11 Days, 7 States and 3,000 Miles (Part II)

The last grand hotel was the best… The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The island is accessible only by ferry and no motorized vehicles are allowed. Transportation is by horse carriage or you can rent horses or bicycles.

The Grand opened in 1887 and is listed in Travel+Leisure magazine as one of the “Top 100 Hotels in the World.”  Each of its almost 300 rooms have at least one unique aspect. The 700-foot long front porch, longest in the world, overlooks a tea garden and Lake Huron. (If you are not a guest, there is a $10 charge to visit the hotel.)

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View of the Grand from ferry

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Coming into the Grand on horse carriage

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Portion of the 700-foot porch

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Front Porch view of tea garden and Lake Huron

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View to five mile Mackinac Bridge between Michigan’s Upper & Lower Peninsulas

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Chess, anyone?

 

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The Jockey Club

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View to private homes past the Grand

The grandest part of The Grand is its interior.

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Sitting area near dining room

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After dinner, a harpist plays music for about an hour

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If you want some privacy,  this is the only seating in the room

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Our room – no two rooms are alike

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The dining rooms seats about 700

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The traditional….

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…the not as traditional….

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… and the more modern

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Our carriage awaits to take us to the ferry landing

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