seats 750. Very posh; very wellorchestrated wait staff. There are also three more casual restaurants on site.
company agreed to finance the construction of a large hotel on Mackinac Island. Construction started in 1887. Lumber was brought to the island, 300 construction workers were hired, and four months later the Grand Hotel was complete. The Grand Hotel, along with Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego and the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire are regarded as the best of the 12 large destination hotels remaining from America’s Gilded Age. During a visit last fall—the trees were just beginning to change—we checked the Grand Hotel off our list. We stayed in the Jane Seymour suite. Highlights included taking an evening meal in the Salle à Manger—dress codes required that I wear a coat and tie and Audrey a dress or elegant pants suit. This 34,000 square foot dining room
The Grand is, in the style of an earlier age, a true destination hotel with its own 18-hole golf course, the Esther Williams swimming pool, tennis courts, bicycles, saddle horses, carriage tours of the island, nightly dancing to the music of the Grand Hotel orchestra, and a full length feature movie every night. Guest packages at the Grand are offered throughout the season which begins in early May and extends through the end of October. These include Honeymoon-Anniversary packages, an Arts Weekend, a Golf Package, a Girls Getaway Weekend, Family Value Added Days, Games and Garden Weekend, a Labor Day Jazz Weekend, and a late season Ballroom Dancing Weekend. Other specialty events include Carleton Varney’s Antique Show and Design Fall Festival, and the annual Grand Hotel Anniversary Package. There’s also a Somewhere in Time weekend. In 1979 the Grand and other sites on the island were prominently featured in a full length movie starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Although the movie was only a moder-
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