Courtesy The Grand
286 Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 286
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
What’s new: Cawthorne’s Village Inn is the Grand’s newest dining option, a block off Mackinac’s Main Street. This year, the hotel will host vintage baseball games played by 1860s rules and open a new stable, home to 20 antique carriages. The Founders Suite also opens with furnishings from the estate of Francis B. Stockbridge, who once owned the land on which the hotel sits.
Rooms: The hotel has 385 guest rooms, no two alike. The four-bedroom Masco Cottage is connected to the Grand by a walkway.
Meeting space: There is nearly 16,000 square feet of meeting space in the Woodfill Conference Center and more than 7,500 square feet of space in 10 other meeting rooms. Free wireless Internet access is provided throughout the resort.
Amenities: The resort has tennis courts, a golf course, a spa and a swimming pool. Guests can bike, take horse-and-carriage tours, play lawn games and enjoy live music.
Recognitions: The AAA Four Diamond hotel is recognized as one of America’s Best 2012 All-Inclusive Resorts by Travel and Leisure. It also was among Travel and Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels 2012, one of only two Michigan hotels so honored. In Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2011, the Grand was No. 41 among Best Resorts in the U.S. and Canada.
Location: The hotel is on Lake Huron, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Ferries to Mackinac Island operate from May to November and leave from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.