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Isn’t she Grand?

July 31, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island was opened in 1887. Photo via fb.com

A Michigan landmark has been named one of the top resorts in the world.

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island was named to Travel + Leisure’s 2015 World’s Best Family Resorts list. Earlier this year, the resort was named one of the world’s best 500 hotels, also by Travel + Leisure.

On the list of Continental U.S. family resorts, the Grand Hotel was No. 14.

Grand amenities

In August, the Grand Hotel is running Family Added Value Days, with a “buy two nights, get a third night half off special.”

History

The hotel was built in 1887. It was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1989.

The grounds allow for tennis, pickleball and a variety of lawn games. The resort also has a 220-foot-long heated swimming pool, named after actress Esther Williams, who starred in the 1947 movie “This Time for Keeps,” filmed at Grand Hotel.

Visitors to the Grand Hotel also can play golf on The Jewel, a golf course designed in 1901 with picturesque views of Lake Huron, the Mackinac Bridge and the Upper Peninsula.

Evening entertainment throughout the summer features an eclectic mix of classical and jazz music.

The Grand Hotel was named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 5 Midwest Resorts this year.

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