Grand Hotel Celebrates 125 Years With 125-Foot Dessert

Serves a 125-foot Birthday Cake on its Front Porch, the World’s Longest

MACKINAC ISLAND — Grand Hotel, a national historic landmark on Mackinac Island, Michigan, is celebrating its 125th birthday. Wednesday, a 125-foot birthday cake will be served on its 660-foot Front Porch, the longest porch in the world.

Grand Hotel guests enjoyed a champagne reception and the cake Tuesday evening, compliments of the Musser Family, which owns and operates Grand Hotel.

Grand Hotel Executive Chef and Vice President of Food and Beverage Hans Burtscher used more than 1,200 eggs and 300 pounds of sugar in preparing the cake.

Grand Hotel’s 125th Anniversary Celebration will take place July 13-15 and includes receptions, concerts, fireworks, and a Governors’ Gala, where three former Michigan governors – William Milliken, James Blanchard, and John Engler – will join Grand Hotel guests.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed the week of July 8-14 as “Grand Hotel Week” in Michigan in recognition of the hotel’s 125th anniversary July 10.

The 385-room Grand Hotel opened on July 10, 1887 as “America’s Summer Place” and is revered for preserving its historic charm and white-glove service, much due to its exceptional location on an island with no motorized vehicles.  The hotel’s award-winning guest experience is also credited to the Musser Family, who has owned and operated Grand Hotel for 79 years.