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Post by LooseGoose on Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:25 am

Vote for which ice cream we can buy this summer at the Hotel.



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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by LooseGoose on Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:46 am

I know Bob has been waiting for this to plan his summer:

The Grand Hotel - Spring Newslettter


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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Robert J Sakimano on Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:49 am

LooseGoose wrote:I know Bob has been waiting for this to plan his summer:

The Grand Hotel - Spring Newslettter



man, the internet is running out of pictures of that place that keep dudes like me awake at night.
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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Robert J Sakimano on Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:56 am

exclusive picture of me and Goose on our trip to The Grand Hotel last summer..



we were on our way to stroll down the windswept veranda and partake in a most delicious cocktail containing fresh-squeezed fruit juices, infused with locally distilled whiskies.. while sharing in lively tall-tales about our morning golf excursion..

it was a most vivid memory.. laced with a verbal toxicity that only good friends can share in jest..  the distant sound of the muted clippity-clop of Mackinaw Island horses was our soundtrack to summer.. the sun glimmered and swooned over what can only be described as a fiery innocence..  laced with a knowing grin of a more devilish time blended between two friends.
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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by The_Dude on Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:04 am

Robert J Sakimano wrote:exclusive picture of me and Goose on our trip to The Grand Hotel last summer..



we were on our way to stroll down the windswept veranda and partake in a most delicious cocktail containing fresh-squeezed fruit juices, infused with locally distilled whiskies.. while sharing in lively tall-tales about our morning golf excursion..

it was a most vivid memory.. laced with a verbal toxicity that only good friends can share in jest..  the distant sound of the muted clippity-clop of Mackinaw Island horses was our soundtrack to summer.. the sun glimmered and swooned over what can only be described as a fiery innocence..  laced with a knowing grin of a more devilish time blended between two friends.

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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Triple Sparty on Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:16 am

It's Mackinac Island, not Mackinaw. And I'll be up there once again this summer, listening to the clippity clop with a devilish grin on my face.
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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Robert J Sakimano on Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:31 am

Triple Sparty wrote:It's Mackinac Island, not Mackinaw. And I'll be up there once again this summer, listening to the clippity clop with a devilish grin on my face.
if you see me hanging around, please stop by and say "hello"..





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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Triple Sparty on Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:38 am

No offense, Bob, but you look like a douche.
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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Robert J Sakimano on Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:40 am

Triple Sparty wrote:No offense, Bob, but you look like a douche.
wait'll you meet my friends Mackinaw Island golf/tennis friends, 'ol Sport.

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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Dendrobates on Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:48 pm

I'd like to stay there once. But at the same time, I can't justify spending that kind of money on a fucking hotel.

I'd rather use that extra money and spend it on a real experience than on an overpriced room.
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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by LooseGoose on Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:14 pm

Dendrobates wrote:I'd like to stay there once. But at the same time, I can't justify spending that kind of money on a fucking hotel.

I'd rather use that extra money and spend it on a real experience than on an overpriced room.

Take Floyd with you, he'll make it a real experience.

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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Robert J Sakimano on Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:31 am

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Dendrobates wrote:I'd like to stay there once. But at the same time, I can't justify spending that kind of money on a fucking hotel.

I'd rather use that extra money and spend it on a real experience than on an overpriced room.

Take Floyd with you, he'll make it a real experience.


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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by LooseGoose on Thu May 04, 2017 1:35 pm



As we officially open our doors today, May 4th 2017, my family welcomes you to our 130th Anniversary Season at Grand Hotel. This past week guests have been enjoying Early Opening but today the full service begins with Afternoon Tea and dinner in the Main Dining Room.

This winter our staff kept busy with lots of updates, including finishing the renovation of the iconic Front Porch and building three new Cupola Suites on the fourth floor.

My season opening blog includes more details on what our staff worked on this winter and the design inspiration of the new Cupola Suites.

My season opening blog includes more details on what our staff worked on this winter and the design inspiration of the new Cupola Suites.

My family and I appreciate your friendship and support and we look forward to seeing you on Mackinac during our upcoming 130th Anniversary Season.

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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Robert J Sakimano on Thu May 04, 2017 3:52 pm

if you play your cards right, you can stay in the Easter Egg Vomit Suite..



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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by LooseGoose on Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:06 pm

See the seersucker suits of Mackinac Island

Former Sen. Jason Allen's family owns a men's clothing store, Captain's Quarters, in Traverse City. He's well studied in the fabric's history.
"Seersucker was originally developed in about the turn of the last century as a fabric to be able to wick away moisture. And so in the day, gentlemen were able, before the advent of Carrier air conditioning, to be able to have a more cool and comfortable suit," Allen said.
Earlier in the fabric's history, it was worn in loose suits. The size of the pincords has varied with fashions over the years. What's in style right now, Allen said, is a narrower cut and thinner stripes. The suit he's wearing was manufactured in Tennessee.
He may be an expert, but he wasn't the only one to sport the fabric at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference.



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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Frank Ricard on Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:09 pm

Robert J Sakimano wrote:exclusive picture of me and Goose on our trip to The Grand Hotel last summer..



we were on our way to stroll down the windswept veranda and partake in a most delicious cocktail containing fresh-squeezed fruit juices, infused with locally distilled whiskies.. while sharing in lively tall-tales about our morning golf excursion..

it was a most vivid memory.. laced with a verbal toxicity that only good friends can share in jest..  the distant sound of the muted clippity-clop of Mackinaw Island horses was our soundtrack to summer.. the sun glimmered and swooned over what can only be described as a fiery innocence..  laced with a knowing grin of a more devilish time blended between two friends.

What was their devilish time together? Singing in a fucking barbershop quartet?

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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by The Pantry on Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:01 pm

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That's a great pic. Everything about The Bridge is sort of amazing.
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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Frank Ricard on Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:03 am

A good show about the hotel was on last night on PBS. I worked on the island for a summer back in the mid-70's. Went inside the hotel once to deliver something through the back and remember thinking that someday I'd be "rich" enough to be able to afford to stay there.

So I'm watching this show and then they used the word "elegant" and "guests" in the same sentence. I may or may not have the money to stay there, but even if I do, my definition of "elegance" now is tucking in my fucking shirt.

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Post by LooseGoose on Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:14 am

Frank Ricard wrote:A good show about the hotel was on last night on PBS. I worked on the island for a summer back in the mid-70's. Went inside the hotel once to deliver something through the back and remember thinking that someday I'd be "rich" enough to be able to afford to stay there.

So I'm watching this show and then they used the word "elegant" and "guests" in the same sentence. I may or may not have the money to stay there, but even if I do, my definition of "elegance" now is tucking in my fucking shirt.

Damn, I would have watched that. Missed that it was on. I enjoy most of the "about" shows that are done on Michigan history.

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Post by Frank Ricard on Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:51 pm

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Frank Ricard wrote:A good show about the hotel was on last night on PBS. I worked on the island for a summer back in the mid-70's. Went inside the hotel once to deliver something through the back and remember thinking that someday I'd be "rich" enough to be able to afford to stay there.

So I'm watching this show and then they used the word "elegant" and "guests" in the same sentence. I may or may not have the money to stay there, but even if I do, my definition of "elegance" now is tucking in my fucking shirt.

Damn, I would have watched that. Missed that it was on. I enjoy most of the "about" shows that are done on Michigan history.

It was alright. You didn't miss much. It was more of an infomercial than a history piece. Too much propaganda.. Used the word "passion" far too much. Everyone from the CEO to the cleaning maid loved their job and had to have a "passion" in order to do it.

Having said that, I have great memories from my summer working up there. I lived in what is now the Small Point Bed and Breakfast, which is directly east of what is now the Mission Point Resort. The resort was once a small college that never made it and only had one, maybe 2 buildings. It's completely built up now.

Used to have small parties up at Arch Rock once the fudgies left, which wasn't that far from the house we all lived in.

Every morning was absolutely beautiful. Never got tired of the scenery around there.

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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by LooseGoose on Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:43 pm

PBS 8 PM tonight....

Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island's Hidden Season
(First Aired: Dec. 07, 2013)
A unique film portraying year-round life on Michigan's Mackinac Island, highlighting the island's spectacular winters, and tracing the formation of the Ice Bridge, a frozen three-mile span that provides access from the island to the mainland.

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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Robert J Sakimano on Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:07 am

MLive had a bunch of pictures of people on Mackinac Island wearing seersucker suits the other day..

I'll see if I can find it.
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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

Post by Robert J Sakimano on Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:09 am

here it is..

I can't tell if the article/pictures are real or if they're mocking me mocking it..

See The Seersucker Suits at Mackinac Island
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Re: A Michigan Treasure - The Grand Hotel

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Post by LooseGoose on Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:58 pm

Engineer builds 9-foot Mackinac Island Grand Hotel entirely out of Legos




MACKINAC ISLAND, MI - One of Mackinac Island's most iconic spots was a Lego lover's inspiration.

Lego model creator and engineer David Lorch created a 9-foot version of the island's Grand Hotel completely out of Legos.

It's being feted as part of the hotel's 130th Anniversary Celebration Weekend and will be on display in the parlor through Sunday.

Lorch, 36, and his fiancee, Alivia Lawrence, were on hand to show off his creation.

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Post by The Pantry on Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:56 pm

Entered for the getaway. If I win I'll sell it to the highest bidder.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:40 am

I couldn't sleep the other night and WKAR had a show on about the Grand Hotel.. so I figured I'd watch a little bit of it.

honestly, I was trying to have an open mind - but it seems like one of the most horrific places on the planet.. at least for a dude like me.

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Post by LooseGoose on Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:49 am

Robert J Sakimano wrote:I couldn't sleep the other night and WKAR had a show on about the Grand Hotel.. so I figured I'd watch a little bit of it.

honestly, I was trying to have an open mind - but it seems like one of the most horrific places on the planet.. at least for a dude like me.


So I guess that narrows your options down to the Heritage festival?

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:05 am

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Robert J Sakimano wrote:I couldn't sleep the other night and WKAR had a show on about the Grand Hotel.. so I figured I'd watch a little bit of it.

honestly, I was trying to have an open mind - but it seems like one of the most horrific places on the planet.. at least for a dude like me.


So I guess that narrows your options down to the Heritage festival?
sounds like a euphemism for a white supremacist rally. Shocked
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Post by LooseGoose on Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:10 am

Robert J Sakimano wrote:
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So I guess that narrows your options down to the Heritage festival?
sounds like a euphemism for a white supremacist rally. Shocked

Sorry to disappoint you my friend, more like an Amish family reunion and about as dangerous.

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:12 am

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Robert J Sakimano wrote: sounds like a euphemism for a white supremacist rally. Shocked

Sorry to disappoint you my friend, more like an Amish family reunion and about as dangerous.


yep - I don't do the religious thing. I'd probably rather hang around all of the old white folks at the Grand Hotel.

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Post by DWags on Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:16 am

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Sorry to disappoint you my friend, more like an Amish family reunion and about as dangerous.


yep - I don't do the religious thing. I'd probably rather hang around all of the old white folks at the Grand Hotel.


I entered. I'd take the weekend up there. We've discussed doing New Years up there. I hear it's pretty cool

But I will point out here that I am indeed old and white.

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:21 am

DWags wrote:
Robert J Sakimano wrote:

yep - I don't do the religious thing. I'd probably rather hang around all of the old white folks at the Grand Hotel.


I entered. I'd take the weekend up there. We've discussed doing New Years up there. I hear it's pretty cool

But I will point out here that I am indeed old and white.


I think it would probably be okay around New Years when a lot of the sandal-wearin' khaki-bedazzled folks are gone.. what I witnessed on WKAR was hard to watch, though.

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Post by InTenSity on Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:57 am

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DWags wrote:

I entered. I'd take the weekend up there. We've discussed doing New Years up there. I hear it's pretty cool

But I will point out here that I am indeed old and white.


I think it would probably be okay around New Years when a lot of the sandal-wearin' khaki-bedazzled folks are gone.. what I witnessed on WKAR was hard to watch, though.

I wear sandals every day Bob. Every. Single. Day. Of. The. Year.

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:02 am

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Robert J Sakimano wrote:

I think it would probably be okay around New Years when a lot of the sandal-wearin' khaki-bedazzled folks are gone.. what I witnessed on WKAR was hard to watch, though.

I wear sandals every day Bob. Every. Single. Day. Of. The. Year.
that is truly frightening.

I'd say 96% of the time I wear boots.. the miscellaneous 4% is probably a pair of Adidas or vintage Sauconys.

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Post by InTenSity on Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:21 am

Robert J Sakimano wrote:
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I wear sandals every day Bob. Every. Single. Day. Of. The. Year.
that is truly frightening.

I'd say 96% of the time I wear boots.. the miscellaneous 4% is probably a pair of Adidas or vintage Sauconys.

Sandals are very comfy, then I found out mine have a bottle opener on the bottom, so they come in handy quite a bit.

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