The Grand Experience on Mackinac Island

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2018 Dates: October 8 - 11, 2018

The Mackinac Island “Grand Experience” is a unique opportunity to stay at one of the finest and most historic hotel properties in America. Step back in time and experience a way of life that has all but disappeared. The Midland Parks and Recreation Department is able to offer you this wonderful opportunity through their affiliation with the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks). The Mackinac Island “Grand Experience” is for individuals 50 years or older; spouses, sons, daughters and caregivers under 50 are also welcome.

2018 Grand Experience Rates

Single: $1095/person

Double: $815/person

Triple: $795/person

Your trip includes:

  • Accommodations at the beautiful Grand Hotel for 3 nights (this includes baggage handling, taxes and gratuities)
  • Five course dinner each evening
  • Free admission into Fort Mackinac immediately following the carriage tour
  • Full breakfast each morning
  • Horse drawn carriage tour (tip not included)
  • Round trip ferry boat service (tip included)
  • Round trip horse drawn taxi to and from Grand Hotel from the ferry docks
  • Round trip motor coach transportation from Midland to Mackinaw City (tip included)

While at the Hotel, enjoy the following activities:

  • Evening entertainment and movies
  • Fudge bingo
  • Grand Hotel kitchen tour
  • History lecture with Grand Hotel Historian
  • Night dancing with the Grand Hotel Orchestra
  • Nightly demitasse
  • Planned tournaments; bocce and golf putting and chipping
  • Self-guided walks
  • Special prices on bicycle rental, fudge and more!
  • Tea and cookies each afternoon
  • Writing and photography contests
  • Special lunch prices at Grand Hotel's Grand Luncheon Buffet and Carleton's Tea Shop
  • Champagne reception
  • Free Golf on the Jewel (there is a mandatory $25 cart fee)

Grand Experience Documents

Cost Comparison

Based on Double Occupancy Cost of Trip Priced on Your Own Cost of Grand Experience
Hotel Room (Category 2-mid-tier) and Meals (Breakfasts & Dinners) $2,735 Included
Gas Costs (53.5/mi) x 400 mi. round trip to Mackinac City (plus vehicle wear and tear) $214 Included
Ferry Ride (2 ppl) $48 Included
Carriage Ride for 2 $57 Included
Fort Admission for 2 $26 Included
Golf at the Jewel for 2 $200+ Included
Activities throughout the hotel Not Available Included
  $3,280 $1,630

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Contact Us

  1. Marcella Post, Recreation Manager

    Municipal Service Center
    4811 N. Saginaw Rd.
    Midland, MI 48640

    Ph: 989-837-6930

    Ph: 989-399-0506 (Weather Hotline)


    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m - 5 p.m.