The Iconic Grand Hotel of Mackinac Island
Featured in movies and listed as one of the top historic hotels in the world, Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel is truly a remarkable place. Built in 1887, it stands as a symbol of Victorian architecture and the history of the island.
As more and more people saw interest in visiting Mackinac Island, a railroad and a navigation company purchased the land to build a fancy hotel. The grand opening was hosted in 1887 and was attended by notable guests of Detroit, Chicago and even Canada. The rates cost up to $5 per night depending on the room upon its opening.
Since its opening the Grand Hotel has changed ownership several times. Several presidents including Truman, Kennedy and Clinton have all visited the hotel. Mark Twain was also frequently a guest at the hotel when he was traveling the area on his tours.
One very important event that occurred on the porch of the Grand Hotel regarded Thomas Edison. The hotel released the first public showcase of his latest invention, the phonograph. Another famous debut that put the Grand Hotel on the map was in the 1947 film This Time for Keeps. Jimmy Durante and Esther Williams visited the hotel during its filming. Again in 1980, Somewhere in Time solidified the hotels popularity in movies when Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour united for the filming on the island.
A fun fact about the Grand Hotel is that it is home to the world’s longest porch. It stretches a total of 660 feet.
How to Visit
Today, guests can still stay at the hotel on Mackinac Island. The Grand Hotel is located at 286 Grand Avenue. For more information about reservations and events please visit the hotels official website here.
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