A proud symbol of southeast Michigan’s authentic charm, the St. Clair Inn plans to reopen its doors in 2020 following a multimillion-dollar renovation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995, the renovation pays tribute to the hotel’s historic beginnings while breathing new life into its future as a hospitality icon.

The ownership team plans to honor the values of the St. Clair community by preserving the building’s original historic structures. “The Inn set the bar for every hospitality establishment in the region. It drew business and tourism customers from the Metro Detroit region and worldwide,” says Bill Kauffman, project manager of Grindstone Strategies. “The current owners recognized the economic and social potential for the community and southeast Michigan region if the Inn’s former glory was restored.”

The Inn will boast more than 34,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space, including a 3,880-square-foot ballroom overlooking the St. Clair River and Lake Ontario. Equipped with fully customizable, state-of-the-art technology, groups sized anywhere from 8-400 people are invited to take advantage of the variety of venue options for weddings, ceremonies and more.

Seven on-site restaurants and lounges will accompany the new and improved event spaces, where guests will find locally sourced products, artfully crafted menus and signature cocktails. 

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Most often thought of as a leisure travel destination, Frankenmuth—with its distinctive German flair—is also one of the state’s top locales for corporate events. Dubbed “Little Bavaria” in the early 1950s, this town is rich with tradition, culture, family heritage and plenty of unique spaces and activities for groups of all sizes.

 

The fare and flare of Spain has arrived in downtown Grand Rapids with the opening of the new MDRD, pronounced Madrid, on the 27th floor of the tower at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (previously Cygnus27 restaurant). While the feel and flavors have changed, the unparalleled views of downtown and the Grand River means that this space still provides the best skyline dining in the city. Here, every seat is the “best seat in the house.”

 

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