Gatsby at The Grand Hotel

The Luxurious Roaring 20’s on Mackinac Island

3 Days  |  Oct. 2-4, 2017

Starting At $799.00
Join us we repeat the past and celebrate The Great Gatsby at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel. Here we try to imagine those famous summer evenings of 1922 . . . "Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!" He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand." ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

Gatsby at The Grand Hotel

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  • Luxury Lodging at The Grand Hotel
  • Two Five-Course Dinners
  • Two Great Gatsby Parties with
  • orchestra, dance & costume contests
  • Great Gatsby Movie Matinees
  • Croquet and Bocce Ball Tournament
  • Many Free Resort Activities
  • Full breakfast menu daily
  • Afternoon Tea with Cookies
  • Ferry to & from Island,
  • Horse drawn Taxi to & from hotel
  • Luggage Handling
  • All Taxes and Tips at the Grand Hotel
  • One Free With Every 16 Paid

Per Person Prices (Net):

. . . $799 Double

. . . $769 Triple,  $1,049 Single

. . . This event is a new version of the 2015 Gatsby at The Grand Hotel, produced once again so you have a chance to repeat the past.

Note:  This is a Partnered Package.  Managing Partner is Custom Holidays. Selling Partners include U S Tours and TAP Partners. 

Day 1 – While Mackinac Island is oft called a place ‘where time stands still’ – for us it is a place where time will be celebrated!  Join us, here, at the Grand Hotel, a Five-Star Resort, for an incomparable Roaring 20’s Gatsby Event.  The hotel was built as a summer resort for the wealthy during the Gay 90’s (1890’s), and it will now serve as our host as we celebrate the summer nights of 1922.

. . . through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars . . . He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths” . . . F. Scott Fitzgerald

On arrival in Mackinaw City, MI, you ferry to this scenic Island, where a horse & carriage transports you to the Hotel.  For a moment, you will want to view the Straits of Mackinac from a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch.  Then the evening begins with a reception, followed by a five-course dinner.

The evening event is as featured in the book or movie.  Part of this experience includes dressing for dinner, Jacket and Tie (from the 1920’s if you can).  Those who wish will dress the part of a Gatsby character, and “Flaunt It” with a promenade through the lobby.  Come as a 1920’s flapper, gangster or  dandy; portray a famous person of the era, or become a historical character of your own fantasy. People who don’t dress are encouraged to applaud, laugh and enjoy the presentations.   There will also be a 1920’s Costume Competition with prizes for the best dressed.  –and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier minute by minute.”

There will be dancing to an orchestra, champagne and punch.  “The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter.” It’s a reminiscence, a social event, on the scale that legend tells us Gatsby sponsored at his summer Mansion.  As the orchestra plays and the sun sets . . . “the lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun.”

Day 2 – Today is at leisure to explore both the Island and Resort.  You might start with the Island shops and boutiques, rent a bicycle for two, explore the gardens and greenhouses of the Grand Hotel, rent a drive-yourself carriage or enjoy the escorted carriage tours.   A stop at Historic Fort Mackinac is a must for sightseers.  Visit a fudge store and watch it made, walk through “Hubbard’s Annex” of historic summer homes, step into a butterfly house, church, or even the Grand Hotel Stables.

At the Resort you will find historic lectures and afternoon Teas and “Great Gatsby” movies,  The sportsperson may even consider a round of golf (clubs and carts are available for rent). There are also competitions of bocce ball and croquet on the lawn, and putting on the golf green.

Then tonight’s post dinner party is another Great Gatsby event, a Roaring 20’s Dance & Song Competition.  With the Grand Hotel Orchestra you will be able to “Sing and Swing” in competition for the Best Dance Couple and the Best Singer.  Prizes will again be offered and the hotel photographer will be snapping pictures that you can buy . . . “Daisy began to sing with the music in a husky, rhythmic whisper, bringing out a meaning in each word that it had never had before and would never have again. When the melody rose, her voice broke up sweetly, following it, in a way contralto voices have, and each change tipped out a little of her warm human magic upon the air.”

Day 3 – After breakfast, you will board the ferry back to the mainland . . .  So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald . . . and you return to last weeks home.


Add-On Package:

  • Pre-Night in Traverse City at Historic Park Place Hotel
  • A 1920’s themed City Tour beginning at 1:00pm
  • Evening Reception with hors d’oerves and a drink
  • Dinner in the Hotel Ballroom with live music and a 1920’s sing-a-long
  • Historic Personalities from the era in attendance
  • One Night Lodging, One Dinner, Hotel Breakfast
  • Taxes, Tips, Luggage and one free with every 16

Price $249 Double. . . $219 Triple . . . $359 Single.