Grand Hotel in Michigan - good for 2 and 5 yr old?

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by jaysue, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. jaysue

    jaysue DIS Veteran

    Nov 24, 2002
    Thinking of going to the Grand in Summer 05 - any opinions or advice as to whether this is a good destination for our will be 2 yrs old and 5 3/4 yr old?

    The hotel looks great but I am concerned about our kids enjoying it.....looks a little stuffy for kids and maybe more geared to older families???

  2. rocketriter

    rocketriter DIS Veteran

    Nov 14, 2003
    You'll find plenty to do at the Grand and on Mackinac Island. It's a full-service resort with activities for the whole family. Your kids will love the horses and the fudge, and you'll love the ambiance and the food. Don't forget to stop at the fort on the mainland before you cross over to the island!
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  4. MDonley

    MDonley Still learning

    Jan 9, 2004
    I'd have to agree with rocketriter. We used to take our DS with up from the age of 4 - 8 and he always had a great time. Initially, I wasn't too keen about the tandem bicycle thing (me doing all the work), but once he could ride on his own, it was a blast. The perimeter of the island is mostly flat and the interior always seemed to be uphill (LOL). The meals at the Grand Hotel are awesome (DS likes to try new foods).

    Almost wish I had the time to go again!
  5. poohnpiglet3

    poohnpiglet3 Mouseketeer

    Jan 19, 2004
    Thanks for asking this question.. Dh just brought up the idea of using some of our points to go up there... but without the kids would be the most fun right now for us!

    Sherri :)
  6. ronw

    ronw Mouseketeer

    Apr 12, 2000
    It is a great place with lots of activities. The "stuffiness" aspect is that the Grand has a dress code that requires men in jacket and tie and women in dresses or skirts on the grounds after 6:00 PM. We love Mackinac Island but my son detests the idea of "dressing up" on vacation.
  7. shelbyjosh

    shelbyjosh <font color=purple>DVC/OKW Member<br><font color=t

    Sep 10, 1999
    We are going to the island tomorrow!! We are not staying on the island, but I will have to say the best place to stay on the island WITH kids is Mission Point. They have a kids club and many activities. Better yet...they don't have a dress code like the Grand does. You can go for dinner in their fancy restaurant in shorts!! The Grand does give off the "stuffy" feeling. I mean you have to pay to sit on their balcony?? Not for me! I would much rather save my 50-some points a night and stay in a less "stuffy" place!! I wonder if the Grans still has the flocked wallpapered rooms?!?!?

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