Welcome to Mackinac Island

Steve Mariucci is honored to have your presence at the Major Donor Grand Hotel Gala. The two day experience, sponsored by UP Health System – Marquette on June 13 and 14, is raising funds for a new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House.

Wednesday, June 13

2 p.m  

Arrive on the Island! It’s recommended that you arrive by 2 p.m. in order to enjoy the afternoon and be ready for the party!

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Welcome Arrivals – Grand Hotel near the Reservation area

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Cocktails on the porch
  • Complimentary cocktails and snacks

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Dinner and Celebration Party at the ‘Grand Pavilion’

Grand Hotel Gala Event

Appropriate Attire:
Ladies – Cocktail Dresses
Gentlemen – Coat and Tie Required

Dinner in the Grand Pavilion

  • Open Image Below to View Full Dinner Menu

Located at the north end of the Main Dining room.

  • Welcome and Introductions by Steve Mariucci
  • Pledge Announcement and Capital Campaign Updates
  • Champagne Toast
  • Music and Dancing

9:00 p.m. – After Party: Cocktails in the Cupola (Optional)

Cocktails Cupola Bar

Cupola Bar

At the very top of Grand Hotel, the Cupola Bar offers a panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge.

Thursday, June 14

Make it a fun day anyway you would like!

Breakfast Buffet (Or, see “9 Ways to Lunch” below)

Optional Events:

Golf on ‘The Jewel’

Boat Tour

7:00 p.m.  

Dinner in the Grand Dining Room

Appropriate Attire:
Ladies – Cocktail Dresses
Gentlemen – Coat and Tie Required

Group Dining

Friday, June 15

Continental Breakfast or Buffet
Check out by 11 a.m. (See ‘Before You Go‘ below)



Getting Here

By Car to Ferries

Ferries to Mackinac Island can be accessed by driving to Mackinaw City (on Michigan’s lower peninsula) or St. Ignace (upper peninsula). Get driving directions to Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.

Ferry Service to Mackinac IslandShepler's Ferry

Passage to Mackinac Island is provided by a few ferry boat lines. Registered guests of Grand Hotel receive a discount by using Shepler’s Ferry and can purchase tickets directly online or may show their confirmation at the ferry dock to receive the discount. In addition to ferry boat tickets, Grand Luncheon Buffet tickets and admission to Grand Hotel (for non-hotel guests) can also be purchased through Shepler’s Ferry.


Ample parking is available at all mainland ferry docks. All ferry lines offer complimentary outdoor parking. Indoor and valet parking are available for nominal charges.


It’s a short walk from the ferry docks to Grand Hotel. Horse-drawn taxi service is also available for a nominal fee. Taxis greet all ferry boats arriving at Mackinac Island.

By Air

Mackinac Island Airport (MCD)

Mackinac Island Airport’s 3,500-foot lighted, paved runway is capable of accommodating private and charter aircraft. The airport is one mile from Grand Hotel. Horse-drawn taxi service is available from the airport to Grand Hotel. For more information, please call 906-847-3323.

Charter Airlines

Fly from your airport directly to Mackinac Island on one of North Country Aviation’s charter planes, including the Cessna 421C, Air Carrier Certificate N4CA490Y.  For more information, including servicing airports and rates, please contact North Country Aviationdirectly at 800-959-1829 or click here for more information.

Pellston Regional Airport (PLN)

Pellston Regional Airport is located 12 miles south of Mackinaw City. Air taxi service between the Pellston Regional Airport and Mackinac Island Airport are available 24 hours a day. For information, call Great Lakes Air at 906-643-7327.

Commercial Airlines

Commercial air service to Pellston is available daily through Delta Airlink in Detroit.

Shuttle Service

Mackinaw Shuttle is available at the Pellston Regional Airport for transportation service between the Pellston Airport and the Mackinaw City ferry docks. Transportation from other Michigan cities is based on availability, with reservations made in advance. Reservations are recommended for ALL transportation by calling 231-539-7005.

Before You Go

Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island are truly unique destinations. Before you visit us, here are a few things to know to make your trip easier.

Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in time is after 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate early arrivals and late check-outs. Please notify Grand Hotel if you have any special requests.


If you arrive by ferry, luggage transfer is simple and convenient. When you check in your luggage with the ferry service on the mainland, it will be tagged and delivered directly to your hotel room. Upon check-in, present your luggage tags at the front desk. If you are arriving close to 6:00 p.m. you may want to bring your evening wear with you to the hotel as luggage transfer may take up to two hours to get to the hotel from the dock.

For your return trip back to the mainland, follow the in-room instructions. Your luggage will be tagged and transferred from your room to a secure location on the appropriate mainland dock. We request a minimum two-hour window for the transfer.

Please note that an added fee of $8.50 per person applies for the round-trip transfer of luggage.

Getting Here from the Boat Docks

Grand Hotel is a 15- to 20-minute walk from the boat docks. For your convenience, Grand Hotel operates horse-drawn carriages between the docks and Grand Hotel. As with all taxi service on Mackinac Island, there is a $5.00 per person fee and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee Grand Hotel carriages will meet all ferry boats, nor can we guarantee seats for all Grand Hotel guests.

Mackinac Island Maps

Whether you are walking, hiking or biking, download and consult these maps to help you explore the island.

East Mackinac Island MapMackinac Island Roads & Trails Map


Mackinac Island enjoys a mild spring, temperate summer and crisp fall temperatures. Because the island is located in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac, weather can be unpredictable. We recommend packing layers and don’t forget your walking shoes.

Dress Guide

Since Grand Hotel is a resort, we want all guests to feel at ease and dress comfortably. During the day, casual resort clothing is appropriate. Prior to 6:30pm please no midriff baring tops, sweatpants or cut-off shorts for ladies. For gentleman no sleeveless shirts, sweatpants, or cut-off shorts.

Every evening at Grand Hotel is a special occasion. After 6:30pm dresses, skirts, blouses, dress sweaters and dress slacks for ladies are preferred, while gentleman are required to wear a suit coat, necktie and dress pants, no denim or shorts. This applies for all areas inside the hotel with the exception of the Cupola Bar. Children 12 years and older are expected to follow the same dress code as adults.

9 Ways to Lunch

The legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet is a distinct highlight of the Grand Hotel experience. It features hot and cold entrees, seafood, salad, fresh fruit, cheeses, a selection of meats, and desserts baked fresh daily.

Sushi Grand

Sushi Grand is Mackinac Island’s first and only sushi restaurant located next to The Gate House at the bottom of Grand Hill.

Carleton's Tea Store

Daily soup and sandwich specials available for lunch. Plus fine teas, freshly-baked pastries, and Grand Hotel fudge. Also features unique gifts and unusual tea and kitchen items.

The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand

Located on the first tee of The Jewel, Grand Hotel’s 18 hole golf course. This casual dining venue offers soup, salad, and sandwich options for lunch and is open to all Mackinac Island visitors.

The Gate House

The Gate House is a casual restaurant/bar just a short walk down Grand Hill. Enjoy your luncheon and beverages inside or outside.

Fort Mackinac Team Room

This is one of the most delightful and scenic settings on Mackinac Island to enjoy luncheon or a late afternoon snack.  Admission to Fort Mackinac is required.

Pool Grill

Take a few moments away from poolside to enjoy your favorite luncheon items cooked at the Pool Grill. Complete beverage services are also offered. Open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Grand Picnics

Your choice of five box lunch options. Place your order with the Maitre d’Hotel at the entrance to the Main Dining Room by 9:00 p.m. on the previous evening. Click here to view the picnic menu.


Located a short horse-drawn carriage ride from the hotel into the interior of Mackinac Island, this opulent Tudor mansion with its Bavarian charm is a delightfully casual dining experience.