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Close the Grand – 127th Season

As the sun rose over Mackinac Island on Monday, October 28th we prepared to close our doors for the 127th season at Grand Hotel. Every year guests gather to help move the rocking chairs from the Front Porch into the Terrace Room where they are stored. Furniture is moved and covered up for the Winter [...]

Fall Colors Are Upon Us

It is hard to imagine that it is nearly mid October, feels like we just got to Mackinac and opened the doors for 2013.  But, here we are, only 18 official days until we are closed for the season.  We have a couple big weekends left this season, with Murder Mystery weekend this Friday through [...]

Annual Au Pair’s in America Trip to Grand Hotel

Au pairs from Au pair in America made their annual visit to Mackinac Island on Saturday Sept 28, 2013.  This year the group consisted of 30 au pairs representing 11 countries. Au pairs are young ladies who come to the United States on a J-1 visa to live with a host family for a year (or two) and provide child care.  They come to [...]

Michigan Recreation and Parks Association at Grand Hotel

  Each spring and fall since 1967, Michigan Recreation and Parks Association has been bringing groups of adults 50 and over to Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel.  Groups from all over the state of Michigan (affectionately referred to by employees and islanders as Mer-Pa’s) come for 3 day retreats to experience the beauty of Mackinac in [...]

Girl Scout Badge for Bob

This August Bob was honored with the presentation of Mackinac Island Honor Scout Troop 7901 Grand Hotel History Badge.  The young lady pictured here is the first recipient of the badge and aspires to one day have Bob’s job.   As you will see in the tasks listed below, there was quite a bit of [...]

A Former Grand Hotel Guest has the first “Kodak Moment” on Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel has enjoyed having many colorful guests during the past 126 years.  During the 19th century those guests included humorist Mark Twain, railroad businessman George Pullman, inventor Thomas Edison and photography pioneer George Eastman.  George Eastman’s connection to Mackinac Island started before Grand Hotel opened and the earlier visit would lead to the invention of photographic film, the Eastman Kodak [...]

The Baptism of Mackinac Mathis Knuth

Here at Grand Hotel we are fortunate to be a part of so many family traditions and celebrations.  Each season we look forward to seeing guest who have been visiting for many years, as well as welcoming new guests into our “extended family”. This season we had the pleasure of welcoming a new member of [...]

105th Annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

Every year the month of July is very exciting as boats from Chicago make their way to Mackinac Island. This year marks the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. Boats take off from the Yacht Club on Friday morning and make their trek across lake Michigan to lake Huron for arrival on Monday. This [...]

Celebrating the Fourth of July at Grand Hotel

The Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is a family experience like no other! Festivities began on the 3rd, even though this is not part of the package unless you added extended dates, it is part of the 126th Birthday package and all 4th of July guests got to attend the evening Cocktail Reception on [...]

Tennis with Danny Hunt

Today’s blog is from Grand Hotel Tennis Pro Danny Hunt. Hello Guests of the Grand Hotel and Residents of Mackinac Island, I am pleased to be back at the Grand Hotel for my second year as the Director of Tennis.  It was great experience last year teaching tennis and getting to know the guest and [...]