• Renovations Take Saint John’s Resort to Next Level

     
    POSTED June 27, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of Saint John's Resort
  • Renovations Take Saint John’s Resort to Next Level

     
    POSTED June 27, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of Saint John's Resort

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. 

The archdiocese sold the property to the Pulte family in 2021, which led to its current transformation, Sibani explains. 

“That includes a renovation of the historic seminary, which has not been used in 10-plus years, to build a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor ballroom space for up to 2,000 people as well as the development of a 6,200-square-foot outdoor garden pavilion that highlights the property’s natural beauty,” he says. “We are also freshening existing interior spaces to draw out their architectural and historic beauty.”

The resort is also transforming its municipal-quality golf course into a Championship 18-hole, a Par 3 course with replicas of famous greens from around the world, and a 1.5-acre natural bent grass putting course.

The new 15,000-square-foot Monarch Ballroom boasts a 200-foot glass wall that overlooks a spacious courtyard with casual seating, three skylights, nine large crystal chandeliers, and a sky wall that separates the room into two sections. It also has an additional 13,000 square feet of event space spanning three floors, making it suited to accommodating big weddings, galas, concerts, and large corporate events.

The Garden Pavilion features nano glass walls that open up and overlook the golf course. With heated floors and cathedral cedar ceilings, the event space will host wedding ceremonies on weekends and golf outings, corporate receptions, and special occasions at other times. 

The resort offers 118 hotel rooms along with lavish gardens for outdoor events.

 

After a three-year hiatus, the North American International Auto Show is back in Detroit this fall.

Anchored by Huntington Place with additional components taking place throughout downtown Detroit, it will be open to the public Sept. 17-25. Media/Tech Days are set for Sept. 14 and 15, with a Charity Preview Sept. 16.

Chairman Joe Lunghamer says he’s excited that the show is returning.

“We are grateful to be back,” he says. “The Detroit Auto Show has a long history. Everyone seems to have a story about their experiences at the show.

 

Scouting properties to hold events takes time and money.

RendezVerse Limited is getting ready to introduce a platform that will help save both by doing such site visits in virtual reality.

RendezVerse is the metaverse tech spinoff from WorldWide Events, established in 2004 to bring together hotel business development teams and event planners in a forum format.

 

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.”