FAQs

Video Tour of Mackinac Island

If any of your questions cannot be answered here, don’t hesitate to contact Proven Winners via the contact form below.

You may also contact us at:

Phone: 815-895-8130

Proven Winners
1600 E Lincoln HWY STE F
Dekalb, IL 60115-4962

Registration

What are the dates for the Grand Garden Show?

Sunday, August 28 – Tuesday, August 30, 2022

How do I register for the Grand Garden Show?

PLEASE NOTE: The 2022 Grand Garden Show is sold out. To be put on a waiting list call 1-800-334-7263.

Please see the Register page.

How do I reserve a hotel room?

PLEASE NOTE: The 2022 Grand Garden Show is sold out. To be put on a waiting list call 1-800-334-7263.

Grand Hotel is hosting the Grand Garden Show. You can register and reserve your hotel room(s) online from Grand Hotel or by calling 1-800-334-7263.

If Grand Hotel becomes sold out we recommend Hotel Iroquois.

Other fine hotels on the island can be found on the Mackinac Island website.

For more information, please see our Register page.

What is the cost of the Grand Garden Show?

The cost of the Grand Garden Show is included in your Grand Hotel Package.

Rates starting at $860.00* daily per couple for a Grand Room and $1010.00* daily per couple for a Lakeview Room.

*Rates may change based on availability of room types. Subject to 19.5% Resort Fee, 6% Michigan Sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment, and $10.00 per person, one time luggage fee.

Please Note: Day Tickets will not be available for the 2022 show.

What if I register and for some reason can’t come? Can I get a refund?

Individual reservations are subject to a 30-day cancellation policy. Reservation deposits will be refunded if cancelled 30 or more days prior to arrival, less a $50 processing fee. Reservations cancelled less than 30 days prior will forfeit the two night deposit.

Do I need to register for the break out sessions?

No. Upon arrival you will be assigned to a group for the Monday and Tuesday sessions. Each group will attend all break out sessions on a rotating basis. If you are attending with friends, we will do our best to keep your group in the same rotation.

How do I register for the Grand Garden Show if I am not staying at the Grand Hotel?

PLEASE NOTE: Day Tickets are not available for the 2022 Grand Garden Show.

If Day Tickets become available, you would purchase the day tickets and then make alternative hotel reservations at the hotel of your choice. Those can be found at the Mackinac Island website. You would then purchase day tickets. Please see the Register page for day ticket information.

Day ticket sales may continue on-site based on availability.

How do I purchase day tickets?

PLEASE NOTE: Day Tickets are not available for the 2022 Grand Garden Show.

Please see the Register page for more information.

Will I receive a ticket for the Grand Garden Show?

No. Your Grand Hotel package includes the Grand Garden Show. After you have checked in with the hotel, please see the Proven Winners Registration Desk for your name badge and information packet.

Accommodations

Hotel Accommodations

PLEASE NOTE: The 2022 Grand Garden Show is sold out. To be put on a waiting list call 1-800-334-7263.

Grand Hotel is hosting the Grand Garden Show. You can register and reserve your hotel room(s) online from Grand Hotel or by calling 1-800-334-7263.

If Grand Hotel becomes sold out we recommend Hotel Iroquois.

Other fine hotels on the island can be found on the Mackinac Island website.

For more information, please see our Register page.

Are there additional costs associated with the event?

CARRIAGE RIDES

Carriage rides are available for the private garden tours.
For more information, please see our Register page.
 

EXCLUSIVE Add-on Events

Cocktail Party with Paul Zammit
Saturday, August 27 ∼ 6:00pm – 7:00pm
$50 per person

Cooking Show with Celebrity Chef Nathan Lyon
Sunday, August 28 ~ 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
$165.00 per person.
Includes autographed cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh

Lunch with Laura of Garden Answers
Monday, August 29 ~ 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
$100 per person

Lunch with Jenny of Creekside Nursery
Tuesday, August 30 ~ 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
$100 per person

Cocktail Party with Celebrity Chef Nathan Lyon
Tuesday, August 30 ~ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
$50 per person

For more information, please see our Register page.

LUNCH

Lunch is not included in the Grand Garden Show Package

Located inside Grand Hotel on the lower level, Grand Coffee & Provisions is a casual dining option offering grab-n-go food and beverages for every meal throughout your day. Grab a quick salad or sandwich before the afternoon garden tours.

Please see these dining options: Grand Ways to Lunch.

TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM THE ISLAND

We highly recommend traveling with our Grand Garden Show sponsor, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. Shepler’s takes passengers from port to island in less than half an hour.

Receive a discounted ferry rate if you mention that you are attending the Grand Garden Show. There are taxi transfers in the downtown area to the hotel, if staying at Grand Hotel for an additional cost.

 

Will carriage rides be available for private garden tours?

Carriage rides will be available to the various private garden tours both Monday and Tuesday. For more information, please see our Register page.

You may also choose a private tour aboard one of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours livery carriages. Their knowledgeable drivers can customize the tour just for you.  The livery carriages will seat up to 8 persons and are rented by the hour with a one hour minimum. To purchase your own private tour go to Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

 

Will meals or snacks be provided?

A full breakfast and four course dinner, served in the Grand Hotel’s Main Dining Room, are included daily with the Grand Garden Show package.  Lunch and snacks are additional.

Non-Hotel Guests

You don’t need to stay at Grand Hotel to enjoy a Grand Hotel dining experience. Rates for non-hotel guests can be found here.

 

Are there options for my dietary requirements?

Should you have a special dietary request, please speak with your server when you are seated. You may reference the menus here: Main Dining Room.

What are my dining options on Mackinac Island?

Here is a list of recommended dining options:

Will there be special accommodations for those with physical limitations?

Please alert Grand Hotel reservations department when you are making your reservations if you need special accommodations.

What is the dress attire?

Since Grand Hotel is a resort, we want all guests to feel at ease and dress comfortably. During the day, casual resort clothing is appropriate. Prior to 6:30pm please no midriff baring tops, sweatpants or cut-off shorts for ladies. For gentleman no sleeveless shirts, sweatpants, or cut-off shorts.

Every evening at Grand Hotel is a special occasion. Therefore, after 6:30 PM, dresses, skirts, blouses, dress sweaters, and dress slacks for ladies are preferred, while gentleman are required to wear a suit coat, necktie, and dress pants; no denim or shorts. This applies for all areas inside the hotel with the exception of the Cupola Bar. Children 12 years and older are expected to be in dress similar to the adults.

What should I bring?

We strongly recommend shoes with a flat sole or walking shoes (the island includes hilly terrain).

We also strongly recommend that you bring a raincoat and an umbrella.

Travel

Health & Safety Information

Maps & Directions

Interstate I-75 brings you to the ferry docks of both Mackinaw City (Lower Peninsula) and St. Ignace (Upper Peninsula). Access to the island can be made from both of these cities. The exits are clearly marked for several miles.

For more information:  Getting Here.

Click here for map of the island.

What airports serve the Mackinac Island area?

Pellston Airport  is 25 minutes south of the ferry docks in Mackinaw City.

Cherry Capitol Airport in Traverse City  is 2 hours from the ferry docks in Mackinaw City.

Chippewa County International Airport (Sault Ste Marie) has domestic flights to and from Detroit, Michigan and St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. This airport is 75 miles from Mackinac Island, MI.

For more information:  Getting Here.

How do I get to the Island and where do I park my car?

Grand Hotel and Proven Winners partner with Shepler’s Ferry line.

We highly recommend traveling with our Grand Garden Show sponsor, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. Shepler’s takes passengers from port to island in less than half an hour. Receive a discounted ferry rate if you mention that you are attending the Grand Garden Show. There are taxi transfers in the downtown area to the hotel, if staying at Grand Hotel for an additional cost.

Shelpler’s offers both valet parking and park yourself options. See Shepler’s Ferry for complete parking details; otherwise your options will be explained upon arrival.

There are hourly ferries to Mackinac Island from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. It is recommended that guests arrive a half hour before their desired departure time to allow for unloading and parking time.

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry – toll free  800-828-6157 (US only) or 231-436-5023

How do I register for carriage rides for The Grand Garden Show private garden tours?

Please see the Register page.

How do I book a private Mackinac Island carriage tour?

If you would like to book your own private tour of the island, we recommend booking through Mackinac Island Carriage Tours one of the sponsors of The Grand Garden Show.

How do I rent a Mackinac Island bicycle?

A great way to get around the Island is by renting a bicycle. Bicycles can be rented at the Grand Hotel Pool Complex, located down the Tea Garden stairs and toward the pool building. More information and rental fees can be found at Grand Hotel.

There are several places on Mackinac Island to rent bikes by the hour, half day or full day. You can also bring your own bicycle on the ferry for a nominal fee. The Island is a mecca for bike riders with over 70 miles of scenic roads and breathtaking trails. Following a bike tour through the eight-mile perimeter of the Island on picturesque Lake Shore Boulevard is a very popular activity. Bicycles of every size and type imaginable are available. Remember, pedestrians and horses always have the right of way.

Miscellaneous FAQ's

What is the weather like in August on Mackinac Island?

Weather

Mackinac Island enjoys a mild spring, temperate summer and crisp fall temperatures. Since the island is located in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac, weather can be unpredictable. Remember to pack layers and don’t forget your walking shoes.

Check the current Mackinac Island weather forecast here.

Mackinac Island Average Temperatures

Month May June July Aug Sept Oct
High/Low (F°) 60/43 69/53 75/60 74/60 66/52 54/42

Will I receive Master Gardener’s credit hours for attending The Grand Garden Show?

We are not offering hours, but if your Master Gardener’s group allows hours for the show, we are happy to review any documentation that might be necessary.