• Discover the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    With a range of tour options, the gardens are yours to explore.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Discover the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    With a range of tour options, the gardens are yours to explore.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is open year-round, but now that the thermostat is nudging north, it’s a perfect time to take in its breathtaking grounds and outdoor art. 

The park, ranked among the top 100 most-visited art museums in the world by Art Newspaper, offers self-guided tours along with docent-led tours of both the indoors and outdoors (outdoor tours take place aboard a tram). 

Group tours, which typically last 45 minutes, should be booked anywhere from one week to three months in advance, depending on group size and the time of the year. The park can accommodate 10 to 60 people per tour. Tours can be customized, though they require advanced notice of at least one month. 

The most popular option is the indoor guided tour, which includes a walking tour of the indoor conservatories and an in-depth look at pieces of sculpture in the 200-work permanent collection. 

When your group needs a break, the 158-acre gardens offer several on-site restaurants, as well as concerts in the outdoor amphitheater garden from June to August.

Ferndale’s Otus Supply opened last year, and named this cocktail after a song by New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Remy Martin 1738
—0.5 oz. Tempus Fugit Gran Classico
—0.75 oz. lemon sherbet*
—3 dashes hazelnut bitters*
—lemon twist for garnish
—Herbsaint

DIRECTIONS:
1. Rinse a Nick and Nora glass with Herbsaint.
2. Stir all other ingredients in a mixing glass.
3. Strain cocktail into Herbsaintrinsed glass.
4. Garnish with lemon twist.

 

Well, another fantastic Best of Michigan Awards party has come and gone. Every year, I think we’ve topped ourselves, though, really, each year’s celebration is wonderful in its unique way.

This year we took the party to Traverse City, a much-needed visit by the magazine’s readers and supporters to the region that has done so much to lure tourism to Michigan. The local meeting and events industry folks bent over backwards to make the experience exceptional. We spread out over two venues—the City Opera House and the Hotel Indigo—and enjoyed wonderful hospitality wherever we were.

 

This May, a new month-long series of wine-related events called “Traverse City Uncorked” will be held throughout the Traverse City area. The event is a collaboration between Traverse City Tourism, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. It will showcase Traverse City’s burgeoning wine and cuisine scene while also featuring specials at participating venues throughout the region.