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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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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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Saturday July 11th, 2020 - 11:01 am

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The water is full of energy today as we mark the start of the Bayview Mackinac Race. We're proud to sponsor this historic Mackinac mainstay. ... See MoreSee Less

The water is full of energy today as we mark the start of the Bayview Mackinac Race. Were proud to sponsor this historic Mackinac mainstay.

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So glad they are able to have it. Your Gov likes to cancel a lot of things.

Just beautiful ❣

Dan Durocher

Rooting for The Shamrock!!!

Beautiful photo! Thank for your posting it.

What a beautiful day and incredible pic! ♥️

Looks like a beautiful day !

So beautiful it is!

Beautiful view. 🙂💕

Now, there's a pretty summer picture!

Great photo

Always Fantástic god bless


So beautiful!

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Friday July 10th, 2020 - 1:40 pm

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Today marks our 133rd birthday and there is no one we would rather share it with. To every guest and member of our team who has made over a century of service on Mackinac Island so very special, we thank you.

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Today marks our 133rd birthday and there is no one we would rather share it with. To every guest and member of our team who has made over a century of service on Mackinac Island so very special, we thank you.

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Happy birthday! My husband and I honeymooned there 18 years ago and love to return each year with our family. Too many memories to list, but we love dancing in the Terrace Room and watching our kids when Marlon pours their milk!

Happy birthday!!! 👏🎉🎉 My Grand memory is Meeting Jane Seymour last year at the SIT weekend. The movie has such a special place in our heart. And the soundtrack is one of the most beautiful musical pieces ever(played in our wedding ❤️) Going to the hotel was in our bucket list exactly because of the movie. Meeting Jane was just the icing on the cake 🥰🥰🥰

It would take pages and pages so many beautiful memories over the years but my wedding day will always the best! We just departed from there yesterday and were so impressed with the concern and care to safety and all of the wonderful staff! We kept to ourselves in our beautiful room. Thanks!!

Happy Birthday!!! My husband and I stayed there on our honeymoon 25 years ago in 1995. Still happily married with two beautiful children, we had hoped to return this year for our anniversary bud sadly covid-19 derailed our plans. Hoping to come back next year for a belated 25th anniversary celebration! ❤️

Happy Birthday! Celebrating with last season’s geraniums from your porch, now at home on mine! We went for the final weekend for the first time last year. Loved the fall colors and especially the parting gifts!

After years of dreaming of celebrating our anniversary at the hotel where Somewhere In Time was filmed...we finally made the trip from Vermont and celebrated our 40th Anniversary there. It was a magical celebration from the moment we first stepped onto the world famous porch. Every moment of our stay was perfection. Thank you to each and every staff person who went the extra mile and made all our dreams come true.

Thank you for all the happy memories. Our sons still remember the wonderful food and service.

Six of our family spent the day there, had lunch in the grand dining room. It was magnificent!! The view from the front porch was wonderful. Enjoyed every minute!

Spending time with friends on the most famous Porch in the world and being treated like queens by the wonderful staff of The Grand Hotel.

Staying in the Jackie Kennedy Suite was my favorite visit & equally loved the Lilac Suite & Grand Hotel Suite. Many beautiful memories through the years with family & friends💕

My sisters and I took our Mom on Mothers Day 2018. She was 83 and it was her dream to stay at the Grand Hotel. So glad we did as she passed away Sept. 2019. So many precious memories there and she loved every minute of it!

Happy Birthday! I'd have to say my favorite memory is probably my first stay there because everything was so new. My room was beautiful, the food was incredible, the service stellar. But then, every year's been like that! lol

Just there last October, beautiful fall trip, our room faced west bluff🍂

Happy Birthday! My favorite memory is from June 27th, 2020. Marty Davis, Laurie Williams and the entire Grand Hotel staff made our wedding luncheon reception absolutely perfect. The attention to detail, service, food, and flowers were outstanding! Our guests are still talking about their experience and we all made memories to last a lifetime!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GRAND!!🎈 Attended Memories on Mackinac and stayed at the Grand last year with my daughter ...Had an amazing time! Wanted to attend again this year but ...Covid😔

Your staff certainly made me and my wife extremely happy by upgrading our room to a suite for our 50th anniversary at NO extra charge...thanks again and we WILL be back soon!!

So many great memories with such nice people😎

Early one morning, we saw the first flag go out on the pole. But my favorite experience didn’t happen at the Grand, but in a hospital room, oddly enough. I had a major surgery, and while in the first hours of recovery, I was cared for by a male nurse from Jamaica. Because of my Grand Hotel visit, his beautiful voice was so comforting. I just knew I was in good care. Thank you for your wonderful team.

So many great memories, including my wife and kids visiting for the first time last year for the 4th of July. But, my all time best memory was being there with my parents in 1979 and getting to watch parts of the Somewhere in Time being filmed from the porch.

One of my favorite memories is from our first ever visit to Grand Hotel for a Celebrate your Marriage conference: enjoying a cup of coffee on the balcony of our room, wearing the hotel bathrobe and looking out over the straits at dawn, with a freighter slowly passing in the distance. Since then, we have come several times and now my favorite memory is always dancing to the live music of the incredible Grand Hotel orchestra in the Terrace Room!

Happy Birthday Grand Hotel and thank you to the Mussers and all the staff along the way who have made it so special to us for 37 years. #americassummerplace

Happy 133rd Birthday Grand Hotel! There is no better way to celebrate your birthday then the memories of all the sounds of the horses hoofes going past the grand hotel, the gorgeous colonial rooms. Secret gardens. Early morning sunrises from the longest porch in the world to the sunsets from the East bluffs. We miss the Island so much and are so grateful for the times we had there last summer. Godspeed 🤍🏝🐴☀️

Happy birthday! My husband and I stayed at The Grand for our honeymoon in 1981, and return every 5th anniversary! We’ll be back next summer for our 40th❣️

Happy Birthday! Memories of trying to Name that Tune with my Dad while the harpist played.

We have a 12 year tradition of the 4th of July at the Grand. Your attention to detail and the safety precautions you put into place this year were amazing. I never saw a single person working without a mask. I do wish there had been a bit more enforcement inside for those not wearing them but I understand your staff is doing their best. I think the gardens this year might have been the most beautiful I have ever seen. Nicely done!

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Thursday July 9th, 2020 - 11:02 am

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This weekend, Elizabeth Schweitzer brings her expertise as the eighth woman sommelier in the world to Grand Hotel alongside a delightful selection from LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards. We look forward to a weekend sure to feature notes of elegance perfectly paired with education. ... See MoreSee Less

This weekend, Elizabeth Schweitzer brings her expertise as the eighth woman sommelier in the world to Grand Hotel alongside a delightful selection from LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards. We look forward to a weekend sure to feature notes of elegance perfectly paired with education.

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Congratulations to Elizabeth....has served my family and many friends more than a few times during our visits to The Grand Hotel.

Elizabeth is a wonderful sommelier and person. We have enjoyed her expertise many times during our stays at the Grand.

She is brilliant! My wife and I have enjoyed “exploring “ new selections with her expert guidance. Another gem to the “Grand” experience ❤️❤️❤️

Congratulations Elizabeth! Wish I could be there!

How are you handling wine tasting and porch cocktail parties with mask and social distancing? We have reservations for Sept. wine weekend, but we are worried it won’t be as nice/ fun as prior years.

She’s great! She was at a dinner we hosted at the Grand for Holy Cross Services and did all the pairings

Greetings, Elizabeth! Hoping to see you this summer.

Happy memories of the Grand!

Wish I could have extended my stay for this.

Great picture of a great person!

We look forward to seeing her every summer!

Elizabeth is the best!

She’s great!

Always wonderful pairings!

See you in September!

I missed my calling! Lol! ❤️ 🍷


Love Elizabeth

See you in September.

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Tuesday July 7th, 2020 - 1:02 pm

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The safety of our guests, staff, and Mackinac Island community is always our priority. This season, we have made a few accommodations to ensure every guest can enjoy a safe, healthy, and unforgettable Grand Hotel experience. We are so honored to host you and welcome any questions you have before your stay.

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We stayed at the Grand over the 4th holiday and felt everyone did an amazing job. Masks were being worn by all staff and by nearly all guests. Common touch points were being cleaned consistently and there was plenty of space to social distance. It was a great weekend getaway and felt special as always just with a bit more attention to give the awareness you would expect

Hi Pete!!! Awesome job on the video!! You are very professional and very eloquent!! Next stop - Hollywood!!

Is the lunch buffet available at this time? Headed to the island in August and was hoping to bring our group for lunch as we’ve never been to the Grand Hotel

Thank you for this info. I was going e-mail you about this since my husband and I are coming on August 4 for our stay.

We have reservations for October and was wondering if the guests are wearing masks in the ballroom while dancing. Sometimes it’s hard to keep a proper distance while dancing so masks really help minimize the spread. That and proper hand sanitization.

Amazing job Pete Badour. We'll all be seeing you in October!! Stay safe and well. 😊

Can't wait to return to The Grand Hotel. I've only had the privilege of staying there twice. Loved the staff, sleeping room, food, ambience and the short distance to downtown. I would like to return in nice weather. Each time it's been your first weekend open for the season. It snowed in May of 2016.

Nicely done, Pete! Wishing you and the staff a wonderful season.

Are non guests still able to enjoy the porch and grounds for a fee?

Hoping for two Grand Hotel labelled masks in our room.

This is a short video... that informs guess of the Grand Hotel. I am thankful I have seen this video... For I have a son that is autistic and does not like anything around his nose or mouth... Since they shut everything down in Grand Traverse County due to covid-19 I've kept him out of the public. Even now I only go out for groceries and things I have to do I also stay out of the public. Thank everyone at the Grand Hotel for doing a great job!!! Mackinac Island is a magical place. Throughout my life I've always told everyone my heart is on Mackinaw island... you may have to leave Mackinac Island from time to time but Mackinac Island will always stay in a person's heart... once they've been there

We had a wonderful visit over July 4

Are the chairs still out on the porch to sit on

Grand Hotel are you still having daily lunch buffet?

I saw no rocking chairs on the front porch 🤷‍♀️

Excellent video. Good to see you Pete.

The dress code is part of what makes it grand ❤️

The mask thing is alot different up north then here in the sub-tropics. We truly would love to book a reservation so long as were not forced to wear that mask.

Until the threat of CoVid-19 is over I need to refrain from staying at Grand Hotel. I will return when the pandemic is over.😷

Pete, so glad you’re back! 😎

Thank you Peter.... Well done!!! I can't wait to get there.... Take care 💕

Scott Tønnessen

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