Happy 128th Birthday to the Grand Hotel

Grand Night, photo by Wade Bryant Sending out an early Happy 128th Birthday to The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island which opened on July 10, 1887. Here’s some historical highlights about Michigan’s most iconic hotel: 1887 Grand Hotel opens, billed as a summer retreat for vacationers who arrive by lake steamer from Chicago, Erie, Montreal, Detroit, and by rail … Continue reading Happy 128th Birthday to the Grand Hotel

Birthday Butterfly for the Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Butterfly, photo by Alicia Bock Today is the 127th birthday of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. You can check out the Hotel’s historic photo gallery or if you want to roll with the times, the Grand Hotel Instagram. View Alicia’s photo bigger, see more in her Mackinac slideshow and view and purchase more in the Mackinac Magic … Continue reading Birthday Butterfly for the Grand Hotel

A birthday card from the Grand Hotel

View from West Bluff of The Grand Hotel, photo by MI photographer 126 years ago today on July 10, 1887, The Grand Hotel opened for business on Mackinac Island. In honor of Michigan’s most famous hotel, here’s a seldom seen view. Check it out bigger and see more in MI photographer’s Mackinac Island slideshow. PS: The lighthouse … Continue reading A birthday card from the Grand Hotel

Fancy a stay at the Grand Hotel?

Privileged, photo by cmu chem prof. mLive reports: Mackinac Island’s grande dame of lodging, recently named among the top 50 hotels in North America, is hosting its fourth wildly popular Celebrate Michigan promotion, during which residents of the state can stay for half the hotel’s usual rate. The package costs $95 per person, per night … Continue reading Fancy a stay at the Grand Hotel?

Detroit’s Grande Ballroom

Jeff Beck Group and Rod Stewart at the Grande Ballroom, photo courtesy Louder Than Love The documentary Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story premieres on Detroit Public Television this Friday (Dec 18) at 8 PM. Dan Austin of Historic Detroit has a great look at the history of Detroit’s Grande Ballroom that says (in part): … Continue reading Detroit’s Grande Ballroom

July 10, 1887 was a Grand day

Grand Hotel Pano (3 photo pano), photo by raddad! Today is the 125th birthday of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island which opened on July 10, 1887. Wikipedia’s Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) entry explains: In 1886, the Michigan Central Railroad, Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, and Detroit and Cleveland Steamship Navigation Company formed the Mackinac … Continue reading July 10, 1887 was a Grand day

Sunset at Round Island

Lighthouse by Windy The Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society tells us: Round Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1895 at a cost of $15,000 by Frank Rounds, a carpenter from Detroit. Rounds had previously worked on Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel, which was completed in 1887. The lighthouse was first lit on May 15th, 1896. It was … Continue reading Sunset at Round Island