Mackinac Island v. Mackinaw City

Everyone who comes to Mackinac Island wants to know why Mackinac Island is spelled with a ‘C’, when Mackinaw City is spelled with a ‘W’. Today on the blog, we wanted to answer that for you!

Mackinac Island Map

The first name given to Mackinac Island was Michilimackinac, the place of the ‘Great Turtle,’ because of the shape of the island, with the greater region being known as the Straits of Mackinac. Eventually, the name shortened and the island became known as Mackinac Island. 

When Mackinac Island became shortened from Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City decided to go with the phonetic spelling of the name ‘W’, so as to help alleviate confusion to island / non-island.

Of course, all of this happened back in the early 1800’s, before any of us were around! But according to research of those before us, that is how the story goes of how Mackinac Island / Mackinaw City were named and why they are spelled differently! 

Sources: Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism (http://www.mackinaw-city.com/mackinaw_history.php)

Labor Day Cocktail Recipes

Happy Saturday! 

Hopefully you are spending this long Labor Day weekend with friends and family outside at your family cabin, backpacking or on the water! In need of a fun cocktail recipe for the weekend? Here’s what we’re drinking this weekend!

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Boilermaker

12 oz. Beer

1.5 oz. Whiskey

  1. Fill up a pint glass with a beer or your choice

  2. Pour whiskey in a shot glass

  3. Mix the two & enjoy - simple as that!

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Ramazzotti & Black Cherry Soda

2 oz. Ramazzotti Amaro

Black Cherry Soda

Brandied Cherry

  1. Fill up a highball glass with ice.

  2. Add Ramazzotti

  3. Top with Black Cherry Soda

  4. Mix & Add a cherry to the top

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Lynchburg Lemonade

2 oz. Tennessee Whiskey

.75 oz. Triple Sec

.25 oz. Simple Syrup

.25 oz. Lime Juice

Lemonade

  1. Mix Whiskey, Triple Sec and Lime Juice to shaker with ice.

  2. Shake and strain into a pint glass, already filled with ice.

  3. Top with Lemonade and enjoy!

Recipes & Pictures from https://www.supercall.com

All of these cocktail recipes are so easy, but sure to impress your friends and family on this long weekend. Let us know what you think, or what your favorite drink is to enjoy on this holiday weekend! 

Back to College Essentials

College will be here soon! It can be hard to leave Up North friends and family, memories and the lake. But we’ve rounded up 10 College Essentials that we think will help remind you of your Up North experiences all semester long:

Vintage Flannel
Canvas and Paddle Throw
  1. Flannel: These flannels are fashionable all year-round and are perfect to throw on with a pair of jeans when you don’t know what else to wear.

  2. Back Pack: We have a variety of sling backs and back packs that can fit everything that you need for class. Just decide which style suits you best and you’re all set.

  3. Up North Coffee: Take Michigan coffee with you, regardless of where you are headed off to for college.

  4. CP Throw: This cozy Canvas and Paddle throw is so soft and will keep you warm at the fire, in your dorm room or when you’re on a road trip!

  5. Roo Kee Roo: Take a piece of Up North memories with you to decorate your bare walls.

  6. HOMES Sweatshirt: Never forget where you came from and where the fresh coast is the best coast in this HOMES Sweatshirt.

  7. Stormy Kromer Cap: Winter at college is cold when you have to walk to class. Bundle up with your favorite Stormy Kromer cap!

  8. Michigan Mittens: If you have friends who aren’t from Michigan, use your Michigan mittens to tell them exactly where you’re from.

  9. Soup Mix: Cooking in a dorm can be hard, but these pre-made soup mixes make it so easy. You’ll feel like you’re back home, eating Mom’s cooking!

  10. Noteworthy Notebook: Jot down all your favorite memories in this cute and outdoorsy journal!

No matter where you find yourself going to college this year, Up North will always be here for more memories when you return. Until then, grab a few of these items and count down the days until you’re back in the best place, Up North!

Cabin Cocktails

Spending the weekend at your family’s cabin and needing the perfect drink to make for summer vacation? Here are a couple recipes that we think you’ll love!

Cabin Cocktail

Love in the Cabin

(Recipe & Picture from beautifuleatsandthings.com

3 oz. Pomegranate Juice

1.5 oz. Orange Juice

1.5 oz. Gin 

Mix & Serve! 

Cabin Cocktail

Watermelon Moscato Slush

(Recipe & Picture from https://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com/2013/06/watermelon-moscato-slush-summer-fun.html

Ingredients:

6 c. watermelon cubes, seeds removed*

1/4 c. granulated sugar

1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 c. Moscato {or other slightly sweet white wine}

Additional Moscato for serving

Directions:

  1. Blend watermelon until smooth. Pour the watermelon through a strainer, to remove the pulp.

  2. Stir in sugar and lemon juice into the watermelon juice until the sugar has disintegrated.

  3. Add in Moscato.

  4. Place mixture in freezer for 2-3 hours, sitting every 45 minutes.

  5. Pour mixture into wine glass, top off with more wine and serve!

Now that we know what fun cocktails we are serving this weekend, we are ready to go! Try these cocktails and enjoy a weekend of fun and relaxation in the sun! 

A State of Copper

A State of Copper
A State of Copper

At Canvas and Paddle we are proud to partner with A State of Copper, handmade originals honoring our Great State and Great Lakes. The artwork is made on heavy gauge metal and framed in barn wood frames and each one is unique!

The process in which to create a piece consists of 42 steps including various natural acids being combined and a crystal clear resin application once the desired look is achieved. This halts the possibility of further oxidation and protects the artwork for life. 

A State of Copper has added beautiful copper coasters to their collection. These coasters feature Michigan, the Great Lakes, the Upper Peninsula and the Mackinac Bridge. They are bold and bright, perfectly in line, representing Michigan! They make the perfect gift or addition to your home. 

A State of Copper is a wonderful representation of Michigan pride! We hope that next time you are in Canvas & Paddle, that you will pick up one of these gorgeous handmade pieces to take home with you. 

What's New!

There are a lot of exciting things going on at Canvas and Paddle as we jump into the 2019 season! We have unboxed a lot of new merchandise, reordered some classic favorites and dusted off the shelves in preparation! 

Some new things to expect at Canvas and Paddle this season:

  • Canvas and Paddle now carries Stormy Kromer clothing! This is a big new addition to the store and we are excited for you to stop in and see their clothing line. New this year is a custom Stormy Kromer cap that is Canvas and Paddle, Mackinac Island specific. We anticipate this being an all-time favorite, so don’t delay in grabbing your very own! 

  • There is a new Canvas and Paddle sweatshirt! It is a lightweight pullover that is available in green. It’s perfect for a lighter option on warmer summer nights.

  • Fun new wooden Christmas ornaments. It may be a little early to think about decorating the Christmas tree, but when it’s zero degrees outside with snow falling and you are setting up the tree, you’ll want to be reminded of warmer days on Mackinac Island.

  • Last year, Canvas and Paddle carried a small assortment of enamel kitchen wear. It was so popular that the line of products carried has been extended! Check it out next time you are in. It is perfect for your Up North cabin or for camping.

With quite a few more new products and boxes coming in almost daily, you’ll want to stay updated on the Canvas and Paddle happenings on our Facebook page or by following us on Instagram! Looking forward to the next time you are able to pop into the shop! 

Canvas and Paddle Instagram Takeover: Roo Kee roo

Did you follow our Instagram this past week as Roo Kee Roo did an awesome Instagram takeover? 

Roo Kee Roo has been a partner brand at Canvas and Paddle since the beginning of Canvas and Paddle, three years ago! The first piece of work that Canvas and Paddle asked Roo Kee Roo to create was the iconic scene from the Grand Hotel, as it watches over the Straits of Mackinac and greets every visitor that come to the island. The paddle designed prints were inspired by the uniforms that used to be worn at Fort Mackinac, back in the day! 

As you can see, the rest of the prints were inspired by memories of Mackinac Island and time spent there! When you come into Canvas and Paddle, we hope that you are reminded of your days spent on Mackinac Island and how special of a time it was.

We are excited about their latest creative work: Arch Rock! This is just a sneak peak of what the print will look like, to purchase the finished product, stop into the store this summer! Today is the Opening Day for Canvas and Paddle, so next time you are on Mackinac Island, come on in! 


Canvas and Paddle Instagram Takeover: Stormy Kromer

Did you follow Canvas and Paddle’s Instagram Takeover from Stormy Kromer, @stormykromerofficial? If you missed it, head on over to @canvasandpaddle on Instagram to see what’s been posted lately. 

Stormy Kromer is iconic for their winter caps, but they also make so much more! Stormy Kromer was started in 1903, when George (aka Stormy!) kept on losing his baseball caps in the wind. His wife, Ida, created a design that would help keep his hat firmly in place, officially creating Stormy Kromer!

Stormy Kromer now has a men’s and women’s line, a doggie line and so many fun accessories! Stormy Kromer is known for being tough, warm and good looking! If you’re brave enough to withstand Michigan’s weather, don’t do it without first stopping into Canvas and Paddle and shopping our Stormy Kromer line! 

Thanks again to the folks at Stormy Kromer for the awesome takeover!

Mackinac Island's Hidden Spots

Chances are, if you have been to Mackinac Island before, you have done the typical bike ride around the island, a picnic thanks to fresh selections from Doud’s Market, wandering through the shops downtown and then dinner on the island before either staying on the island for the night or heading home via the ferry. 

But have you ever wondered what else is on the island to explore? Here are some of our favorite hidden spots on Mackinac Island:


Mackinac Island Solider’s Garden: This hidden gem on the island is a peaceful place. From many years ago, you will see old stone foundations and walls next to the area cleaned for the garden. 

Sunset Rock Mackinac Island

Sunset Rock:  If you are fortunate enough to know about Sunset Rock, you are one of the few! Sunset Rock is located on the backside of The Inn at Stonecliffe and is a magnificent spot to take in a sunset over the water.

Anne’s Tablet: For the best hidden view, visit this spot! It is a small, secluded section of the island dedicated to Constance Fenimore Woolson, who was a nineteenth century author, who wrote about Mackinac Island. 

Anne's Tablet, Mackinac Island

Next time you are on Mackinac Island, pop into Canvas and Paddle to ask us for directions to any one of these hidden spots and to grab any adventure gear that you might need to take along! 

Spring Bucket List for Mackinac Island

With spring officially here, it’s time to make a bucket list of fun things to do on Mackinac Island and in Northern Michigan!  Some of the items on the list may still include a little bit of snow (because it’s still everywhere in Northern Michigan!) but there are also some fun activities to look forward to later in spring when the snow is finally gone.

  1. Explore the frozen waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula. Did you know that there are more than 300 waterfalls in the UP? Plan a trip to explore some of these gorgeous places!

  2. May 2nd marks “Open the Grand” at the Grand Hotel for the 133rd season! If you haven’t ever experienced opening day at the Grand Hotel, be sure to book a stay for this exciting time. In addition to the Grand Hotel’s opening day, many of the hotels on Mackinac Island having spring specials, which you can read about here!

  3. May 12th marks the 100th anniversary for the Michigan State Parks! Pop on over to Mackinac Island and explore our state parks for the day! If you need some trendy stickers or patches to mark the momentous occasion, pop into Canvas and Paddle and we have just the thing!

  4. Spring is the perfect time to look for Petoskey Stones, because the winter waters have left them prime for the picking! Look for these beautiful treasures along the shores of Mackinac Island. 

  5. If you’ve ever wanted to see the Northern Lights, Spring is a great time to check out the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. The Headlands Dark Sky Park is in Mackinaw City and is an incredible 550 acre park along Lake Michigan. Not only is it perfect for sky gazing, the Headlands Dark Sky Park also has many trails for hiking, cross country skiing, bicycling, bird watching and more! If you have not had a chance to visit this spectacular park, add it to your spring list.

Canvas and Paddle will be open for the summer before too long and we are excited to welcome you back to Mackinac Island! Book your stay for spring on Mackinac Island and come explore all that the island has to offer in the new season! 

All About S'mores

One of the best parts of camping is when the sun sets for the evening and everyone gathers close by the fire, huddled in sweatshirts and blankets. 

Someone in the group might pull out a guitar or the radio plays slowly in the background. A fun song might be sung or a game is played to keep everyone entertained for the evening. Eventually, everyone’s favorite part of the night is here. The time when the wooden sticks are pulled out and it is time for s’mores to concocted. 

Growing up, only graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows were used to create s’mores. However, it seems like these days, s’mores are getting much more creative and tasty! Here are three s’more recipes that if you haven’t tried, you need to make sure that you incorporate into your next campfire roast.

S’mOreos 

S'more Recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • Oreos

  • Peanut Butter

  • Graham Crackers

  • Milk Chocolate

  • Marshmallows


Picture Provided by Taste of Home // Recipe Provided by Christina Smith, via Taste of Home

Candied Bacon S’mores

What You’ll Need:

  • Graham Crackers

  • Chocolate

  • Marshmallows

  • Candied Bacon

Picture Courtesy of Shared Appetite


According to Shared Appetite cover the strips of bacon with brown sugar. Bake in an oven at 400 for about 15-25 minutes. Then add the bacon to your s’more! You know what they say, don’t knock it til you try it!

Peach, Brie and Dark Chocolate S’more

What You’ll Need:

  • Brie

  • Dark Chocolate

  • Peaches

  • Graham Crackers

Melt the brie, instead of the marshmallow! Then add some peaches and dark chocolate to the graham cracker for a sophisticated and savory twist on the traditional s’more. 


Photo and recipe courtesy of Joy the Baker for Grate, Pair Share magazine. 


Next time you go camping, try one of these new variations of a s’more. When you do, tag #CPandMe on Instagram for us to see what tasty or savory treat that you created! Or better yet, pop into Canvas and Paddle on Mackinac Island to tell us all about it! 

Canvas and Paddle Instagram Takeover: Green Drinks

Did you follow Canvas and Paddle's Instagram Takeover from Sara Wright, @greendrinks? If you missed it, head over to @canvasandpaddle on Instagram to see what’s been posted lately.

Sara Wright is the face behind @greendrinks and @itswonderfulphotography. Sara lives on Mackinac Island year round working as a photographer and marketing coordinator for Grand Hotel! She also runs It's Wonderful Photography, a small wedding photography company based here on Mackinac Island and Northern Michigan.

“What’s your favorite part of living on Mackinac Island?”

"The best part about living on Mackinac Island, aside from the obvious beauty of being surrounded by such a pristine landscape is definitely the people that live here. We have a very special community of creative and very caring people that are constantly inspiring one another. In winter we all get a chance to slow down and enjoy the island for ourselves, it's quite cold but we know how to bundle up.” - Sara Wright

Thanks so much to Sara for partnering with us for a fun week over on Instagram! Pop into Canvas and Paddle this summer to find the featured products or visit our online store!