Here we are approaching the beautiful historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, where the 1980 movie “Somewhere In Time” was filmed.
Starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, the movie was a hauntingly beautiful time-travel romance based on the 1975 novel Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson. Bid Time Return is a highly collectible and fairly scarce book, with a first edition in a dust jacket running $750 – $1500 in very good to fine condition, more if signed by author or any of the actors in the film. If you are wondering where the odd book title comes from, it is derived from Shakespeare’s Richard II, “O call back yesterday, bid time return.”
Along the walkway, we passed some of the hotel’s beautiful gardens…
My husband, Ron, ascending the stairs to the hotel…
Although an overnight stay at this historic hotel is pricey (rooms are in the $400+ range in prime season), the place is available for everyone to enjoy because for a fee of $10 you can roam the hotel and grounds for the day, enjoying the porch, public sitting rooms and charming bars and restaurant.
The hotel is famous for having the longest porch in the world, at approximately 660 feet.
And the porch has one hundred rocking chairs that look out on these beautifully maintained grounds of the hotel and Lake Huron beyond where you can sit and enjoy the view…
The huge pool you see in the photo above was used by actress and champion swimmer Esther Williams as she did swimming scenes in another movie filmed at the Grand Hotel, “This Time For Keeps” which was produced in 1947 and also starred Jimmy Durante. The pool is indeed called “The Esther Williams Pool.”
The Grand Hotel opened in 1887 as a summer retreat for vacationers who arrive by lake steamer from Chicago, Erie, Montreal, Detroit, and by rail from across the continent.
Here are a few of the areas we enjoyed…
One of my favorite areas inside the hotel was the Audubon Wine Bar (below). Not only did they have a great wine list, beautiful art and furnishings, they had a sizable library as well!
Later we wandered into the ballroom area, which was set up for a big band…would love to be there when the music begins!
Oh, and what’s this?
What a wonderful day it was! Join us for the next post, when I will cover our visit to beautiful old Fort Mackinac.