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It's Official: America Needs a Vacation

A recent study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, found that more than 170 million Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last year. That’s more than half of the population—53 percent, to be exact!

However, this is down from last year when 56 percent of respondents noted they hadn't taken a vacation in the last year. 

An Apple by the Bedside

What is it that distinguishes a hotel experience for you? When a new hotel comes online, or an older one renovates, it often touts its décor, sumptuous bedding or amenities like a spa or workout room. For me, visiting the Royal Park Hotel for the first time (shame on me, I know), what set the experience apart was an apple by the bedside.

New Venue Spotlight: NOAH'S Event Venue

NOAH’S Event Venue is determined to carve out a niche in the event industry. “We’re unlike any other event venue because we’re national,” says Kirsten Mussi, the venue’s vice president of public relations. “When people walk into NOAH’S, they get the kind of customer service they’d get from a small company but with a lot of the amenities, experience and benefits of working with a larger, established corporation.”

Rove Estate Will Combine Wines and Views

The latest addition to Traverse City’s booming winery scene will double as a stunning lookout point.

Rove Estate Vineyard and Winery, slated to open this spring, is the project of Creighton and McKenzie Gallagher. The couple’s Leelanau Peninsula location for their 2,000-square-foot tasting room is a 1,100-foot perch—making it the highest vineyard and tasting room in Leelanau County. A wraparound deck will allow visitors to fully take in the views.

Guided Kayak tours now at Sleeping Bear Dunes

The National Park Service has authorized All About Water to provide guided kayak tours in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore beginning in summer 2016. All About Water, the only company with the park service’s authorization, will offer regularly scheduled tours that will feature the shore at the base of the Pierce Stocking Scenic Overlook, around Pyramid Point and Good Harbor Bay.

Lessons from Beacon Hill

I traveled for work recently to Boston, where I had booked two nights at the Beacon Hill Hotel, an appealing small hotel on a charming street in the city.

When I arrived, the very attentive young man working the front desk escorted me to my room. He opened the door – and the room was dirty, with the bed mussed and a plate of half-eaten food on the desk. The attendant was mortified and apologetic, and we headed back to the front desk to sort things out.

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