Afternoon Tea at Grand Hotel
Experience the renowned elegance of the historic Grand Hotel by partaking in afternoon tea—a century-old Grand Hotel tradition. Tea, sherry, Champagne, finger sandwiches, scones and other delights, all set to live chamber music; open to non-hotel guests with $10 admission fee. grandhotel.com.
Stay overnight to experience a different side of the island, where historic saloons buzz with energy and music after sunset. Be sure to start the barhopping at the Pink Pony, a legendary watering hole for sailors, or Horn’s Gaslight Bar, allegedly the first Michigan establishment to gain a liquor license post-Prohibition.
An 1,800-square-foot enclosed tropical garden where you can meander or sit back while hundreds of butterflies flutter peacefully around you. It’s not only magical, but a great educational trip for small ones, too—stop by the interactive Insect World exhibit for some hands-on learning after your butterfly tour. originalbutterflyhouse.com.