Sunday, August 16, 2015

Grand Hotel

We decided that if we were going to stay on Mackinac Island we wanted to be at THE place to stay, Grand Hotel.  We had a hard time getting reservations several months in advance and were only able to do it though a travel agent. It is really something to see and you can see it from the water miles away.  Again I took way too many pictures and narrowed them down to these.

Walking up to the front of the hotel.

The end of the building with the ice cream parlor.

One half of the front porch, which claims to be the longest front porch in the world.

The front porch looking in the opposite direction.

The view from the front porch onto the water.

There was a big geranium theme with red geraniums everywhere, even in the elevator.

In the evening after dinner there was harp music with complimentary demitasse.

Isn't this carpet fabulous?  It was all over the hotel. I couldn't help but think of my late mother who was so fond of red geraniums and planted them every year in front of her Florida home.  She would have loved it here.

 Maxine walking down the front steps line with more red geraniums.

Inside The Geranium Bar with these beautiful red lacquered chairs.

Part of what they called "the Parlor" or what we would call the lobby.

Me sitting on an adorable four seated circular settee.

The Main Dining Room held 750 guests for dinner.  Dinner was five courses and delicious. Gentlemen were required to wear a jacket and tie after 6 PM and ladies were required to dress appropriately, a real treat in this day of "dressing down" and casual dress. I love any opportunity to dress up.

Each of the 300 rooms were decorated differently.  All had wall paper and hand painted furniture.
The suites (which we did not have) were amazing, but these were our two rooms, bigger than they look here with a lovely sitting area and patio.

The lower level had shops and this was one of the art galleries with floor, paintings and furniture all done by the same artist.  Don't you love that sofa? There were chairs to match.

The Grand Hotel's horse drawn carriage. So elegant!

We were so glad that we stayed there.  It was pricey, but worth it and part of the Mackinac Island experience. It was also convenient, being a ten minute walk to town.

I have one more small segment of our trip to show, maybe tomorrow.


Linda M said...

My Mom and Dad visited Mackinac once, I know they didn't stay in the hotel, but all she talked about were the flowers and how beautiful everything was. Your pictures have brought back memories.

Vivien Zepf said...

I went to Mackinac island as a child and still have fond memories of it. Thank you for posting all your pictures (how is it possible to take too many photos?). I've get to get back there some day.