Tag Archives: Grand Hotel

Arts Weekend Theatre Program Announced

Today’s guest blogger is Rob Roznowski, director of several film and theatrical productions, as well as Head of Acting at the MSU Department of Theatre.   For nearly a decade the Michigan State University Department of Theatre has been official partners with The Williamston Theatre. The Williamston Theatre is mid-Michigan’s only professional resident theatre and operates [...]

The Making of Hudsonville Grand Hotel Pecan Ball Ice Cream

When producing Grand Hotel Pecan Ball, the Hudsonville Team begins by batching ice cream mix using locally-sourced fresh milk, cream and a sugar blend. Once the mix is prepared and cooled to the proper temperature, it is brought over to the production room where we start by then making our famous Original Vanilla ice cream [...]

The Musser Suite is taking shape

It is time to share an update on the Musser Suite progress.  Walls are up, and images providing a peek at the final look are taking shape.   Carleton Varney is working hard on the interior design, choosing rich purples, greens and reds for the walls and furniture. The construction crew is busy putting up walls [...]


The year 1903 had Teddy Roosevelt in his second full year as our President, the Wright Brothers made their first flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, James Jefferies defeated John Corbett to become the heavyweight-boxing champion, and Ford Motors incorporated under Henry Ford. Detroit Tigers 28 year-old outfielder Jimmy Barrett led the American [...]

20th Anniversary MSU Arts Weekend

Today’s guest blogger is Kelly Salchow MacArthur, Associate Professor of Studio Art and Co-Coordinator of Graphic Design. Kelly will present Graphic Design: Elevated, sharing her experimental three-dimensional work in graphic design, as well as related work of her students’ during this year’s 20th Anniversary of Arts Weekend (June 27-29). Graphic design is ubiquitous—a part of modern [...]

Spending winter on Mackinac Island through the eyes of a Grand Hotel Photographer

Living and working on Mackinac Island has always been an exciting and rewarding experience. Thanks to the non-stop flow of travelers visiting the island, no day on the front porch of the Grand is ever the same. After six years of working as a photographer for Grand Hotel in the spring, summer, and fall months, [...]

The New Musser Suite

In honor of R.D. Musser, Chairman of Grand Hotel, our first one bedroom suite, appropriately named the Musser Suite, will open for the 2014 season.   Mr. Musser was a part of Grand Hotel for more than 60 years, and we are excited to share this beautiful room, built in his memory.   Located on [...]

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year To Give Grand Hotel Gifts!

We are sure that most of you are well on your way with Christmas and Holiday shopping, and we want to let you know we are here to help you buy for the Grand Hotel fan on your list.     We have several new items as well as several returning favorites on our website [...]

Congratulations Bob Tagatz – Historic Hotels of America’s Historian of the Year

Historic Hotels of America is an association founded in 1989 to promote heritage tourism.  Historic Hotels of America has identified over 235 quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. To be selected for this program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the [...]

Things We’ve Collected Since Spring

Closing night of he 127th season was highlighted with Concierge and Hotel Historian, Bob Tagatz delivering his “Closing the Grand” speech. The Theater was packed with guests, a few sitting in rocking chairs from the Front Porch brought in to be stored for the winter.  Bob shared his favorite questions asked by guests during the [...]