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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
1-800-33-GRAND

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SOME COMMENTS FROM THE MACKINAC ISLAND PAGE ON FACEBOOK – 6/17/10

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.

SOME MORE COMMENTS FROM THE MACKINAC ISLAND PAGE ON FACEBOOK – 5/19/09

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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Mackinac Island is iconic for its Victorian houses, horse drawn carts and bicycles. But what really makes the island tick, drives its economy and has secured its place in Michigan tourism, is the fudge.
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This island, with only 500 residents, is home to more than a dozen fudge shops ready to serve the 1 million annual visitors. On peak summer tourist days, visitors collectively buy over 10,000 pounds of fudge per day. To keep up with this intense demand, the island imports 10 tons of sugar and 1 ton of butter every week. 
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What is Mackinac Island’s biggest export?

Mackinac Island is iconic for its Victorian houses, horse drawn carts and bicycles. But what really makes the island tick, drives its economy and has secured its place in Michigan tourism, is the fudge.

This island, with only 500 residents, is home to more than a dozen fudge shops ready to serve the 1 million annual visitors. On peak summer tourist days, visitors collectively buy over 10,000 pounds of fudge per day. To keep up with this intense demand, the island imports 10 tons of sugar and 1 ton of butter every week.

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True story: I looked so happy with my bloomfieldcreamery ALMOND BRITTLE & MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE ICE CREAM that a couple strolling along the sidewalk asked me what I was eating 😅🍨

Y’all have to try this flavor! 🥇 The vanilla ice cream is silky and fragrant, the almond brittle is crunchy and nutty, and the Mackinac Island fudge is chocolatey and decadent 🍫💕

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True story: I looked so happy with my bloomfieldcreamery ALMOND BRITTLE & MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE ICE CREAM that a couple strolling along the sidewalk asked me what I was eating 😅🍨

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Amish Wedding Foods and Mackinac Island Fudge, washed down with an old fashioned soda:) 

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Amish Wedding Foods and Mackinac Island Fudge, washed down with an old fashioned soda:)

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The 2019 Mackinac Island Fudge Festival is in full swing! Stop in one of the amazing fudge shops on Mackinac Island and celebrate fudge!🖤😋
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French Lane Lilacs, mackinac island

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Happy National Fudge Day from your favorite fudge-filled Island 🍫🤎 Time to celebrate with some delicious treats from joannsfudge! Sending sweet dreams your way this afternoon 💭🐴🌸🚲☀️

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Having an amazing weekend staying with grandhotelmichigan! Thank you for taking such great care of us. Can’t wait to share more ✔️ GoPro #Hero7Black #GoPro #GrandHotelMichigan #AmericasSummerPlace

Having an amazing weekend staying with grandhotelmichigan! Thank you for taking such great care of us. Can’t wait to share more ✔️ GoPro #Hero7Black #GoPro #GrandHotelMichigan #AmericasSummerPlace ...

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Do you know about World Sauntering Day? 🌎  It started at the grandhotelmichigan in Makinac Island in the 1970s. The idea behind the day is to slow down and enjoy the good things in life 🥰 and that’s easy to do on #MakinacIsland! In case you didn’t know 😎 sauntering means walking slowly with a happy disposition. 🤗 Once you taste some of the world famous fudge 🍫 and candy 🍭 of the shops downtown, it’ll be easy to saunter along Main Street. Happy Tuesday! 🥰💋

Do you know about World Sauntering Day? 🌎 It started at the grandhotelmichigan in Makinac Island in the 1970s. The idea behind the day is to slow down and enjoy the good things in life 🥰 and that’s easy to do on #MakinacIsland! In case you didn’t know 😎 sauntering means walking slowly with a happy disposition. 🤗 Once you taste some of the world famous fudge 🍫 and candy 🍭 of the shops downtown, it’ll be easy to saunter along Main Street. Happy Tuesday! 🥰💋 ...

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We woke up to a rainy but beautiful day yesterday morning on #MackinacIsland, MI. ☔ Our big terrace at the grandhotelmichigan was just perfect for breakfast. 🍳🍓🥯☕ We enjoyed the view of Lake Huron 🏞️ while watching the horse carriages passing along the street below. 🎠😊 liketoknow.it #liketkit http://liketk.it/2TKhn

We woke up to a rainy but beautiful day yesterday morning on #MackinacIsland, MI. ☔ Our big terrace at the grandhotelmichigan was just perfect for breakfast. 🍳🍓🥯☕ We enjoyed the view of Lake Huron 🏞️ while watching the horse carriages passing along the street below. 🎠😊 liketoknow.it #liketkit http://liketk.it/2TKhn ...

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Grandhotelmichigan in her winter coat. 🤩 📸 davidsonhotelsresorts 📍Mackinac Island
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The elegant parlor of Grand Hotel—a timeless classic on Mackinac Island, MI.  Design by dorothydraperco and carletonvarney. grandhotelmichigan  #dorothydraper #carletonvarney #grandhotel #grandhotelmichigan #interiordesign #decorate #makeitmackinac #mackinacisland #redandgreen #greenandred

The elegant parlor of Grand Hotel—a timeless classic on Mackinac Island, MI. Design by dorothydraperco and carletonvarney. grandhotelmichigan #dorothydraper #carletonvarney #grandhotel #grandhotelmichigan #interiordesign #decorate #makeitmackinac #mackinacisland #redandgreen #greenandred ...

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"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea” - Bernard-Paul Heroux

already missing this beautiful afternoon tea situation we had at grandhotelmichigan, such a nice treat on a cold rainy day ♥️ #grandhotelmichigan #americassummerplace #giftedstay

"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea” - Bernard-Paul Heroux

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Well, I am officially back to work and looking back 6 weeks ago, the thought of going back to work made me nauseous.  How could I step back into a role that made me face my husbands death over and over again?  Thats what I do for a living. I am a critical care nurse practitioner. Death and dying are unfortunately a huge part of my job. I take care of the sickest of the sick. I have end of life conversations with families. I run codes on patients. And just 6 weeks ago, I was on the other side as the family who had to see her husband being resuscitated by my co-workers after he unexpectedly and suddenly through a lethal arrhythmia while driving home from work. I had to watch my best friend, soul mate, and the love of my life get coded. And after over 45 minutes without regaining a pulse after immediate CPR and being defibrillated over 10 times, I had to make the call to stop resuscitative efforts.

But walking back into work and into my role, I have this new found strength. I picked up were I left off 6 weeks ago and I went back to the job I love with a little more grit, perspective, and understanding from the other side of the table. My work family has surrounded me with so much love and support and I am truly grateful to be back at work and trying to muddle through finding my new normal.

The first night I came home from work was really hard. I didn’t anticipate the feelings I would have coming home from a “normal day at work” to not having Scott at home waiting for me. Usually he would just be getting off work when I got home and those are the moments we would look forward to after a long work day.  We just looked forward to spending the night together. And I don’t have that anymore. So now I come home, to a quiet house and it really hit me hard. I still don’t get it. I don’t think I ever will. But for now, I just have to fight through each day and reward myself for the little accomplishments + victories. I made it back to work. I can function at work and be a competent provider with a lot to offer my patients, their families, and my co-workers. And for that, I will give myself some grace for the sad moments post work because it WILL get better. ❤️

Well, I am officially back to work and looking back 6 weeks ago, the thought of going back to work made me nauseous.  How could I step back into a role that made me face my husbands death over and over again? Thats what I do for a living. I am a critical care nurse practitioner. Death and dying are unfortunately a huge part of my job. I take care of the sickest of the sick. I have end of life conversations with families. I run codes on patients. And just 6 weeks ago, I was on the other side as the family who had to see her husband being resuscitated by my co-workers after he unexpectedly and suddenly through a lethal arrhythmia while driving home from work. I had to watch my best friend, soul mate, and the love of my life get coded. And after over 45 minutes without regaining a pulse after immediate CPR and being defibrillated over 10 times, I had to make the call to stop resuscitative efforts.

But walking back into work and into my role, I have this new found strength. I picked up were I left off 6 weeks ago and I went back to the job I love with a little more grit, perspective, and understanding from the other side of the table. My work family has surrounded me with so much love and support and I am truly grateful to be back at work and trying to muddle through finding my new normal.

The first night I came home from work was really hard. I didn’t anticipate the feelings I would have coming home from a “normal day at work” to not having Scott at home waiting for me. Usually he would just be getting off work when I got home and those are the moments we would look forward to after a long work day. We just looked forward to spending the night together. And I don’t have that anymore. So now I come home, to a quiet house and it really hit me hard. I still don’t get it. I don’t think I ever will. But for now, I just have to fight through each day and reward myself for the little accomplishments + victories. I made it back to work. I can function at work and be a competent provider with a lot to offer my patients, their families, and my co-workers. And for that, I will give myself some grace for the sad moments post work because it WILL get better. ❤️
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One of our favorite summer moments is visiting the grandhotelmichigan’s secret garden. Thanks to rosewitt67 for capturing this beautiful moment to share with all of you 💚

One of our favorite summer moments is visiting the grandhotelmichigan’s secret garden. Thanks to rosewitt67 for capturing this beautiful moment to share with all of you 💚 ...

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