The Townsend Hotel has been stacking up kudos in 2021. Maintaining AAA Four-Diamond status throughout its 34-year history and earning a Forbes Four Star rating for the last eight consecutive years, the 150-room luxury property in the walkable neighborhood of Birmingham and just 20 miles from downtown Detroit, was awarded the Travelers’ Choice Award by Tripadvisor in May, recognition that its positive review and ratings over the past 12 months placed it in top 10 percent worldwide of all hotels.

“This was a particularly challenging year with the Covid pandemic and we were fortunate to remain open,” says Steven Kalczynski, the hotel’s managing director. “Despite all the uncertainty, our associates stood out once again by meeting and exceeding the expectations of our guests. This award acknowledges the great passion our entire staff demonstrates each day and every day.”

A month later, in June, the hotel’s Rugby Grille received a Best of Award of Excellence - Two-Glass Rating from Wine Spectator Magazine. The publication’s awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. To qualify for this award, a restaurant wine list must present complete, accurate information, including vintages and appellations for all selections.

The Rugby Grille has achieved this award every year since 2016; it currently has 425 selections and over 3,000 bottles of wine in its inventory. “I am very proud of the work and commitment our amazing Rugby Grille sommelier team has put into maintaining a world-class wine list,” Kalczynski says. “They are always enhancing our selections and each time they continue to amaze our clientele and our visiting guests! The staff continually strive to be a destination for a memorable culinary and wine experience.”

In another significant honor, the Townsend Hotel received a 2021 “Best of Housekeeping” award from the American Automobile Association (AAA). The award is presented to the top 25 percent of all 25,000 AAA Inspected and Approved hotels in the United States and Canada, based on cleanliness and condition ratings by an AAA Inspector. What’s more, in March 2021, the Townsend become one of the first hotels in the world to become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide. The comprehensive verification covers more than 360 standards across health and hygiene protocols, cleaning products and procedures, ventilation, physical distancing, the guest experience, and health safety communication with guests and employees. Hotels are required to verify their health protocols on an ongoing basis to ensure continued compliance with the most up-to-date global health standards. You can learn more about the hotel’s Covid-19 safety protocols here.

With over 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the Townsend Hotel is able to accommodate programs of 5 to 500 guests. Learn more here.

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!

 

Taking photos of oneself isn’t just a thing you do at an event, it can be the event itself. Case in point: The Selfie Museum of Detroit has opened. The brainchild of Detroit local Kelli Cooke and her 14-year-old daughter, Jordyn Watson, the space features 20 Instagrammable and TikTok-ready interactive backdrops, featuring oversized ice-cream cones, a kissing booth, a red pay phone, a baby blue slide, and more. Group tickets are available. 

 

It began as the first Cadillac dealership outside of Detroit, then became a roller rink in the 1950s. Now, the High Five GR is reopened as a premier event space in downtown Grand Rapids. The original roller rink hardwood floors remain, as do the vaulted ceilings and oversized arched windows that showcase the city lights. What’s new is a state-of-the-art a/v system and an event team that can create custom floorplans and organize set up/teardown and load in/out logistics.