The Grand Hotel and Northern Michigan
Step back in time as we celebrate the Golden Age of hot jazz, flapper fashion, and dancing the night away in northern Michigan.
The “world’s longest front porch” beckons. The Grand orchestra, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and a world without cars… You will be lost “Somewhere in Time”…. or found!
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Group Tour Highlights
- The Grand Hotel, a Five-Star Resort
- Traverse City
- Sleeping Bear Dunes
- 3 evening Gatsby Parties and Dinners
- Horse Drawn Taxi Service to and from the Grand Hotel
- Breakfast Daily
Group Tour Itinerary
Day 1 – Sunday, October 1
Welcome to beautiful Traverse City, located on the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. Early afternoon, enjoy a tour detailing Northwest Michigan as the hub for vacationers like the purple gang to Al Capone. A local guide blends facts and lore with the rich agricultural history and the diverse growing region from logging to cherries, now to the flourishing wine industry. Leelanau County offers some of the most beautiful scenery and natural wonders such as Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Enjoy dinner in the acoustically perfect dome shaped ballroom before settling in with a 1920’s sing-a-long and a program featuring timeless love songs of the era; “Ain’t Misbehavin’, “April Showers,” “Always,” and “Blue Skies.” Everyone is encouraged to dress in the 1922 era. If not, snap pictures of others in their gay costumes. You have the option of either staying at the Country Inn & Suites or upgrading to the Park Place Hotel for your overnight stay in Traverse City tonight. (B,D)
Day 2 – Monday, October 2
Travel north to Mackinaw City to a place ’where time stands still’ – for you it is a place where time is celebrated. As you ferry to this scenic island, get your first exciting glimpse of the resplendent Grand Hotel. A horse & carriage transports you to the Grand Hotel, a Five-Star Resort, for an incomparable Roaring 20’s Gatsby Event. The hotel was built as a summer resort for the wealthy during the Gay 90’s (1890’s) and it will now serve as the hotel where you can celebrate the summer nights of 1922. Take time to view the Straits of Mackinac from a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch. Then the evening begins with a reception, followed by a five-course dinner.
“. . . through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars . . . He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths…” F. Scott Fitzgerald
The evening event is as featured in the book or movie. Part of this experience includes dressing for dinner, Jacket and Tie (from the 1920’s if you can). Those who wish will dress the part of a Gatsby character, and “Flaunt It” with a promenade through the lobby. Come as a 1920’s flapper, gangster or dandy; portray a famous person of the era, or become a historical character of your own fantasy. People who don’t dress are encouraged to applaud, laugh and enjoy the presentations. There will also be a 1920’s Costume Competition with prizes for the best dressed.
“…and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier minute by minute.”
There will be dancing to an orchestra, champagne and punch.
“The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter.”
It’s a reminiscence, a social event, on the scale that legend tells us Gatsby sponsored at his summer Mansion. As the orchestra plays and the sun sets. (B,D)
. . “the lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun.”
Day 3 – Tuesday, October 3
Today is at leisure to explore both the Island and Resort. You might start with the Island shops and boutiques, rent a bicycle for two, explore the gardens and greenhouses of the Grand Hotel, rent a drive-yourself carriage or enjoy the escorted carriage tours. A stop at Historic Fort Mackinac is a must for American Patriots. Visit a fudge store and watch it made, walk through “Hubbard’s Annex” of historic summer homes, step into a butterfly house, church, or even the Grand Hotel Stables.
At the Resort you will find historic lectures and afternoon Teas and “Great Gatsby” movies, The sportsperson may even consider a round of golf (clubs and carts are available for rent). There are also competitions of bocce ball and croquet on the lawn, and putting on the golf green.
Then tonight’s post dinner party is another Great Gatsby event, a Roaring 20’s Dance & Song Competition. With the Grand Hotel Orchestra you will be able to “Sing and Swing” in competition for the Best Dance Couple and the Best Singer. Prizes will again be offered and the hotel photographer will be snapping pictures that you can buy. (B,D)
“Daisy began to sing with the music in a husky, rhythmic whisper, bringing out a meaning in each word that it had never had before and would never have again. When the melody rose, her voice broke up sweetly, following it, in a way contralto voices have, and each change tipped out a little of her warm human magic upon the air.”
Day 4 – Wednesday, October 4
After breakfast, depart for the mainland.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
According to legend, if you drop your key in the silver bowl and it clangs, you are sure to return in the near future. Transfer to the Island docks and then ferry across to the Mackinaw City.
Net Cost Per Person: $891/Double
- 1 night in Traverse City
- 2 nights at The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
- Tour of Traverse City
- 3 evening Gatsby Parties (with cash bars)
- 3 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners
- Afternoon Tea & Cookies on Tuesday
- Island Ferry & Horse Drawn Taxi Service to and from the Grand Hotel
- History Lecture
- Many Free Resort Activities
- Luggage Handling, Taxes, & Gratuities
- Driver’s package (staying in Mackinaw City)
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