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“What is a weekend?” asked Maggie Smith in her role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the first season of Downton Abbey. Although her question was more a derisive statement about the working class, take a moment to think about it.
What is a weekend to you? Is it a time to do chores, clean, shop, and get a haircut or a car wash, or is it a time to do what you want? Do you get outside, explore something new, and create an adventure, or is your weekend spent scrolling your smartphone?
Spring is here! Put down the phone. Get outside. Make the most of your weekend. Need help deciding what to do or where to go? The next few pages should give you some great ideas for a grand escape.
Whether you stay close to home and experience the amazing nightlife, concerts, and dining available at Detroit and Toledo casinos, or venture north to explore the natural beauty of Traverse City and Petoskey, there are plenty of ways to not only spend a weekend, but to savor it.
Forget binge-watching or phone-surfing this weekend, and set your mind on visiting a destination that will make you feel royally happy.
The World of Travel
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Celebrity Cruises Offers You A European Cruise Where You’ll Explore All The “Mosts” The Region Offers. The Most Romantic Cities. The Most Fashionable Shopping. The Most Delicious Foods. And The Most Sought-After Cruise Destinations — Norway To Mykonos, France To Istanbul — Delivered In A Way That Makes The Most Of Your Time In Europe.
You’ll explore lands rich in languages, classic architecture, food, art, and music for multiple days at a time. During the day, enjoy centuries-old treasures on land, and return to the ship knowing Celebrity Cruises will restore your body and spirit with its luxurious accommodations and amenities.
Celebrity offers over 700 shore-guided excursions that will make your time an amazing experience, both on-board and on shore. Try a coastal cruise through the Gulf of Paradise to the gorgeous city of Portofino, near the Amalfi Coast. See the gardens of Longchamp Palace in Marseille, France, after exploring the ancient Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Discover the less-traveled areas of Valletta, Malta, from a 4×4 all-terrain vehicle.
Europe is waiting to be discovered and The World of Travel, located in Bloomfield Hills, can get you there. Contact this leading travel agent today by calling 248-203-0022 or 888-268-7500.
MOTORCITY CASINO HOTEL
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.
REPRESENTING NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S FINEST PROPERTIES
Making Cottage Memories
Pat Leavy has been helping southeast Michigan families create memories in beautiful Northern Michigan for over 16 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 $120 million of estate-quality homes in just the last three 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.
MGM GRAND DETROIT
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, nightlife, 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 town to receive Four Stars from the Forbes Travel Guide in 2016, 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 42-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 spa’s indoor saltwater pool 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. For everyone who loves letting loose after dark, V Nightclub lets you ROAR till dawn, and 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 nearly 3,500 slots and video poker machines that helped us garner the 2014 Best Casino Award from Hour Detroit — is always open and ready to play. 21+
UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY (UMS)
FINALLY, A NIGHT OUT that’s as fabulous as you are. Housed on the University of Michigan campus, UMS presents a rich, eclectic season of the world’s best performing artists right here in Ann Arbor. Whether it’s date night, you’re reconnecting with friends, or taking a well-deserved break from the everyday, UMS will serve you a feast of incredible concerts, theater, and dance performances that are sure to satisfy your ravenous cultural appetite. Best of all, you don’t have to go all the way to New York City to enjoy it. What are you waiting for? Your great night out starts here: ums.org.
Subscriptions for our 2016-17 season are on sale now. Tickets to individual performances go on sale in mid-August.
WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE TRAVERSE CITY IN THE SPRING?
Because they’ve discovered that the beauty of this wonderful place is at its peak in springtime. The hills and valleys are misted in new greenery, the endless beaches come alive with warmth, and the air is filled with the scent of millions of flowering cherry trees. It’s the perfect time for a romantic getaway, a village shopping adventure, or a wine country tasting tour.
Most people know Traverse City is Michigan’s favorite summer playground, but spring brings a different kind of traveler to this land of dunes, lakes, and forests. It’s a gentler, more romantic season — a time of moist warm mornings, golden afternoons, and cool, lingering evenings. The summer crowds and heat haven’t arrived yet, the orchards are covered in fluffy clouds of blossoms and, best of all, the enchantment of Traverse City is available at very reasonable prices.
OHIO’S FIVE BEST WATERFALLS
NATURE LOVERS WILL REJOICE as they take in the refreshing spring air and experience the beauty of Ohio’s wildflowers and captivating waterfalls on a trip to any one of the state’s most beautiful destinations.
1. HOCKING HILLS. Encounter more than 40 species of wildflowers, including rarities like white and red trillium. Take in the beauty of Hocking Hills State Park’s Upper Falls and Lower Falls, or the Ash Cave waterfall — one of the highest falls in the state, where water plummets nearly 90 feet into a sandstone cave.
2. MOHICAN STATE PARK. Experience low flow falls, which are best seen during a two-mile hike beginning at the park’s covered bridge. The Big and Little Lyons Falls are both located on small streams that flow into the gorge. Discover wildflowers including the round-leaved orchid — a rare bloom in Ohio.
3. CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. The park’s 65-foot Brandywine Falls, one of the state’s largest and most scenic waterfalls, flows from Brandywine Creek and is featured along the Brandywine Gorge Trail. In the springtime, the forests come alive with short-lived wildflowers including spring beauty, yellow trout lily, Virginia bluebells, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and several species of trillium.
4. GRIGGS RESERVOIR PARK. Hayden Falls is uniquely situated a few miles south of downtown Dublin, where Hayden Run has carved a gorge on its way to the Scioto River. As you stroll through the park, keep an eye out for the red and yellow blooms of wild columbine growing on the rock walls.
5. CLIFTON GORGE STATE NATURE PRESERVE. Located in the quaint-yet-cool village of Yellow Springs you will find the preserve, which is hailed as one of the most spectacular sites in the state for viewing spring wildflowers. Check out the historic Clifton Mill, built in the early 1800s, and enjoy the views of a waterfall that’s high above the Little Miami River.
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PETOSKEY AREA, MI
NORTHERN MICHIGAN IS AT its best in the Petoskey area. Hunt Petoskey stones along pristine beaches. Hike or bike along Lake Michigan or through magnificent forests. Browse charming shops, or just relax and have fun. Come see why this is called a Michigan treasure. Free Vacation Guide. Visit PetoskeyArea.com or call 800-845-2828.