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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mackinac Island - THE Grand Hotel

The 1980 film Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer, was filmed on location at Grand Hotel. The movie now has a huge following, with a fan club that meets at Grand Hotel each October.  Cheapest room is 179 per night on the weekdays, single occupancy, but that includes a breakfast, lunch, and a 7 course meal, which must be dressed for.

Approaching the hotel from the harbor

Looking up at the porch from the east.

One ton of bulbs are planted in the fall, including 25,000 tulips and 15,000 daffodils.
More than 125,000 bedding plants (annuals) are used to create the many gardens on Grand Hotel grounds.

Looking down on the Croquet lawn.

Lake Huron is behind the tree line

There are more than 500 horses on the island not including these two lawn sculptures.

Get out of your carriage and walk onto the red carpet. (click on any picture to enlarge).

The front porch flowers include 2,500 geraniums-the hotel's trademark flower-in 260 planting boxes. More than 5,200 geraniums can be seen in all its flower beds combined.

Five U.S. Presidents — Clinton, Bush, Ford, Kennedy, and Truman have visited Grand Hotel.

At 660 feet, Grand Hotel's Front Porch is the world's largest, and is visible as you approach the island from the Straits of Mackinac. Mark Twain walked this porch. Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph here.

Coming into the lobby.

Westminister Dog Show Trophies

I did not know the significance of this beautiful model but they sure got upset when I knocked it off the table. I had the last word when I told them I had been kicked out of nicer hotels than this one.

Band Stage in the ballroom

Lounge area outside the ballroom.

A T-shirt for sale in town.
It takes 500,000 gallons of water to fill Grand Hotel's swimming pool, which was named for actress Esther Williams who starred in the 1947 movie This Time for Keeps, shot at Grand Hotel.

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