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The Grand Hotel literally defines the word "Grand". Even if you never actually stay here, (like us), at least you have to visit. In fact, there are so many visitors that it is one of only two hotels I know of anywhere that charges an admission just to walk onto the grounds.
The Grand was opened in 1887 and has ever since been known as the "World's Greatest Summer Hotel." Of its 385 rooms no two are decorated alike. Mark Twain lectured here, Five U.S. Presidents have stayed here, and Hollywood movies have been made here, including "Somewhere in Time," Starring Christopher Reeve and Jayne Seymour.
In 2003 the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Grand Hotel to its elite list of "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations." Karen and I played a game of croquet on the lawn in front of the Grand, and afterward enjoyed resting on its veranda. At 660 feet (more than two football fields), it is the longest porch in the world. In summer it is festooned with 2,500 brightly blooming red geraniums.
Directions: The Grand Hotel doesn't have an address. It doesn't need one. The whole Island just seems to revolve around the place. If you're new on the island and don't see it, just ask anyone and they will point you in the right direction.
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