While there are thousands of reasons to visit this incredible vacation destination, here are ten of my personal favorite things I believe make this a truly unique location!
10. The Cupola Bar at the top of the Grand Hotel
This amazing lounge serves as a relaxing spot to relax with friends and family, grab a drink, and watch the sunset on the island. The view is second to none, and with live musicians, fabulous drinks, and gorgeous decor, you’ll certainly be entertained!
9. Marlee Brown’s Art Store!
This incredible artist was born in Michigan and paints scenes from around the island, the state and nature. Her work can be found throughout the Grand Hotel in suites, rooms, hallways, and more!
8. The Views
The breathtaking views from the Cupola Lounge aren’t the only way to see the island at the Grand Hotel! The view from the front porch, which is the longest porch in the world by the way, (pictured right) and the view from the balconies of the rooms (pictured left) are just as stunning!
6. The Rooms There are 390 rooms and suites in the hotel, and no two are the same. Each one is uniquely appointed by master designer Carleton Varney and each room has its own theme whether it’s a place, period in time, or a person. Keep an eye on my blog for a list of some of my personal favorite rooms in the hotel!
5. The Staff
The hotel’s fabulous staff will help make your experience better than you can imagine! When a staff member heard us discussing the vegetarian options at meal time, she pointed out her favorite vegetarian options and helped us find the perfect foods for our diet and preferences. When we needed extra towels in our room, they were brought to our room in under 5 minutes. Attempting to find the luggage concierge on our way out, a staff member took our bags from us and showed us the way. All of these things were done without us even having to ask, they recognized ways they could help their guests and did them with speed, accuracy and kindness, which is just amazing to me!
4. The Location
The Mackinac Bridge is within site of the hotel, the grounds are kept immaculate, and the pool is always crystal clear and inviting. Everything is within walking distance from the hotel, so guests are able to indulge a little extra at meals and on the island’s famous fudge, and not feel too guilty about it, because of how much exercising can be done should one choose to! No matter which room a guest has, they are in the perfect spot to take in sunsets, incredible views, and the exquisite atmosphere.
3. The History
Mackinac Island’s history is as rich as the biodiversity that surrounds the island, which is to say it’s one of the richest in the country! The island boasts a fort, springs, docks, lots of native american and religious history and so much more, plus visiting the island is an exciting way to learn more about the trade routes that developed, architecture, and even fashion in the northwest!
2. The Traditions
The Grand Hotel has some of the most enjoyable traditions in Michigan! As the sign here shows, the Hotel holds guests and visitors to a higher standard. Men are to wear coats and ties, and ladies must wear dresses, or skirts (but not pants). It may seem archaic to some, but to those of distinguished sensibilities know that when one is dressed nicely, one is bound to have a good time! There’s nothing like taking extra care to look dapper, and then enjoying an evening of music, food, drinks, and excellent company!
1. The Relaxation Factor
There are no cars on Mackinac Island, the air is fresh, the smiles pass freely from one face to another, and all of the trappings of modern life can be left behind, while still enjoying modern amenities, top-notch food and beverages, and indescribably beautiful scenery. Boasting salons, spas, and anything else one may need to relax, the island is the perfect place to escape to in order to relax completely.
If you’ve ever visited the Grand Hotel, please be sure to let me know which beautiful room you enjoyed during your stay, and why you love visiting one of the most beautiful and unique places on Earth!
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