GRAND HOTEL

286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI

(906) 847-3331

Status: Historic Hotel; Open Seasonally

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History

In 1875 Mackinac Island was declared the second National Park in the United States – later becoming a Michigan State Park in 1895 – leading to a massive influx of visitors to the island. In 1886 two railroad companies and two steamship lines came together to build this hotel.

The hotel opened on July 10, 1887 after a massive advertising campaign in the American and Canadian cities surrounding the island. In 1887 it cost between $3 to $5 ($90 to $150 in 2021 dollars) to stay a night. A quick look in 2022 and the reality is between $600 to $1500 to stay a night.

There are 3 categories of rooms as well as named suites.

There are also 7 suites named after First Ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Laura Bush. The front porch of the hotel is the longest in the world at 600 feet (200 metres) long. The porch over looks the famous tea garden and the resort’s pool named after Esther Williams.

For non-guests there is a fee of $10 just to have the privilege of walking on this deck and admiring the view.

Motorized vehicles are not permitted – except for emergency vehicles and snowmobiles in the winter – on the island which is only accessible by either ferry or small plane. Horse drawn carriages are used to take guests from the ferry docks to the hotel or anyone else.

When ice forms on the lake preventing the ferries from working the hotel is closed.

 

Paranormal Activity

The hotel’s official position is that they are not haunted.

The island was used as an Indigenous burial ground as well as a burial ground by the settlers in the area.

When the hotel was built numerous human remains were unearthed and said to have been relocated. As in uncountable other locations it is rumored that not quite all of them were actually moved.

A man in a top hat has been seen playing the piano at the bar.

A woman dressed in Victorian attire is seen wandering the halls of the hotel.

Apparitions of Indigenous people are seen both in the hotel and on the grounds. Their clothing identifies them as pre-European colonization.

Glowing red eyes are reported in the theater.

Guests have reported the temperature suddenly dropped in their rooms; objects disappearing only to appear in plain sight at a later time; feeling as if an unseen presence gets in bed with them and feelings of being watched.