all who wander are not lost

Went up and stayed on Mackinac Island for the holiday, at the beautiful Grand Hotel.

This porch was designed by an 18 year old Albert Kahn, while working for the Mason and Rice firm.

Dated manhole cover “March 19, 1889” – Stuart Brothers, Detroit, Michigan.



Now, a lot of the food in the dining room was very nice fine dining stuff.

But I have to say I was not quite down with some of the local “delicacies”

Butterflies on lumps of creamery butter ? Okay, whatever…when in Rome, I guess. I do have to say, once you get going, it is hard to eat just one…

[fine, Im just joking – no butterflies were eaten during my stay at the Grand…lol]

This was the view from our room.

One must watch one’s step around these fine hotels….

More from Mackinac Island in the next few posts.

10 Responses to The Grand Hotel

  • Rj – this was a pretty organized family trip, so I did not get to do much exploring or investigating the nearby cities. Normally I would hike the whole island too.

  • Yep yep – Governor Granholm was staying at the mansion when I was there. The conference started after we left, but they were getting ready for their “dignitaries”.

  • Fantastic photos !!! The place looks the same as I remember and I am sure it will stay that way. A true GEM in Northern Michigan !

    Did you all spend any time on the mainland in the city ?

  • Your spokesperson in those ads is Tim Allen, in case ya didn’t know!

  • Just heard on WJR 760 AM 12:00 noon news that there is going to be some kind of Government summit meeting there this weekend. Granholm will be there along with many other important people.

    Hope they solve a state problem or two.

    If not, at least they will at least have a lavish time for themselves… on us.

  • Heres the Grand Hotel at 0:15 in this Pure Michigan ad:

    And again at 0:14 in this one:

  • It always amazes me when the State of Michigan goverment periodically goes here for an extended stay to discuss what they are going to do to solve the economic challenges of our depressed state.

    Your goverment at work.

  • This is the kind of place that those Pure Michigan radio spots conjure up in your mind!

  • quite opulent. edward scissorhands was there.