Weekend Getaway – Special Advertising Section
Americans don’t vacation enough. Studies confirm that many people don’t even take all the vacation days they’ve earned. While having a good work ethic is commendable, you are more valuable when you can bring creativity, innovation, and a positive outlook into the workplace. And the way to do that is to get away and experience something new.
Here’s a small compromise: Start your trip by choosing a transportation method that allows you to ease into your vacation. If you have to check an email or two, finish reading a report, or tidy up some notes, you can do that on an AMTRAK® train heading to your destination. The rolling miles, uninterrupted by traffic, begin to melt away stress on the way to your destination.
If you’re headed to Chicago for the weekend, consider a stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower, where panoramic views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and the city’s skyline are stunning. Dine on French-inspired cuisine at Sixteen, or book an afternoon at the Spa at Trump to rejuvenate the mind and body.
Perhaps a drive is relaxing for you. Bring new music or listen to an audiobook and refresh your mind as you make your way to one of Michigan’s great destinations.
If golf is your choice of recreation, then consider Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, where you can enjoy a round or two and then take in the incredible views of Lake Michigan from the dining room at Arcadia Bluffs. Or consider a weekend of fun and enjoyment in Traverse City, where sun, sand, and shopping can de-stress and delight.
Not every vacation requires you to travel long distances. The MGM Grand Detroit is the city’s best staycation destination with plush rooms, Wolfgang Puck restaurants, nightclubs, and, of course, a casino that is always ready for you.
Whether you have a week or a weekend, plenty of local resorts, cities big and small, and recreation areas are eager to show you how to enjoy a vacation — and become a better person for it.
MGM GRAND DETROIT
1777 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226
The Only Forbes Four-Star Resort and Spa in the Midwest
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, 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 2013, as well as AAA’s coveted Four-Diamond award. Each of our 400 stylish rooms offers marble showers, pillow-top beds with plush down comforters, and 42-inch HD plasma televisions. What’s more, as a guest you’ll enjoy a dedicated entrance, a private lobby living room, and full concierge services.
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 newest old 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, while Ignite Sushi Bar & Lounge, Agua Rum & Tequila Bar, and INT ICE provide the perfect atmosphere to chill with your favorite cocktail. And, of course, our 100,000-square-foot casino — equipped with Detroit’s premier poker room, 100 table games, and nearly 4,000 slots and video poker machines that helped us garner the 2013 Best Casino Award from Hour Detroit — is always open and ready to play.
For information and fares, visit Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
Train yourself to relax and discover the huge difference between transportation and the ease and comfort of Trainsportation®. Start your journey before you reach your destination. There are no tolls, traffic or weather issues; just comfortable seats and miles of breathtaking views. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey on Amtrak.
TRAVERSE CITY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
Nestled at the head of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is a laid-back, four-season destination where breathtaking natural beauty meets a rich blend of adventure, relaxation, and fun.
Known for its 180 miles of sugar-sand Lake Michigan shoreline and an abundance of inland lakes, beaches, bays, and dunes — including the magnificent Sleeping Bear Dunes, voted Most Beautiful Spot in America by viewers of Good Morning America — it’s also home to award-winning wineries, championship golf courses, and a vibrant nightlife scene.
Says who? Well, Fodor’s Travel News calls it one of America’s Top 10 Small Towns, FamilyFun magazine named it one of America’s Top 10 Tourist Towns, and Bon Appetit magazine thinks it’s one of the country’s Top Five “Foodie” Towns.
But don’t take their word for it. Set a course for Michigan’s “True North,” and discover for yourself why there’s so much buzz about TC!
ARCADIA BLUFFS GOLF CLUB
14710 Northwood Highway Arcadia, MI 49613-9716
The spectacular panoramic vistas of Lake Michigan seen from the dining room at Arcadia Bluffs include breathtaking views of the sunsets — and provide the most dramatic dining experience on the Lake Michigan shore.
The dining room includes a beautiful cherrywood bar with seating for 10. We offer a variety of seating choices, including cozy tables for two, round tables for small groups, and a VIP table for 10. Across from the bar area, guests can peruse the award-winning wine inventory. Hundreds of bottles cradled in striking cherrywood, temperature-controlled cases with glass doors will delight the wine aficionado and novice alike.
The terrace and patio span the entire west side of the clubhouse, and offer the best views of the lake and golf course in a truly al fresco setting. The glass windbreak keeps gusty winds at bay, and generous seating provides the perfect summer spot for casual outdoor dining.
The private sunroom is an ideal location for meetings, parties, and small wedding groups. This glassed-in room offers the same panoramic views of Lake Michigan seen from the dining room, but with the privacy required for your special group. Full presentation amenities are built-in and the seating arrangements are flexible.
Arcadia Bluffs offers seasonally inspired cuisine. We buy locally produced food and menus change daily. The dining room opens each morning at 7 a.m.; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served seven days per week. Our menu includes fresh fish and aged beef, and house specialties include Mediterranean rack of lamb, fresh stuffed whitefish, and tenderloin filet. Guests are welcome to mix and match items for a small meal or a multi-course evening of fun.
TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER CHICAGO
401 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, Il 60611
Poised along the Chicago River at the juncture of North Michigan Avenue and River North, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is the city’s most enviable Five-Star address. The elegant structure, built of polished stainless steel and iridescent-tinted glass, showcases a bold style and an engaging design. The lush, contemporary guest rooms start at a spacious 600 square feet and feature panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan, and the Chicago River.
Dine in style at Sixteen, a contemporary Michelin-Rated restaurant offering progressive French-inspired American cuisine. Stunning 24-foot floor-to-ceiling windows create a perfect frame as you enjoy your meal. Alternatively, you can take in a more intimate view of the Chicago River from the hotel’s chic lounge, Rebar , which features signature cocktails and neo-Japanese fare. Take in unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline at The Terrace at Trump . Sixteen stories above the Chicago River, The Terrace at Trump is a sophisticated seasonal outdoor oasis specializing in sophisticated summer fare; from this location, you can easily view the seasonal fireworks off of Navy Pier. Guests enjoy first-rate dining surrounded by iconic views of Chicago.
If it’s a calm haven you seek, the Spa at Trump® , a 23,000 square-foot oasis, invites you to relax and rejuvenate. With 12 treatment rooms featuring Kate Somerville and Shiffa products, every experience will feel truly luxurious. The large health club, with separate cardio and weight rooms, spin and yoga studios, and a 75-foot heated indoor pool, is adjacent to the spa.
All of this luxury is located within walking distance to the heart of Chicago — from the exclusive shops on Michigan Avenue, to cultural attractions such as the Art Institute and Orchestra Hall. Fine dining, shopping, and entertainment are at Trump Chicago’s doorstep.