There are a lot of things that define Mackinac Island for me – the fudge, the horse-drawn carriages, the ferry boats that shuttle you over – but perhaps the most elegant of all is the Grand Hotel. With its gorgeous decor, its gigantic front porch, and its requisite dress code, the hotel is definitely perfect for a special occasion. Because I hadn’t been inside the hotel since childhood, I thought it would be fun to pay it a visit on my most recent trip to the Island. And because of my recent obsession with high tea (see: here, here, and here), I knew there was no better time to visit than for a lovely afternoon tea.
The walk to the Grand Hotel, up a gently sloping hill, is something beautiful in and of itself. On the day we visited, the weather was just about perfect, with the sun shining as we made our way toward the hotel alongside the clip-clopping of horse-drawn carriages.
After exploring the grounds and gardens for a bit, we made our way indoors to the front parlor, where tea is served. The space is gorgeous and colorful, with rich, vibrant walls and furniture.
Shortly after sitting down, our tea and goodies arrived. The Grand’s high tea includes champagne (which often costs extra at other teas I’ve been to) and an assortment of pastries and tiny sandwiches.
For me, the most special part about the tea was just being at the Grand itself. Perhaps the scones weren’t as light and fluffy as you might enjoy at Fortnum & Mason in London, but I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a lovelier setting for an elegant afternoon.