10 Romantic Nights at Grand Hotel


Sunset at Grand Hotel

10 Romantic Nights at Grand Hotel

There is so much Grand Hotel has to offer for couples visiting Mackinac Island looking to share something truly special together. The unique location of this luxury hotel on historic Mackinac Island makes for a most relaxing atmosphere set somewhere in time. Whether it’s a romantic evening watching the sunset over the Mackinac Bridge or experiencing fine dining in the Salle à Manger, Grand Hotel has something for every couple to enjoy! Here a few ideas to inspire your romantic getaway!


 1. Strolling the Front Porch 

A stroll down the front porch


A Mackinac sunset off the front porch

Almost everyone that stays here agrees, the most romantic way to start your stay is to take a stroll hand in hand down the front porch at Grand Hotel. The west end frames the Mackinac Bridge with the warm light of the setting sun over the Straits of Mackinac. Head to the east end to take in the charming views of Cadotte Ave., Little Stone Church and Downtown Mackinac Island. Beautiful maple trees line Cadotte Ave. and the comforting sounds of the carriages trot by in the distance. Take in the fresh breeze off the lake as you watch ferries cross the Straits and pull into the harbor. Old fashioned rocking chairs line the porch and welcome you to have a seat and take a moment to soak it all in. The Geranium Bar located just off the porch offers a variety of champagne, beer and cocktails available throughout the day and night. 

2. The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
Grand Hotel’s Secret Garden

Everyone’s favorite secret at Grand Hotel is The Secret Garden.  Blooming and vibrant Grape Hyacinths create the illusion of a flowing river to Grand Hotel while forest creatures made from flowering succulents hide among their blossoms. Follow the pathway across the bridge where you’ll be surrounded by rays of sunlight, monarch butterflies and a variety of blooming tulips, daffodils and impatiens depending on the season.

3. Dining at The Jockey Club

The Jockey Club
Interior of The Jockey Club
Dining at The Jockey Club

The Jockey Club is located just across the street from Grand Hotel and offers guests a more intimate dining setting. Enjoy dining outdoors overlooking The Jewel golf course on the patio while taking in the relaxing sounds of live jazz guitar.  The Jockey Club is a Mackinac Island local favorite and are known for their creative presentations and innovative menu.

4. Stay In

Welcome Amenities at Grand Hotel
Welcome Amenities

Make the most of your Grand Hotel stay with our welcome amenities. We offer a variety of amenities to make your night extra special, from custom bouquets, chocolate covered strawberries, cordials, and champagne. Check into your room to find a basket full of gourmet cheese, crackers and Grand Hotel wine waiting for you and let the romance begin. Custom bouquets can be made to order right at Margaret’s Garden. 

5. Cocktails in the Audubon

Cocktails in the Audubon

Enjoy the intimacy of The Audubon Wine Bar just adjacent to the parlor. The soft lighting, classic decor and antique copper bar top will put you in the mood for romance. Small plates and charcuterie boards are available along with craft cocktails, fine wines and cordials.

6. Off the Beaten Path – A Carriage Ride to Woods Restaurant

A carriage ride to Woods Restaurant
Dinner for two at Woods
Woods Restaurant

The Bavarian Charm of Woods Restaurant will deliver all the magic of Mackinac Island and make your stay truly unforgettable! Start the evening with a horse-drawn carriage up the West Bluff of Mackinac and into the forest to Woods Restaurant. Enjoy a uniquely Bavarian menu by the crackling fireplace and the soft sounds of the piano played nightly by the Grand Hotel pianist. 

7. Experience Somewhere in Time at Grand Hotel

Somewhere in Time Promenade
Somewhere in Time Weekend

Embrace the romantic in you and fall in love! Couple’s just love to travel to Mackinac Island and relive the timeless classic Somewhere in Time at Grand Hotel. You’ll feel as if you’ve traveled back in time for this event complete with costume dress, promenades, fine dining and special viewings of the film.

8. Stroll through the Tea Garden at Twilight

Grand Hotel’s tea garden at twilight

The tea garden at twilight is a sight to see! After dinner follow the lanterns down the stairs to the tea garden and fountain. Listen to the soft sounds of the fountain and Mackinac Island and look up to see a unique view of Grand Hotel all lit up against the twilight sky. 

9. Summer & Fall Wine Weekends

Wine Weekend Private Dinner
Grand Hotel Wine Appreciation Weekend

Summer and Fall Wine Weekends at Grand Hotel offer guests the chance for couples to taste wines and meet the wine makers from regions throughout Michigan and California. Learn how these vintners started and the secrets behind their craft all while enjoying your stay at Grand Hotel. Couple’s enjoy wine-tastings, nightly receptions and a special private dinner with wine pairings for each course created by our Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer.

10. Treat yourself to a Named Room or Suite

2019 Cupola Suite Bedroom
2019 Cupola Suite 

When is there a better time to treat yourself to a unique guest room? Choose one of our First Lady Suites or brand new Cupola Suites (new in 2019) with views looking over the Straits of Mackinac. Cherish the uniqueness of the room that fits you, then relax and unwind with a special part of Grand Hotel that you will remember forever. With 397 uniquely decorated guest rooms to choose from you can certainly find the perfect one for you. 

Balcony views of the bridge from the west end.

We hope you enjoyed our list! You can book your own romantic Grand Hotel getaway today with our Honeymoon & Anniversary Package. Whether you are celebrating a honeymoon or an anniversary, Grand Hotel’s picturesque setting is the perfect place to relax and indulge for a romantic 3-night stay. We take care of all the details with flowers and champagne, a one-hour private horse-drawn carriage ride, Afternoon Tea, and fine dining. If you want to get away for the weekend or mid-week we have lots of special packages and availability this season to help plan your next special trip together. 

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5 thoughts on “10 Romantic Nights at Grand Hotel

  1. We spend our anniversary week with you every year! Already booked. See you in a few months! 🙂

    • Wonderful! We’ll see you soon! Happy Anniversary!

  2. Close–eight out of ten.
    (but we’re not finished yet!)
    No #9 wine weekend and no #10 named suite, except we got Rm. 312 once, next door to the Nancy Reagan Suite. Windows overlooking the front wrapped around to view the cottages on West Bluff…

    • Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

  3. The Somewhere in Time package is an excellent idea! With the beautiful historic atmosphere at the Grand Hotel its very fitting.

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