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Dorothy Draper School of Decorating

Dates for this package have ended. Please browse our other 2019 packages.

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2020 package details and rates will be available in November.

Announcing the 5th Annual Dorothy Draper School of Decorating at America’s Summer Place. Come experience a Day of Decorating with host Carleton Varney, one of the most well known interior designers and President of Dorothy Draper and Company of New York City. Participants of the School of Decorating will explore the art of creating beautiful bold interiors during two design and artistic sessions. Learn about the Dorothy Draper style, developing a symphonically creative space, and giving your room personality and harmony. In addition, the day of decorating class is designed so participants may enhance design and decorating for their own personal spaces and appreciate the process of creating new and bold interiors.

emma jay byfield and carleton varney
Emma Jay Byfield and Carleton Varney

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Emma talks about her experience attending Grand Hotel’s Dorothy Draper School of Decorating and how her great-grandmother’s iconic designs have influenced her own personal style.

Come immerse yourself in the bright beautiful colors and inspiration throughout Grand Hotel where Carleton Varney has been decorating for over 40 years. Gain confidence in your artistic expression and let your decorating talents come to life! Get ready to be creative and have fun!

Carleton Varney

In addition to the School of Decorating, the package includes accommodations in one of 393 uniquely decorated guest rooms designed by Mr. Varney, a full breakfast and dinner daily, cocktail receptions on Friday and Saturday evenings, and all of the modern amenities of Grand Hotel.




Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. Additional children and adults rates apply. *Dates subject to availability.