Resort History

In 1949, McGuire’s Resort was founded as a small roadside restaurant overlooking Lake Cadillac. The founder, Curly McGuire, burned his first pancake but quickly discovered that root beer, when added to the batter, prevented pancakes from sticking. In the years since Velma and Curly McGuire built that small restaurant with “twelve stools and tray service,” McGuire’s Resort grew into a full service, four season resort.

In 1951, the first four rooms of the motel were built. It would prove to be the first of many such additions and improvements accomplished by Curly during the initial 25 years of McGuire’s history. In 1959, McGuire’s opened the 9-hole Evergreen Golf Course. The current 18-hole championship Spruce course and sporty 9-hole Norway course are the result of additions in both 1970 and 1980.

In 1960 an outdoor pool was opened and after a few seasons, followed by the fireplace lounge, sauna, and whirlpool spa. 1963 saw the construction of a Toboggan Run complete with a rope tow to enhance wintertime fun. A Pheasant Preserve was also developed offering guided hunts to interested marksmen. The Pheasant Preserve and Toboggan Run are both remembered as a unique part of McGuire’s history.


Curly and Velma’s son Jim joined the resort’s staff in 1960 and in 1976 he purchased the business from his father. Today’s Blue Spruce building was then the McGuire family’s home; the foyer serving from time to time as the front desk for guests checking in at night and on holidays. In 1966, when traffic on Mackinaw Trail (the main North/South route to the Mackinaw Bridge) was re-routed to the new US-131 moving all drive-by traffic away from the Resort’s front doors, Jim and Curly quickly decided the fate of the future would be in conferences and golf. Plans to add conference facilities began immediately.

In 2012, the McGuire family sold the resort to new ownership.  Today, the resort boasts 117 hotel rooms, ranging from standard rooms to executive suites, most of which have been renovated.  Thousands of square feet of renovated conference facilities await weddings, banquets, and group events of all types.  The newly renovated Passage North and the always-popular Curly’s Bar & Grill offer come as you are dining options with diverse flavors Michigan inspired and Cadillac crafted. Our championship golf courses, the Spruce and Norway golf welcome players of all skill levels.

We look forward to your return visit!