It is time for the annual Grand Hotel Photo Contest!
Submit your favorite photo from 2016 for a chance to win a stay on our 130th Birthday, July 10, 2017.
It’s EASY! Submit your favorite photo from your stay this season via Facebook, Twitter (@GrandHotelMI), or Instagram (@grandhotelmichigan) and use the hashtag #GrandPhotoContest2016 and #AmericasSummerPlace for a chance to win. You can submit on your own page and tag us!
You must submit your favorite photo by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November, 18th. Make sure to tag your photo so we can find it!
We will announce the winner the week of November, 21st.
Thanks for sharing and THANK YOU for visiting America’s Summer Place this season!
2016 Closing of Grand Hotel
by Grand Hotel
As the Grand Lady prepares to rest for another winter, 2016 proved to be another remarkable season. This past weekend guests traveled from 35 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Sweden, England and Panama for the 26th Anniversary of Somewhere In Time weekend. Around 145,000 guests visited Grand Hotel this season traveling from states across the country as far as California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and New York. Not to mention all of our guests who visited all season long from right here in the State of Michigan and the surrounding Mid-West states to make it a record breaking season with only 2 rooms unoccupied in July, August, and September. We are thankful for the loyal guests who choose to spend their vacation with us every year.
This year was exciting with the addition of Sushi Grand which guests and Mackinac Island visitors loved. If you missed it this year next year will be even better.
This year Chef, Mamerto Embestro made sure to treat guests to a variety of unique fresh options and was very creative in his presentations.
Yesterday marked the end of our 129th season with the ceremonial bell ringing by President Dan Musser, III.
The sound of the bell and a speech from Mr. Musser officially ends the season every year. As soon as the last guest checks out the preparations begin right away to get the hotel ready to welcome its first guest on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, the hotel’s 130th Anniversary season.
New in 2017: We will open in the spring with 393 rooms. The Cupola Suites project we started in 2014 will continue with the addition of 3 bedrooms and two parlors along the 4th floor of the east end of the hotel.
The additional suites will expand the current options available for families or those looking for extra space. Dormers will continue along the east end of the hotel bringing the architecture back to its original look in the late 1800’s.
This winter the maintenance staff will finish renovating the Front Porch. Last winter they reconstructed the west end down a little past the front entrance and this winter they will finish the project reconstructing the east side and the Pontiac Room deck. The flooring of the porch will be removed down to the original wood structure and replaced with a green visqueen flooring to match the other side of the porch. In addition they will continue to renovate the large white pillars bases that line the Front Porch.
Garden preparations have already taken place. The grounds crew was busy planting 15,000 tulip bulbs and 5,000 daffodil bulbs before the first frost. Next spring we are looking forward to our perennial planting efforts with a special focus on the hillside of the Tea Garden. We are planning for a very naturalized area with the hope of promoting the butterfly migration path.
You can hear more about the renovations with Ken Hayward, Managing Director of Grand Hotel when he sat down last week with John Gonzalez from MLive to talk about this season and next. Listen Here >>
Grand awards thanks to you!
This season Conde Nast Traveler named Grand Hotel a Top Midwest resort for the fourth consecutive year and One of the Most Beautiful Wedding Venues. Travel + Leisure has named the hotel among the 500 World’s Best Hotels, Best Hotel in Michigan, Best Resort in the Midwest, and Best Family Beach Hotel, and Trip Advisor inducted the hotel into their Certificate of Excellence Hall Of Fame, as well as awarding their 2016 Certificate of Excellence to Grand Hotel, four Grand Hotel restaurants and the Grand Luncheon Buffet. We cannot forget to mention the AAA Four Diamond Award for the 23rd consecutive year. We cannot do all of this without our guests and dedicated staff. We appreciate everyone who helped to make Grand Hotel notable in all of these ways.
Our 130th Anniversary season is definitely something to look forward to. While you were visiting this season you may have noticed a video crew inside the hotel or on the grounds filming.
This crew was from Detroit Public Television who is producing a documentary called “Inside Grand Hotel.” This 1 hour long show will premiere on March 2, 2017 on PBS stations across the State of Michigan. Next year a DVD will be available for purchase in our Grand Hotel stores. We will have a special 130th Anniversary Celebration the weekend of Friday, June 30 – Sunday, July 2, 2017 and for every guest who stays with us that weekend will receive a complimentary copy. This package will be available soon on our website and by calling reservations.
Once again thank you for being our guest and making the 129th season one of the most successful yet. We hope to see you again next year and if you haven’t made a trip to Mackinac Island we hope to create the grand experience for you soon.