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The Grand Hotel: Timeless in the Midwest

The ideal place to stay on a Great Lakes exploration

The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

By Everett Potter

Last summer, on a drive around the northern rim of Lake Michigan, my wife and I took a fast ferry across to Mackinac Island and spent a night at The Grand Hotel.

Commanding high ground on Mackinac Island, the majestic white dowager stands as one of the last grand hotels that once populated the northern forests of the United States. Standing on the front porch – all 660 feet of it, allegedly the longest front porch in the world — you’re treated to a flawless view of the deep blue waters of Lake Huron and the Mackinac Bridge, which links Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas and straddles the Straits of Mackinac, the aquatic connection between Lakes Michigan and Huron. It’s honestly jaw dropping … continue reading

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