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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 named one the World’s Best Resorts by Conde’ Nast Traveler
Readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler selected Grand Hotel as one of the World’s Best Mainland U.S. Resorts in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

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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Friday May 25th, 2018 - 4:01 pm

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Today is National Wine Day and we’re coming to you LIVE from the porch at Grand Hotel with our Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer. Our Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend is July 6-8th and Elizabeth is here to tell you all about it and this summer’s host Merry Edwards 🍇 🍷 ... See MoreSee Less


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maybe one will be in our room tomorrow 🙂 lol

Just missed this, we Love a Good Merlot and a Cabernet what do you recommend when we are back Home? Thank You 🙂

What kind of wine I’m in Florida

Hello Grand Hotel from Davison, Mich. ❤ beautiful day today. 87 degrees. Happy Memorial weekend and y'all enjoy that wine tasting.

Love to visit that place someday

See you tomorrow! And looking forward to a nice glass (or more) of wine! 🍷

Grand Hotel every weekend!


which one do you think is the best?

What was the July date?

Hope those tulips last till next weekend!! ❤️





Need to go here before going back to Vacaville

Want to go visit the island very much. On my bucket list.

see you tomorrow Grand Hotel!

What about the new wine wrist bands they have now?




I've only ever been there in the fall. Will have to visit ag again soon. Cheers!



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Thursday May 24th, 2018 - 5:57 pm

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Woods Restaurant will open for the 2018 season tomorrow!Woods opens for the 2018 season tomorrow!
We hope to see everyone here!
Luncheon: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (LIMITED)
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cocktails at Bobby’s Bar: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m
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Woods Restaurant will open for the 2018 season tomorrow!


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My favorite resturants on the Island. I had the the honor of being there almost everyday last summer working the Golf Course. The manager of the Woods Resturant Neal from Jamaica and his assistant Calvin are the best. The head chef is amazing too. Have a good summer and have fun duck pin bowling.

I love it! Anne Marshall aren’t you excited? I’m hoping to get out there this year. Maybe on my husband’s birthday in August.

My fabvorite. We have celebrated our 20th 25th 30th 35th anniversary's here. Looking forwsrd to many more.

Love Woods restaurant.... It's always a special, delicious treat!!! Hmm, maybe next week for our anniversary 😍

All the times I've been to the island, every year,sometimes twice, I've never been to The Woods! This year it is a must-go!

My favorite place, I love taking the carriage there and walking back at sunset.

See you this Saturday!

My favorite restaurant in the island!

Such a wonderful restaurant.

My favorite restaurant on the Island!!

Great memories from that restaurant!

Sue Pavlat lets go bowling!! So much fun:

Rusty Tebo...

Karston Shephard

Christina Stang Zamjahn

Katie Fair

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Wednesday May 23rd, 2018 - 5:16 pm

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We're filling up the pool today which means summer is right around the corner! We've got so many great offers in June, July & August! Check out for all the latest specials and come visit America's Summer Place!
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Beautiful place but to much noise to sleep.

Wow love seeing this how long does it take

Lucky me! I’ll be there for Titanic Weekend playing the part of Molly Brown. Can’t wait!

I love this place.Pricey but so worth the visit.Stayed there only 1 time.Hope to return.

We’ll be there for the Lilac Festival.👏👏❤️

Finally swam there last year during a late September heat fun!

Exciting to see the pool being filled. Love swimming in the pool. New snow cone machine too!

Beautiful today. Great way to start the summer

make sure the "heaters" work. 🙂

kudos to the caretakers, maintenance and groundskeepers,,,,,,

Seven Mississippi ladies will be there Friday!

The Esther Williams pool.... Wish I was at this magnificent place ...Some day !

Do they just pull it out of the straits? Filter it or anything?

Just a few weeks ago, there was snow in the pool!

What kind of packages. I would love to come stay for a few days

Shawn Spezia here are the specials for this year! Enjoy 😊

My favorite place!

Can't wait!!! See you in June!!!

Can’t wait for the 4th celebration! 🎪🇱🇷

One of our favorite places 🙂

I'll be there on June 15th!!! I am soo excited to be coming and staying at Grand Hotel!

Best pool ever!

Susan it’s preparing for your visit!!

Colleen Floyd, we need to go here

Beautiful place!

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Tuesday May 22nd, 2018 - 7:30 pm

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Another great weekend with Jay and Laura Laffoon at Grand Hotel! Be sure to check out their upcoming event, Memories on Mackinac, June 24th-25th. and their Facebook page at for upcoming events. ... See MoreSee Less


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The cute one on the right looks really cool...


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