St. Ignace, and north to Little Bear East Arena. Don't miss your chance to see a parade of ATVs, side-by-sides, off road motorcycles cruising on a bridge. Registration is $40 per driver and $25 for passengers and online registration closes on Monday, September 24 at 5 pm so register now!
The Great Pumpkin Roll
T'is the season. On October 27 - buy a pumpkin, then roll a pumpkin! Bring your friends, family, and pumpkin enthusiasts to enjoy a laugh and watch pumpkins roll down a hill. This simple activity is bound to be the highlight of your weekend. There will be prizes, treats, and award for best costume. After the roll is over, "Trunk or Treat" and walk through the Haunted Woods. The pumpkin roll starts at 4pm and the pumpkins will roll here.
After a long day of travelling, Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront is your final pit stop. Sit back and enjoy lakeside views in the "bedroom of Mackinac Island."
Fall is a popular time to travel to Mackinac Island and see the colorful leaves all around you. Book in advance to avoid disappointment, and most importantly, make the most of the fall season before winter sneaks up on us.
Photo taken by Chapay.
Mackinac Island is a hidden gem to spend your summer vacation. The island sits in Lake Huron, but with so much to do, you will do anything but sit around while you visit.
Sip N’ Sail Cruises
Have a drink and watch the sunset from the water aboard the Isle Royale Queen III, a charming luxury vessel. Sip N’ Sail Cruises offers many specialty cruises from sunset specials to Bourbon under the Bridge. Sip on your favourite beverage and sail through the waters while listening to live music. Better than your average happy hour, the cruise is perfect for family, friends, or a date night. Be sure to check the calendar in advance to see who will be performing aboard your trip.
2018 Mackinac Island Fudge Festival
Now if you didn’t know, now you know - Mackinac is famous for its fudge. Ten thousand pounds of fudge get handcrafted every tourism season and there are 13 fudge shops on the island! The island celebrates what it does best during The Mackinac Island Fudge Festival running from August 24 to 26, 2018. Indulge in fudge making demonstrations and tastings or catch the Great Turtle Slow Ride Bike Race. Made fresh each day, taste fudge flavours you never knew were possible. A full festival schedule is available online to make sure you don’t miss a piece (of fudge).
You know what would make fudge better? Enjoying it on your own private balcony with lakeside views at Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront. Known as the bedroom of Mackinac Island, Harbour Pointe has two swimming pools, beachside amenities like a bonfire pit, and plenty of children’s entertainment. The hotel has everything you need allowing you to enjoy your fresh chocolate fudge in peace as you look out to the lake.
With the last couple of months of summer upon us, plan your stay on Mackinac Island right away!
If you love cars, contests and comradery, then you’re in luck. The 43rd St. Ignace Car Show Weekend is coming June 28-30. You’ll find all the action in the heart of St. Ignace at North State Street. No matter your vehicle preferences (antique, custom, celebrity), there’s something here for everyone. The show features all makes and all modes of cars and is one of the largest shows of its kind in the country.
The weekend launches with St. Ignace Cruise Night on Thursday. Cars line up at Kewadin Casino at 5pm. Once 6pm rolls around the cruising begins and all winds up on Little Bear East Arena where there will be awards given out. Music and concessions will also be on hand to get everyone revved up for the rest of the weekend.
Who doesn’t love a parade? On Friday night the festivities really kick into high gear with the Down Memory Lane Parade. The event commences at 7pm in the downtown area at the Budget Host Inn and ends at Family Fare grocery store. Aside from the cars, spectators will be treated to eye-catching floats, lively bands, and much more.
On Saturday, the cars will be on full display in the downtown core on State Street all day long. There will be plenty here to check out. Once dusk roll around, spectators will be treated to a fireworks display over Moran Bay. Anyone who wants to register a car for the weekend events can do so now. Registering early is advised, as prices go up closer to the event.
If you’re going to be in town for the car show and are looking for a St. Ignace hotel, the Best Western Habour Pointe Lakefront is an unbeatable choice. We offer private balconies with stunning lake views and resort-like accommodations. It’s the ultimate way to top off an eventful weekend.
If you’re a sports enthusiast who also loves music, you’re in luck! The 2018 St.Ignace Rock & Run is happening May 19th. The event features a half marathon, a 5K run/walk, and the talents of some amazing local musicians, high energy DJs, and lively karaoke platforms.
Both the half marathon and the run/walk start and end in downtown St. Ignace at the Starline Railroad dock. Half marathon runners will begin their race at 8am and those participating the more laid-back run/walk start at 9am. The course winds its way through St. Ignace, allowing participants to catch stunning glimpses of Lake Michigan and Mackinac Island.
Musical acts will be playing at the start of the course to get everyone’s energy flowing so that they start off on the right foot. Along the way, runners and walkers will be treated to other musical acts at various points along the course. The event is open to all ages and running levels. Of course, those who don’t want to run or walk the course will still be thoroughly entertained, taking in the entertainment and cheering on the racers.
All half marathon runners get a finishers medal and there will be awards given to the top three finishers in each age category of both races. On top of that, every participant gets a t shirt and swag bag. To make things more festive, participants are encouraged to dress up for the event.
Registration is currently open for each of the races. The cost for the half marathon is $45 and both the 5K run and 5K walk are $25. If you’re interested in participating in the event, keep in mind that registration ends at midnight on May 17th.
The race is sure to be an energy-boosting spring event. If you’re coming in for the Rock & Run and are looking for accomodation in St. Ignace, check out all that the Best Western Harbour Pointe has to offer. Our cozy rooms and spectacular lake views are the ultimate way to relax at the end of an eventful day.
It’s still snowing in St. Ignace, so why not enjoy some snow fun while visiting this winter? St. Ignace is full of beautiful treasures to discover and Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum (that’s right, we have a snowmobile museum) wants to take you there! This unique experience brings together the community of St. Ignace and visitors for some adventure and fun - all in a snowmobile.
Three Day Event = Three Different Unforgettable Experiences:
This is a three day event will feature different itineraries each day. Depending on what time you arrive at you can experience one or them all!
On Friday, Feb 16th, a breakfast will be hosted at 7:30 am at the Naubinway Pavilion. From there a snowmobile ride, leaving at 11:00 am, will take you 13 miles to Cranberry Lodge where you can socialize with the community and enjoy some hot beverages and snacks. Finishing up day one of the event will include a shorter snowmobile ride, leaving at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, Feb 17th, will include an early display of Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museums’ ultimate antiques including the 1968 Ski-Doo Olympique. Locals are encouraged to bring their machines too and a best prize will be awarded for “Favorite Featured Sled”. Thereafter, a banquet put on by Engadine/Garfield Town Hall will commence at 4:30 pm, which features an auction and raffle give away. You can pre-purchase raffle tickets on the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum website.
Last but not least, Sunday, Feb 18th, will feature a ride up to Ice Bridge to Mackinac Island (Ice levels permitting) which begins at Noon.
Location, Raffle Tickets & More
The 26th Annual Top of the Lake Snow & Ride will begin in the Naubinway Pavilion which is less than an hour from us at Best Western Harbour Pointe. This is not only a fun event to attend but it proceeds raised will be put back into the community through the “Top of the Lake Museum Building Fund”. This event is a great way for you and your loved ones some fun in the snow before it melts away. Book with us at Best Western Harbour Pointe and enjoy a complimentary whirlpool spa to warm you back up!
St. Ignace, Michigan may be easy to overlook at first, but we’re a town of many historical and local sights for you to enjoy upon your visit! Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront would be more than happy to introduce you to a two of our favorite outdoor local spots:
Castle rock is a fun adventure for all ages to enjoy! This is a geological limestone stack which has become a popular tourist destination for decades. This almost 200-ft rockway is accompanied by a man-made pathway which you must climb to see the breathtaking view provided. Get your perfect Instagram shot of you overlooking one of nature's greatest gifts: Lake Huron.
Bridge View Park
Bridge View Park is the perfect place to bring your loved ones to relax in nature. Created thanks to the Mackinac Bridge Authority, this park has the perfect view of Mackinac Bridge along the water Straits to the recreated Fort of Michillimackinac. With plenty of park space along with benches and tables, this is a great all-year-round picnic location.
Locations and More!
Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront are lucky enough to be located right in the center of St. Ignace, Michigan. This means we are close to many local attractions, events, and sights! Castle Rock and Bridge View Park are no exceptions to this rule. There is only a 10 minute drive between Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront and Boulevard Dr where Bridge View Park is located. This goes similar to Castle Rock which is only a 5 minute drive from our hotel. Best Western staff would be more than happy to assist you with any travel accommodations. These parks are free for all to visit and we encourage you to enjoy our natural landscape!
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From high atop Castle Rock, to the tranquil shores of Lake Huron, St Ignace is a delight to explore during the summer months. Here are three ways to enjoy the pristine wilderness and shoreline wonders of the St Ignace region in the sunshine…
Forget Hawaii and Jamaica… The beaches that lie just west St Ignace town center can beat any tropical island – hands down. The fresh water is crystal clear and there are no stinging jelly fish or sharks to think about – just clear, fresh water and horizons that stretch forever and ever. And for the real wow-factor, check out the wind-swept Lake Michigan Sand Dunes. The beaches there are considered to be the finest in the Midwest.
The Straits of Mackinac have over a dozen lights strategically located on and around the islands, reefs and shores of northern Lakes Michigan and Huron. Many of these lights are still working today, while others stand as memorials to generations past. Shepler’s Ferries offers a variety of lighthouse cruises, including an evening cruise, so you can see the lights at work as the sun slowly sets and the stars come out.
3. Hiawatha National Forest
Known as the ‘Great Lakes National Forest’, Hiawatha National Forest is surrounded by the three upper Great Lakes: Michigan, Superior and Huron. The region is a teeming ecosystem and you’ll find a wide array of fascinating habitats, from northern hardwoods and jack pine to inland wetlands. The forest is also home to the Grand Island National Recreation Area, Whitefish Scenic Byway, six lighthouses, five Wilderness areas and the Clear Lake Education Center.
If you’re looking for a relaxing hotel on the Straits of Mackinac shoreline, the BEST WESTERN Harbour Pointe Lakefront is a great option. With its waterfront rooms, private balconies, indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools, the property has a laid-back resort-like atmosphere.