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The summer season is finally here, and while it's not the summer anyone expected, the adventure continues in St. Ignace. There's much to be discovered in a city with a bounty of green forests and crystal blue lakes. The fresh, open-air invites all residents to re-explore their hometown and spend more time in the great outdoors.
Make the most of these hot, sunny days by creating a safe getaway in your city. Check out these outdoor activities for a fun staycation in St. Ignace.
Stay Lakefront this Summer
St. Ignace sits sandwiched in between the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, two of the five great lakes in North America. Beaches are open, and residents are encouraged to enjoy the summer heat tanning, swimming, or picnicking at one of the many beaches in the surrounding area.
Beaches are open for guests, but strict measures are in place to ensure everyone has a safe and fun experience. Individuals must maintain a six-feet distance between members outside of their household. As well, individuals must wear face masks in all indoor facilities including, bathrooms, changing rooms, and visitor centers. Be sure to review the current protocols to ensure the best outdoor experience possible!
Camp in Wilderness
Campfires, smores, and telling ghost stories don't stop! Most St. Ignace campgrounds are open for overnight stay and day-use. Choose from one of five campgrounds to visit: St. Ignace/Mackinac Island KOA, Lakeshore RV Park Campground, Tiki RV Park & Campground, Straits State Park, and Castle Rock Lakefront Campground.
Whether or not you want to spend a night outdoors, these campgrounds have plenty to offer for day-use guests like playgrounds, beaches, and more. And if camping isn't for you, at the hotel, we have a nightly campfire at the hotel along with an onsite playground for the kids - perfect for families to enjoy!
Day Trip to the Upper Peninsula
The upper peninsula of Michigan is only a few hours away from your St. Ignace home base and features the best exploring the state has to offer. Take a trip to the Woodland Dunes, where you can find beautiful white dunes that hug the shores of Lake Michigan—a hidden gem amongst already breathtaking scenery. Or head to Northern Paradise and check out the Tahquamenon Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Maybe you want to visit the quaint North Huron Heritage Villages and hop along its archipelago of small islands.
While you may not be swimming in the Maldives or watching hot air balloons in Turkey, there are plenty of wonders and excitement to be had in your own backyard. Travel in St. Ignace and rediscover the natural beauty it has to offer.
We at Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront want you to have the best summer possible while staying safe and staying local. Enjoy all that we have to offer including lakefront accommodations, complimentary breakfast, onsite playground and more. Contact us for more information on our new safety measures in place or to book your staycation with us. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
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Sitting on the shores of the great Lake Huron and enclosed in greenery, the beauty of St. Ignace comes from its proximity to the beautiful natural landscapes which surround the city. It’s no surprise that some of the best things to do in our city involve the great outdoors! Here are our picks for the best outdoor attractions to check out on your visit.
If you really want to see the city of St Ignace, there’s no better place to do it than from the top of Castle Rock. Rising 195 feet above the water, this lookout offers astonishing scenic views of the city. Time to put your camera in landscape mode! On your way back, stop into the Castle Rock Gift Shop to check out some unique local treasures.
Straits State Park
This beautiful and lush state park makes it the perfect destination for a family day trip. Inside Straits State Park you’ll find playgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking trails. It’s also one of the best places in the city to view one of the most famous city landmarks – the mighty Mackinac Bridge.
Have you dreamed of meeting a real-life Bambi? There’s a good chance you’ll get pretty close at the Deer Ranch. The ranch offers visitors the opportunity to feed and interact with dozens of Michigan Whitetail Deer. Another awesome activity for families visiting St. Ignace. Get ready for a cuteness explosion!
St Ignace offers lots of fun activities to those visiting our city. If you’re looking for a place to stay while you explore St. Ignace, look no further than Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront. Our beachfront location offers beautiful waterfront views of the Straits of Mackinac. Check out our range of room options and book your stay with us today.
St. Ignace is a vibrant place to visit in the summer. In addition to beautiful beachfront views and heritage attractions, there’s something happening nearly every night of the week in the summertime. If you’re traveling to St. Ignace this summer seasons, you’re spoiled for choice. Below we’ve picked out just a few of the stellar events happening in our city throughout July and August.
Music by the Bay Summer Series
Cap off those warm summer nights with live music at the Music by the Bay Summer Series. Every night through July and August you can catch a concert from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Star Line parking lot by the Mackinac Island Ferry. Check out all the local talent St Ignace has to offer!
There’s more live summer entertainment in store this season in St. Ignace. Every Thursday night through July and August, Bayside Live will be offering free live performances at the City Marina Pavilion. Get your dancing shoes on and groove to reggae, country, and jazz. Concerts go from 7:00 to 8:00pm.
Fireworks Over the Bay
What’s a summer evening without some fireworks? Every Saturday night til August 31st, the sky over Moran Bay will be alit with a magnificent fireworks display. Stroll along the boardwalk and let the vibrant hues of the fireworks guide your way.
Wine Tasting at the Pavilion
An event that’s sure to be the toast of the town, The Pavilion will be hosting free wine tastings for groups of 10-15 people every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday through July and August. A free wine tasting, you say? Yes, you read that correctly. Enjoy a delicious variety of local wines and light appetizers from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, cost-free! Reservations are highly recommended.
Looking for accommodation on your summertime trip to St. Ignace? Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront offers excellent summer-centric amenities, so you can take full advantage of the beautiful weather Michigan enjoys this time of year. Our heated pool, outdoor bonfire and beachfront BBQ dinner will help make for a fun-filled summer vacation for the whole family. Check out our current availabilities on our website.
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Our town of St. Ignace is rich in history and local culture. Even before its declaration as an official town in 1671, it was the home of many Native Americans whose descendants still call St. Ignace home today. This summer, there will be many events and celebrations honouring the Native American history of St. Ignace, offering locals and visitors alike the opportunity to learn about the history of the Mackinac region and the many Native American tribes and groups that called the area home and continue to do so today.
The annual St. Ignace Heritage Days event shines a light on life as it was in St. Ignace in the 1760s. At this 3 day festival, you can learn how to make traditional birch bark baskets and the art of making hand drums. There will be lots of live music, interactive educational events, and much more - it’s an event that the whole family will love! You’ll also get a chance to try some traditional local foods, so bring your appetite!
This exhibition goes above and beyond in its representation and celebration of native and indigenous art from not only St. Ignace, but all around the world. This travelling art show features South and Central American art made by native artists using both traditional and modern techniques. This exhibit aims to foster communication between indigenous artists and the viewers, thus cultivating relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous groups and deepening understanding of one another. By appreciating and honouring the native history and culture of a place through art, new residents and visitors can deepen their own relationship with that place in turn.
This 3 day event will celebrate our local history by teaching attendees and visitors what it was like when French voyagers met the Native American inhabitants of the St. Ignace area long ago. The event will feature a reenactment in costume to allow spectators to immerse themselves in this piece of history, plus a traditional family Powwow showcasing local Native American celebrations and traditions. Stay tuned for more details as the event date approaches!
Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront is honoured to be a part of our local community and we love sharing our town’s history and culture with all of our visitors and guests. Native American culture is something we cherish and celebrate in St. Ignace, and we can’t wait for you to experience its wonder this summer as you get to know our local community. If you’re staying with us, we’ll make St. Ignace feel like your home too. Did you know we’re the only local accommodations offering a nightly beach bonfire and marshmallow roast? We think it’s a perfect way for our guests to get to know each other as they get to know our town, and share the stories they’ve learned during their visit.
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The Michigan History Museum invites you to enjoy a night out at the museum while you learn about how our city works and operates!
Learn While Having Fun
A museum doesn’t have to be a boring venture and you’ll discover this at the Michigan History Museum. They’ll teach you the wonders about our city including why electricity relies on our copper mines; why the design of the Mackinac Bridge is so special; and the role of machines in our cities lumbar industry. Fun stations will be set up for you to learn both visually and by doing along with various demonstrations performed by staff. This event is open to all ages to enjoy, so don't hesitate to make it a night out with the whole family!
Location, Tickets & More
Night at the Museum will happen on April 11th starting at 5 pm and finishing around 8 pm. Various crafts and experiments will be set up throughout the Museum but if you're looking to snag a few souvenirs or two the Museum gift shop will be open. This event is in partnership with the Michigan State University Science Festival and will be free for all to attend (including free parking). The event is held at Michigan History Museum located at 702 W Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI. For more information visit the Michigan event webpage.
Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront is the perfect place to book if you're seeking a breathtaking view, convenient location, and a variety of suites to choose from. We have stylish suites that don’t take away from comfort along with plenty of amenities and friendly staff at your fingertips! We hope you enjoy your stay in St. Ignace!
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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.
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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!