Which hotel boasts the world's largest front porch, measuring 660 feet long?
Hint: This hotel is located on an island where motorized vehicles have been prohibited since 1898.
If you guessed the Grand Hotel (1887) on Mackinac Island, Michigan, you guessed correctly! When it opened in 1887, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island was established as a summer retreat for vacationers who arrived by lake steamer from Chicago, Erie, Montreal, and Detroit, and by rail from across the continent. The property's 600-foot front porch soon became the principal meeting place for all of Mackinac Island, a promenade, and "Flirtation Walk" for island romantics.
Mackinac Island offers guests a relaxing ambiance where horse-drawn carriages are the preferred mode of transportation. Step back to an era of dining with chamber music, afternoon tea in the parlor, croquet on an endless lawn, and dancing the evening away. Enjoy a long list of modern amenities, 18 holes of golf, shopping, Astor's Salon and Spa, or sitting in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch enjoying the views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. All 386 guestrooms are uniquely decorated by New York interior designer Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper and Company, with one-bedroom and two-bedroom suite options available.
In 1980, the hotel served as the location for the filming of Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer. Beyond the hotel grounds, the island offers numerous diversions, including Fort Mackinac and other historic sites, horse-drawn carriage tours, bike riding, downtown shops, and, of course, the world-famous Mackinac Island fudge.
Nothing intrudes on the serenity and natural beauty of America’s Summer Place on Mackinac Island. There is no place quite like it.
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