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Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

By Anderson Tour Director Carol

Wow, I woke up this morning thinking about all the wonderful sites and events we encountered on the Mackinac Lilac Festival trip.


I thought about the first morning we left Anderson’s Greenville complex, picking up the rest of our passengers. Although we faced some traffic back-up, we had a wonderful travel day making new friends on board the bus. We arrived at the dock in Mackinaw City on time to take the ferry boat to Mackinac Island. Upon arrival we were greeted by the Murray Hotel manager and escorted to our hotel. The hotel provided a cheese, cracker and punch reception. Everyone got settled in their rooms and some decided to venture out to look over the town.  GREAT DAY

Day 2

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Woke up anticipating the events of the day. The lilacs were absolutely beautiful and full bloom with several different colors. Just perfect for the lilac festival. We had wonderful weather for our horse and carriage ride through the town and state park, wrapping up at the Grand Hotel with their famous lunch buffet. I can honestly say that we all enjoyed this delectable, beautiful buffet. The options were astounding!  The passengers had the rest of the day to themselves, there was so much to do, including touring the Grand Hotel, going to the butterfly house, touring the Fort Mackinac, and of course fudge, fudge, fudge shops.

Day 3

Just like the days before, Sunday was another beautiful day. We had some rain in the morning, but thankfully, it didn’t last long. Some passengers attended church as there were three churches within walking distance. Some rented bikes or went on carriage rides. It was a great day for a fun, beautiful lilac parade.

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The day went very fast and after the parade, we boarded the ferry yet again to head back to Mackinaw city. You could see the gigantic Mighty Mac bridge from the boat, a 5-mile long bridge that connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

In Mackinaw City our hotel was in a wonderful location right at the end of town which provided a very convenient, short walking distance to restaurants and shops. There was even a Dairy Queen.


Day 4

This is the day we departed Mackinaw with all of our wonderful memories. We stopped at a restaurant called Cops & Doughnuts where we enjoyed having a fantastic, superfun lunch break. Cops & Doughnuts is owned and operated by nine policemen. I absolutely loved the ride home as I was accompanied by the most wonderful group of passengers.

I love Mackinac and can’t wait until my next trip back. Be sure to check out all the great Anderson tours to Mackinac and get on board!


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Anderson Coach & Travel has been providing Superior Travel Experiences since 1937. In celebration of our 80th Anniversary, college student McKenzie Caldwell will be traveling with Anderson. McKenzie, our tour directors and guests will share their stories from on the road here!

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