Tag Archives: Grand Hotel

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 [...]

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 [...]