Weekend Getaway: May 2017


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1777 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226

The Only Forbes Four-Star Resort and Spa in Detroit
Award-winning experiences are waiting for you day and night at MGM Grand Detroit. From the moment you step into this magnificent MGM Resorts International destination, we strive to provide you with an escape that’s both undeniably exciting and absolutely unforgettable.

The truth is, MGM Grand Detroit has worked tirelessly to build an experience that will truly make a lasting impression. From dining to gaming, and spa treatments at IMMERSE spa, there are always Grand Times Ahead.

Vacation or Staycation?
Whether you live in the great city of Detroit or plan on stopping by on your way through town, MGM Grand Detroit is the ideal place to settle in for a bit. This is the only hotel in Detroit to receive Four Stars from the Forbes Travel Guide, as well as AAA’s coveted Four-Diamond Award. Each of our 400 stylish rooms offer marble showers, pillow-top beds with plush down comforters, and 50-inch HD televisions. What’s more, as a hotel guest you’ll enjoy a dedicated entrance, a private lobby living room, and access to the luxury spa and fitness center.

It’s All About the Entertainment
MGM Grand Detroit is home to an impressive collection of “must-dos.” Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck has two restaurants here — Wolfgang Puck Steak and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina — while Detroit’s best sports pub, TAP at MGM Grand Detroit, has become a game-changer for sports fans. AXIS Lounge provides the perfect atmosphere to chill with a classic cocktail while listening to your favorite local band play. And, of course, our 100,000-square-foot casino — equipped with Detroit’s premier poker room, over 100 table games, and over 3,000 slots and video poker — is always open and ready to play. 21+


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The Petoskey Area is a Michigan Treasure
Ready for a vacation with more to do than hit the beach? Then come visit what has been called a Michigan treasure: the Petoskey area of northern Michigan.

Whether you like strolling the soft sand looking for Petoskey stones, diving into crystal-clear Lake Charlevoix, or catching a million-dollar sunset over the lake, this is the place to be. But what makes the Petoskey Area even more special is all there is to do when the beach towel has been put away. Our resort communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, Boyne City, Alanson, and Walloon Lake offer a whole vacation full of things to do.

Awesome shopping and dining Charming shops and restaurants help visitors remember why vacation is so much fun. You’ll find dozens of unique stores to browse, and there are dining options to satisfy most any foodie.

Victorian charm The Bay View Association, with its nearly 500 Victorian structures, has earned the designation of National Historic Landmark. A summer lineup of concerts, lectures, and classes adds to its appeal.

Hiking and biking The Petoskey area is home to some of the most beautiful hiking and biking trails imaginable, some of which hug the shoreline and offer incredible views.

World-class golf Take your pick from more than a dozen courses, from nationally rated layouts to economical options. Their beauty and quality is often written about in the likes of Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.

Wineries The Petoskey area’s wineries may be small, but they have a lot of heart and personality. Ten locations combine to create the Bay View Wine Trail. Sip, sample, and maybe take in a Wine & Paint session amongst the beautiful scenery.

Stay awhile Choose from quaint country inns, luxurious condominiums, and modern full-service hotels. For more information or lodging help, call our Visitors Bureau at 800-845-2828, or visit PetoskeyArea.com.


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What’s the craziest, most decadent donut flavor you can dream up? Raspberry cheesecake? S’mores? Banana pudding? You can devour these and more specially crafted donuts at nine mom-and-pop shops on the Butler County Donut Trail, located about 20 minutes north of Cincinnati.

To start the day off, try the sugary perfection of the sour cream cake donut at the shop of Stan the Donut Man. The second stop, the Oxford Doughnut Shoppe, has a charming, small-town atmosphere. Fall in love with Oxford’s melt-in-your-mouth, hand-cut red velvet cake donut, kettle-fried and dipped in sweet glaze.

At Kelly’s Bakery, it’s a sure bet that you’ll have trouble resisting the s’mores donut — a fresh yeast donut topped with chocolate, mini marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, and even more chocolate. Another customer favorite is their soft yeast donut studded with Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Continuing along the donut trail, you won’t want to miss stopping at Jupiter Coffee & Donuts for a delicious sprinkled donut, and although it may sound a bit odd, don’t pass up the maple bacon yeast donuts at Mimi’s Donuts & Bakery — yes, they’re yummy, and they’re topped with an entire piece of bacon! The smell alone is divine.

Be sure to download and complete a Donut Trail passport to claim your free Donut Trail T-shirt, and don’t forget to take pictures at the Donut Trail selfie station. The shops are all located in small towns that exude a welcoming feel and are within an hour’s drive of one another.

A few tips: Split the trail into two days, don’t forget to have your passport stamped at each shop or you won’t get your free T-shirt, and bring along someone you care about to share the experience and take pictures — you’ll want to share these memories on social media using the hashtag #Donut Trail!


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277 W. Nationwide Blvd., Ste. 125, Columbus, OH 43215

There’s an energy and excitement in Columbus that hits you as soon as you arrive. Big things are happening here, and you’re invited to join in.

The city is booming, and not just in population. The Columbus Museum of Art has added a spectacular new wing, designed by a local architect, to house permanent collections and special exhibits. Meanwhile, updates to the Scioto Mile have put 33 acres of new riverfront parkland in the heart of downtown, making for perfect Instagram-worthy skyline shots from the Main Street Bridge.

The innovative dining scene melds artisan food producers with imaginative chefs, resulting in meals that are far greater than the sum of their parts. And whether your order is served from a food truck window or on the finest china, it will inspire not only your palate, but also your mind.

Nationally acclaimed distilleries work together with brewers, coffee roasters, and local makers to lead you down trails that feature the best of the city. High-end cocktail bars, black box stages, music halls, and dive bars deliver unforgettable nightlife and help create memories you’ll reminisce about during a world-class brunch of pancake balls and endless mimosas the next morning. Neighborhoods on all sides of downtown are bursting with new places to eat, independent fashion retailers, chic boutiques, and artists who are shaping new areas of the city into dynamic spaces to explore.

It’s time to embrace your inner foodie, artist, adventurer, and even champion. Come get to know the Columbus that grew up when you weren’t looking, and experience why great weekends are Made in Cbus.



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Making Cottage Memories
Pat Leavy has been helping southeast Michigan families create memories in beautiful Northern Michigan for over 18 years. With boundless energy, perseverance, humor, dogged persistence, and a great staff, Pat works harder than any other agent to achieve his clients’ goals. He has sold over $339 million of luxury properties in just the last five years.

Pat believes buying a home in northwest Michigan is more than square footage and a floor plan. With its blue lakes, miles of shoreline, fresh air, rolling hills, undisturbed woods, vibrant towns, and friendly people, it’s an extraordinary opportunity to experience and share a real treasure. Clearly, it is Pat’s enthusiasm for the area’s lifestyle that translates into results for you, whether you are a buyer or a seller.

As your Buyer’s Representative, Pat can make the process of house hunting much easier and more efficient than if you did it all yourself. He can help you get financing, guide you to local neighborhoods, help you determine your budget, and prioritize a list of essential features that you need in your next home. He’ll save you valuable time by finding the properties that best suit your requirements, and will show you only the most promising ones. Once you’ve found a place that catches your eye, he’ll look at comparable properties in the area to help determine a purchase offer. Then he’ll negotiate on your behalf with the seller to make sure you get the most favorable terms.

Pat would consider it a privilege to work with you. Call him today to begin your search for your vacation home or vacation rental.


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2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Welcome to Detroit’s most exciting escape destination. At MotorCity Casino Hotel, you’ll find a world where you can escape from the everyday. Whether you’re dining at Iridescence, making the slot machines ring out, relaxing at our spa, or seeing a show, you’ll discover what it’s like when excitement, luxury, and pleasure are shaken together to create an experience you can’t get anywhere else.

Just seeing the room is a wake-up call. In our 400 luxurious rooms and suites you’ll find unrivaled elegance coupled with the latest technology and amenities. With complimentary Wi-Fi, on-screen in-room flight updates, decadent bedding and spa bath products, in-room dining, and a business center and fitness center that are available 24 hours a day, it’s like being right at home — only better.

Big sound. Up close. Enjoy free live music nightly at the intimate Chromatics Lounge, or take in a concert at Sound Board, our live performance theater that features some of the biggest names in entertainment. This 1,500- seat theater puts everyone up close to the performers, and its state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology makes it an intense entertainment experience.

Every day, we offer a place to hide out from the everyday. D. Tour, our 13,000-square-foot spa, offers thermal whirlpools, large steam rooms, and dry saunas. We have a specialized selection of massage and body treatments so you can pamper yourself with manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages, all designed to revitalize body, mind, and soul.

You can’t work or play on an empty stomach. Perfectly executed food, intelligent wine selections, and stunning ambience are on the menu at Iridescence, our AAA Four-Diamond award-winning restaurant. Modern American cuisine is complemented by breathtaking city views and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. If you’re in the mood for something a little more casual, the Assembly Line Buffet, The Lodge Diner, Grand River Deli & Burgers, and Little Caesars are guaranteed to get your motor running.

We’re in the business of unforgettable. We offer everything you need to make your next event truly memorable. From cutting-edge presentations to gala banquets, MotorCity Casino Hotel has the right facilities and the right people to make the extraordinary happen. With 67,000 square feet of flexible banquet and meeting space, sophisticated boardrooms, and the state-of-the-art Sound Board theater, you’ll find everything you need to make your next meeting or event legendary.


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6560 Peck Rd., Lexington, MI 48450

Stay, play, and dine on your next golf getaway at Lakeview Hills Golf Resort in Lexington. Lakeview Hills offers two exceptional 18- hole golf courses, a chef-inspired menu, and on-site lodging. The North Course is the links championship course. It challenges golfers from four sets of tees, and features several ponds, heather, and treelined fairways — giving guests an Up North feel. The South Course can be just as challenging, with a more open layout that includes hills and ponds.

Be sure to try Lakeview’s famous lake perch or other popular items off the chef-inspired menu before heading back to one of the resort’s 33 hotel rooms or the Shamrock Estate. Lakeview Hills Golf Resort wraps the best it has to offer into stay and play packages that ensure you experience a stress-free getaway. Bringing your boat with you? We offer free pick-up for golf and dinner from the marina!


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Celebrate Michigan Wine Month in Everyone’s Favorite Wine Destination!

With more than 40 award-winning wineries and tasting rooms, the Traverse City area is Michigan’s most famous wine region. Throughout the month of May, enjoy Traverse City Uncorked, a 31- day festival of lodging packages, tasting room specials, chef events, winemaker dinners, and more.

Nestled along the deep blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City has almost limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation, shopping, and dining. And spring is “blossom time” in this part of Michigan — when the woodlands erupt with multicolored carpets of wildflowers, and the cherry orchards explode in clouds of white blooms.


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