The Callewaert family, owners, and operators of the Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island has been named the Legendary Family Historic Hotelier of the Year by Historic Hotels of America.
Victor Callewaert and brother-in-law James Ryba purchased the historic estate in 1969, saving the property from demolition after decades of neglect and deterioration. After several years of restoration and maintaining the historic value of the property, the Island House Hotel reopened in 1972, and one year later was declared a historic landmark by the state of Michigan.
“Accepting this prestigious award on behalf of everyone engaged in the operation, care, and management of our historic hotel is a tremendous honor, and a true testament to value in all the work that has gone into the Island House Hotel over the last 50 years,” says Todd Callewaert, CEO of Island House Hotel.
After 50 years of operations, the Callewaert family says it remains committed to enhancing the guest experience by adding contemporary conveniences to Island House Hotel, while preserving its historic ambiance.
“Mackinac Island is known for careful preservation of rich and meaningful history, and Island House Hotel is a phenomenal example of what makes this destination truly unique and treasured,” says Tim Hygh, executive director of Mackinac Island Tourism.
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