Crisp and cool weather, fall foliage, thinned crowds, and sunny shores are not the only reasons to visit Mackinac Island, the Jewel of the Great Lakes, in the fall season. Now is the idyllic time to take advantage of fall savings at one of the loveliest properties in the Historic Hotels of America lineup. An indisputable icon of summer resort life since 1887, the Grand Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, offers a number of specials and packages. The trick is booking accommodations before they sell out.
Somewhere in Time Weekend
One of the most popular events at the Grand Hotel is the Somewhere in Time Weekend, which takes place October 7—9. Popular with film enthusiasts, this is your chance to get the inside scoop on the moviemaking magic of the classic, which was filmed at Grand Hotel and on Mackinac Island in 1979. Guests dress up in costume at the cocktail receptions and costume promenade as well as at the celebrated dinner service in the Main Dining Room. Don’t be surprised if you spot members of the cast and crew like Elise McKenna and Jane Seymour.
The Details: This package is inclusive of a three-night stay, with daily breakfast and dinner, all resort amenities, Friday and Saturday nightly receptions, discounts on ferry tickets, and a special showing of Somewhere in Time with an introduction by Jane Seymour.
Book accommodations in one of the hotel’s suites for this package and enjoy easy access to all that the island has to offer. Sample award-winning fudge, play a round of golf, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, explore natural landmarks, visit Fort Mackinac (founded in 1780), and see the downtown district’s historic buildings like the Blacksmith Shop and American Fur Company Store. Make time for viewing both sunrises and sunsets and see why visitors have been exploring this national treasure for centuries.
The Details: This family-friendly Discover Mackinac package is available through the rest of the season and includes 15% off of suites, daily breakfast and dinner, admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and discounts on ferry tickets.
Leave it to Grand Hotel to celebrate our hard working teachers. Educators are invited to recharge and relax in rocking chairs on the world’s longest porch; relish the allure and sophistication of the hotel’s multi-hued communal areas, designed with the refinement of the Victorian era; and explore the car-free island, full of unique shopping, dining, and nightlife. Enjoy the autumn season on the island via horse, bike, or foot and indulge in fall shopping sales and closeouts.
The Details: Through October, the Teacher Appreciation package offers instructors a 25% discount on distinctive accommodations; daily breakfast and dinner; flowers, Grand Hotel Fudge, and a bottle of Grand Hotel wine; admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum; and discounts on ferry tickets.
The Grand Hotel has plenty of dining options on property. The Main Dining Room, which overlooks the porch and the Straits of Mackinac, is a delightful experience. Visit also, Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor, Grand Coffee and Provisions, Fort Mackinac Tea Room, The Gate House, Woods Restaurant, and The Jockey Club. Live entertainment, including the Grand Hotel Orchestra, delights travelers in the Parlor each day during Afternoon Tea as well as throughout the other venues. For a nightcap, experience the charm of Geranium Bar, Terrace Room, Audubon Wine Bar, and Cupola Bar.
The Details: For the Pure Michigan package, guests stay two nights and receive a 25% discounted rate off of the second night. Or, stay three nights and enjoy 50% off the third night. Daily dinner and breakfast is included as well as a round of golf on The Jewel, resort amenities, and admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.
Close the Grand
October 28—31 is a very special time to be at the Grand Hotel. This is the final weekend that the property will be open and there are many revelries to honor the season. Enjoy a casual dinner buffet on Sunday night and a continental breakfast on Monday morning as well as a more relaxed resort ambiance. The resident historian, Bob Tagatz, leads an insightful presentation, letting guests in on the closure procedures as well as stories from the season. It’s a bit like the end-of-season scene in the movie, Dirty Dancing, as employees are recognized and traditions, like bell ringing, are maintained.
The Details: Close the Grand includes accommodations, the Sunday afternoon Close the Grand presentation, the Ceremonial Bring in the Rockers from The World’s Largest Front Porch, a casual buffet dinner, a continental breakfast, the Closing Bell Ringing, and Employee of the Year Recognition Ceremony.
Other Resort Happenings
Other exciting seasonal packages and special weekends, like the Mackinac Fall Package, Fall Michigan Golf Live Package, History Weekend, Murder Mystery Weekend, and Halloween Weekend are perfect for autumn adventures, which encourage visitors to explore the resort’s Grand Experiences, including the Grand Hotel Stables, Tea Garden Games, bike rentals, Secret Garden, Wine and Spirit Tastings, Photos on the Porch, The Gem Miniature Golf, and Afternoon Tea.
History buffs will love the Grand Hotel Tours and Lectures as well. Learn about the hotel’s 135 year history; hear stories about the prohibition era; discover how the art, antiques, and interior design of the Grand Hotel represents specific historical periods; enjoy a Grand Hotel Garden Tour; delve into a two-hour West Bluff Architecture Tour and more.
Finally, there’s no shortage of shopping opportunities on property. Pop in the Mackinac Market, Margaret’s Garden, Grand Womens, Grand Mens, Grand Home & Gifts, and The Jewel Pro Shop for a wide variety of items.