14 July 2012

The Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island is one of my favorite places and this year The Grand Hotel celebrates its 125th birthday.  Aptly named, it is one of the grandest hotels in America.  The long front porch, amazing views and beautiful geraniums make it breathtakingly beautiful.  The interior is colorful, classic American design.  The whole island gives the feeling of a vacation from yesteryear.  There are no cars allowed and you can only get there by ferry.  Taxis are horse drawn, there are bicycles everywhere and lovely boats in the harbor.  
The hotel's interior was designed by Carlton Varney (Mr. Color) of Dorothy Draper & Company.  Not one room in the hotel is alike and there is a series of First Lady Suites designed by Varney in consultation with Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush.  An additional suite is named after Jacqueline Kennedy.
Jacqueline Kennedy Suite
The Hotel interior
Visitors can enjoy simple pleasures in a grand setting.  Relaxing in a rocking chair on the longest porch in America, afternoon tea in the parlor, a horse and carriage tour of the island, croquet or bocci on the grand lawn, golf, tennis or a five course dinner in the dining room (jacket and tie required.)
 The birthday cake
 The celebration
Now and then . . . Happy 125th!
(all photos from The Grand Hotel)

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