Visiting the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Michigan

On my day trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan, my mother and I visited the beautiful Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel, by far, is one of the most gorgeous hotels I’ve ever visited. This iconic hotel was built in 1887 and has been family owned for three generations; so you know it’s rich with history. You get a beautiful old world vibe when visiting, from the interior, afternoon tea, a cute little ice cream parlor, and fancy brunch and dinners.

One of the many popular things to do on Mackinac Island in Michigan is visit the Grand Hotel.

Why is visiting the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island a must?

Even if you don’t spend the night there, it’s a beautiful experience to tour the hotel and the grounds. The Grand Hotel is voted one of the top 500 hotels in the WORLD and the top hotel in Michigan. It has the longest porch in the world at 660 feet, and you can see it as you approach the island on the ferry. The Grand Hotel was the location for the 1980 film Somewhere in Time. Seriously, just LOOK at that picture above. It’s massively magnificent. Imagine all the stories it could tell.

 

One of the many popular things to do on Mackinac Island in Michigan is visit the Grand Hotel. The interior of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is so intricate.

The interior was absolutely stunning.

One of the many popular things to do on Mackinac Island in Michigan is visit the Grand Hotel.

Down this hall (above) were hotel rooms. Though we didn’t stay overnight, we can only imagine how gorgeous the individual rooms must have been! There are 393 rooms at this hotel, and each have their own style and theme. Think of the endless creativity of the designers!

 

One of the many popular things to do on Mackinac Island in Michigan is visit the Grand Hotel.

Inside the Grand Hotel are a few art galleries, with a few gorgeous pieces that are for sale. The room itself was just as colorful and fun as the art pieces hanging on the walls, from the furniture to the floors and walls.  Even if you’re not staying overnight, there’s so much to see at the Grand Hotel, from a beautiful dining area, the art galleries shown above, the stunning wrap-around porch (where you can relax and order a drink!), and the gorgeous gardens.

One of the many popular things to do on Mackinac Island in Michigan is visit the Grand Hotel. The gardens of the Grand hotel on Mackinac Island are just as beautiful from the fountains to the topiary. One of the many popular things to do on Mackinac Island in Michigan is visit the Grand Hotel. The gardens of the Grand hotel on Mackinac Island are just as beautiful from the fountains to the topiary.

One of the many popular things to do on Mackinac Island in Michigan is visit the Grand Hotel. The gardens of the Grand hotel on Mackinac Island are just as beautiful from the fountains to the topiary.

Pro Tip: Hold tight to your entrance ticket! It does have a map of this place, but since it’s SO large, and so many places to wander on the property that employees may ask to see your ticket. Speaking from personal experience, as my mother dropped hers in the toilet on our visit, and she had to [hilariously] admit that to the employee. Their bathrooms are beautiful by the way (because I know you were dying to know). Don’t worry. Mom (eventually…) found it funny.

 

 

 

One of the many popular things to do on Mackinac Island in Michigan (USA) is visit the Grand Hotel. Take a peek at this tour of the Grand Hotel, and other funny stories during this experience. One of the many popular things to do on Mackinac Island in Michigan (USA) is visit the Grand Hotel. Take a peek at this tour of the Grand Hotel, and other funny stories during this experience.

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Jai Windish

    Nice – The Grand Hotel has always been on my list to visit. Only in the last couple years have I finally been able to wander into Michigan and loved it, so I am definitely getting close to visiting. Great post

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