Great Gifts Now Available at Mackinac Market!

Now available at Mackinac Market! 

Welcome to Mackinac Market

We’ve got lots of great one-of-a-kind gifts available this season at Grand Hotel! Each year our shop’s managers track down local artists and artisans to collect one of a kind gifts to feature at Mackinac Market.  We’re excited to share a few of our favorites with you! 

New to Mackinac Market this year are our Grand Hotel themed Handmade Wool Pillows. These pillows are created by a variety of artists across the country and feature Grand Hotel’s signature Esmeralda Carriage Logo, our signature flower the geranium and Grand Hotel, and Mackinac Island. Our Red Grand Hotel, Green Mackinac, and Esmeralda Carriage Logo Pillows are created by Chandler 4 Corners, a company based in Manchester, Vermont.  Their home accents express your love for outdoor adventures, coastal living, and the country life. Handcrafted in construction, these pillows feature the following- 

  • Hand Hooked by Skilled Artisans 
  • Original Designs by Vermont Artists
  • Natural New Zealand Wool
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
Chandler 4 Corners Handmade Wool Grand Hotel Signature Esmeralda Carriage Pillows
Chandler 4 Corners, Hand Hooked Wool Mackinac Pillow
Chandler 4 Corners, Hand Hooked Wool Grand Hotel Pillow

The creator behind our Geranium Pillow is Suzanne Nicoll, exclusively from Peking Handicraft, Inc. Nicoll’s pillows are casual, elegant and timeless designs featured on home furnishings and accessories for over 20 years. Inspired pattern and transitional styling make these the perfect addition to any traditional residence or vacation retreat. 

Suzanne Nicoll’s Handmade Wool Geranium Pillow
Suzanne Nicoll’s Handmade Wool Geranium Pillow

 This year we are excited to add a selection of hand painted and mouth-blown glass holiday ornaments highlighting the Christmas season by Klassics by Kurtis. The newest of these is the Christmas Wreath Ornament complete with Grand Hotel’s signature red geraniums and a golden bow. The artist behind Klassics by Kurtis is Curtis J.Posuniak, a Michigan native who enjoyed an extensive career as a concert pianist for over nineteen years. Through the tradition of European mouth-blown glass, Curtis merges the craftsmanship of the past with a vision toward the future. Klassics by Kurtis is able to present ornaments which are both unusual and “old-world” in quality. These treasures will become Christmas keepsakes that will surely become family heirlooms.

Grand Hotel Christmas Wreath by Klassics by Kurtis
Grand Hotel Christmas Wreath by Klassics by Kurtis

The Needle Point Clubhouse designs fun Grand Hotel themed needle point kits. This year we’re excited to feature our Grand Hotel belt lined with our signature carriage logo.
These kits let you follow a Grand Hotel pattern to create a unique hand-made belt yourself.  Painted on 18 mesh canvas, the kit comes with all the threads needed to stitch the piece, a set of two needles, and needle threader. Grand Hotel guest and Instagrammer, @rudytheprep swears by them! See below his progress on the Grand Hotel Belt. 

Needlepoint Grand Hotel Belt Kit
Instagrammer @Rudytheprep documents his progress with our needlepoint belt kit.
Follow @rudytheprep for more Plum Stitchery Grand Hotel Needlepoint kit inspiration!

Nothing says Mackinac Island like the fresh smell of Lilacs. That is why we love these Lilac Breeze On The Island scented products by The Farm Trinity. The Farm Trinity is a self-started, family-run lavender farm where handcrafted candles, soap, lotion, bath, and lavender products are created. Hand Crafted in Howell, Michigan, this trio of candles, room spray and bath bombs will be a unique and natural addition to any home. 

The Farm Trinity – Lilac Breeze handcrafted soy wax candle.
The Farm Trinity – Lilac Breeze handcrafted soy wax candle.
The Farm Trinity – Lilac Breeze bath bombs.
The Farm Trinity – Lilac Breeze linen and room spray.

 

Feel like you’re on vacation from the comfort of your own home with a Grand Hotel Waffle Weave Kimono Robe, go all out and take home the matching Terry Cloth Slippers for the ultimate experience. The perfect vacation companion, this cool, crisp kimono bathrobe is lightweight, comfortable and features generous pockets for all your multi-tasking. 

 

Grand Hotel Kimona Waffle Weave Robes
Grand Hotel Terry Cloth Slippers

 

Take home the fresh scent of Grand Hotel’s signature flower with these Grand Hotel Scented Soy Candles. Now Available in a variety of sizes and scents including Mackinac Cedar, Grand Geranium and Straits Breeze. The perfect souvenir to bring back those memories of Mackinac Island. 

Grand Hotel Soy Candles
Grand Hotel Soy Candles

Part of the Grand Hotel & Co. Timepiece Collection. This exclusive Lilac watch has been manufactured to the highest standards of Swiss technology, craftsmanship and precision and is proudly assembled in the United States for Grand Hotel. The Lilac timepiece is hand-painted with Mackinac Island’s signature lilac and is available with a purple or green band.

Grand Hotel Lilac Timepiece
lilac watch purple band
Grand Hotel Lilac Timepiece 

 

geranium watch green band
Grand Hotel Geranium Timepiece

Travel in style this vacation on Mackinac Island with our new Grand Hotel Portable Coolers. This cooler is perfect for those afternoon picnics and bike rides around the island. Big enough for lunch for two and a bottle of wine, this cooler is easily transported with it’s comfortable handles. Now available at Carleton’s Tea Store. 

Grand Hotel Portable Cooler

 

Let Grand Hotel help you check off your Christmas list early this year with all of these great gifts now available at Mackinac Market! Just call 906-847-3331 and ask for shops to place your order over the phone or go online at Grand Hotel’s online store. 

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Guest Blogger – Michael Does Mackinac Island at Grand Hotel!


Michael Does Mackinac!

To quickly introduce myself, my name is Michael and I typically cover all things Disney on Instagram.  I grew up loving all things Disney and all things magical.  I live in Chicago but travel quite a bit!  I run an Instagram account called @michaeldoesdisney, where I get to showcase all of my fun adventures.  For a 3 day period, I shocked a whole lot of people when my name on Instagram changed to “@michaeldoesmackinac”.

Michael Does Disney

Earlier in July, I had the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of Chicago and head to a place that was unlike any other than I had ever been, Mackinac Island.  My husband, Matthew, and I hopped in the car, did the 7 hour drive from Chicago to Mackinaw City, and found ourselves at the ferry dock on our way to one of the most beautiful and unique places that I’ve ever seen.  When we boarded the ferry, we were asked “what hotel will you be at” and we were proudly able to say the Grand Hotel.  They let us know that our bags would be waiting there for us when we arrived!  Before we pulled up to the island, we saw the iconic Grand Hotel on our boat ride and looked at each other giddily saying that is where we are staying!  We pulled up to the island and ended up on Main Street – taking us right back in time.  We decided to walk around a bit and make our way up to the Grand Hotel, where we’d be spending the next 2 nights!

Once we walked up the hill and got ourselves to the hotel, we were greeted by the most professional and kind staff members who invited us to go check out our room and then come back out to the parlor for afternoon tea.  We made our way to room 10, put the old fashioned key in the door, and opened it up to the most incredibly decorated bright and colorful room filled with every shade of pink and green that your heart could desire.  After gawking over the room for a bit, we headed out to have our afternoon tea!  We feasted on mini sandwiches and the most delicious sweet treats, while sipping on some lovely hot tea and admiring all of the beauty that this hotel has to offer.

Afternoon Tea in the Parlor
Loving my room at Grand Hotel!

That evening, we were so excited to get dressed up in our suits and ties, head to the Main Dining Room and have our dinner.  When we entered the dining room we were both legitimately shocked at the sheer size of the space.  There must have been 1,000 people in this room!  We walked and walked and walked past hundreds of people and were seated at our table.  This truly felt like something right out of a movie.  We had the most incredible waiter who told us all about his many seasons that he has been coming back and working at the Grand Hotel.  He also didn’t steer us wrong with our dinner choices!

On our way to dinner in the Main Dining Room

The next morning, we woke up nice and early and had a very full day on Mackinac Island.  We started out by going to breakfast back in the Main Dining Room – I opted for the buffet while Matthew ordered from the menu!  Both equally as great.  We then headed over to the bike rentals near the pool and grabbed two bikes.  In full transparency, I haven’t ridden a bike in almost 10 years (apparently doing spin classes on stationary bikes DOES NOT COUNT).  I hopped on a bike and immediately crashed into a tree.  After some incredibly positive encouragement from the staff, screaming YOU’VE GOT THIS, I found myself flying down the hill and headed to bike around the island.  Sure enough, I made it!  We did the full 8.2 mile perimeter of the island and it was truly breathtaking.  We stopped along the way to hike up to Arch Rock, Skull Cave and Fort Holmes (and take many pictures throughout the State Park).

 

Arch Rock on Mackinac Island

Once we made it back to Main Street, we stopped off for a much needed iced coffee at Starbucks (the only chain on the island!)  We then walked around a bit, snagged some fudge and made our way back up to the Grand Hotel where we returned our bikes and hit the pool.  We were both thrilled to lay out on some wonderful lounge chairs and close our eyes in the perfect weather after our very adventurous morning.  

Down at the Esther Williams Pool at Grand Hotel!

That evening we experienced probably our favorite part of the entire weekend – eating at Woods restaurant.  This was such an incredibly special experience for the two of us.  We met our horse drawn carriage outside of the Grand Hotel which whisked us away into quite literally the middle of the woods.  It was a beautiful 30 minute carriage ride where we got to see even more of the island than we had seen earlier in the day!  We then pulled up to such an enchanted little spot that made us feel like we were transported into Hansel and Gretel’s world: Woods.  We had the most incredible German dinner (the Baked French Escargot, the Steak Soup, the Lobster Claw Macaroni & Cheese and the Weiner Schnitzel were the true standouts for us).  We even got to check out the oldest duckpin bowling alley in the USA.  We then took a magical carriage ride back to the Grand Hotel.

 

On Sunday morning, our final day on Mackinac Island, we woke up leisurely (in one of the comfiest beds ever) and grabbed an early lunch at the Jockey Club.  This was such a fun and amazing little place!  We ate our burgers and fries while looking out at all of the people coming up and down the hill.  We then sadly had to check out and head on home – as we had a long drive ahead of us!   We said goodbye to all of the incredible staff at the Grand Hotel, made our way down to Main Street, bought fudge for every person that we know back home, and hopped on the ferry home.  It was truly a weekend that we will never forget and we cannot wait to return to both the Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island.

To see more of Michael’s stay visit him on Instagram at @MichaeldoesDisney

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