Discover the USA Suggestion... GRAND HOTEL & MACKINAC ISLAND
If you have never experienced the wonder of setting off from the mainland of Michigan and seeing the expansive front porch of Grand Hotel 7 miles away in the distance... or stepping back in time to an island that doesn't allow cars... or enjoying the picturesque beauty of Lake Huron surrounding the island, with the sweeping Mackinac Bridge in the distance then perhaps this is your year to do so!!
Dating back to 1887 as a summer getaway for the railroad barons of the 19th century, this legendary diamond has dusted herself off with a recent $10M refresh and pool renovation and is waiting for you. Grand Hotel opens for the season on May 7th which runs until November 7th, and the island would love to make your acquaintance! I'd love to help you plan an amazing getaway to this charming island retreat. Give me a call at 317.776.1733, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit a request through my website!
A Victorian relic in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. continues
to charm guests every single summer. Mackinac
Islandpreserves the spirit of the Victorian era with its’ horse-drawn
carriages driving down automobile-free streets, as pedestrians promenade down
the avenues and bicyclists ride around town.
Ice cream parlors, candy shops and cafes litter the main street of town,
along with souvenir and trinket shops galore. Be sure to stop in and sample the
fudge though, which truly is world-renown.
The island itself is located in the Straits of Mackinac,
which is where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, and where the Lower and Upper
Peninsulas of Michigan are linked at their closest points by the four-mile long
Mackinac Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. The island itself is more than a mile off-shore
from the Upper Peninsula, and be reached from both peninsulas by boat. There are only about 500 year-round residents
on the island, and the only automobile is the ambulance. The island does have its' own small-craft airport, specifically for airlifting in emergencies and resident departure from the island during the winter months when the straights of Mackinac freeze over.
The island was first settled in the 1700’s as an outpost by
the British during the French and Indian War, and later, much later, in the
late 19th century by wealthy urbanites and railroad barons for their
summertime enjoyment. “Cottages” sprang
up all around the shores of the island (grand and imposing homes), and almost
as quickly as it arrived, the automobile was banned from the island. Today there are more than 500 horses stabled
on the island.
The most impressive structure on the island is the famous,
sprawling, Grand Hotel, built in 1887, boasting the world’s longest front
porch, coming in at 660-feet long. This
impressive structure was designed in Greek Revival style, that some call a
palace – and can be seen from the mainland of both peninsulas, up to about 5
miles away to the Lower Peninsula. This
grand dame of the 19th century boasts a magnificent dining room, as
well as expansive lake views. It played
host to a number of motion picture shoots, including Ester Williams and her
synchronized swimming of the 1930’s and the 1980’s cult classic, Somewhere in Time, starring Jane Seymour
and Christopher Reeve.
Accommodations on the island include of course the Grand
Hotel, but there are a variety of other hotels and homes for rent on the island. Many visitors choose to stay on either peninsula
of the mainland in either Macinaw City (Lower) or St. Ignace (Upper), as both
provide easy day trips to other Michigan treats such as the Pictured Rocks
National Lakeshore along the shores of Lake Superior and Sleeping Bear Dunes near Traverse City, along the shores of Lake Michigan.