Visiting America's Grand Old Summertime Resorts

by , SmarterTravel Staff - May 16, 2007 See all photo galleries
Grand Hotel porch, Makinac Island, Michigan

Grand Hotel

Icons of the old-fashioned summer vacation, many turn-of-the-century resorts still entice travelers today with their grand architecture, atmospheres of opulence, and storied histories. Here's a tour of some of the country's most notable grand old resorts, along with tips for how to save on stays.

Home to the world's longest front porch, the Victorian-era Grand Hotel sits in Michigan's Lake Huron on Mackinac Island, a place where the only ways to get around are by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage. The Hotel also maintains the graces of its heyday, even requiring guests to dress in formal attire during the evenings.

Rates cover accommodations, and a full breakfast and a five-course dinner daily. Prices start at $220 per person, per night, but if you stay two consecutive nights on select days in May and June, you'll pay only $183 and get a third night free.

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