Island is one of the cruise's excursions, and you can't
without stopping at its iconic Grand Hotel.
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The Grand Hotel in
Mackinac, one of Michigan’s most famous landmarks, will
soon have a new owner.
The Musser family, whose members have owned the hotel
since 1933, announced Tuesday that they have a tentative
deal to sell the 397room Victorian-era hotel to a
private equity firm called KSL Capital Partners. The
hotel dates to 1887 and is famous for its sweeping
660-foot front porch, the longest in the world.
R.D. (Dan) Musser III will stay on as chairman of the
hotel, “providing leadership and guidance to the team,
ensuring a seamless transition,” the announcement said.
The deal is expected to close within 30 days. Terms of
the sale were not announced.
“It has truly been an honor and a privilege for my
family to serve as steward of this incredible Michigan
landmark for nearly nine decades,” Musser said in a
statement. “This is a role we have not taken lightly,
nor was this decision to transfer ownership to KSL.”
Under the Musser family’s stewardship, the hotel
expanded its season, grew from 200 rooms to 397 and
underwent dramatic renovations that brightened the
hotel’s unremarkable interior and added touches of
glamour, including suites honoring well-known figures
including Napoleon Bonaparte, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
and the late socialite and fashion designer Gloria