• Bees on the Roof Leads to Tours for Guests at the Daxton in Birmingham

     
    POSTED August 4, 2022
     
  • Bees on the Roof Leads to Tours for Guests at the Daxton in Birmingham

     
    POSTED August 4, 2022
     
  • Bees on the Roof Leads to Tours for Guests at the Daxton in Birmingham

     
    POSTED August 4, 2022
     
  • Bees on the Roof Leads to Tours for Guests at the Daxton in Birmingham

     
    POSTED August 4, 2022
     
  • Bees on the Roof Leads to Tours for Guests at the Daxton in Birmingham

     
    POSTED August 4, 2022
     

The Daxton in Birmingham is creating a buzz over bees.

Bees in the D has put two hives on the roof of the upscale hotel. The nonprofit works with multiple partners to maintain hives in some 70 different places around metro Detroit that include several with green roofs — the Daxton being one. 

“Our green roof is nearly 2,000 square feet that is largely covered in sedum and garlic chive,” says Daxton Marketing Director Josh Griffin. “The green roof has been part of our hotel since we opened in April 2021 and is a great place for the bees to reside.”

In fact, several rooms overlook the Daxton’s green roof, meaning those guests can view the hives every time they look out their windows.

That said, the Daxton took it a step further by rolling out scheduled bee tours.

“We decided to incorporate tours as part of the package we offer guests, because seeing how the bees work in person is an experience that everyone should witness firsthand,” Griffin says. “The second reason we decided to offer tours is because education about bees is extremely important, and we at the Daxton want to do our part to help spread that education and awareness about our bee population.”

Bees in the D Co-founder Brian Peterson-Roest leads the tours, which have participants getting suited up in protective wear and spending time learning about the bees as part of the experience.

“I share a little bit more about some of the misconceptions of bees, why bees are important to both our food industry and our ecosystem,” he says. “We’ll actually open up the hives and I will show them how basically the hive works.”

That means pointing out the worker bees, which are all female. Peterson-Roest also shows visitors the drone, the slightly larger male bee.

“We’ll also be talking about equipment, about why bees make honey, how they make honey, and why we’re fortunate enough to get honey from them because they’re very productive and usually make more than what they need to survive the wintertime,” he says. 

Griffin says that when the honey is harvested, the Daxton expects to incorporate it into several menu items including desserts and beverages.

“It will also be available for drinks like tea, but it also pairs well with the creation of certain cocktails,” Griffin says. “Who knows? We might even craft a special honey cocktail in honor of our partnership with Bees in the D.”

 

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Michigan chapter inaugurated a new board of directors during its Celebration! gala at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City in June 2022. 

The organization of meeting professionals offers education, leadership training, scholarships, and professional development for its members. Each year, MPI Michigan also hosts industry events and networking forums, including a Mid-Winter Symposium and the MIP Great Lakes Education Summit.

The 2022-23 board members are:

 

Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.

 

Northern Lower Michigan’s Hotel Walloon has received a 2022 AAA Four Diamond Award.

The designation is awarded to hotels across North America that pass a rigorous inspection process during in-person, unscheduled visits.