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Stop and Smell the Lilacs

One of this job’s many perks is that it requires me to travel around the state, getting to know the many destinations Michigan offers.

One such spot, of course, is Mackinac Island. Until last summer, I’d never been (yes, that’s embarrassing.) I spent three days with my son at Mission Point Resort and roaming the island, and by the end my boy was crying about having to leave and I understood why.

The Importance of Positive Site Visits

Over the summer I was given the opportunity to join the TSTS Tech Summit in Cancun. It was the first time I had travelled for work - outside of internal company trips - and the first time I had ever travelled to Mexico. In anticipation of the next TSTS event in Dallas, I’ve been reflecting on the trip, the positive experience I had, and what made the conference so successful. I’ve narrowed it down to one major thing: the attention to detail at all of our site visits.

Take in the Winter Wonderland at Central Kitchen + Bar

Enchanting wintertime views don’t have to be limited to resorts.

Central Kitchen + Bar, in Detroit, looks out through large windows to Cadillac Square from its spot on the ground floor of the First National Building. Diners can enjoy winter views of Campus Martius’ bright holiday décor and of ice skaters in its rink.

Hotel du Village Reopens after Renovations

Hotel du Village captures the beauty and romance of the French countryside and places it squarely in the charming and creative hamlet of New Hope. It’s long been a New Hope landmark, beloved by visitors and residents, many of whom spent Thanksgiving dinner around a table at the hotel’s restaurant, so it was naturally met with curiosity when Hotel du Village was sold in 2013.

3 Distinctive Holiday Tours to Enjoy the Spirit of the Season

1. Detroit Opera House
The C. Howard Crane-designed opera house is gorgeous on a regular day, with much of the Italian Renaissancestyle décor original to the 1922 building still in place. The opera house goes all out with the festive holiday décor, elevating this Detroit treasure to truly breathtaking.
When: Mondays November 30 – December 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Connect: michiganopera.org | 313.961.3500

Mission Point Resort Offers Cocktails Fresh From the Garden

John Van Etten, Mission Point Resort’s new superintendent of grounds and gardens, has planted a large hillside cocktail garden.

The garden, viewable through the windows of Chianti, the resort’s upscale restaurant, grows flowers, herbs and edible plants slated for use as syrups and garnishes in the resort’s new cocktail menu. Plantings include lavender, rosemary, lemon sage, lemon verbena, lemongrass, fennel, six types of basil and five types of mint.

Cocktail offerings will change with the garden’s flowers and herbs. 

DIME Delivers a Historic Venue with Modern Music Amenities

Detroit's options for distinctive venues continue to grow.

The Detroit Institute of Music (DIME) opened September 2014 in the former Bamlet Building on Griswold. The 1896 structure, abandoned since the 1980s, was bought and rehabbed by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services.

“We moved in and revamped the entire thing, head to toe,” says Brittany Morris, the institute’s team administrator. “It’s definitely a more modern space now, but we tried to keep some of the historic elements.”

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