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Mackinac Island Grand Hotel :: Michigan

February 22, 2010 by  
Category: Hotels

Reserve a Room at the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel

Upon arriving at Mackinac Island on the ferry, one of the first views you are treated to is the sprawling Grand Hotel sitting atop a hill surrounded by amazing foliage. Built in the late 1880s, the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel is renowned for accommodating a variety of distinguished visitors including five United States Presidents, Thomas Edison and Mark Twain. The tiny island still gives off a turn of the century experience that is seldom found today. Although in Michigan, birthplace of the auto industry, cars are banned on the island with bikes and horse drawn carriages being the only allowed modes of transport available. The Grand Hotel also boasts the longest front porch in the world which spans about 660 feet in length and overlooks the hotel’s beautiful Tea Garden and resort-style swimming pool.

The Grand Hotel has 385 rooms available, each decorated by New York designer Carleton Varney with its own unique style and character. There are four different categories of rooms, Category I though III and Named Rooms. Named Rooms are by far the most luxurious, included in these are six suites named for and designed by former First Ladies of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan & Barbara Bush. Each of these suites include the official White House portrait of the first lady, a brass plate on the door with her signature and a décor that fits each first lady’s taste and preference. The grandest of all the Named Rooms has to be the four-bedroom Masco Cottage. Added to the hotel in 2000, it features two downstairs bedrooms with private baths along with a kitchen, living room and dining room and to two more bedrooms, a bathroom and media parlor upstairs. There are a wide variety of activities available at the Grand Hotel as well as on Mackinac Island. You can spend a few hours at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool, a 220 foot long 500,000 gallon serpentine-shaped pool that is a favorite gathering place for guests. A relaxing session at the Grand Hotel Spa is a great way to treat yourself and can even be enjoyed in your Grand Hotel guest room. You can Head across the street to play some golf at “The Jewel”, an amazing 18 hole scenic golf course or take a short stroll over to Fort Mackinac, a National Historic Landmark. At Fort Mackinac you are immersed in the history of Mackinac with guides dressed in period costumes, cannon and rifle firing demonstrations and many other exhibits. Carriage tours are available to take you around this small island that is so full of a rich heritage and natural beauty.

Although the island is year-round home to only 600 residents, during the tourist season it receives over 1 million visitors. A stay at the hotel is expensive; starting at $480 per night for the smallest room, although included with each night is a full breakfast and a five course dinner at the hotel’s Salle a Manger restaurant. Non-Guests can visit the Grand Hotel and enjoy the porch for $10; breakfast is available for $30 & dinner for $75; a lunch buffet is also available to guests for $30 and non-guests for $45(non-guest $10 entrance fee can go towards lunch bill). Don’t forget to sample the amazing fudge when visiting Mackinac Island; it is truly delectable and one of the islands’ specialties.

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