Grand Hotel

You are on the ferry heading to the island- then you see it. The infamous Grand Hotel. Little did I know this hotel was etched in my mind long before I knew it was here. Again Somewhere in Time was a movie I grew up with. I loved the romantic story of his he traveled back in time for a true love. Then years later I found out it filmed at this hotel.

One of the things that draws you in is the front porch. I don’t know why but I am a sucker for my big porches. I think just sitting on them reading, listening to music or enjoying the outside is my idea of heaven. Now if you are not a guest here you have to pay 10.00 to go in the hotel and gardens. I think it’s to keep the hotel from too many tourists- not really sure. On the one end of the porch is a huge chess board. Now all I can think of is Queens Gambit (on Netflix- very good). Sitting here with a glass of wine or margarita and just listening to the sounds and taking in the view is so peaceful.

Inside the hotel is a section dedicated to the movie Somewhere in Time. With pictures from filming to the hat Christopher Reeve wore. In October they host a weekend dedicated to the film. The Somewhere in Time Weekend is one of the most popular and special events during the Grand Hotel season. It’s the perfect time for movie lovers who want to know the cinematic secrets of the timeless romantic classic, and a chance to visit with many people who played a role in the movie. This special weekend includes a screening of the film, discussions of the movie’s production process, and appearances by returning cast and crew. Guests are invited to make a cameo appearance in costume at the cocktail receptions, and costume promenade. Visit for more information.

No I have not gone to this event yet. I was there when it was happening and loved to see people in full costume. One year I will do it- until then I just recreate scenes from the movie for the people I’m with 😂.

At the very top of Grand Hotel, the Cupola Bar offers a panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Entertainment is provided nightly. Casual attire welcome. Because after 6 pm there is a dress code for dining and dancing.

I think what is so unique about this hotel is the history. Welcoming guests since 1887,they continue to embrace their rich history with inspired enhancements and cherished traditions. I know it was always misunderstood that people thought this was the only place to stay on the island. But it is a coveted one.

This past year the renovated their iconic pool. Transforming the iconic Esther Williams Swimming Pool, named after the actress and competitive swimmer who starred in the 1947 movie, This Time for Keeps, filmed at Grand Hotel. Guests can enjoy a relaxing day at the pool and look forward to the addition of new state-of-the-art facilities and enhanced offerings on our grounds. It has cabanas along with a water slide. The grounds were all tore up last fall as they did this makeover.

I highly recommend you tour the gardens. They have a massive lawn with lawn games, benches and incredible flowers. The secret garden is just that when walking through there be sure to look for carving in wood by local artist.

You don’t have to stay here to live this hotel. You can have a whole new experience in doing so or you can just tour it and take in the porch. I of course will have more to talk about with this hotel but this is just a fun little intro.

My friend Rachel and I on the porch last October

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