Featured Movie Location: The Hotel
Wanna see the real life filming location used for The Hotel
in the movie? These scenes were actually shot at The Grand Hotel
, located in Mackinac Island, Michigan
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The Grand Hotel has been the world's largest summer hotel since 1887. The management of hotel offered the use of the Grand to Universal for free on the proviso that the hotel was depicted in a positive way. They could not have hoped for more, as the hotel clearly became one of the stars of the movie.
Each year at the annual "Somewhere In Time" Weekend on Mackinac Island, I conduct a walking tour of the film's locations. Here are the stops on my tour:
Grand Hotel - the inside Parlor floor was used for the check-in scenes (even though the real check-in area was moved years ago to the lower level). The china cabinet seen in the film is still there in the Parlor. They also used the Salle Manger (dining room) for the dining room scene (filmed at night so as not to inconvenience the Grand's regular guests at the time). And they also redressed the private dining room (on the left, before entering the Salle Manger) for the Hall of History. They also used the hallway off the Parlor for the hallway scenes, and the Grand's famous front porch for the morning scene with Richard Collier. The center staircase off the porch was also the site of Richard and Elise's joyful reunion.
Arthur's Cottage - the tennis pro shop located down the hill from the Grand next to the tennis courts.
The Tree - located at the end of the boardwalk along the water's edge, straight down from the Grand Hotel, past the poolhouse and through the trees. INSITE erected a memorial plaque on a boulder at the site.
The Theatre - the island schoolhouse was the exterior of the theatre where Elise performed "Wisdom of the Heart". The grounds outside the school are also where the gazebo stood (a new school gymnasium takes up part of these grounds).
Windemere Park - site of Richard and Elise's day together in the park, and also where Richard ends up staring at Round Island Lighthouse after his stark return to the present. Regretably, Round Island Lighthouse is inaccessible to the public, but it is clearly visible from this park.
Baxter's Coin Shop - located on Main Street in town, next to Murdock's Fudge, the words "Baxter's" still appear on the glass to remind everyone of where Richard purchased his 1910-era coins. The shop now carries souvenirs.
Laura Roberts House - located outside of town on Main Street, just past St. Anne's Church. This is where Richard finds out more information about Elise McKenna from her caretaker, played by Teresa Wright.
Mission Point Resort - this resort is located at the east end of the island, and was the real unsung (and uncredited) hero of the film. This is where the cast and crew stayed during the 7-week shoot, it was where the film was wardrobed and edited, and most importantly, where most of it was filmed. The theatre where Elise delivered her soliloquoy to Richard is here, as is a gigantic soundstage, where all the interior room scenes were shot, including the infamous final scene (which was a one-take shot, done on the last day of filming).
The Gazebo - the gazebo was given by the film company to the people of Michigan and now resides on the lawn of the Governor's Mansion, high on the East Bluff.
The Grand Hotel Stables - the final stop on my tour, this is where Richard wakes up under a horse after being detained by William F. Robinson.
Another location fans might be interested in is Richard Collier's Chicago apartment, which is still at 932 N. Halsted. When I was there last, I saw an abandoned 1979 Fiat, rusting away in front - really! [Thanks to Lynn Anderson, INSITE]Can you help? Do you know any of the Mackinac Island, Michigan (or any other) filming locations used for Somewhere In Time? [Please send them in]Locations Links
Following is a recommended link:Visit the Grand Hotel