Grand Hotel President Dan Musser III named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

We are proud to announce that Grand Hotel President Dan Musser III was named Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst and Young in the Family Business category for Northwest Ohio and Michigan.

On June 23rd, the award was presented at a special gala event at the Detroit Institute of Arts. “This award is recognition of the intense effort that our entire staff puts in every day to deliver the high standard of service that Grand Hotel is known for,” said Dan Musser. “We are grateful for this recognition of the year-round effort that goes into maintaining the best of Grand Hotel’s traditions, while growing the legacy of this ever-evolving 129-year-old family business.”

Grand Hotel prides itself of being a family owned business. Dan Musser III is the third generation of his family to run the hotel, having started full time in 1986.  He worked his way up through every department to gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of running the hotel, serving as kitchen assistant, bellman, bartender, bar manager, front desk clerk, front desk manager, reservations manager and vice president.  He has been president since 1989. To read the full press press release click here >>

Take a look at Dan Musser’s  acceptance speech below.

Masha Archer Trunk Show at Grand Hotel – #MashaAtGrand


You will not want to miss this great opportunity to visit the Masha Archer Trunk Show!

Presented by Lynn Walters 

Wednesday, July 13th –  Thursday, July 28th, 2016 

Guest blog written by Larissa Archer:

Masha Archer (aka Maria Muchin-Archer) was born in Kiev, Ukraine to Sophia and Mykola Muchin, both artists and teachers of painting and sculpture at the Kiev and Kharkov Art Institutes. After spending the post WWII years in Europe, they emigrated to the United States in 1949. Masha has resided in San Francisco since 1967 with her husband, photographer Charles Archer (who died in 1993), and her two daughters, Maya and Larissa.Masha

Masha studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, majoring in painting and graphic design. Later she worked as a restorer at the Museo Nacional de México, Mexico City, and then went on to design clothing before devoting her talents to jewelry design, her most enduring and lauded vocation. In 1995 Masha was named “Art-to-Wear Jewelry Designer, USA” by the New York Fashion Group in an event sponsored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1997 Aeroflot and the Russian Consulate sponsored a series of one-artist shows in Kiev, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. Museums that have shown her work include Kiev’s own Pecherska Lavra, the Smithsonian in Washington DC, Arizona Fine Arts Museum in Tucson, the Hammer Museum and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, and the Taos Museum of Fine Art in New Mexico. After the establishment of the Ukrainian embassy in Washington DC the embassy honored Masha sponsoring an exhibition of her designs presented at the Alla Rogers Gallery. This exhibit included a bronze casting made by her father entitled “Kichkass,” the monumental version of which remains in Ukraine. Masha’s designs have contributed to the theatre as well, such as Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theater Festival production of  “Antony and Cleopatra” in 1996, and the Opera Manhattan concert production of Massenet’s “Cleopatra” at Sarah Lawrence College and Alice Tully Hall. Her pieces were featured in both ‘Sex and the City’ movies, as well as ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’, and by fashion maven Iris Apfel in ‘Bill Cunningham: New York’ and in Albert Maypoles  documentary “Iris.” On television her jewelry has appeared on ‘Bones’, ‘Martha Stewart’s Living’, ‘Burn Notice’, and ‘Anderson Cooper Live’. Ukrainian filmmaker Gyorgy Vlasenko directed and produced a 28 minute documentary about Masha’s life, ‘The Ritual of the Eye’, which was broadcast on TV in 175 cities across Ukraine and Russia.

In the midst of all this, Masha has shown at the San Francisco Opera Shop for 25 years. In 2009 her daughter Larissa wrote and edited a book of photographs (also titled ‘The Ritual of the Eye’) chronicling her life and career in her many arts. She considers her jewelry designs to be the culmination of her artistic and cultural heritage.

We look forward to seeing you on Mackinac Island and at Grand Hotel during the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race and the Chicago Yacht Race.

Follow information about the trunk show on Twitter and Facebook: #MashaAtGrand, #BYCMack, #CYCRTM

See the gallery below for some examples of the beautiful jewelry made by Masha Archer.

Why Does Paul W. Smith from WJR like Grand Hotel?

“Grand Hotel is the summer destination for many family vacations. Wonderful summer memories are made at America’s Summer Place!” – Paul W. Smith – WJR-AM

Paul and Kim Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Paul W. Smith is an all American radio talk show host on WJR-AM in Detroit. Recently inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and named a “Michiganian of the Year” by the Detroit News- who knew Paul W. Smith didn’t like waking up at 4:00 a.m in the morning since he does such a great job at it? Paul began coming to Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel for live radio broadcasts for events like the Detroit Regional Policy Conference and the Pure Michigan Tour. He enjoyed his time at Grand Hotel so much he soon later to brought his family to share the experience.  Like Paul says in the video, “Enjoy a Grand breakfast and a swim in the Esther Williams Swimming Pool with the family as part of your Grand experience.” It is the little things that make a trip to Grand Hotel so special and a family tradition for so many.

Take a look at why Paul W. Smith likes Grand Hotel so much and keeps bringing his family back year after year!


Paul W. Smith and Dan Musser, III
Dan Musser, III President Grand Hotel with Mr. and Mrs. Kim Smith

Thank you Paul for continuing to create memories with your family and being a friend of Grand Hotel.