The Grand Experience on Mackinac Island

Look for the announcement of the 2022 dates in early January!

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)
  • Extravagant dinner each evening
  • Full breakfast each morning
  • Horse drawn carriage tour of the island (tip included)
  • Opportunity to visit Fort Mackinac immediately following the carriage tour (fee)
  • 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 movie
  • Bingo (for fudge!)
  • History lectures 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
  • Champagne reception
mParks Logo
Grand Hotel Logo

Grand Experience Photos

Contact Us

  1. Marcie Post, Asst. Dir. of Public Services

    Email Marcie Post

    Municipal Service Center
    4811 N Saginaw Road
    Midland, MI 48640

    Phone: 989-837-6930
    Phone: 989-399-0506 (Weather Hotline)


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