The Grand Experience


The Grand Experience

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 Howell Area 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.

Must pay in person at the Bennett Recreation Center. Checks only.

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Sunday, October 13th-Tuesday, October 15th
Must pay in person at the Bennett Recreation Center. Checks only.

Deadline to register is August 9th! Spots are limited so sign up early to reserve your spot.


Hotel Activities:

o Evening entertainment and movies

o Fudge bingo

o Grand Hotel kitchen tour

o History lecture with Grand Hotel Historian

o Night dancing with the Grand Hotel Orchestra

o Nightly demitasse

o Planned tournaments; bocce and golf putting and chipping

o Self-guided walks

o Special prices on bicycle rental, fudge and more!

o Tea and cookies each afternoon

o Writing and photography contests

o Special lunch prices at Grand Hotel's Grand Luncheon Buffet and Carleton's Tea Shop

o Champagne reception

o Free Golf on the Jewel (there is a mandatory $25 cart fee)

Your Trip Includes:

o Accommodations at the beautiful Grand Hotel for 3 nights (this includes baggage handling, taxes and gratuities)

o Five course dinner each evening

o Free admission into Fort Mackinac following the carriage tour

o Full breakfast each morning

o Horse drawn carriage tour (tip not included)

o Round trip ferry boat service (tip included)

o Round trip horse-drawn taxi to and from Grand Hotel & the ferry docks

o Round trip motor coach transportation from the Howell VG’s to Mackinaw City (tip included)