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Mackinac Island Hotel and Grandeur ~ Movie Somewhere in Time

Updated on March 12, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan
The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan | Source

Time Travel


This unique concept of being able to travel backwards (or forwards) in time is no longer limited just to science fiction fans who love reading books, watching television shows like the many Star Trek versions or movie going aficionados.

It can be realized by stepping back in time and seeing and experiencing the grandeur of what life was like (and still can be today) at a place called the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island which was built and opened its doors to the public in 1887.

A consortium of railroads and steamship companies were responsible for initiating the concept and bringing this Grand Hotel into existence.

The name is certainly appropriate.

What could better describe this large and magnificent hotel that has hosted guests including Presidents from the United States, foreign visitors including Heads of State, inventors, authors and other august persons for more than a century in elegant fashion?


Geraniums & U.S. flag on the porch of the Grand Hotel

Geraniums & U.S. flag on the porch of the Grand Hotel
Geraniums & U.S. flag on the porch of the Grand Hotel | Source

The History of the Grand Hotel of Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel


This stately Grand Hotel reputedly has the longest front porch in the entire world.

The porch is wide and some 660 feet ( 200 meters ) in length and literally has hundreds of geranium boxes planted with those classic blooming flowers.

Wooden rocking chairs accommodate countless guests and/or visitors to the Grand Hotel who wish to soak up the sumptuous atmosphere overlooking the gardens below and the nearby vista of Lake Huron.

The Grand Hotel is not only a National Historic Landmark but is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to my grandparents who have stayed at the Grand Hotel many years ago, we have several good friends who have also visited that most historic of splendid places on Mackinac Island, Michigan.


The photos in this hub have been shared by these same friends and make me all the more eager to someday visit this place in person and experience the views and ambiance of the elegant Grand Hotel.

The long porch at the Grand Hotel

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The long porch at the Grand Hotel
The long porch at the Grand Hotel | Source
The long porch at the Grand Hotel
The long porch at the Grand Hotel | Source
Doug enjoying the view from the porch of the Grand Hotel
Doug enjoying the view from the porch of the Grand Hotel | Source
The beautiful geraniums at the Grand Hotel
The beautiful geraniums at the Grand Hotel | Source
Doug in a rocking chair at the Grand Hotel
Doug in a rocking chair at the Grand Hotel | Source
Lisa in a rocking chair at the Grand Hotel
Lisa in a rocking chair at the Grand Hotel | Source
Doug and Lisa at the Grand Hotel
Doug and Lisa at the Grand Hotel | Source

This Time for Keeps


This is the title of a movie starring Jimmy Durante and Esther Williams which dates back to 1947. It was filmed on Mackinac Island and one of the prime locations was at the Grand Hotel.

There is a 220 foot ( 67 meters ) large heated pool at the Grand Hotel named after the famous actress and synchronized swimming expert, Esther Williams.

Synchronized swimming is very athletic in nature but also very beautiful to watch. It is also described as water ballet. Women athletes perform rhythmic twists and turns in the water together at exactly the same time whether exposing their arms, legs or bodies...and often holding their breath while underwater.

Esther Williams became a rather famous pinup girl during World War II because of frequently appearing in her bathing suit for films once she was discovered by MGM.

Xavier Cugat's band also performed in that movie. For those who are old enough to remember , he was a popular and charismatic band director who helped make Latin music popular in the United States. His band performed for many years at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Jimmy Durante started out in the days of vaudeville and went on to perform on radio, in movies and on television. He was not only a good musician but quite the comedian. He always made fun of his big nose and I remember first seeing him at my grandparent's house when they owned a television set prior to my parents getting one in those early days of television.


So with our time travel theme...by watching this romantic comedy film one can see what the Grand Hotel looked like during that time as well as viewing some of those famous personalities featured in that 1947 movie.

Horse drawn carriage at the Grand Hotel

Horse drawn carriage at the Grand Hotel
Horse drawn carriage at the Grand Hotel | Source

Approaching the Grand Hotel by horse drawn carriage

Mackinac Island


As already explained in the post that I did featuring the historic Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, no motorized vehicles are allowed on the island so people get around by horse drawn carriages, bicycling or by walking.

Since the island is small...just shy of four square miles...this is also like stepping back into a time prior to those first noisy and sputtering Model T Fords and other "horseless carriages" that began populating the highways and byways after the Grand Hotel was first built.

When my grandparents were born everyone commonly traveled with the use of horses and carriages or by railroads and steamships among other modes of transportation. When my maternal grandmother was young, she was taken back and forth to a convent school with horses and a buggy.

That generation saw the rapid expansion of travel made easier by the use of those early automobiles and they also saw the very first airplanes. My paternal grandmother often commented to me regarding her amazement of living during the time of those early bi-planes to seeing man walk on the moon. Her first husband flew in those bi-planes during World War 1.

Touring the stables at the Grand Hotel

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Touring the stables at the Grand Hotel
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Touring the stables at the Grand Hotel
Touring the stables at the Grand Hotel | Source
Touring the stables at the Grand Hotel
Touring the stables at the Grand Hotel | Source

Flowers at the Grand Hotel

Flowers at the Grand Hotel
Flowers at the Grand Hotel | Source

Grand Hotel Gardens and Grounds


The grounds of the Grand Hotel are beautiful judging from the photos that our friends took.

Water views of Lake Huron as well as views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac bridge are breathtaking from this location.

For those who wish to do more than sit on the grandiose porch in rocking chairs and sip on drinks delivered by accommodating and friendly hotel waitstaff, there are exercise facilities which include the Esther Williams swimming pool, tennis courts, 18 holes of golf, jogging trails and of course beautiful grounds in which the manicured gardens, fountains and other eye-catching attractions can be viewed and enjoyed while out for a stroll.

More photos below show some of this scenery.

Grand Hotel grounds scenery

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A sundial at the Grand Hotel
A sundial at the Grand Hotel | Source
Splashing fountains on the grounds of Grand Hotel
Splashing fountains on the grounds of Grand Hotel | Source
Splashing fountains on the grounds of Grand Hotel
Splashing fountains on the grounds of Grand Hotel | Source
Bicycles available for rent at the Grand Hotel
Bicycles available for rent at the Grand Hotel | Source
Landscaping at the Grand Hotel
Landscaping at the Grand Hotel | Source
Flowers at the Grand Hotel
Flowers at the Grand Hotel | Source
Grand Hotel grounds scenery
Grand Hotel grounds scenery | Source
Decorative turtle on the Grand Hotel grounds
Decorative turtle on the Grand Hotel grounds | Source
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Grand Hotel grounds | Source
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Grand Hotel fountain | Source
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A harpist entertaining guest during Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel.

A harpist entertaining guest during Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel.
A harpist entertaining guest during Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel. | Source

Grand Hotel Interiors


Our friends chose to stay elsewhere on Mackinac Island and merely visit the Grand Hotel on several occasions.

This imposing structure with wonderful amenities comes with a not surprisingly high price-tag if one wishes to stay in one of their rooms or suites which are all individually decorated...some of them even named after some of our Presidential first ladies like Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Rosalyn Carter.

One day Doug and Lisa enjoyed themselves by having an Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel. A harpist played beautiful music during that interlude of time. Delicate little finger foods accompanied their choice of teas served in fine china.

Several times our friends simply enjoyed those rocking chairs on the porch and sipped on tasty and refreshing drinks after exploring other parts of Mackinac Island.

At a certain point approaching evening, if one wishes to stay on the front porch at the Grand Hotel, a dress code is mandated. A sense of proper decorum is maintained at the Grand Hotel keeping it in line with how life would have been more commonly observed in the past.


Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel

Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel
Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel | Source



Visitors can wander through the public rooms of the Grand Hotel and enjoy the amenities although it costs an admission fee as of the time of this writing if not staying there as a guest.

Some public rooms at the Grand Hotel

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People relaxing in one of the public rooms at the Grand Hotel.
People relaxing in one of the public rooms at the Grand Hotel. | Source
One of the dining facilities at Grand Hotel
One of the dining facilities at Grand Hotel | Source
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Stage / theatre at Grand Hotel | Source

Somewhere in Time (orchestral version)

The Grand Hotel

Somewhere in Time


This is the title of a classic movie made back in 1980 and is hauntingly beautiful not only due to the period costuming and setting of the Grand Hotel, but also due to the most beautiful music played throughout the movie.

The 18th variation of Sergei Rachmanioff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is one of my all time personal favorites! The Somewhere in Time music theme was based upon Rachmanioff's masterpiece creation.

The title of this movie foretells the fact of this being a time travel movie.

Christopher Reeve, the beautiful Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer are main characters in this film.

At one point the character played by Christopher Reeve travels back 68 years in time to the year 1912 to meet the famous actress Elise McKenna ( played by Jane Seymour ) with whom he has a romantic connection.

There are some twists and turns to the story but these lovebirds are suddenly torn apart and once again separated by irreversible time in a dramatic climax.


Somewhere in Time (Orig. Movie Score) John Barry - Composer

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Somewhere in Time Convention


At the Grand Hotel, there is an annual weekend in October where the hotel guests dress up in vintage clothing and pay homage to the movie Somewhere in Time.

That must be a sight to behold!

If visitors from outer space would happen to see only Mackinac Island and not other parts of our world, they would certainly have a skewed version of what life is like on earth...particularly if they came on that particular weekend at the Grand Hotel.

Thus, if looking for a completely different way to spend a deluxe vacation in a dignified manner dressed in beautiful clothing dating back a century, check out the timing for the next annual Somewhere in Time convention at the Grand Hotel and make reservations.

That special weekend probably sells out fairly quickly!

A Day at the Grand Hotel

Hopefully you enjoyed learning about this grand Mackinac Island Hotel called the Grand Hotel.

Whether you go to experience it by staying there, or merely visit it during the day as several of our friends have, or even plan to enjoy a Somewhere in Time annual convention...it will be an experience you are not likely to soon forget.

The Grand Hotel & other scenery on Mackinac Island as seen through the camera lenses of more friends of ours...

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Mackinac Island scenery - The Grand Hotel | Source
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The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island | Source

Enjoying sipping some wine on the porch at the Grand Hotel.

Enjoying sipping some wine on the porch at the Grand Hotel.
Enjoying sipping some wine on the porch at the Grand Hotel. | Source
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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings mactavers,

      Lucky you to have spent some time at the Grand Hotel just last weekend. Our friends and my grandparents certainly liked it. Perhaps someday with luck I will get to see it in person. Thanks for letting me know that the lunch buffet is excellent. I would actually expect that from everything I have learned about this grand place.

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      mactavers 2 months ago

      I was there last weekend and the Grand Hotel was everything I had pictured and more. We had the lunch buffet which was excellent and enjoyed all the art and old photos. In many ways, it reminded us of the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island, CA.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DzyMsLizzy,

      Hope you can locate a DVD of the movie "Somewhere in Time" so that you can watch it as often as you like. Appreciate the votes and shares.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, wow. I love, love, love that movie! I have watched it several times! Sadly, we no longer have our copy--it was sold at the flea market when we no longer had our VCR player. I need to find it on DVD!!

      Funny, though, for some reason, I had been under the impression that the movie was set at the Hotel del Coronado, in San Diego, California. Oops!

      I saw the title of your Hub, and rushed right over to read it, though I must admit to mainly skimming it, because I was actually stealing time from some chores I am supposed to be doing instead. ;-) I've bookmarked it for a much more thorough read-through, with time to watch the videos!

      Voted up +++ shared and pinned.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      It certainly does take a fair amount of money to be able to stay at the Grand Hotel. Our friends stayed elsewhere and merely visited it which is another way to enjoy it. Our friends certainly took some great photos and gave me permission to use them for which I am grateful. Happy to be able to share them with you. Appreciate the votes and share.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      Belief did play a part in that movie, Somewhere in Time. I am not familiar with the other one you mentioned that had the high tech aspects.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Oh what fun it would be to visit this Grand Hotel just to see how the "other half live".

      I haven't thought of the movie, Somewhere in Time in ages. I'm checking to see if it is on Netflix!

      The photos were just beautiful; thanks for sharing them. Voted UP, and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I found the music in that movie "Somewhere in Time" to be hauntingly beautiful as well as the story line. Happy to be your tour guide with regard to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Thanks for the share!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      A beautiful place. I remember the movie. I decided that even if the author wanted the process to be real, it would have to be madness for me because you have to decide to believe it.

      Juxtapose this with something like the Army of the the 12 Monkeys. At least you have the excuse of the high tech machinery and the convenient fact that you can see your effect on time.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      How I missed this I do not know. Somewhere in Time is one of my most favorite movies, bar none.

      Knowing the info about Mackinac Island and the Hotel makes it even more special.

      Thanks for sharing Peggy. You are a great tour guide :D

      Angels are on the way to you....Shared and voted up

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello colorfulone,

      So glad you liked this. I appreciate all of the photos furnished by our friends. It does look like an amazing island as well as a grand hotel to visit. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow Peg, this is a beautifully crafted article. You made it very interesting to learn about some of the rich history of the Grand Hotel. I am more of a cabin in the woods person myself, so a visit to the Grand would be overwhelming to me I do believe. What a beautiful setting for such a grand place.

      Amazing! - Sharing the voting this up!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello lisavanvorst,

      I hope that you get to see it in person someday. So glad you liked learning about the Grand Hotel and some of the history. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      Hope you get to visit Mackinac Island someday and visit the Grand Hotel. Like you, I love that movie and the music. Appreciate the share.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie,

      Like you, I would enjoy watching that movie again. It is hauntingly beautiful. Thanks for the share.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Simply beautiful. I would love to visit. Thank you for the information.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Peggy

      I'm back for a second tour of Mackinac Island Hotel. Ever since the time I first saw "Somewhere In Time", I have been dying to see this place. And of course the music is breath-taking. In fact I added a video of "The Theme" on a recent hub I wrote.

      This is one of my favorite hubs Peggy and I will share it again.

      Hugs,

      Audrey

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have heard somewhere about this hotel and how absolutely fantastic it is. I loved the movie! Been meaning to watch it again and now it will hold a new interest! Up and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      I am sure that it is much nicer on Mackinac Island today rather than here in the summer heat of Texas. The feel like temps in Houston today will be around 110 which can be dangerous. Staying inside the air conditioning today for sure! Looking forward to cooler Fall temps. Thanks for the shares!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This looks wonderful! Especially as it's been around 100 degrees F. for the past few days and do be 101 F. today. I know it's nice and cool up there on the Island and probably has a nice breeze too.

      Along with the perfect weather and temperatures to give us folks in the South a break, it has some fabulous things to do as you have described. Just stepping back in time when things weren't so rushed would be so relaxing and nice.

      Gave you 5 stars, pinned to my 'Travel' board, voted up, BAUI, posted on FB, and sharing with followers. Hope you're in a cool place!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      I would love to visit there someday and experience it for myself. It would be fun to sit on that expansive front porch, sip on a drink and watch the world go by. :)) Thanks for your votes and the share.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Sounds like a lovely experience! The sheer size of the hotel is impressive! Voted up, interesting and shared! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Crystal,

      It is surely a destination site that is out of the ordinary. Glad you liked this hub.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      I just heard David Letterman talking about how fabulous this hotel is. It looks like a wonderful place to visit.Nicely done!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      So very glad that you liked this. Not only would a visit to Mackinac Island be nice but visiting the Grand Hotel would be like stepping back in time to a grand era...one that worked at a slower pace, but with luxury. Thanks for your votes and shares.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for transporting me back in time with these lovely pictures of horse drawn carriages and the grandeur of this beautiful hotel. Certainly a place worth a visit.

      Awesome and scintillating around the hotel and an interesting read.

      Voted up, interesting, awesome and sharing and pinning.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Perhaps someday I will get to visit the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. It must be quite an experience sitting on that expansive front porch overlooking things and perhaps sipping on a drink. Thanks for your visit.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Had to make a revisit to this hub so interesting about a place I love. Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Isn't it nice to be able to do some armchair traveling! We can't possibly get to all the great places in the world, but we can certainly do our share of reading about them and viewing them in photos and videos. Glad that you liked this! Thanks for your comment.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brillaint Peggy;so so interesting and the photos are wonderful.

      Another treat for my Armchair Travelling.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Teylina,

      If you did not see the movie "Somewhere in Time" which was filmed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, you will enjoy it. And if it is a rerun for you...I know that I have enjoyed the haunting tale and music more than once. So enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

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      Teylina 5 years ago

      I may have to head north the next time I take off! The only part of Michigan I've seen was not the most beautiful, and this looks like a treasure! Epi, did you loan it to them or are you too far away? Lots of my geography is horrid. Got to look up couple of these movies. Think I saw the "somewhere in time" but blank mind right now. Now Have to Find It!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      I know what you mean. The prices at the Grand Hotel are a bit steep, but at least everyone can enjoy the grounds and perhaps sit on its massive porch enjoying a drink while overlooking the scenery. I also loved that movie "Somewhere in Time" and knowing that it was filmed there would add interest in visiting this historic and beautiful site someday. Thanks for the 5 star rating and tweet.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      It is nice that your great hub about Old San Juan is one of the related ones to this article regarding the elegant Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. I guess their both being islands was the common bond between both hubs, plus the historic aspect of both.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This looks like a wonderful place to visit, Peggy, although like your friends I'm sure that I wouldn't be able to afford a stay in the Grand Hotel itself! I would love to explore the hotel and the island, though. The photos are beautiful, and I was happy to be reminded about the movie "Somewhere in Time", which I enjoyed very much when I watched it a long time ago. I gave this hub a 5 star rating and will tweet it.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      It is interesting that those movies were filmed used the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island as a background. Talk about a great setting! Thanks for your comment, vote and attempted share. Hope it works! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      BTW: I was delighted to see my Hub on San Juan, Puerto Rico as a related Hub on this one of yours!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy, I just saw this Hub on the feed page, and even though I had read it before, I wanted to come back and read it again. Made me sad to think of Christopher Reeve, but that was a wonderful movie. Of course I remember Esther Williams and the other good ole actors. I enjoyed reading this all over again. It is such a magnificant place. I voted this UP, and I will try and share. Mary

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      When I was a freshman in highschool we took a trip out to Mackinac Island. One of the things we got the opportunity to do was stay at the grand hotel. They even threw a ball in our honor. We had such a blast. Ok - so the rooms we stayed in were in the old part of the hotel and so it might not have been as grand as other rooms, but it was still a neat experience. I would love to go back! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nell,

      I absolutely love that movie "Somewhere in Time" that was filmed at the Grand Hotel. So romantic and the music...it is hauntingly beautiful. Nice that you can watch and listen to it anytime you wish. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello barbergirl28,

      Oh indeed you were fortunate to be able to stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island as a teenager. I love lilacs and you also got to enjoy them. A win-win for you! Nice that you have those memories. Thanks for your comment and sharing this with others.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, How lovely to spend time dressed up in that wonderful hotel! I thought it looked familiar when I started to read about it, then I found out that it was the setting for my most loved film of all time! Somewhere In Time! I absolutely adore that film, and have it on dvd and video, what a brilliant hub, now I want to go! lol! rated up! cheers nell

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I am very fortunate. When I was a Freshman in High School I got to actually stay in the Grand Hotel as part of our Summer band trip before Sophmore Year. We got to march in the Lilac Parade. It was neat because it really was like a trip back in time. Thanks for sharing this and jogging some of my fond memories! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lisa,

      At least you know what it is like to sit on the porch of the Grand Hotel enjoying the scenery and grandeur of the place. Thanks again for sharing your Mackinac Island photos. Made my job of writing about it ever so interesting. Wouldn't it be fun to see it during the movie Somewhere in Time annual reunions! :))

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      Lisa H. 5 years ago

      Thank for writing such a descriptive and entertaining synopsis to go with our pictures of the Grand Hotel. I could just picture being on that wonderful porch sipping a cool drink while enjoying the lovely view once again! It is truly a unique and wonderful place to experience (even if you are only visiting as we were). I can't wait to go back again some day.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      One would have to have deep pockets (lots of money) to stay at the Grand Hotel for a long time. You probably meant staying on Mackinac Island. The winters might be a bit chilly for year round living. Ideally it would be a great place to have one of those vacation "cottages" for seasonal enjoyment. Nice dream! :))

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      judio 5 years ago

      If I ever go again to visit, I may never leave!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rmcrayne,

      That's right! One must be appropriately dressed to be on the Grand Hotel porch at a certain time in the evening. It must be quite an experience to stay there assuming one has the finances. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Peggy, I’ve heard of dressing for dinner, but dressing for the porch?! I’d love to stay at The Grand, but afraid I don’t have the wardrobe. And the expense of the room rate on top of that. Nice of them to have “public” porch time though.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Mackinac Island is certainly that...a beautiful vacation get-a-way. The Grand Hotel experience would be like stepping back in time to a late 19th century atmosphere for those who could afford that type of luxury and pampering. Lisa and Doug are generous to share their beautiful photos and impressions with us. I also liked our other friend's photos. Appreciate your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      A great hub of the beautiful and historical landmark Mackinac Island. I love the photos and videos, especially "Somewhere in Time". So wonderful of Doug and Lisa to share their lovely vacation with hubpage viewers. Great hub and lots of valuable historical information of this beautiful vacation get-a-way.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      It sounds as though the changes on Mackinac Island as well as on the mainland have all been to the good. Sometimes beautiful places become just the opposite with lots of shops selling junk that could be purchased anywhere. Nice to know that they have been going in the right direction! I know from reading and from our friends that the pronounciation of Mackinac is like Mack-in-naw.

      The fireworks sound spectacular and would be reflected in all of that water. Thanks for coming back and leaving another comment.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Years ago it had all the small little shops that sold just tourist type of items. The kind of stuff kids like. Now they have some nice shops. The Grand Hotel use to be free to walk through. Now I think you have to pay to get in on the tour. We never stayed at the Grand Hotel.

      We always stayed in Mackinaw City and at that time there was only one bad motel with a pool and maybe a few small motels. Now there are some really nice places to stay. It's fun to go on the 4th of July. You can sit on the beach and see fire works from all around. The Island, Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.

      We've beem going there since the 60's.

      If you ever go to the island they call it "Mackinaw" they will correct you if you don't.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      That would make for a scary ride with the wind so fierce and the waves that choppy! I would prefer calmer weather if visiting Mackinac Island. In what way has it changed over the years from your perspective? Our friends certainly loved vacationing there. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello writinginalaska,

      Hope you get to experience Mackinac Island and are able to cross off the Grand Hotel from your bucket list. Much easier to rent the movie "Somewhere in Time" and at least see that from where you now live. :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      We go to Mackinac Island often. It can get a little nerve racking going over on the ferry and crossing the Mackinac Bridge.

      The last time we went the wind was up and I thought our friend was going to have a stroke she was so scared. Right after we crossed the bridge they closed it because of high wind.

      It has changed lots through the years. A fun place to go.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Will have to look for your hub mentioning among others the movie Somewhere in Time. I could think of no better words to describe that music paired with the movie than hauntingly beautiful. Seems to fit!

      There will be one more hub coming showing more of Mackinac Island. Stay tuned! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      I am sure that you will love the movie "Somewhere in Time." I need to see that other one with Esther Williams. Sounds cute. Yes...afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island would be a treat for the senses. Glad that you enjoyed this hub and thanks for your comment and votes.

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      writinginalaska 5 years ago from southeast Alaska

      fantastic Hub! this place is sooooo on my Bucket List!

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Peggy as soon as I saw the front of the hotel that movie came to mind after, what, 30 years now. That says a lot about the charm of the Grand Hotel. The movie by the way was truly hauntingly beautiful like you say. I was impressed enough with it to include in the 1980 Life and Movies memoir hub. Well, Mackinac not only has the fort but this magical place too. Peggy thank your friends for their wonderful pics and thank you for writing this up and presenting it here for all of us to enjoy!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Such a treat to stay in a hotel like that and enjoy an afternoon tea while a harpist entertain with delightful music.

      I loved the photos and videos and you have put this hub beautiful together.

      Thank you for sharing this with us and now I would love to see the movie!

      Voted up, and pushed all the appropriate buttons.

      Best Wishes,

      Sannel

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      I will absolutely take a look at your Singapore hotel. Glad you liked reading about the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and the movies including one of my favorites...Somewhere in Time. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Maria,

      So glad that you liked this virtual tour of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Yes...having tea there would be a wonderful experience. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Peggy, you never disappointed me in sharing useful information about beautiful place like this hotel. I had wrote about hotel in Singapore. If you have time you can visit my latest hub.

      I love all the pictures above. Thanks for share with us and I put this hotel on my travel list. Well done and rated up!

      Prasetio

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Peggy,

      You did a fabulous job appealing to all of the senses in presenting this historical and magical paradise. It would certainly be my 'cup of tea' to have tea at this grand hotel! Thank you for this virtual vacation, which was much needed this evening!

      Voted UP & UABI, mar.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      Your photo was also a nice addition to this Mackinac Island hub featuring the Grand Hotel. Your bird photo will go into the 3rd hub I intend writing about this fabulous Michigan Island. Thanks for your comment.

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      Gene Jasper 5 years ago

      Peggy, great follow up hub. Ms Hammel's photos were a nice addition as were my friend Fred's.

      Gene

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kristine Manley,

      Ah...so you are also a lover of the movie "Somewhere in Time." It is a great one! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      It would be a treat to be able to stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and enjoy the grandeur of the place if even for a day or two. Glad to know that you enjoyed this. Pleasant dreams (since you said goodnight) and thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Enjoy the movie Somewhere in Time. If you are like me, you will remember it for a long time. The Grand Hotel has had its share of famous visitors over the years. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again Gail,

      I thought so also. There is much to write about regarding the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Thanks for your additional comment.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I loved the movie, Somewhere in Time! Great Hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      What a beautiful Hub you have put together! I would love to see this Hotel. I voted this UP, etc.etc. It's hard to imagine a place like this. The videos were great, too. Goodnight.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful place this is, and how intriguing to learn about the famous people who visited Mackinac Island and about the movies filmed there. The photographs are wonderful, too! Now I must rent "Somewhere in Time!"

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      The Grand Hotel definitely deserved a hub of her own! What a history she has and you did a great job of bringing that history to life.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gail,

      I have even more photos to share in another hub regarding Mackinac Island in general. Thought that the "grand dame" hotel, the Grand Hotel, deserved a hub dedicated to just that one subject. The fact of movies being filmed there just added additional interest. It would be wonderful to spend some time there someday. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DzyMsLizzy,

      Somewhere in Time is one of my favorite movies also. Loved it and loved the music from it. Thanks for your comment on this Mackinac Island hub regarding the Grand Hotel and appreciate your votes.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! What a great hub about a fabulous place to visit. The photos and videos were awesome and I loved the way you put everything together. It truly does seem like a visit here would be a throw back in time.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, "Somewhere In Time" was one of my all-time favorite movies! What a great hub this is!

      I had thought, in watching the movie, that I recognized scenes that resembled the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA, but apparently, I was mistaken.

      Thanks for this bit of nostalgia. I must look for a DVD copy of this movie, as my old one was on VHS tape--and is long gone.

      Voted up, interesting and beautiful.