Grand Hotel Welcomes Pickleball


We are proud to announce that Grand Hotel has just added two new Pickleball courts! All guests are welcome to come relax, compete, and play on the only clay pickleball courts in the state of Michigan!

Pickleball was created in the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island – a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. A family friendly game, pickleball games take place on a badminton size court with four players. Combining the elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, pickleball is a great way to enjoy a fast paced game that’s easy to learn and fun to play!

The USAPA official Pickleball ambassadors for Mackinac Island, Marge and Rich Lind, are island residents who spend time in Arizona each winter where they first discovered the sport. Upon returning home to Mackinac this spring, they wanted to introduce residents and tourists to the game and spread the contagious pickleball excitement! As one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., Grand Hotel welcomes all guests to come enjoy two of the 1800+ pickleball courts in the United States.

Cole Heule, Grand Hotel’s Tennis Pro, is available to teach the beginner this exciting sport. Paddles and Pickleballs are available at the tennis pro-shop.

Check out our website for more information.

The Jockey Club at The Grand Stand, a Grand Hotel Restaurant

Jockey Club
“A great little spot to eat on Grand Hotel grounds.”

The Jockey Club at The Grand Stand, first called The Snack Bar, opened in the 1950s. Carleton Varney joined Grand Hotel’s staff as the designer in 1979 and renamed The Snack Bar as The Grand Stand. In the mid 1980s, Carleton Varney added the horse theme to the restaurant and renamed it The Jockey Club at The Grand Stand.

The cozy stone building with an elegant outdoor canopy cordially invites you to a Grand experience! Located on the first tee of The Jewel, Grand Hotel’s golf course, the Jockey Club at The Grand Stand is a casual dining locale enjoyed by many. Come join us for indoor and outdoor dining.

The jockey theme is beautifully carried out in the most detailed fashion. A jockey hat light fixture intimately lights each table inside. Gallant horses stand in the paintings that line the interior walls. The outdoor canopy provides a touch of elegance to our otherwise more casual environment. Our patio serves as a grand spot for lunch, evening dinner, or cocktails!

Jockey Club’s lunch and dinner menus provide a wide range of unique options. Start off your lunch with an appetizer of warm white corn and lobster dip followed by blackened fish tacos. If you are in the mood for an American classic while on the grounds of #americassummerplace, order the grilled cheese! The brie, mozzarella, roasted mushroom, bacon, and arugula between two slices of sourdough bread will always be a favorite. The turkey and vegetable wraps never fail to please hungry travelers. Satisfy your sweet tooth by finishing up with Grand Hotel’s favorite dessert: the Grand Pecan Ball.

When dining in the evening, the menu expands, including a prix fixe menu after 5:30 p.m. By ordering the delightful chilled summer melon soup appetizer, you will be introduced to what the evening has to offer. Meat lovers might follow with the Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef or Red Deer Venison Tartare from Michigan paired perfectly with the signature Jockey Club Salad featuring Tuscan kale, brussel sprouts, marcona almonds, barrata cheese, garlic croutons, and a delicious drizzle of creole mustard vinaigrette.

Also, a NEW addition to the Jockey Club dining options is SUSHI every Friday night with a rotating sushi roll menu!

We welcome guest and non-guests to Jockey Club at The Grand Stand for a memorable dining experience!

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2015 Mackinac Policy Conference #MPC15

Since the spring of 1981 the Detroit Regional Chamber has been coming to Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel for its annual Mackinac Policy Conference. For the 35th consecutive year, Grand Hotel enjoyed hosting this special event. Various business professionals and government officials from around the State of Michigan came to meet for 4 days to discuss current topics and make important decisions. Some of these people included Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Mike Rowe from mikeroweWORKS foundation, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan, among many others.

The entire hotel is transformed into a meeting space using every room and resource available.

The Smartphone app developed specifically for the conference and the iPad station for attendee use was available again this year. The Blogger Zone was also a hot spot for conference attendees who were looking to get information out as it was happening. Blogger Zone

The opening dinner at Grand Stables kicked the week off to a great start! Over 800 people gathered for cocktails and a strolling dinner.

The conference had three key visions that drove its success:

Talent: Deepen Michigan’s talent base through attraction and retention and by connecting individuals with opportunities.

Urban Revitalization: Drive innovative approaches to transforming Michigan’s historic and new urban centers to foster business growth, financial stability, infrastructure improvements and placemaking.

Cohesion: Inspire a commitment among Michigan’s leaders to speak with “One Michigan Voice” built on a foundation of shared values and the overarching ethos of “doing well, by doing good.”

The next few days included presentations and discussions about these visions such as fixing Michigan’s struggling schools, building a world-class talent pipeline, maintaining a sustainable food economy, Detroit transportation, 2016 elections, and the art of cohesion. A spark lit every conference room as hundreds gathered in efforts of listening, discussing, and discovering this year’s most important topics.

Thank you to the Detroit Regional Chamber for bringing this year’s conference to Grand Hotel.

MSU Arts Weekend 2015 – State of Fifths

Today’s guest blog is provided by State of Fifths – a co-ed a cappella group from Michigan State University. “The Fifths” will be sharing their talents with guests at Grand Hotel throughout the MSU College of Arts & Letters 21st annual Arts Weekend (June 26-28).

A Rehearsal with the Fifths

If you have ever had chance a visit to the Michigan State University Music Building on a Sunday or Wednesday evening, it would be extremely probable for you to hear the harmonious and (sometimes) melodic tunes of our warm-ups, which typically last about ten minutes prior to each rehearsal.

Led by our music directors, we (as any singers intuitively do), sing a variety of tuneful scales and peculiar tongue twisters (that usually end with ravenous laughter) to warm-up our vocal cords after the long, oftentimes stressful, days college inevitably provides.

We stand (all sixteen or so of us) in an imperfect circle, each with music in hand and ready to begin another night of singing.

We are State of Fifths, a premier co-ed a cappella group on the Michigan State University campus, known to be relentlessly chordgasmic—a term that which dates back to our founding eight years ago.

As a relatively new group, compared to other campus groups, we have taken generous strides to earn our footprint in the a cappella community. Some of our recent accomplishments include: winning second place two years in a row at the ICCA Great Lakes Semifinals (after winning first and second those same years at Quarterfinals), as well as releasing a brand new CD this past fall entitled, Lost & Found.

Filling the halls of the College of Music with our impetuous laughter and silly sounds while creating arrangements, we collectively put in five hours per week in attempt to put our all into the music. Each year, we typically sing six to seven new songs—this year we included hits like “Bang Bang” and “Take Me to Church”—in addition to our alumni song, “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as well as our ICCA set in the winter. All of which were arranged by current or past members of the group.

After hours of plunking out notes and singing the shrill repeated lines of our music, we typically leave rehearsal happy, committed to practicing and continuing our hard work throughout the week. We close each practice with a “hands-in” where we all gather in a circle and put our five fingers (an ironic symbol of our Fifths-dom) in the center, only to shout our infamously coined term on the count of three…chordgasm! Ending with a not-so-random “Random Hug Time”, we leave the Music Building to return again in a few days for another raucous time with our best friends.

We are so honored to have the opportunity to share our passion with the guests at Grand Hotel for this year’s annual Arts Weekend. We hope that we will have the chance to sing, laugh and entertain you during the weekend of June 26-28!

Until then,

State of Fifths
Michigan State University