Somewhere (Chicago?) it was overheard that dog racing was becoming the new thing, and so The Grand set out to offer dog racing. They gathered up some local dogs and invited the guests down to bet on the pooches. Well, as you can imagine, the dogs didn't much want to run in the same direction. The Grand's answer to this dilemma? Thrown the dogs in the lake and see who swims to shore first. That fared much better and the annual dog swim race became a tradition.
That tradition did end, but the manicured lawns and stately grounds where past guests enjoyed such pastimes remain. Esther Williams filmed a moveThis Time For Keeps at the hotel, and the hotel thanked her by naming a suite for her, as well as renaming their freeform pool the Esther Williams Swimming Pool. The diving board is gone, but the 9' deep end is still theregiving adults somewhere to hang out, away from kids splashing nearer the free Sno-Cones on the other end of the pool. What hotels do 9' deep end pools anymore?!
Flip through our photos above, of many of The Grand Hotel's outdoor venues. There's a few we missed (like the tennis courts), but do remember that use of all these awesome areas comes included with the room packages.
Tomorrow: A fitting finale.
Disclosure: We were at the Grand Hotel as a guest of Pure Michigan while on assignment for Jaunted, but rest assured that all photos and opinions are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]