The Mackinac Island Hotel Company broke ground on the Grand Hotel in 1887, with a dream of building a summer playground for America’s wealthy, a luxe escape from the swelter and miasma of Victorian-era cities. What’s advertised as the world’s longest porch was perhaps even more famous then than now, renowned as a place of high-society romantic possibilities and nicknamed “flirtation walk.” Legend has it that officers from the nearby fort were told to visit the porch in uniform to chat with the ladies on island summer eves. Settle into a rocker for $15. 800-33GRAND, GRANDHOTEL.COM.

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