Shannon Schultz Visits Grand Hotel #americassummerplace

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Ferries, fudge, the world’s longest porch, and fun: oh my!

We love when people visit Mackinac Island for the first time. Guest blogger, Shannon Schultz, visited Mackinac Island and stayed at Grand Hotel to celebrate her 40th birthday! Her family enjoyed games in the Tea Garden, lunch at Fort Mackinac, visits to the horse stables, and so much more.

Shannon Schultz is a homeschooling mama and freelance writer.  She started the Ugga Mugga parenting blog in 2008, is finalizing her first children’s book and has worked as a communication consultant with numerous corporate clients.  Read more about her trip to Grand Hotel and the 40 random acts of kindness she and her family completed as a countdown to her 40th birthday on the Kindness Countdown blog at www.kindnesscountdown.com.


Grand Hotel Named 2015 Most Romantic Hotel

Grand Hotel named as the 2015 Most Romantic Hotel by Traverse Magazine and MyNorth.com!

Sunset Romance

 

Come to Grand Hotel to experience your perfect romantic getaway. Grace your eyes with the watercolor blended colors of the sunset falling just behind the Mackinac Bridge while looking out the Straits of Mackinac from a rocking chair on the front porch. Indulge in the feeling of an island escape here on Mackinac Island where charming bikes and horse-drawn carriages will be your means of transportation. Take a break as you stroll along the world’s longest front porch and the paths of the Grand Hotel gardens.

7 Grand Date Ideas

1. Enjoy live music in the Cupola Bar with stunning views and a relaxed atmosphere.

2. Nightly dancing after dinner to the Grand Hotel Orchestra in the Terrace Room.

3. Take a leisurely walk along the paths of the Grand Hotel gardens.

4. Sit back in a rocking chair on the world’s longest front porch!

5. Enjoy the grand tradition of Afternoon Tea in the parlor.

6. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to Woods Restaurant located in the wooded interior of Mackinac Island.

7. Reserve a table for two in the Main Dining  Room over looking the Straits of Mackinac.

MyNorth just named Grand Hotel the 2015 Most Romantic Hotel! Grand Hotel owner and president Dan Musser III answered some questions about the romance that guests often find at Grand Hotel. Read the article here!


Grand Hotel Turns 128 Years Old

Let’s go back in time and take a look at some of the grandest moments in Grand Hotel’s 129 year history as America’s Summer Place.

128th Birthday

Our Story – America’s Original Grand Hotel™

1886

Mackinac Island becomes a summer getaway, and hotel construction begins.

1887

HistoryGrand 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 to $5 a night.

1890s

Grand Hotel’s Front Porch – longest in the world—becomes the principal meeting place for all of Mackinac Island.

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 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

This 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 Musser family purchase Grand Hotel from W. Stewart Woodfill.

1980

Somewhere In Time, filmed at Grand Hotel and starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, is released.

1987

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 Jewel
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

Oil 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 are added to the west end of the hotel. Two new two-bedroom suites, the Grand Suite and the Carleton Varney Suite, are added to the west end.

1999

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. Construction began on the Millennium Wing, a 200 seat addition to the Main Dining Room and 42 new guest rooms.

2001

The Millennium Wing opens on the east end of the hotel.

2002

Jacqueline Kennedy SuiteThe First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Suite is added.

2003

Masco Cottage
The Masco Cottage, a four-bedroom cottage attached to the east end of the hotel, 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 Millennium Wing opens on March 1, the earliest Grand Hotel has been open in its 118-year history. The Jane Seymour Suite was added featuring furniture and linens from her.

2006

The Gate House is added to Grand Hotel’s offsite dining options.The hotel welcomes its 5,000,000th overnight guest.

2007

Air-conditioning 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.

2010

The Trophy Room is added celebrating Sadie, the Scottish Terrier owned by Amelia Musser, wife of Grand Hotel Chairman R.D. Musser. Quattro’s Quarters, named after 10-year old Dan Musser IV, is added to The Gate House restaurant and features classic arcade games.

2011

Laura Bush Suite
The Laura Bush Suite is added as the seventh First Lady Named Room.

2012

Grand Hotel celebrates its 125th Anniversary. Cawthorne’s Village Inn is added to Grand Hotel dining options. 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 opens! Sadies Grand Hotel

2014

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 will result in the hotel’s exterior appearance to look like it did as late as 1915.

2015

The fourth floor project has continued with the addition of two new Cupola Suites, bringing the hotel’s total room count to 390. Beautiful stone work has been added to define the flower beds in the Tea Garden.
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Grand Hotel Ornaments – Klassics by Kurtis

Join us this Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the Mackinac Market located in Grand Hotel for the ornament signing by Curtis J. Posuniak who creates Grand Hotel’s Klassics by Kurtis ornaments found in Grand Hotel shops.

In 1996, Curtis J. Posuniak began his company Klassics by Kurtis which started out producing ornaments of the Great Music Masters: Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, etc. Klassics by Kurtis have been sold in cities all over the world including Sydney, Australia, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, etc. With mutual experience in hospitality, music, and travel, Grand Hotel treasures its partnership with Klassics by Kurtis.

For the past three years, Klassics by Kurtis ornaments have been featured in Grand Hotel shops and online store. Some of our favorites featured below are the NEW Grand Hotel Geranium ornament pictured below. Geraniums are Grand Hotel’s signature flower and this specific ornament is newly featured this year! Another guest favorite is the Grand Hotel ornament also pictured below.

 

Do not forget the ornament signing with Curtis Posuniak! Dates and times are listed below.

July 9th, 2015: 9:00am-11:00am

September 7th, 2015: 9am – 11am