Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel Has $127 Lodging Package; But, Act Fast
Mackinac Island has long been one of the Great Lakes most recognized vacation destinations. Conde Nast Traveler calls it “One of the top 10 islands destinations in the world.”
The island, located in Lake Huron, is noted for its pristine cross-country skiing during winter, but summer and fall is when it really shines. Passenger ferries, crossing from both of Michigan's Peninsula's, can deposit thousands of tourists on the island daily throughout the summer months. Many are just day-tripping, but the island has a wealth of fine old hotels and cottages for rent. Many of the hotels date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The Grand Hotel, opened in 1987, is recognized as one of the world’s finest hotels. Travel+Leisure includes it among the “500 World’s Best Hotels,” and Conde Nast calls it one of the “Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest.” They are offering an exceptional lodging package, $127 per person, per night, not including hotel taxes and fees, on selected dates in September and October.
The package includes overnight lodging, a full breakfast, and five-course dinner. Other amenities include a Michigan themed reception, free golf green fees (required cart fee), free admission to Fort Mackinac, 25-percent off lunch at Grand Hotel restaurants, and a discount on souvenir shop merchandise. It's been called "the White House on water," and many presidents have stayed there over the last century.
The offer is good for September dates 11, 16, 17, 18, 21 and 25, and in October 1, 2, 6, 7, 19 and 23. You have to call 1-855-885-4107 to make a reservation during the week of August 10 only. No online reservations, and a limited number of hotel rooms are available for the offer. Once they are gone, they are gone.
You won't find a vehicle – except for emergency vehicles – anywhere on the island. Horses, bicycles and foot are the way you get around. Horse drawn carriages are easily hailed if you need transportation. Numerous trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding bisect the small island. It's only about 10 miles around the circumference, and a paved path offers beautiful views of Lake Huron, other islands and the rocky, bluff-filled interior of the island from the pathway. Rugged pathways crisscross the rocky interior offering good hiking and mountain biking trails with scenic views from some of the bluffs.
When you step off of the Island Ferry Dock, you are in a living Victorian village. Remember to cross streets on straight angles rather than diagonally and be aware of horses, bikes and people stepping off of carriages. Enjoy the downtown hustle and bustle of the early 1800s.
Photo: Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel has fall special (Grand Hotel)