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Grand Hotel – Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend – June 23 – 27, 2021

Please join Grand Hotel’s Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer, and a celebrated winery for this special wine tasting and hotel package: the Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend at Grand Hotel.

The weekend will begin with a Welcome Reception, followed by dinner in the Main Dining Room. On Saturday, enjoy breakfast in the Main Dining Room followed by morning and early afternoon themed wine seminars.

Later that evening, enjoy a special private dinner followed by musical entertainment in the Terrace Room, or gather with friends in the Cupola Bar.

This package usually sells out, make your reservation soon!

Featured Winery:
This years featured winery for our Summer Wine Appreciation weekend is Jordan Winery. Jordan Winery has been family owned and operated since 1972. Based in Healdsburg California, their wines are European inspired, highlighting the fruit flavors in wine, they achieve elegance and balance in each bottle. Follow Jordan Winery on Facebook and Instagram for more exciting news!

Maggie Kruse, Winemaker for Jordan Winery
Maggie Kruse will be hosting this years Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend. She has been working with Jordan Winery since 2006, starting as an enologist and moving up to winemaker. Maggie now oversees all day to day management including inspecting barrels, blending, selecting bottles and corks, and much more! Read more about Maggie here.

Elizabeth Schweitzer, Master Sommelier at Grand Hotel
The eighth woman Sommelier in the world, Elizabeth enjoys sharing her vast knowledge every season with our guests during this special themed weekend. You can also find her in our Main Dining Room helping you choose the perfect wine during your meal every evening.
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Additionally, Grand Hotel’s Salle à Manger was recently awarded an Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for the third consecutive year. It recognizes Grand Hotel’s well-chosen assortment of quality producers and list of choices that will satisfy discerning wine lovers

Arrive Wednesday, June 23 • Depart Sunday, June 27, 2021

Package Price:

  • Rates starting at $2,256.00 per couple; $2,106.00 single

Length or Stay Requirements and Pricing Details:

  • This package has a length of stay requirement of 4 nights.
  • Regular package rates apply the nights of June 25 and June 26.
  • You must include 2 nights outside of the regular package dates (listed above). Choose 2 nights from the following dates of June 23, 24, 27 and/or 28 for $329 per night for the first 2 adults. $149 per person for additional guests. Regular children rates apply. The additional nights include breakfast and dinner.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • All resort amenities
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Themed wine tastings
  • Special dinner event on Saturday evening (Saturday dinner is for adults only)
  • Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

This wine tasting and hotel package is available online or by calling 1-800-334-7263.

*Extra charges apply for additional adults over double occupancy. Regular children’s rates apply. Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment, and an $8.50 per person baggage-handling charge. Extra charges apply for additional adults or children over double occupancy. Dates subject to availability.

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Grand Hotel – Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration – July 2 – 5, 2022

Grand Hotel - Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration

Arrive Saturday, July 2 • Depart Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Length of Stay Requirements and Pricing Details:

  • This package has a length of stay requirement of 3 nights.
  • Additional nights are available June 29, 30, July 1, 5, and 6 at some of the lowest rates of the season.

New year, new reasons. Come back and join in the festivities of Grand Hotel’s 135th birthday throughout the month of July! Celebrate with family and friends, while exploring the best that a Mackinac Island summer has to offer.

Package Includes:

  • Grand Hotel Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Evening movies with Esther
  • Evening Receptions on July 2nd and 3rd
  • Glow stick and cotton candy parties on July 2nd and 3rd at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool
  • Two days of a Children’s Carnival in the Tea Garden
  • BBQ luncheon on July 3rd
  • Ice Cream Social on July 4th
  • American Picnic in the Tea Garden the evening of July 4th
  • Grand Fourth of July Fireworks Display Viewing
  • Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry tickets

The Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July package is also available by calling Grand Hotel Reservations at 1-800-334-7263.

Additional July Fourth Package Details

Start off your weekend with evening movies with Esther on Friday and Saturday night. Experience two days of an exciting children’s carnival full of games and prizes, small rides, face painting, blow-up bounce houses, and much more! On Sunday, enjoy a BBQ luncheon in the Tea Garden and on Monday cool off with our annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social. Complimentary golf for ages 17 and younger and 50% off for accompanying adults on The Jewel, beer and wine receptions, and breakfast and dinner daily will also be included. Celebrate the Fourth of July, with an evening American Picnic and Grand Fourth of July Fireworks Display, best seen from The World’s Longest Front Porch!

July is the perfect time to soak up the sun at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool, play lawn games in the Tea Garden, or take a bike ride and explore everything Mackinac Island has to offer. With so many activities around Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island, there really is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. We hope to see you for this Grand Fourth of July tradition!
See Pictures of Past July Fourth Events


Island Activities
Annual Stone Skipping Competition
July 4th – 9:00 AM | Windermere Point

Professional stone skippers will bring their best skipping skills and compete for the much-coveted trophy! There will also be a Gerplunking Division (ages 5 & under), a Pebbles Division (ages 6-12), and an Open Division (ages 13 & up).

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Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2022

The annual 4th of July tournament on Mackinac Island is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

Here is a link to the replay of the 2019 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament on ESPN * – Click here to view the replay. (NOTE: ESPN subscription may be required.)

Everyone is eligible to compete in the tournament. The more the merrier.

The tournament is open to all ages and always occurs at Windermere Pointe Beach (Located next to Hotel Iroquois) every year at 10:00 am on the 4th of July. Professional skippers compete at high noon, often skipping 20+ skips.

The Honorable Judge Glen Allen Open Tournament
(July 4th)

Judges Tribunal – Windemere (8:30ish am)

  • Stone Skipping Clinic – 10ish on the beach hosted by several world champion skippers
  • Opening Ceremonies – Fudge Canoe arrives (10:00 am)
  • Amateur Tournament – 13 years old and up (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
    (committee may ask for credentials)
  • Pebbles Tournament – 12 year olds and under (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for Amateurs (12:00 pm)+

Wilmer T. Rabe International Stone Skipping Tournament
(July 4th)

  • Professional Tournament (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for Professionals (1:30 pm)

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50th Annual Stone Skipping was great fun

The weather was perfect on Mackinac Island for the 5oth annual tournament open to all. Check out the final results on the 2018 Scorecard to see this years winners.

The Pro division was quite exciting with a tie for first place. Traditionally when there is a tie the win goes to the to skippers second best stone. This year Bugsy and Lefty tied for 19 as their best skip and tied again with 17 for their second best skip. After deliberating with the judges Acting High Commissioner Paul H. Toepp, III announced that the winner would be determined by a sudden death 1 stone skip off. The crowd audibly signed when Bugsy threw a 5 and wonder if Left would go for the easy win. Lefty wound up and through for a 20+ but ended up with a 10 to take this years pro title.

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Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions

Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions on Vimeo.

Photos and Video from the 2010 Stone Skipping Tournament

Former Guinness Book Record holder Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars won the 2010 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament with a throw of 30 skips. Second place went to Todd “Mussels” Callewaert with 26 skips & rounding out 3rd was Glenn “Hard Luck” Loy with a 22 skips. (Note: Video is the third round throw and is not the tournament winning 30 skip throw.)

Photos from the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2010

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Star Spangled Fourth of July – Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2022


The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags and bunting. It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, and Victorian children’s games. Guests join the party and participate in games on the fort parade ground.

Don’t miss out on this all 1880s Independence Day as we have catch and baseball available on the parade ground to go along with foot races and sack races, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, the raising of the colors, the national salute (38 rifle blasts for the 38 states of the 1880s!), a cannon salute, and much more!

The Tea Room Restaurant, operated by Grand Hotel, is open all day serving snacks, sweets, and beverages, and will have full lunch service from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All special programming is included with regular admission to Fort Mackinac.

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