• Discover the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

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

  • Discover the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

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

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.

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 

 

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above.