2017 Closing of Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel in October
Grand Hotel in October

It has been another Grand season and the past few weeks we’ve been winding down with summer like temperatures for fall, which led to colors changing a little later than normal.

Riding down Cadotte Ave. in fall.
Riding down Cadotte Ave. in fall.
View from the porch at Grand Hotel.
View from the porch at Grand Hotel.

As the Grand Lady prepares to rest for another winter, 2017 proved to be another remarkable season. This past weekend guests traveled from all over the United States and beyond for Somewhere in Time Weekend. It was our last themed weekend event and the 27th season for Somewhere in Time. This season we were home to 155,000 guests and every room was occupied in July, August, and September leading us to an occupancy record for the 2017 season we have never experienced. We are beyond thankful for the loyal guests who choose to spend their free time with us every year. Thank YOU!

Guests enjoying the Somewhere in Time Weekend Reception
Guests enjoying the Somewhere in Time Weekend Reception
Somewhere in Time Welcome Reception
Somewhere in Time Welcome Reception

With the hotel’s 130th Anniversary, 2017 marked a very special year with the launch of Inside Grand Hotel produced by Detroit Public Television. If you haven’t been able to see it yet and live in Michigan, check your local PBS station listings. You can also purchase a copy in our online store.

This year also is the 85th year the hotel has been within the same family. Dan Musser, III, President and his sister Mimi Cunningham, Vice President are the third generation of their family to own and operate Grand Hotel. Dan Musser recently received the Stewards of History and Preservation Award at the Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence Gala in Hot Springs, VA.

Dan receives History and Preservation Award
Dan receives History and Preservation Award.
Stewards of History and Preservation Award
Dan Musser III, with the Stewards of History and Preservation Award.

The award is given to an exemplary leader whose passion and dedication to the historic preservation of a legendary hotel will ensure future generations of travelers can experience its history.

Today marks the end of our 130th season with the ceremonial bell ringing by President Dan Musser, III.

As Dan said when accepting the Preservation Award, “We are caretakers, not owners,” and the sound of the bell and a speech from Mr. Musser officially ends the season every year and allows the staff to become the caretakers they are and get ready for the next season. As soon as the last guest checks out the preparations begin right away to get the hotel ready to welcome its first guest on Friday, May 4 2018, the hotel’s 131st Season.

Hopefully some of you were able to stay in the brand new Cupola Suites, located at the east end of the 4th floor. This year the hotel opened with an additional 3 rooms bringing the guest room total to 393. Stay tuned for additional suite announcements in 2019! The hotel will be taken back to its original architecture when the Cupola Suites project is finished with dormers along the entire roof of the hotel. Right now if you take a look up you will notice a gap between the Cupola going towards the east end of the hotel. In 2013 the Musser Suite was added as the first suite at the far west end and we have been moving towards the completion, which will happen in future years. We also finished the full reconstruction of the Front Porch. The flooring of the porch was removed down to the original wood structure and replaced with a green waterproof flooring to match the west side of the porch, started in the winter of 2016.

Newly renovated Grand Hotel porch
Newly renovated Grand Hotel porch.
2017 Cupola Suite addition
2017 Cupola Suite addition.
2017 Cupola Suite addition
2017 Cupola Suite addition.
Guests bringing in chairs off the front porch
Guests bringing in chairs off the front porch.
Bob Tagatz giving his annual Close the Grand lecture
Bob Tagatz giving his annual Close the Grand lecture.
Bringing the rocking chairs into the Terrace Room
Bringing the rocking chairs into the Terrace Room for winter.
Employees putting away parlor furniture
Employees putting away parlor furniture for the season.
Guests taking home geraniums
Guests taking home geraniums to plant in their own gardens.
waiting to ring the bell
Grand employees waiting for Dan to ring the bell to close for the season.
closed sign
Grand Hotel Closed for the Season! See you in the Spring 2018!

We will open with an Early Opening package starting Thursday, April 26th with the official opening of the hotel on Friday, May 4th. Garden preparations have already taken place. The grounds crew was busy planting 10,000 tulip bulbs before the first frost. In case you missed it you can view a special video from Director of Grounds, Drew Butterfield. He will show you the progress his crew made on the hillside of the Tea Garden and the continued progress planned for a very naturalized area with the hope of promoting the butterfly migration path.

Grand awards thanks to you!
Every season we are particularly thankful to our guests and followers on social media who help cast their vote or leave a thoughtful review. Every vote and review helps garner very special recognitions throughout the year. This year Grand Hotel was named the following:

• Best Historic Hotel in the Country by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

• A Top Midwest Resort for the 5th consecutive year by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

• One of the Best Resort Hotels in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure.

• Best Hotel in Michigan by US News & World Report.

• Grand Hotel restaurant Salle à Manger received 2017 Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for its outstanding wine program.

• Grand Hotel, five Grand Hotel restaurants and the Grand Luncheon Buffet received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

• Best Boutique/Historic Hotel in the 2017 Groups Today Reader’s Choice Awards.

• 2017 Favorite Hotel, one of the Best Historic Hotels for Families in the U.S., and a 10 Best All-Inclusive Family Resort in the U.S. by Family Vacation Critic.

• AAA Four Diamond Award for the 24th consecutive year.

• Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award, TheKnot.com Best of Weddings, and Brides magazine Best Wedding Venue in the U.S., all for the 3rd 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.

Once again thank you for being our guest and celebrating our 130th Anniversary season. 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.

Annie Farrell on Michigan Business Beat

Be an Art Critic 2017 – Grand guests voted for their favorite pieces in the 2017 Manoogian Exhibit “Art That Moves Us”

Art The Moves Us book

Grand Guests voted for their favorite pieces in the 

2017 Manoogian Exhibit

“Art That Moves Us”

Fredrick Judd Waugh, A Dawn Flight
Fredrick Judd Waugh, A Dawn Flight

Mackinac Island summer residents and philanthropists, Jane and Richard Manoogian, share with Grand Hotel each season a world-class art exhibit from their personal collection featuring a variety of paintings from 19th and 20th century artists. After graduating from Yale University and providing financial consultation to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Mr. Manoogian soon developed an interest for the arts and began collecting pieces he was attracted to. Today the Manoogians have arguably one of the world’s best American Art collections. For 26 years Grand Hotel has had the pleasure of sharing these collections in themed exhibits every year in the hotel’s Art Gallery. Every spring Grand Hotel invites Mackinac Island residents and hotel guests to a reception honoring the summer’s exhibit. The gallery is then open to all guests while visiting the hotel for the season. Grand Hotel  is forever grateful for Jane and Richard Manoogian’s ongoing generosity in sharing their Art Collection with Grand Hotel every year.

   The Annual Opening of the Manoogian Art Collection exhibition in the Grand Art Gallery.

This year’s theme exhibits “Art that Moves Us” both literally and figuratively and was inspired by Mr. Manoogian’s love for 20th-century oil paintings and Grand Hotel’s iconic preservation of 20th-century style. With transportation being this years theme, the collection consisted of paintings of horses, carriages, boats, bicycles, and airplanes; embracing the unique modes of travel one experiences particularly on Mackinac Island.

Each painting was numbered and gallery visitors were able to participate as art critics of the exhibition. “I’m interested to know what the public thinks of the artwork,” Mr. Manoogian said. “Sometimes the most unusual pieces are the favorite, while critically-acclaimed are least.” After viewing the 2017 Manoogian Art Collection, ” Art That Moves Us” guests were asked to cast their votes on their personal favorites and Grand Hotel Historian, Bob Tagatz, collected their ballots throughout the season.

We’ve tallied up all the submissions and the final votes are in. We would like to announce the winning pieces from this year’s collection.

3rd place – Frederick Rondel, Statue of Liberty Celebration

Frederick Rondel (American 1826-1892) Statue of Liberty Celebration
Frederick Rondel (American 1826-1892) Statue of Liberty Celebration.

Lithographer and painter, Frederick Rondel was born and trained in Paris and moved to New York in 1859. Painting mostly landscape scenes of the Hudson River Valley and the Adirondack Mountains, Frederick was most known for his genre scenes set within rustic landscapes.

 2nd place – Maurice Poirson, The Farewell

Maurice Poirson The Farewell
Maurice Poirson, (French, 1850-1882) The Farewell

French Painter, Maurice Poirson studied under the supervision of Cabanel. From 1869 to 1882, he exhibited subjects of genre and seascapes at the Salon of Paris.

 1st Place Winner – Carl Hirschberg, Fresh Air Mission, 1902 

Carl Hirschberg, Fresh Air Mission, 1902
Carl Hirschberg, Fresh Air Mission, 1902

American Painter, Carl Hirschberg (1854-1923) was a prominent figure in the American art movement and trained at the Student Arts League in New York and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Famous for his successful transition from academic genre painter of the 19th century to 20th century impressionist painter, Hirschberg vividly painted  plein-air scenes such as the Fresh Air Mission seen above.

Thank you to to everyone that participated in Be an Art Critic 2017!

Thank you to Richard and Jane Manoogian for making this possible. Make sure to visit the Grand Art Gallery next year and see what is next!

2018 Grand Hotel Needle Art Seminar – Get Inspired!

2018 Needle Art

G e T  I n S p I r E d!

May 6 – 11, 2018

Grand Hotel is delighted to once again host its 9th Annual Spring Needle Art Seminar featuring textile artists from across the United States to bring you the latest and most innovative techniques of your favorite textile craft from quilting to appliqué and embroidery. You will find inspiration from five talented artists who will demonstrate various creations using techniques with fabric and wool to creating a paper collage or a table mat, piecing techniques in quilting as well as the opportunity to make a lovely Grand Hotel souvenir keepsake! The lectures and classes will be taught by these needle art enthusiast favorites –Weeks Ringle, Becky Goldsmith, Jen Kingwell, Sue Spargo and Debbie Caffrey. Learn a brand new technique or improve your skills in an area of needle art you love. We look forward to you attending this creative and fun Needle Art Seminar at Grand Hotel!

Meet the 2018 Needle Art Seminar Instructors: 

Weeks Ringle

Weeks Ringle
Weeks Ringle

Weeks Ringle and her husband Bill Kerr are professional quiltmakers and co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio, a design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Having written the first book on Modern Quilting, Weeks and Bill are pioneers of the Modern Quilt Movement. Weeks made her first modern quilt in 1987 to rethink the possibilities of the American quilt as being expressive of the time in which we live.

Weeks Ringle’s Schedule:

1 Day Class  -Monday – 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Color & Composition
Class Level: Adventurous Beginner to Advanced
Description: Weeks will explore elements of color and prints including hue, value, saturation and figure ground. You will also learn principles of composition through a series of explorations. Students will then develop one or more original drawings on concepts learned in class.

Garden Blooms Table Mat
Color and Composition


2-Day Class  – Tuesday & Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Brights and Neutrals
Class Level: Adventurous Beginner to Advanced
Description: Bring your bright and bold prints to life by pairing them with a rich neutral that you never imagined would work. Learn to use ‘Desert’ solids with brights to produce a bold and sophisticated palette.

Stitching Essentials
Brights and Neutrals

2-Day Class  – Thursday & Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m..
Project: Improv Piecing
Class Level: All levels
Description: The third and final building block class with Weeks is focused on Improvisational Piecing. You will explore different techniques and select one to develop your project.

Friendship Rose
Improv Piecing

Becky Goldsmith

Becky Goldsmith
Becky Goldsmith

Becky Goldsmith is an award-winning quilter who travels to teach quilting both nationally and internationally. Her classes are always interesting and informative, with an emphasis on teaching techniques that help you improve your sewing skills without making you crazy.


Becky Goldsmith’s Schedule:

1/2 Day Class – Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project:  Practical Color for Quilters
Class Level: All levels
Description: This is a fun, no-sew day filled with surprises and lots of discussion. You will play with color and value as you glue fabric to paper to make pieced blocks.

Practical Color for Quilters
Practical Color for Quilters

1-Day Class –  Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Tile Tango
Class Level: All levels
Description: Perfect your hand appliqué skills as you work on a quilt block inspired by Santa Fe tile designs.

Tile Tango
Tile Tango

2- Day Class – Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Backyard Birds
Class Level: All levels
Description: You will spend two days perfecting your needle turn hand appliqué skills in this class that focuses on outer points, inner and outer curves, small shapes, off-the-block stitching, and more!

Backyard Birds
Backyard Birds

1- Day Class – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Everyday Best
Class Level: All levels
Description: Become a foundation paper piecing pro as you learn how to make this happy block. This class focuses on using vellum foundation papers, accurate sewing, and curved seams.

Everyday Best
Everyday Best

1-Day Class  – Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Whimsical Quilt Garden in Wool
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Time will fly by as you stitch this cute, chirping bird. This wool appliqué class focuses on fusing vs. gluing, learning the blanket stitch, and how thread choices can change the look of your wool appliqué piece.

Stitching Essentials
Whimsical Quilt Garden in Wool

Jen Kingwell

Jen Kingwell is a quilt designer from Melbourne, Australia.
Owner of Amitié Textiles . Jen started Amitié Textiles in 2005 because of her love for bright, contemporary, modern and quirky fabrics. Over the years Amitié has grown into one of Australia’s leading fabric and quilting stores. Jen’s fabrics come from all over the world, many from Japan. They are each hand picked for their high quality and unique beauty.

Jen Kingwell
Jen Kingwell


Jen Kingwell’’s Schedule:

1- 1/2 Day Class: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Delilah
Class Level: All levels
Description: An interesting combination of straight lines and curves coming together in perfect cohesion. Delilah stays true to Jen’s scrappy style and is the perfect project to play with and explore fabric selections.


2-Day Class: Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: The Circle Game
Class Level: All levels
Description: Jen is known for her love of curved piecing and The Circle Game captures that beautifully! The quilt is comprised of twelve circles, each unique and ranging in technical difficulty. Jen’s work is done by hand. She will demonstrate and discuss techniques that are suitable for hand sewing and machine.

The Circle Game
The Circle Game

2-Day Class: Thursday & Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Green Tea & Sweet Beans
Class Level: All levels
Description: The quilt that started it all! Green Tea & Sweet Beans was inspired by her many trips to Japan sourcing fabric. This sampler style quilt is a playful mix of piecing and appliqué, giving it a loveable vintage feel.

Green Tea and Sweet Beans
Green Tea & Sweet Beans

Sue Spargo

Laura Heine
Sue Spargo

Contemporary Folk Artist Sue Spargo,

Born in Zambia and educated in South Africa, Sue’s designs are influenced by the energy and color of traditional African designs. Drawn to the simplistic quirkiness of African imagery along with her love of bright saturated colors, Sue Spargo’s style is unmistakable and her influence on modern folk art undisputed. Sue currently teaches across the USA and internationally offering design specific workshops or week-long retreats focused on embellishment stitchery. Sue’s current designs are available as books or patterns, her first technique book, Creative Stitching, was published in 2012 followed by Creative Texturing in 2014. Creative Stitching Second Edition will be available fall 2017.

In 2014 thirty pieces of Sue’s work were exhibited in the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in La Conner, Washington. November 2017 ‘Creative Stitching’ an exhibit of 35 of Sues original quilts will be exhibited at Houston Festival. Sue’s other absorbing passions include being with the four strong and fulfilling personalities that are her children, tending her garden and traveling to new and exciting destinations.

Sue Spargo’s folk-art imagery reflects her multi-cultural background and her fascination with folk-art from around the world. Sue’s inspiration comes from memories collected during her  childhood in Africa with its animals and grasslands, a sojourn in the green South of England and time spent in Connecticut, Tennessee, Utah and Ohio. Sue was born in Zambia and received her education in South Africa. Sue moved to England; this shift between two very different cultures inspired many of her designs. The stark contrasts between the arid beige and browns of the African vegetation and the lush greens of the rolling hills of Southern England have been a rich source of ideas.


Sue Spargo’s Schedule:

½ Day Class – Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Tea for Two
Class Level: All levels
Description: A needle case created with hand dyed wool and textural threads. Spend the afternoon with Sue stitching a small memento of your stay at Grand Hotel. Learn some basic embroidery stitches by embellishing a fun teacup needle case using wonderful fibers and embroidery stitches. Required kit for this class is $35 and is to be purchased from the teacher.

Tea for Two
Tea for Two

2- Day Class – Monday & Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Cuppa
Class Level: Intermediate
Description: Using Sue’s book, “Cuppa,” you will create a fun textural background to display your latte, cappuccino and Americano coffee cups. These will be cut from hand dyed wool and cotton fabrics. You will then give each cup personality with your own embellishments.


3-day Class – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday  9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Flower Blocks
Class Level: Confident Intermediate to Advanced
Description: Join Sue for three wonderful days, designing and hand stitching a set of nine Flower Blocks. Presented as a creative design class; create your own unique set of flower block designs as Sue guides you through her process. Embellish your blocks using hand dyed wool, silk velvet and fun cotton fabrics while experimenting with a variety of specialty threads, embroidery stitches, layering and stitch combinations. Required background kit for this class is $40 and is to be purchased from the teacher.

Flower Blocks
Flower Blocks

Debbie Caffrey

Debbie Caffrey
Debbie Caffrey

Debbie Caffrey is a self-published author of fourteen quilting books and dozens of quilt patterns. In addition, she has designed and published over 250 patterns in an ever-changing line of mystery quilts. Debbie lived in Anchorage, Alaska, from 1979 to 2000 before returning to New Mexico. Debbie has taught at the International Quilt Festival in Texas and California and the Minnesota Quilters Conference, to name a few. Debbie will amaze you with her cutting skills to make an accurate and efficient quilt.
Debbie Caffrey’s Schedule:

2 Day Class: Monday & Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Power Cutting
Class Level: All levels, Kit Required
Description: Power Cutting is an efficient approach to rotary cutting and improving the precision of quilt making. This workshop starts with the basics and goes well beyond. Much of Power Cutting is embedded within the construction of quilts, therefore, you will be constructing a quilt, not just cutting. Required kit for this class is $90 and is to be purchased from the teacher.

Shadow Box
Power Cutting

1-Day Class: Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Level: Confident Beginner
Project: Mackinac Island Bike Path
Description: Deb has adapted this quilt especially for the Needle Art Seminar. The circles created by the setting in this quilt are reminiscent of the winding bike paths on Mackinac Island. In addition to learning the techniques needed for this quilt, you will see other examples of projects that use similar settings; which will give you ideas and freedom when working on future quilts.

Mackinac Island Bike Path
Mackinac Island Bike Path

2-Day Class: Thursday & Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Level: All levels
Project: A Grand Hotel Mystery
Description: A very special treat! Debbie has designed, published and taught more than 250 different mystery quilts over the last 25 years. She has now designed one especially for us!

Piping Hot Curves
A Grand Hotel Mystery

For questions regarding class registration or seminar information, please call Carmen Hartwig at 231-357-6999 or email:needleart@grandhotel.com or fax 231.533.4661.You may also download the registration brochure or visit our website www.grandhotel.com/needleart .  For hotel information you can call reservations at 1-800-334-7263.

You will attend this Needle Art Extravaganza and get inspired!


Grand Hotel in Spring