1.24.2017

Grand Hotel Goodness


Late yesterday afternoon I received a comment on my Instagram post suggesting I might like to check out the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan.  Since the work day was done and I was relaxing with the mail and managing some algebra homework I hit google and checked it out.

Where oh where have I been?


I read every single word of the website like it was homework and I needed to get an A+.  I couldn't get enough.  I love the old world hospitality feel of the island, simple yet perfect.  The ice cream shoppe in the hotel had me googling for an immediate vacation date. There is something very Dirty Dancing resort about the Grand Hotel.  Can we go for the summer?


Isn't it stunning?  Those yellow awnings, the flags, the porch that does not end.  I might pack my bags and say I am only coming for a stay but then pull an Eloise and stay forever! The hotel is so large I don't think they will notice, right?

Sitting on Lake Huron at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, Mackinac Island is a resort area which draws more than 15,000 visitors per day during peak season.  Since motorized vehicles were prohibited on the island in 1898, visitors trade in their cars for horse drawn carriage and bicycles only adding to the charm of the area.  Arriving by ferry, private boat or small aircraft the island oozes old world charm with its darling shops and ice cream parlors. As I researched the island I was immediately struck by the fact that only 492 people permanently reside on the island making most who work there travel by ferry to arrive to work each day. How magical ...

Since 1887 the Grand Hotel Open from May to October, provides a full service vacation with charming details and incredible staff.  Owned and operated by the Musser family the facility prides itself on giving each guest "the grand experience".  Named the best hotel in Michigan by Travel & Leisure Magazine, the Grand Hotel is known as "America's summer place".  I could not agree more. From crochet on the lawn to afternoon tea, no detail is left to chance.  When I scrolled through the activities they offer I couldn't fall in love fast enough. How about a round of golf where they transport you via horse and carriage between holes ... or a game of pickleball (had to google that one) or a visit to Astor's salon and spa?  I mean, yes please to every single one of those please!





So many people commented on the incredible dining room and I agree completely.  How stunning is that view?  And those curtains and the striped chairs?  Something about a stripe that gets me every single time.  It just oozes sophistication and tradition.



And then I looked at the guest rooms.  As I scrolled through the Guest Room Gallery I kept thinking to myself the rooms were very Dorothy Draper, how amazing!  And then I spotted the magical words right below the gallery. "All 393 guest rooms are individually decorated by Interior Designer Carlton Varney of Dorothy Draper, Co."

Umm #duh! Like I said before, where have I been? 


The hotel and the grounds are stunning but that is only the beginning of the magic.  I will let the incredible photos they include on their website of just some of the rooms tell the story.  Every single one of the 393 rooms is different.  I don't know how you would ever choose ...


Somewhere In Time Suite


Huron Suite


Esther Williams Suite


Governors Suite


Grand Suite


Jacqueline Kennedy Suite


Lady Bird Johnson Suite


Nancy Reagan Suite


Josephine Suite




Musser Suite


Rosalynn Carter Suite


Tiffany Suite

Dear Lord, how would you ever decide?  Each room is more magical than the last.  I mean I could get lost in the florals and chintz for days. You must check out the hotel and take the virtual tours.  I promise you it will not disappoint and you too will be trying to find a time you can sneak away for the perfect family vacation.  Thank you Lori for the heads up about the hotel and its magic!

All images via the Grand Hotel.

Have the best day ... 
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