Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel
Still Living in The Gilded Age
3 Days | May-Sept
Starting At $Varies
Join us we repeat the past and celebrate The Gilded Age at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel. Here you can let imagination inspire fantasy . . . “Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!” He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
Prices Per Person
Rates vary with the season and special events.
Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tour Managers are available
Day 1 – Mackinac Island – Grand Hotel – On arrival in Mackinaw City, MI, you ferry to the Island, here a horse & carriage transports you to the Grand Hotel. Mackinac Island is oft called a place ‘where time stands still’ – it is a place that celebrates a historical era! Join us at this Five-Star Resort and experience The Gilded Age as it was in America from 1870-1900. Built during the Gay 90’s (1890’s), The Grand Hotel was a summer resort for America’s Wealthy, and remains true to that character without motor vehicles.
Of a special note to Tour Planners, a new TV show, “The Gilded Age,” an American follow-up of the British drama “Downton Abbey,” will air on NBC in 2019. This 10-part series is written by the same British screenwriter, Julian Fellowes and should appeal to his “Downton Abbey” audience.
Once you have visited your rooms you will want to view the Straits of Mackinac from a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch. The evening meal is always a special event and requires proper attire: dresses, skirts, blouses, dress sweaters and dress slacks for ladies are preferred, while gentleman are required to wear a suit coat, necktie and dress pants. Once you are seated you may catch a glimpse of the bellmen taking down the flags for the day – it’s an evening sunset tradition here.
Following dinner there will be dancing to an orchestra, champagne and punch. It is reminiscent of a social evening for the rich and famous in that bygone age. “The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter. As the orchestra plays and the sun sets the lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun.” . . . F. Scott Fitzgerald (D)
Day 2 – Mackinac Island – Carriage Tour – Old Fort Mackinac – Grand Hotel Brunch – The Grand Hotel’s breakfast is served from 7:30-9:30am each morning. It includes a wide selection of entrees including omelettes, eggs any style, hot and cold cereals, pancakes and French toast with real Michigan maple syrup, hot oatmeal, breakfast meats, salmon, steak, fresh breads and pastries, fresh juices, fruits and more.
This morning features a narrated tour of the Island, as there are no motorized vehicles on the island, this is done by horse drawn carriages where with a clattering of hoofs on cobblestones you depart the hotel with a feeling of adventure in the morning. Included will be stops at several scenic points for photos.
One of those stops is Old Fort Mackinac, a British Garrison (circa 1780) it sits on a southern bluff overlooking the majestic Straits of Mackinac. Inside the fort walls are 14 original buildings filled with interactive displays and period furnishings. Hear bugle music, rifle fire, and a cannon blast. Dance to a 19th-century tune. Drill with soldiers. You may also watch a court martial reenactment. Play Victorian children’s games and create a history that’s all your own.
Following your morning if sightseeing you return The Grand for it’s famous Brunch. One of the finest hotels in the world, this is a truly lovely setting, and a memorable meal.
Then your afternoon is at leisure to explore both the Island and Resort. You might start with the Island shops and boutiques, rent a bicycle for two, explore the gardens and greenhouses of the Grand Hotel, rent a drive-yourself carriage, visit a fudge store and watch it made, walk through “Hubbard’s Annex” of historic summer homes, step into a butterfly house, church, or even the Grand Hotel Stables.
At the Resort you will find historic lectures and afternoon Teas and “Great Gatsby” movies, The sportsperson may even consider a round of golf (clubs and carts are available for rent). There are also competitions of bocce ball and croquet on the lawn, and putting on the golf green.
Dinner tonight is another special, formal event in the Main Dining Room followed by live music and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Depart for Home – After breakfast, you will board the ferry back to the mainland. (B)