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Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel is situated on the southwestern bluff of Mackinac Island overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and – in the distance – the Mackinac Bridge. From the front porch – the world’s largest at 660 feet – guests can look down at the well-kept gardens and relax and enjoy the ambiance of “somewhere in time”. It is no wonder that hollywood has chosen to come here more than once. Indeed, like a classic movie, Grand Hotel is larger that life. The Victorian elegance has been kept intact. Each room at Grand Hotel has been tastefully decorated by New York designer Carleton Varney with its own special character and style. Breakfast and dinner daily are included in the Grand Hotel room rate, and are served in the Main Dining Room. Visit their website and familiarize yourself with the elegance and the history of this magnificent hotel. A stay on Mackinac Island at Grand Hotel is a unique experience and guests inevitably depart to the mainland with memories that last a lifetime.

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Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

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Just this past May, taking advantage of the Pure Michigan special at the Grand and expecting a room overlooking the stables. Instead got a room overlooking the Lake with 2 comfy chairs in front of a picture window. I would have been happy to stay in that room in front of that window with THAT VIEW the whole vacation!

My husband and I visited the Grand two Labor Days ago. The buffet on Sunday was “out of this world”. But the best part was we took a carriage ride there, and crossed the porch into the hotel. Once in the hotel, I asked an empoyee about paying to be on the porch. She graciously told me, “You are here now” not once, but twice, before I got the message. Thank you for the Grand staff for being SO grand!

My favorite memory happened several years ago. I was having high tea in the lobby of the Grand Hotel in my evening gown with the musicians playing the theme from “Somewhere in Time.” I remember thinking “Pinch me! I must be dreaming!”

My favorite memory: My family joined me in the spring of 2007 – 08 during the policy conference. I taught the sunrise yoga program for the conference attendees on the porch of the Grand Hotel. The gorgeous view, immaculate landscaping, and the sound of morning birds provided a peaceful backdrop for our annual practice.

I worked at the Grand Hotel as a lifeguard and lived in the poolhouse during the summer of 1998. It was one of the best summers of my life. I met my husband at the Grand – he worked on the greens crew. And now we live happily ever after, watching Somewhere in Time on each wedding anniversary.


One of the best vacations we had. We had a suite which was fantastic over looking the bridge, pool, and garden. Want to go back soon.

Spent Mother’s Day weekend there and we will be back in 2 weeks. I love the High Tea, breakfast, friendly staff, beautiful view and seeing familar faces year after year in the shops, salon, staff. I also love eating at the Woods and Gate House. Best whitefish!!! and love their new menu.

Stayed there for the Win Some Women conference. We got to sleep in the Somewhere in Time suite! Super awesome and great food there!!

My three-day stay last week was wonderful… the stress of life melts away like ice sculptures in the sun.

A stay at Grand Hotel is always the highlight of the summer. It’s wonderful. Mackinac Island is such a magical place.

Love it. Stayed there well over a dozen times. Never been disappointed. The ambiance that surrounds the grand, is simply GRAND. Dressing up for dinner is what makes it so unique (and for those of you who do not know, it is the only time you have to be dressed up). Most of us simple folks don’t do that often enough. And believe it or not, most … people who stay at the grand are simple folks. Not stuffy or stuck up. Just looking for an “old” and “unique” place to get away. It’s not the only great place on the island as we have stayed at several other B&B’s, we even rented a home there last summer for a month. It’s all good. The island has so many great places to explore. But the grand always lives up to it’s name, GRAND.

Horseback riding, swimming, tennis, bike riding, movie watching, cards, dancing, dining, drinking, sitting on the worlds most beautiful porch, sight seeing at the fort, carriage ride, golf, duck pin bowling, ping pong, etc, etc, etc, one of the most beautiful places on earth!

My parents and I use to spend each summer month at the Grand Hotel. During the filming of Somewhere In Time, I was given a handful of quarters, and strict instructions to meet my parents at the dinner hall on time. The elevators took forever, so I decided to take the stairs down to the lower lobby to the game room. When I was descending the stairs at full speed, I came around a corner and BOOM! I ran smack dab into a man. As I was apologizing, he helped me pick up my quarters that had scattered everywhere. I stood up to thank the man, and I was thanking Christopher Reeve himself.


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Wednesday March 20th, 2019 - 8:30 am

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Happy First Day of Spring from Grand Hotel! 🌷 ... See MoreSee Less


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The Gorgeous Grand! Tulips are one of my favorite!

One of my favorite designations!

Happy first day of spring to the lovely Grand.

Love Grand Hotel! Love the tulips! Praying for a great season! Hope to see you soon! 🙏🏻♥️

Can't wait to see the tulips in May while I am there. Beautiful!

Love the tulips. Beautiful


My favorite place.


Can’t wait to see those beautiful tulips!!

You guys better turn the heat up up there. I`ve seen pictures with tons of snow yet and ice in the lake.

Fake News. 😇 come on warm weather.

The best of the best .

Obviously that’s not a current picture

Nice ad but too early for those Tulips.

Those tulips won’t be up till the first day of summer!

Same to everyone at the Island 🌷🌷🌷🌷

Jym Brittain

See you in August 😊!

Amanda Moonbaby 😍

Dexter Evans I’d love to go back this summer!

Eric Lawson. Sandie Fallen Conner. Wow

Eric Prise

Mary Sage

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Monday March 18th, 2019 - 11:48 am

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Grand Hotel, where getting here is half the fun! 🐴 ⛴ ☀️ ... See MoreSee Less

Grand Hotel, where getting here is half the fun! 🐴 ⛴ ☀️


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Just walking to the Grand is magic

We come from Minnesota and drive to Manitowac, WI where we board the Badger and sail through night sleeping in our state room. We arrive in Ludington, MI at 6 AM and gradually work our way across northern Michigan through Glen Arbor, Leland, Traverse City, Petoskey, Sault Ste. Marie and finally we sail to Mackinac Island. We always walk to the Grand Hotel and we stop to enjoy a magical garden with hidden objects along the way. Walking up the Hill to the Grand knowing we have the best part of our vacation ahead of us is pure joy. Coming to the Grand Hotel is like coming home.

I remember the First time, as we approached the Grand my heart was pounding in my chest so hard I could hear it in my ears. I started crying and my Husband gave me a big kiss, because he new how much it meant to me. We renewed our vows for our 40th Anniversary by the beautiful fountain..our next visit was just as amazing... Love this beautiful place. We shall return again..

Beautiful! Just watched "Inside Grand Hotel" on PBS last night...for (at least) the 10th time. G.H. is indeed an enchanted place!!

Looking forward to coming back!😀

Sigh... gasping for spring!! 🌷🌿🌺

Loved my private birthday tour of the island last fall! Such a special place!!! ❤️💖

We are coming to Mackinac island again in July. It never gets old and I cry Everytime I see the Grand.

Here’s our trip to Mackinac 🚙 ✈️ 🚙 ⛴ 🚲 🐴 ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

So this is your next trip?

I love seeing all the houses on the island. Our wish is to own one someday. We love going back to the Grand Hotel every year. <3

This is a beautiful pic and it certainly captures the enchanting beauty of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel. I hope to return again someday.

I agree wholeheartedly!!! Every trip up to Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel is filled with excitement. You would think each time is the first, but it "Never" gets old. The anticipation of seeing everyone and getting the key to the room which has been assigned is always exciting ❤️. I can't begin to put into words how much I love and enjoy staying at Grand Hotel ❤️💕❤️. It is truly a part of my life.😍

LOve the Grand! ❤️

Grand Carriage is so Romantic💕

You have to see it to understand the magic.

Beautiful--the entire island!! One of my favorite places in the world💕💕

i just want to move right in ......

Wow great, love to live and work in Grand Hotel

Can't wait for our annual trek

Agreed! Can’t wait!🌸

This, plus the 625 mile drive. It's worth every bit of it.

Beautiful hopefully we will there soon

Hermoso Hotel y la Isla Linda!!!

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Saturday March 16th, 2019 - 10:11 am

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Announcing the 2019 Labor Day Jazz Weekend Artists! It is going to be a weekend to remember. Friday, Regina Carter performs her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Saturday afternoon, Steve March-Tormé honors his late father, Mel Tormé. John Pizzarelli, Jr. performs Saturday in the Theatre with Grammy Award-winning vocalist, Catherine Russell, in a stunning tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Sunday, ¡Cubanismo! performs in the Tea Garden and we are also glad to welcome back John Boutte, who has played during past Labor Day Jazz Weekends. Saturday and Sunday mornings interact with artists during Q&A sessions with Paul Anthony and all weekend listen to late-night performances at the Cupola Bar and the Jockey Club at the Grand Stand. Book online at or call 1-800-33GRAND to make your reservation. 🎶🎷🎶 ... See MoreSee Less


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