A Grand Hotel Night Out! Painting with a Twist

Grand Hotel employees, clients, and friends had a creative night out painting last week at the Ann Arbor Painting With A Twist location. We had the pleasure of creating a Grand image of the hotel in the spring time with painting instructors Erika and Evan. After a few hours of creative painting we all had a beautiful new piece of art to take home and remind us of our favorite place to be!

A blank canvas is ready and painting is about to begin!
Painting with a Twist

A blank canvas

The palette of GRAND colors is ready!

Painting is about to begin!


Work in Progress……………………..

T H E   G R A N D   F I N I S H

Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist

Thank you everyone who came out for this event and shared in the joy of painting Grand Hotel in the spring!

Grand Hotel Named 2016 The Knot Best of WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

 2016 Weddings

Grand Hotel named 2016 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings and WeddingWire.com Couples’ Choice Awards®.

Mackinac Island, MI — Grand Hotel is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2016 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples and a 2016 winner in the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, recognizing the top five percent of wedding professionals in the industry. This is the 2nd year Grand Hotel has been selected for both awards.

In 2016, only 2% of the 250,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its tenth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2016, an annual guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost one million reviews from real couples across the various vendor categories. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding planning professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding venues in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

“It is my families’ goal to make sure every bride and groom who is married at Grand Hotel leaves with a memorable experience and is well taken care of.” says Dan Musser, III President Grand Hotel.

Grand Hotel is located on Mackinac Island, Michigan where no motorized vehicles are allowed, and the preferred modes of transportation are by bicycle and horse-drawn carriage. The 390-room hotel is a National Historic Landmark and a proud member of Historic Hotels of America. It is continually recognized for the quality of its hospitality. Over the past year, Travel + Leisure ranked Grand Hotel as the Best Hotel in Michigan and among the Best Resorts in the Midwest, and Top 500 Hotel in the World. Trip Advisor inducted the hotel into their Certificate of Excellence Hall Of Fame, as well as awarding their 2015 Certificate of Excellence. Grand Hotel was also named a winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award for the 22nd consecutive year. In addition, Fodor’s Travel recently featured Grand Hotel among their 10 Best All- Inclusive Resorts, and MSN named the hotel as one of the Most Beautiful Resorts on an American Lake.

Reservations for the upcoming 2016 wedding season can be made by contacting Grand Hotel Wedding Coordinator Marty Davis via email or phone at weddings@grandhotel.com or 517-349-4600. Additional information can also be found at grandhotel.com or viewing the 2016 Wedding Guide.

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Our Grand Hotel Friend Jacquie

Jacquie is always ready to help.

If you visit Grand Hotel on a somewhat regular basis you have probably seen our friend Jacquie. She has been visiting Grand Hotel since 2003 and is usually one of the first to check-in on opening day each May and the last to tearfully check-out the last day of the season in October. Between opening day and closing day we see her frequently bringing friends to meet her Grand Hotel family, and sharing an experience many may not have the opportunity to enjoy otherwise.

Jacquie and Ed Larner

Chances are very good if you stayed in 2015 that you were here on one of our friend Jacquie’s visits. The summer season is officially six months long, however, Jacquie managed to visit in 8 separate months during 2015. She stayed in April (pre-season), May, June, July, August, September, October and on closing night November 1st. This is a first in our 129 seasons, no other guest can make such a claim.

Christmas Goodies
Christmas Goodies for the Okemos staff!

Jacquie works six days a week with her family at their restaurant, Mussel Beach Drive Inn in Bay City, MI. The restaurant is famous for their coney dogs with chili made from scratch (that we here are all addicted to!), stuffed cheeseburgers and hand cut onion rings. If you ever get the chance to visit the restaurant we know you will be in good hands and you know you are in the  right place once you see Jacquie’s Grand Hotel wall display!

Jacquie visits the Grand Hotel sales office in the off season, playing Santa, and bringing lunch and what she calls “a few” treats to the small crew that work year round in Okemos, MI. She keeps in touch with many seasonal employees she has gotten to know throughout the years at their homes in Jamaica, Florida, Utah and various other places around the globe.

Jacquie and Michael

Our Grand Hotel family feels very fortunate to have such a loyal guest and the friendship the Larner family brings to all of our employees!