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MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – Mackinac Island’s iconic Grand Hotel has just released its full lineup of vacation specials and packages for the 2023 season, and there’s a lot to unpack. From beloved weekends like the “Somewhere in Time” annual event to jazz, wine and golf-themed stays, there is a little something for every style of traveler on this list.
For some people, Grand Hotel with its world-famous front porch and hospitality is the go-to destination on the island. For others, it’s a treat or a special-occasion stay. Either way, there are lots of options to pick from if you’re eyeing a themed package this year. Families with young children might love the Camp Out package that comes with an in-room tent and movie nights by the pool. History buffs might really get into the Titanic-themed weekend, or the fall history weekend when the stories of old Mackinac come alive. There’s also an Old Hollywood-themed Murder Mystery weekend in the lineup this year for whodunit fans.
See the vacation specials and packages below. For more details and information about pricing, check the link after each description.
Prepare The Grand: Available Saturday, April 29 – Thursday, May 4, 2023
“We invite guests to experience Grand Hotel as it prepares to open for the 2023 season. The pre-opening rate offers guests a chance to enjoy the tranquility of Mackinac Island and a casual stay as the staff gets ready to officially open Grand Hotel for our 137th season.” Find the details here.
Grand Hotel Opening Weekend: Arrive Friday, May 5 • Depart Sunday, May 7, 2023
“For familiar traditions and something all-new, join us in the festivities of Grand Hotel Opening Weekend. Enjoy elegant meals in our Main Dining Room, explore over 70 miles of bike trails, play lawn games in our Tea Garden (and find our Secret Garden as it begins to bloom), listen to our Resident Historian’s first lecture of the year, and experience all we have to offer as we kick off our 137th season!” Find more details here.
Grand Prohibition & Distillers Weekend: Arrive Friday, May 5 • Depart Sunday, May 7, 2023
“Raise a glass and join in the festivities at Grand Hotel’s annual Grand Prohibition & Distillers Weekend, where old-world meets new spirit! Enjoy a series of unique spirits from Michigan’s own Iron Fish Distillery, specialty hand-crafted cocktails, and a memorable tasting dinner created by our Executive Chef, plus additional curated amenities and events.” More details available here.
Ballroom Dance Package: Arrive Friday, May 5 • Depart Sunday, May 7, 2023
“For the fun and fancy of it, meet us on the dance floor for our annual Ballroom Dance Weekend. There’s no better place to enjoy the sophistication of ballroom dancing than Grand Hotel, where nightly dancing and dressing up for dinner has been a tradition for generations — and this is the perfect package to help refine your moves or learn some new steps!” Find more details here.
Mother’s Day Weekend: Arrive Friday, May 12 • Depart Sunday, May 14, 2023
“For the family of it, for the joy of it, have an unforgettable time with mom and take advantage of all the fine amenities at Grand Hotel during our Mother’s Day Weekend celebrations. From special receptions, daily activities, and nightly entertainment to a delectable Grand Luncheon Buffet and Champagne toast, it will be nothing at all like you’ve got at home!” More details available here.
Titanic at Grand: Arrive Friday, May 12 • Depart Sunday, May 14, 2023
“The Year is 1912 and you have a First-Class Ticket on the Titanic. Experience a weekend of glamour and decadence, in a way that only Grand Hotel could offer. Be whisked away each night with live bands, dancing, and authentic cuisine in the ballroom. Learn what it was really like to be on the “Unsinkable Ship” with our professional Historians or simply watch the magic of the Oscar-winning movie. Our Immersive Actors and authentic costumes will transport you aboard the Titanic for a weekend you’ll never forget.” Find more details here.
Spring on Mackinac: Arrive Friday, May 19 • Depart Sunday, May 21, 2023
“Journey to an idyllic time and place. Enjoy springtime on Mackinac Island as flowers bloom and adventure awaits, especially at Woodlands Activity Center and throughout Grand Hotel.” More details available here.
Memorial Day Weekend: Available beginning Friday, May 26, 2023
“For something different, something fun, come celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at America’s Summer Place! Explore the historic landmarks and natural beauty of Mackinac Island, enjoy the tradition of Afternoon Tea in the Parlor and nightly live musical entertainment, kick back and relax in a rocking chair on the World’s Longest Porch, and be one of the first guests to dive into the Esther Williams Swimming Pool in 2023.” Find more details here.
Spring Food & Wine Weekend: Arrive Friday, June 2 • Depart Sunday, June 4, 2023
“For the fun and fancy of it, join us for Grand Hotel’s Spring Food & Wine Weekend! Experience incredible meals throughout the weekend and discover your love for food, wine, and travel with this special wine tasting and hotel package. On Saturday evening prepare yourself for an incredible pairing dinner, with a menu curated by our Grand Hotel Executive Chef. Each course is paired perfectly with a wine selection chosen by Elizabeth Schweitzer, Grand Hotel’s Master Sommelier.” Find more details here.
Early Summer Michigan Golf Live Package: Arrive Friday, June 2 • Depart Sunday, June 4, 2023
“For the experience of it, for the fun of it, tee up the vacation of a lifetime with our Early Summer Michigan Golf Live Package. Named for the state’s leading golf program, Michigan Golf Live, show host Bill Hobson coordinates this special event — complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, a golf scramble, and more.” For more information, check the website here.
Lilac Festival Weekend: Arrive Friday, June 16 • Depart Sunday, June 18, 2023
“Something different, something traditional: Join us for Mackinac Island’s 75th annual Lilac Festival! Since its inaugural event in 1948, the Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island has grown into a 10-day festival held in honor of the flower for which the Island is renowned. The lilac is a spectacular variety with a distinct history. In fact, some are more than 200 years old.” Find more details here.
Camp Grand: Available in July and August
“Kids, bring your parents for a getaway like no other. Camp Grand offers families a one-of-a-kind camping trip where you get to enjoy all that Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island have to offer, including bike rentals, ice cream from Sadie’s, and the Esther Williams Swimming Pool – all while camping in style in your unique Grand Hotel guest room!” Details available here.
Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration: Arrive Sunday, July 2 • Depart Wednesday, July 5, 2023. **Three-night stays are required on July 2 – 5.
“Celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends, while exploring the best that a Mackinac Island summer has to offer. July is the perfect time to soak up the sun at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool, play lawn games in the Tea Garden, or take a bike ride and explore everything Mackinac Island has to offer.” Find more information here.
Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend: Arrive Friday, July 7 • Depart Sunday, July 9, 2023
“Please join Grand Hotel’s Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer, and a celebrated winery for this special wine tasting and hotel package: the Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend at Grand Hotel. Stay tuned to learn more about our featured winery of the 2023 Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend.” More package information here.
Grand Princess and Superhero Packages:
July: Arrive Sunday, July 9 • Depart Tuesday, July 11, 2023
August: Arrive Tuesday, August 15 • Depart Thursday, August 17, 2023
“For the fun of it, for the escape of it: Join the magic of the Annual Grand Princess and Superhero Package at America’s Summer Place. Your own princess or superhero will have a Grand time dressing up as their favorite princess or superhero for two days filled with fun activities and entertainment. Featured characters may include: Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Tiana, Black Widow, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and Batman.”
Explore Mackinac: Arrive Friday, August 18 • Depart Sunday, August 20, 2023
“This summer, escape from same-old normal life and explore Michigan’s jewel, Mackinac Island. Experience the over 70 miles of natural and paved trails on one of our Grand Hotel bikes, complete with a picnic snack. Top off your weekend with a walk into our local history with complimentary admission to Fort Mackinac.” Find more details here.
Labor Day Jazz Weekend: Arrive Friday, September 1 • Depart Monday, September 4, 2023
“For the experience of it, for the joy of it: Escape to America’s Summer Place for Labor Day Weekend and immerse yourself in fabulous jazz music, played by some of the country’s top performers. Interact with the artists during Q&A sessions, then take in late-night performances at the Cupola Bar and The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand. This package includes concerts, receptions, cookout luncheons, breakfast and dinner daily, and all entertainment. Make your reservation early, so you don’t miss out on this unforgettable weekend!” Find more details here.
Wellness Weekend Retreat: Arrive Friday, September 8 • Depart Sunday, September 10, 2023
“Experience something new by slowing down. This Wellness Weekend Retreat at Grand Hotel will help you recharge, be present and learn how to experience a more meaningful life. There is no better place to disconnect to reconnect than Mackinac Island.” Find more information here.
Welcome Fall Package: Arrive Friday, September 15 • Depart Sunday, September 17, 2023
“Kids, bring your parents to Grand Hotel this fall for a weekend full of activities for young-at-age and young-at-heart. Enjoy breakfast and dinner daily and a tour of the Grand Hotel Stables. Be sure to take advantage of our bike rental discounts to explore the beautiful fall foliage of Mackinac Island!” Find more details here.
Fall Wine Appreciation Weekend: Arrive Friday, September 15 • Depart Sunday, September 17 2023
“This September, raise a glass to Michigan food & wines, at our Fall Wine Appreciation Weekend. Join Grand Hotel Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer, for an array of themed events including a Welcome Reception, morning and early afternoon wine seminars, and a special private wine dinner. Featured winery coming soon.” More details here.
Late Summer Michigan Golf Live Package: Arrive Sunday, September 17 • Depart Tuesday, September 19, 2023
“For something different, something fun, tee up the vacation of a lifetime with our Late Summer Michigan Golf Live Package. Named for the state’s leading golf program, Michigan Golf Live, show host Bill Hobson coordinates this special event — complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, a golf scramble, and more.” More details here.
Fall Michigan Golf Live Package: Arrive Sunday, October 8 – Depart Tuesday, October 10, 2023
“Tee up the vacation of a lifetime during our Fall Michigan Golf Live Package. Named for the state’s leading golf program, Michigan Golf Live, show host Bill Hobson coordinates this golf event — complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, Monday morning golf scramble, and box lunch.” For more information, check here.
History Weekend: Arrive Friday, October 13 • Depart Sunday, October 15, 2023
“Visit times before our times. You’re invited to Grand Hotel’s 14th Annual History Weekend with a unique look into the story behind the wood structure built in 1887. Fall is a great time of year to experience Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel. We hope to see you for this special event to celebrate the history of Grand Hotel.” For more details, check here.
Murder Mystery Weekend: Arrive Friday, October 20 • Depart Sunday, October 22, 2023
“Consider yourself warned: Not everything is how it seems at Grand Hotel during Murder Mystery Weekend. Join us in October for an interactive weekend brought to you by The Murder Mystery Company, founded in Michigan. The intrigue begins Friday night and the crime is solved Sunday morning. Murder Mystery Weekend Theme: Old Hollywood.” For more details, check here.
Somewhere in Time Weekend: Arrive Friday, October 27 – Depart Sunday, October 29, 2023
“Each year, our Somewhere in Time Weekend is one of the most popular and special events during our entire season. It’s perfect for fans who want to know the cinematic secrets of the timeless romantic classic, and a chance to visit with many people who played a role in the movie. You are invited to make a cameo appearance in costume at the cocktail receptions and costume promenade. Breakfast and dinner are also included daily, where guests may enjoy dining in elegant costumes in our Main Dining Room.” Check here for more details.
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