A Lesson on Love from the Gracious Grand Hotel

Riding Bikes at Mackinac IslandAlan and I have been visiting Mackinac Island together for almost 50 years, The Grand Hotel. Mackinac Island and we always admire the massive Grand Hotel, Grand Hotel from the water which appears like an Agatha Christie vision of late nineteenth-century grandeur Shepler Boat to Mackinac Islandin the Straits of Mackinac as you round the corner and come into port. Information Sign on Grand Hotel at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island The Grand Hotel is the world’s largest summer hotel Breakfast view at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and is famous for its 600-foot veranda, The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island which holds the title for being the world’s longest porch. Rocking chairs at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island The porch is lined with rocking chairs Geraniums at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and scarlet Pelargonium geraniums Front Lawn at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island …and it overlooks vast expanses of lawn, tea gardens, Playing on the monster at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and the Esther Williams Swimming Pool, which was designed for the movie star, Evening Garden at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac IslandEsther Williams, who starred in the 1947 movie filmed here,
This Time for KeepsFlowers adorning The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island although the hotel has become even more famous Evening Stroll at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island as the setting for the ultimately romantic movie, Somewhere in Time, Somewhere in Time at the Grand Hotel filmed in 1980 with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeves. Prime Rib at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island My parents used to stay at this National Historic Landmark once in a while, Harpist at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and I’ve long heard tales of the hotel’s elegance! Somewhere in Time Suite at the Grand Hotel For example, each of the 385 guest rooms are unique; no two are alike!Breakfast Menu at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac IslandAlso, it has original, award-winning cuisine. Longest Porch in World at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island However, since the price has risen sharply from the $3-5 it cost per night 125+ years ago when it opened in 1887, Lobby of The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Alan and I never felt like we could afford such a splurge. Top 25 Hotels in the World at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac IslandOver the years the Grand Hotel has won many awards, 1999 Top 100 Hotels in World such as being named in one of the Conde Nast Traveler “Gold Lists” Coffee after dinner at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island as “One of the Best Places to Stay in the Whole World” Stairway up at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and AAA’s 2009 list of “The Top Ten U.S. Historic Hotels.” Mackinac Island Outing So, this summer Alan decided to attend the University of Michigan’s Internal Medicine Update at the Grand Hotel, Registering at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Islandwhich offered a special, corporate rate, and so we stayed there. What a treat!  🙂Sun setting at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac IslandAlthough we’ve walked up to the Grand many times, We rode up with Ford and Pontiac this time we enjoyed riding in a Grand Hotel carriage, driven by horses named “Pontiac” and “Ford.” (No cars are allowed on Mackinac Island.)Room at the Grand Hotel Our room was very spacious and completely charming! In the Cupola at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island While Alan attended lectures, I sat in their airy roof-top cupola View from the cupola at the Grand Hotel overlooking the Straits and wrote my heart out!  Roses along Fence at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island After his sessions were over, we enjoyed meandering through the gardens  Esther Williams Swimming Pool at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and swimming in their 220-foot long pool. We used to imagine that it would be cold, but not so. It was perfectly heated and swimming was a daily highlight! Sno-Kones at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island As the weather was a balmy 80°, we even tried their free Sno-Kones! Picnic on the lawn at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island copy I was surprised by the number of children and the warm, family atmosphere.  Breakfast at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac IslandThis was also true of the dining room.  Dinner at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac IslandAlthough children were present, they did have on their “Grand manners”
(as one grandfather told me, who’d been bringing his family here for years).  Jazz Musicians The Grand Hotel on Mackinac IslandDuring the dinner hour, the dress code requires coats and ties for men and dresses or pant suits for women (and it’s strictly enforced; we saw a man in a Hawaii shirt being politely ushered off the porch one evening). Strawberry Rhubarb Crepes and Sausage for breakfast at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Breakfast and dinner were included in our price, Bagel and Lox with dill cream, capers, and caviar at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and we savored every dish and every meal! Beef Tenderloin at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island One night I had a tenderloin of beef, which has apparently been on the menu since 1880 and is still delicious!U.M. Reception at the Grand Hotel We attended a reception by the U. Michigan one evening on the porch Rose and Kathi and were delighted to see George and Rose. Rose worked with Alan as a chaplain George and Alanat PRCH for many years, and George is an internist in GR. George and Rose It’s always such a surprise and joy to meet friends unexpectedly! Sitting on the Porch after dinner The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island After dinner we’d sit on the porch Boardwalk at Sunset on Mackinac Island or stroll down to the beach and catch the sunsets Blue Moon from Cupola at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island…and one night we even caught the blue moon rising in all its glory. Strolling in the gardens at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island At the far end of the hotel was one garden we’d never noticed before, Gardens at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and I’d like to leave you with the sentiment written on the garden plague: Cunningham Memorial Garden at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

(All the photos were taken last weekend during our stay at the Grand.)

5 responses to “A Lesson on Love from the Gracious Grand Hotel

  1. Very beautiful. I just looked at the prices. Egad!! 😀

    • Yes, although if you catch a special it’s not quite so horrible; they have a $128 per person special right now that includes a gourmet breakfast and 5-course dinner…not too bad for a special anniversary or something. But, you can see why we’ve only done it once in our lives! We usually stay at a motel on the mainland and just go over for a day. That’s awfully fun too.

  2. Charylene Powers

    Lovely post – we have gone to the island several times but have always stayed in Mackinaw City – maybe next time it will be the Island.

  3. Perhaps a once in a life time experience!

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