Grand Hotel Company History Timeline

1897

1897 Developers soon complete the hotel s West Wing.

1901

In 1901, Major James K. Glennon of Mobile bought the hotel.

1919

In 1919, W. Stewart Woodfill joined the Grand Hotel as a desk clerk.

1933

After serving the business in several capacities over the next few years, he purchased the hotel in 1933.

1947

The Lakewood Club was founded in 1947.

1957

The Michigan Historical Association first identified the Grand Hotel as a State Historical Building in 1957.

1960

1960 W. Stewart Woodfill still owner of the Grand Hotel appoints Musser as its president.

1967

In 1967, a third nine-hole golf course and the first conference center were added.

1974

The Lakewood Club hosted the 1974 United States Senior Women's Amateur Championship for the first time.

1976

1976 Dan Musser and his wife begin an extensive renovation of the Grand Hotel with the help of architect Richard Bos and decorator Carleton Varney.

1980

The hotel reopened on April 10, 1980.

Although a handful of documentaries and movies have been filmed on Mackinac Island, few leave as lasting of an impression as the 1980 cult-classic Somewhere in Time.

1981

In 1981, the Marriott Corporation bought the Grand Hotel and added the North Bay House and the Marina building, bringing total guest rooms to 306.

1983

In 1983, a fourth nine holes were added this made for two 18-hole courses, the Dogwood and Azalea courses.

1987

The Musser family added several new additions in 1987, such as the Woodfill Conference Center and the Cupola Bar.

1994

1994 The new Woods golf course opens, which is then combined with The Jewel.

1995

1995 Astor s Hair Salon and Rebecca s open.

1996

1996 Margaret s Garden and The Audubon Wine Bar debut.

1998

Two decades later in 1998, six newly named rooms opened in the West Wing in honor of First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush.

1999

1999 Thirteen additional guestroom are added onto the West Wing, bringing the entire room total to 343 available accommodations.

2000

2000 Construction began on the Millennium Wing, a 200-seat addition to the Main Dining Room.

2001

The expansion of the hotel continued into the next century with construction of the Millennium Wing, which debuted in 2001.

2002

2002 Another suite named in honor of a former First Lady appears at the Grand Hotel The Jacqueline Kennedy Suite.

2004

Renovation of the Dogwood course was completed in 2004.

2005

The renovation of the Azalea course was completed in 2005.

2006

An expansion of the Grand s grounds and new real estate opportunities were announced in 2006.

2006 The Grand Hotel welcomes its 5 millionth overnight guest.

2008

Daily patriotic military salute and cannon firing started in 2008.

2009

2009 The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor Economic Growth certifies the Grand Hotel as a Green Lodging Michigan Leader for the reduction of its carbon footprint.

2010

2010 The Musser family adds the Trophy Toom, which celebrates their dog Sadie.

2011

2011 The Grand Hotel debuts yet another suite commemorating a First Lady The Laura Bush Suite.

2012

In 2012, the Grand Hotel celebrated its 125th anniversary with a series of memorable events Saturday night dinner with former Michigan governors in attendance, presentation by Grand Hotel interior designer Carlton Varney, Friday night fireworks, live performance by John Pizzarelli and much more.

2014

2014 The Musser Suite debuts as part of the Cupola Suites.

2016

The Experience opened in the Spring of 2016.

2017

2017 The Grand Hotel celebrates its 130th birthday with a marvelous outdoor celebration from June 30 to July 2.

Beginning in 2017, the Grand began a magnificent transformation designed to recast the entire resort as a sanctuary of modern Southern hospitality.

2018

No two stays are alike, and the hotel is constantly working to add new themes and stories to its repertoire In 2018, the hotel added two new suites the Lilac Suite to honor Mackinac s 130-year-old signature trees and the Prentiss M. Brown Suite to commemorate the former Michigan Senator .

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