Travel Planning


My husband and I will be taking our daughter to a camp in Michigan this summer, and I'm working on planning the trip.  After we drop her off, I want to stay and see some of the state.  I've never been, and why would I be in a hurry to get back to Dallas in the summer??  These photos are of The Grand Hotel, and are in Carleton Varney's book Mr. Color.  The Grand Hotel is on Mackinac Island in Michigan and opened in 1887.  Carleton Varney was hired in the 60s to redesign the interior.  

Obviously, this is on my list, and it's not very far from the camp.  Do any of you have any suggestions for me?



The enchanted home said...

That is so beautiful! Reminds me of Greenbrier a bit....enjoy sounds like fun. Nothing as much fun as summer travel.

A Toile Tale said...

Well, you've already nailed it! This is the MUST SEE of Mich. It suspends the tawdry and the cookie cutter and drops you into a gracious time long gone by. You'll never want to leave. Just be warned that sometimes the ferry ride to the island is a bit icky. I could recommend a few other things, but my best recommendation is to just stay there!
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Anonymous said...

The Grand Hotel is one of my favorite places -- how lucky you are to be traveling to northern Michigan this summer!

As a lifelong Michigan girl, I would also recommend any of the following areas, all of which are relatively close to Mackinac and are such darling towns:

- Harbor Springs
- Petoskey
- Bay Harbor Resort
- Charlevoix
- Boyne City
- Traverse City

Have a fun, safe trip!!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I am not familiar with the area, but this hotel looks amazing! The interior is fabulous too.
Thank you for your kind comment yesterday. It meant so much.
Happy Friday, Jennifer.

Katherine said...

There are so many cute towns in Northern Michigan-it is my favorite place on earth. On Mackinac be sure to ride a bike around the island and eat the infamous fudge. The fort is a pretty place to have lunch! My favorite towns include Harbor Springs (be sure to walk through the Victorian homes in Wequetonsing), Petosky, and Leland. There are many vineyards throughout the area that are worth a stop. I am a long time lurker originally from Michigan and I'm very proud of my home state!

Nancy said...

Whoa, that hotel looks like you step back in time. Very cool! Love the horse and carriage. Have a great trip. Ive never been to Michigan!

Torch Lake Prep said...

Northern Michigan is the best !! We move "up north" for the summer and there are so many great spots, most referenced above -- wineries & views from Old Mission Peninsula & Leelanau Peninsulas are fab. Great independents business for shopping too, let me know where you're going and I'll send you fav stuff!

brendam said...

Hi! Just found you from Henhurst! Great blog. You will love Michegan once you are off the highway;) I am in SW Ontario and we are in Michegan frequently. The trees and lakes are quite beautiful as are some of the older towns. Enjoy!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I love Makinac island. I haven't been since I was a kid but I have fond memories of tandem bikes around the island!

Vickie H. said...

WOW!!!! REALLY WONDERFUL! Can't wait for a FULL REPORT once you return home!

Kim said...

I have never been there and would so love to see CV's work in person at this beautiful resort!! I have been to the Bay Harbor Resort and Traverse City ... both lovely towns and beautiful scenery on the lake!! Have a ball and please take lots of photos to share when you return!!

grace-anne said...

My only suggestion is to...take me with you!

my happinest said...

Rent bikes and ride aroud the island to check out the "cottages". Can't visit without trying the fudge!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I have been there and you will love it. The hotel is amazing. If you can, also go to Bay View - small town in the U.P. Just beautiful. Have fun!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

I hope you will take lots of photos to share with us :-) I've never been, but would love to see Michigan and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Looks really lovely. Happy Weekend!!

Beth25 said...

Do not hesitate, I love The Grand Hotel. If you can stay there because it is a real treat. Some of your readers said it reminded them of The Greenbrier, well CV was the interior designer for both. But this iIs the loveliest hotel in America. Go to dinner at the hunting lodge, you will need to take a carriage. It is designed after the old Bavarian hunting lodges -- a real treat. Sit in the porch for cocktail or tea. You will love it. T know. We spent many summers at The Grand -- I felt like Eloise at The Plaza. You will feel like " The luckiest girl in the world"!!


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