The Grand Experience on Mackinac Island October 9-12, 2017

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.

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)

"I went into the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel experience anticipating a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Between the phenomenal fellow travelers, the excellent planning, the accommodations, the food, the activities, my perspective changed. Either I need more lives, or I need to take this trip every year!" -Ric Shahin, 2016 Traveler

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, golf, and fudge!
  • Tea and cookies each afternoon
  • Writing and photography contests
  • Special lunch prices at Grant Hotel's Grand Luncheon Buffet and Carleton's Tea Shop
  • Champagne reception
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2017 Grand Experience Rates

Single Occupany Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
$1025 $755 $680

Cost Comparison (Booking On Your Own)

  Cost of Trip Priced on Your Own Cost of All Inclusive 3-Night Stay (2 people)
Hotel Room for 2 (Category 2/mid-tier) $2,735 Included
Gas Costs (53.5/mi) x 400mi to Mack City $214 Included
Ferry Ride for 2 $48 Included
Carriage Ride for 2 $57 Included
Fort Admission for 2 $26 Included
Golf (18 holes on the Jewel) $200 Included
Activities throughout the hotel (contests, etc.) Not Available Included
Total $3,280 $1,510

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.

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