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Grand Hotel Mackinac island Michigan

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

Our History – America’s Original Grand Hotel™

1886

Mackinac Island becomes a summer getaway, but accommodations are limited. The Michigan Central Railroad, Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, and Detroit and Cleveland Steamship Navigation Company form the Mackinac Island Hotel Company. Land upon which Grand Hotel will stand is purchased, hotel construction begins.

 

1887

Etching of Grand HotelGrand Hotel opens, billed as a summer retreat for vacationers who arrive by lake steamer from Chicago, Erie, Montreal, Detroit, and by rail from across the continent. Rates are $3.00 to $5.00 a night.


 

1890s

Grand Hotel’s Front Porch — longest in the world — becomes the principal meeting place for all of Mackinac Island, as well as a promenade for the elderly and a “Flirtation Walk” for island romantics. Grand Hotel Manager James “The Comet” Hayes invites an agent of Edison Phonograph to conduct regular demonstrations of the new invention.


 

1895

Mark Twain lectures in the Grand Hotel Casino. Admission: $1.


 

1897

The West Wing is added to the hotel.


Turn of the Century — America’s True Grand Hotel™

The automobile finds its way onto the island. Grand Hotel supports an island-wide ban. A law is passed, but not strictly enforced until the 1930s.


1919

Hotel rates: $6.00 a day per person.


 

1933

W. Stewart Woodfill, hired as a desk clerk in 1919, purchases and becomes sole owner of Grand Hotel.


 

1935

A radio salon where patrons can listen to Jack Benny and other popular programs is added.


 

1947

How to reach Mackinac IslandThis Time For Keeps starring Jimmy Durante and Esther Williams is filmed on the island and at Grand Hotel.


1951

R.D. (Dan) Musser joins the hotel staff.


 

1957

Michigan Historical Association selects Grand Hotel as a State Historical Building.


 

1960

Grand Hotel owner W. Stewart Woodfill appoints R.D. (Dan) Musser president of Grand Hotel.


 

1976

Musser and wife Amelia begin the redesign of the hotel’s interior and exterior with the help of architect Richard Bos and decorator Carleton Varney.


 

1979

The Mussers purchase Grand Hotel.


 

1980

grand-hotel-mackinac-island-somewhere-in-time-poseSomewhere In Time, filmed at Grand Hotel and starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer, is released.


 

1987

In preparation for its centennial season, the Cupola Bar is added, the Woodfill Conference Center is completed and The Jewel golf course is renovated.


 

1989

R.D. (Dan) Musser III is named president of Grand Hotel.


 

1989

The East Wing is added to the hotel.


 

1989

The U.S. Department of Interior designates Grand Hotel a National Historic Landmark.


 

1994

The new Woods nine opens, combining with the original Grand nine to comprise The Jewel, Grand Hotel’s 18-hole golf course.


 

1995

Astor’s Hair Salon and Rebecca’s are added.


 

1996

Margaret’s Garden and The Audubon Wine Bar open.


 

1997

shopping-oil-thumbOil Paintings by Marlee, featuring original works by local artist Marlee Brown, is added to the variety of shops at Grand Hotel.


 

1998

Five new Named Rooms in honor of former First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush are added to the west end of the hotel. Two new two-bedroom suites, the Grand and the Carleton Varney, are also added to the west end.


 

1999

shopping-jewelry2-thumbGrand Hotel & Co., Fine Jewelry is added to the variety of shops. Thirteen guest rooms are added to the west wing of the hotel, bringing the total to 343.


 

2000

A new golf pro shop is added. The Vanderbilt Suite is added. Three electric boilers are added making heating water more efficient and environmentally friendly. Construction began on the Millennium Wing, a 200-seat addition to the Main Dining Room and 42 new guest rooms. This is the largest addition since the original construction of the hotel. The Millennium Wing will be completed in time for the 2001 season.


 

2001

The Millennium Wing opens on the east end of the hotel. The wing features 42 new guest rooms; the Grand Pavilion, a 3,600 square-foot private meeting room and dining room; restrooms adjacent to the dining room; and new guest and service elevators.


 

2002

The Jacqueline Kennedy Suite is added.


 

2003

grand-hotel-mackinac-island-masco-cottage-1The Masco Cottage, a four-bedroom cottage attached to the east end of the hotel, is added. The swimming pool’s deck area is expanded and a new large hot tub is added.


 

2004

The Grand Club, a vacation membership program allowing guests to prepay future stays at Grand Hotel at a discount, is established.


 

2005

The earliest Grand Hotel has been open in its 118-year history. The Jane Seymour Suite was added featuring furniture and linens from her Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island Collection, a line of home goods she created for Saks, Inc.


 

2006

The Gate House, a casual bar/restaurant just a short walk down Grand Hill, is added to Grand Hotel’s offsite dining options. The hotel welcomes its 5,000,000th overnight guest.


 

2007

Air conditioning is added to 170 guest rooms makes Grand Hotel entirely air conditioned. Grand Hotel celebrates its 120th birthday.


 

2008

For the first time in Grand Hotel history, regular selective dinner was served on the Front Porch during the summer season.


 

2009

Grand Hotel is certified as a Green Lodging Michigan Leader by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth. The commitment to reducing Grand Hotel’s carbon footprint is an ongoing process that began in 2007 when a state-of-the-art air-conditioning system was installed using water for cooling guest rooms which is then used to heat the Esther Williams Swimming Pool. As part of the hotel’s green initiative, a “Green Team” constantly looks for new and creative ways to benefit our planet.


 

2010

The Trophy Room is added celebrating Sadie, the Scottish Terrier owned by Amelia Musser, wife of Grand Hotel Chairman R.D. Musser. Sadie won Best In Show at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in addition to 112 other shows around the United States. Located just off the west end of the Parlor, the Trophy Room features her ribbons, trophies and photographs, and is accessible to Grand Hotel guests and those visiting the hotel for the day. Quattro’s Quarters is added to The Gate House restaurant. Quattro’s Quarters is named after 10-year old Dan Musser IV, nicknamed Quattro because he is the fourth generation Dan Musser. The game room will feature classic arcade games.


 

2011

The Laura Bush Suite is added as the seventh First Lady Named Room. Capitol Bedding creates a private label set, Grand Hotel Touch of Softness. One hundred eighty beds will be placed in guest rooms. Autumn Blaze maples are planted on either side of Cadotte Avenue leading up to Grand Hotel as part of a two-year project to replace dying Norway maples. The project is set for completion in the fall of 2011. A partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan titled “Live Healthy. Live Grand” debuts highlighting healthy dining options, and recreational and stress reducing activities at Grand Hotel.


 

2012

grand-hotel-125-anniversary-logoGrand Hotel celebrates its 125th Anniversary. The historic year was commemorated with a weekend filled with memorable events: Saturday night dinner with former Michigan governors in attendance, presentation by Grand Hotel interior decorator Carleton Varney, fireworks, a live performance by John Pizzarelli and more. A special edition 125th anniversary coffee table book is published. Cawthorne’s Village Inn is added to Grand Hotel dining options. Grand Hotel hosts a full schedule of vintage 1860s rules baseball games and opens its new horse stable, home to 12 horses and 20 antique carriages. The Stockbridge Suite also opens its doors, featuring furniture from the estate of Francis B. Stockbridge, who once owned the land on which the hotel sits.


 

2013

Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor is added in what was Margaret’s Garden. Margaret’s Garden is moved to the lower lobby. Adding the Grand Hotel Touch of Softness Sleep Sets to all guest rooms is completed. Air conditioning is added to Woods restaurant. An outdoor hot tub is added to the deck of Masco Cottage. Two new weekend packages are added: Grand Garden Show featuring Proven Winners and the Live Healthy Live Grand Weekend, partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.


 

2014

The Musser Suite is added at the west end of the fourth floor. This one-bedroom suite features an entryway with a wet bar. Steps up to the right lead into a large parlor with a view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. To the left of the entry is the bedroom with a dormer sitting area. The suite is named after Mr. Musser who passed away in April 2013. Grand Hotel President Dan Musser III and his father discussed the Cupola Suites project for many years. The suite is decorated by Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper & Company in New York who Mr. Musser hired in 1976 and has continued to be the designer of all Grand Hotel interiors since then. The Musser Suite is the first of the Cupola Suites project that will lead to dormers lining the fourth floor of the front of the hotel, which is how the hotel’s exterior looked as late as 1915.


 

2015

The fourth floor project continues with the addition of new Cupola Suites to the west end of the hotel. Each suite has a bedroom with a king bed, which is entered through a parlor, and the option of connecting to a second bedroom. This brings the guest room total to 390 rooms. Beautiful stone work and new sculpted walls is added to define the flower beds in the Tea Garden. The season is 184 nights long, the longest ever.


2016

The sixth off-site restaurant, Sushi Grand is added next to The Gate House.  336 feet of of the World’s Longest Front Porch is reconstructed, the first time in 50 years. A newly designed Memorial Garden with edible flowers and herbs for the Executive Chef and his staff to utilize is now available.


 

2017

July 10, 2017 Grand Hotel will celebrate its 130th Birthday. This milestone will be commemorated with a 130th Anniversary Celebration, June 30 – July 2, 2017. Detroit Public Television is producing the documentary, Inside Grand Hotel that tells the 130 year history of the Michigan Landmark. The fourth floor project continues with the addition of three new Cupola Suites to the east end of the hotel bringing the room total to 393 rooms. The re-construction of the Front Porch will be complete.