Insta-Q&A: Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel
It's time once again for Insta-Q&A, where you can both pose questions to the Travel section, and also help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. Today's question comes from a reader whose wife is soon to celebrate her 50th birthday. If you have some advice for Mike from Mt. Airy, feel free to post a comment. And if you have a question yourself, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He writes: My wife is a big fan of the movie "Somewhere in Time." For her 50th birthday in June, I would like to take her to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. It's difficult to get to and pricey, but I don't mind if it's worth it. Do you know anyone that has spent a few days at the Grand Hotel? Any suggestions?
The Grand Hotel dates from 1887 and has long been a favored stop for Mackinac travelers. It remains popular in part because of "Somewhere in Time," the Christopher Reeve-Jane Seymour movie that was filmed on the hotel grounds in 1979 (fans of the film make a weekend pilgrimage there every October), and in part because of its marvelous, 660-foot-long front porch, reportedly the longest in the world. No two rooms are alike (of the 385 on the grounds), and prices range from $465.34 a night for an interior-view guest room during Mackinac's Lilac Festival (June 6-15), all the way up to $2,999 a night for the stately Masco Cottage, which holds up to 8 persons. All prices include a full breakfast and dinner at the hotel daily.
"If they have never been to the island, the Lilac Festival would be a very nice time to visit," said a representative when we contacted the hotel. Celebrating the many varieties of the flowering tree (whose arrival dates from the 1800s), the festival, is one of the biggest on the island each year, drawing thousands of visitors. There is an extensive slate of tours, as well as events for foodies and concert-lovers, not to mention the crowning of the Lilac Festival Queen. For Information on other things to do on Mackinac, visit the Mackinac Island Web site.
By the way, the Grand also offers a package for its "Somewhere in Time" weekend, which happens on Oct. 24-26 this year and is also very popular, according to the hotel.
Has anyone out there stayed at the Grand Hotel? What's your opinion of the place? What about Mackinac Island itself? Can you offer tips on visiting?
By Scott Vogel |
February 20, 2008; 7:07 AM ET
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