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Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island

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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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Monday November 18th, 2019 - 10:18 am

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A great photo from October of Ben and Shelbie Mosley taking the Hackneys out for a morning trot. 🐎 ... See MoreSee Less

A great photo from October of Ben and Shelbie Mosley taking the Hackneys out for a morning trot. 🐎


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Stunning picture. That’s why I love the brings you to a magical place. This is a perfect example of that💕❤️

Gorgeous picture!! Love those horses.

What a striking picture. Photo contest worthy!!!

I love every single thing about this photo!!! ❤️🐎❤️

Beautiful horses.

Great picture.



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Friday November 15th, 2019 - 10:45 am

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Happy Friday! Today is the last day to enter in the #2019grandphotocontest! Get your entries in by 5:00p.m. for a chance to stay at Grand Hotel in 2020! 👏👏👏 Photograph by @mipropertysister ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Friday! Today is the last day to enter in the #2019GrandPhotoContest! Get your entries in by 5:00p.m. for a chance to stay at Grand Hotel in 2020! 👏👏👏 Photograph by @mipropertysister


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Enjoying the Grand the old fashioned way! Somewhere in Time weekend 2019. #GrandPhotoContest2019

#Grand Photo Contest 2019 Enjoying my birthday night and our first time on the island!

Wonderful elegant dinner at the Grand Hotel - July 2019 #2019GrandPhotoContest

Mother/Daughter annual trip to Mackinaw Island celebrating her (daughter's) birthday.

10:39am Saturday morning,, Somewhere in Time weekend... This lovely couple was walking around the lobby asking where the pool was 43 degrees and the never missed a beat...or broke character...what a Great morning in the lobby at the Grand!

Last fall, sitting on the porch, enjoying the day!

My daughter and this pic at the beautiful red steps ...!!!!

#2019GrandPhotoContest Labor Day weekend favorite!

#GrandPhotoContest.... Michigan the only place he will smile... our last trip to the island we toured the Grand... got married in September would love to stay there as our honeymoon next summer!!

Favorite place to bring the kiddos for Ice Cream at Sadie’s. #GrandPhotoContest2019!

#GrandPhotoContest2019 What I think of when I think of Mackinac Island- horses and carriages! The best!

Happy Friday !!😘

Two of the most beautiful things in the world! #2019GrandPhotoContest

#GrandHotelPhotoContest2019 Tony Doud allowing our granddaughters to pet the horses before our carriage ride!

Missed the contest, but here’s a cute photo anyway ☺️ One of my favorite scenes from our trip over the summer was of our 3-year-old son repeatedly peeking over the geraniums to see the approaching horsies. It was so exciting for him to hear them coming!

Incredible view from the Grand Hotel's Cupola Bar..... #2019GrandPhotoContest

Sarah Middleton #Grandphotocontest

Looks yummy with pretty flowers.

“Secret Garden” Oct 2019

#2019 Grand Photo Contest

2019 Grand photo contest!!

#Grand photo contest 2019

John J Oleck #2019 Grand Photo Contest

2019 Grand Photo Contest


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Thursday November 14th, 2019 - 8:05 pm

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Last chance to enter your favorite Grand photograph from your 2019 stay at Grand Hotel! The #grandphotocontest2019 ends tomorrow at 5:00p.m. so be sure to submit your entries! We love this entry by 📸 @surlieboy ... See MoreSee Less

Last chance to enter your favorite Grand photograph from your 2019 stay at Grand Hotel! The #grandphotocontest2019 ends tomorrow at 5:00p.m. so be sure to submit your entries! We love this entry by 📸 @surlieboy


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Rare moment with the Grand porch all to yourself❤

My favorite was there to early in the season. Hopefully my husband and I can go next year.

We were just there for the Somewhere In Time weekend and it was awesome! This started as a bucket list thing but we might be back when it is warmer.

It's not all just fancy dress and porch photos ( although we have more than our fair share of those!) Its pj time in your cozy Nancy Reagan suite playing a hand of Old Maid before bedtime. Thank you for the wonderful memories!!💕#Grandphotocontest2019

Can’t wait to enjoy The Grand next year!!

Memorial weekend Grand Hotel 2019

Love that porch. Joe Detzler

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Enjoyed it so much we went back for dinner. #GrandPhotoContest2019

Grand Hotel stay Memorial weekend 2019.

We had such a great time visiting!

4th of July weekend 2019! My 9 year old loves the pool:)

Ready for dinner! Photo by grandpa.

July 4th vacation. Such a grand time.

The themed rooms are so fun.

Every year we take a trip to the Grand Hotel with a group of 5th graders. We absolutely love it!Apparently, this beauty saw I was trying to take a picture and thought it would be funny to stick their tongue out! ❤️

My granddaughter Olivia’s favorite chair at the Grand.

#GrandPhotoContest2019 This was the first time visiting the island for our son, pictured here, and our first time back since getting engaged on the island over 14 years earlier. We could not have asked for a better experience or service during our stay with you at #AmericasSummerPlace

My most favorite place in the world ❤

Croquet with my Grandson at the Grand Hotel! #GrandPhotoContest2019

This was actually from 2018...the most fabulous mini vacation I ever had!!!!

Resting at the top of the hill

Memories on Mackinac! Mother and Daughters!

Very old picture of my daughter. I know I'm late for the contest.

Celebrating our 50th. We stayed 3 nights 4 days. It was Grand!!!!

As kids, we stayed at the Grand Hotel every August. Now it's not as frequent so even more special. Sisters at our happy place❤️ July 2019 #grandphotocontest2019

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Thursday November 14th, 2019 - 10:27 am

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Start planning your Grand Wedding today! 🥂💍🥂Now booking 2020 Weddings! ... See MoreSee Less

Start planning your Grand Wedding today! 🥂💍🥂Now booking 2020 Weddings!


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Marty is an AMAZING wedding planner! She made everything easy!

I have been Married for 34 years, some day I am going to celebrate my wedding aniversary with you 😍

Marty Haines Davis is the Best wedding planner on Earth! She takes away the stress, and worry, so you can look forward to a perfect day!!! 💗

Unique perspective and composition ❤️

Exquisite! 💖


Awesome shot!

Nice angle!

Jenny Tyczkowski check this place out for your wedding 👰

Natasha Elizabeth!

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Grand Hotel – Photos via Instagram

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