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 A Personal View of The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
Part 2 of 3
Friday, November 2, 2007
by Michaeleen O'Sullivan
UPfirst Feature Writer and Photographer

Mackinac Island, Michigan--Entering The Woodfill Suite at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, I was awestruck by the black diamonds, rich roses, emerald green lawn colors, and delicate luxury.

Entering The Woodfill Suite
at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island...
The breathtaking foyer of The Woodfill Suite

The white piano would make anyone sigh with delight, "Ohhh!"

It's so adorable. 

Entering the main room...footprints in the carpet are mine.
The Musser Family welcomed me with a champagne and fruit basket and a beautiful yellow roses bouquet!
The Grand Life!  Wow!

It's pretty tough to leave the brilliant jade and rose-colored Woodfill Suite. 

But Bob Tagatz, The Grand Hotel Historian and Concierge, waits to guide me on a walking tour of the Hotel and several Grand Hotel luxury rooms.

My Granny, Lena Spencer, was a friend of Esther Williams, the enchanting swimming movie star.  I mentioned this to Bob when we were setting up the tour.

So Bob surprised me right off with my first ever visit to the Esther Williams Suite.  What a priceless treat!

Esther Williams lives in Chicago now, according to Bob, and visits her Grand Hotel Suite on special occasions.

Courtesy of The Grand Hotel
The Esther Williams Suite.  Precious!
    Grand Hotel Views of the fountain and the Esther Williams Pool Complex
The Jacqueline Kennedy Suite brought tears to my eyes.

"Every one of the 385 rooms at The Grand Hotel are unique," said Bob.  "Every year each room is thoroughly inspected and improvements are made, where needed, down to the tiniest detail."

As we visited different rooms throughout The Hotel, Bob talked about its illustrious history.  The Grand Hotel was originally built in 1887.  Famous guests include Bill and Hillary Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Al Gore, Madonna, Marie Osmond, Barbara Walters, Jane Seymour, Christopher Reeve, Debra Winger--and, of course, Esther Williams--among many, many others.

Next week, stay tuned for Part 3 of "A Personal View of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island," for more pictures of The Grand Hotel, including the Theatre, Ballroom, and Dining Room.  Let's order Room Service!

Part 3 also includes a visit to The Butterfly House on Mackinac Island.

The Grand Hotel closed for the season last weekend, along with most of the rest of Mackinac Island. 

The Grand Hotel Opening Day 2008 is May 2nd. 

Watch UPfirst.com for "Spring Pictures from The Grand Hotel" by TC and me.

For more about The Grand Hotel, visit http://www.grandhotel.com


Part 3...more personal views of The Grand Hotel!

For more about The Grand Hotel, visit




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