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SUMMER WEEKENDS are filled with graduation parties, weddings, reunions, sports, concerts, and lawn maintenance, and it’s possible to forget to take time to get away.
Yet as the warmer months fade, it’s not too late to enjoy a weekend trip — there will be fewer tourists and no scorching heat, and the Petoskey and Traverse City areas are gorgeous this time of year. Arrive on a Friday and enjoy dinner at a new favorite restaurant, then stay for a weekend of hiking, kayaking, golf, or shopping.
When your schedule keeps you closer to home, MGM Grand Detroit can pamper you with a full-service spa, classic to contemporary dining options, and all-star nightlife and entertainment.
If an out-of-state adventure is on your mind, Ohio has a little of everything. From the bustling art and music scene of Columbus to the beautiful nature trails and scenic college towns, Ohio always has more to explore.
Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the vacation needs to end. Amazing indoor and outdoor adventures await you when you take a weekend to explore.
MGM GRAND DETROIT
Guest Information: 1777 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226
1-877-888-2121 | www.mgmgranddetroit.com
THE ONLY FORBES FOUR-STAR RESORT 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. Want 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 perfects the art of steak at award-winning Wolfgang Puck Steak, while Detroit’s best sports pub, TAP at MGM Grand Detroit, has become a game-changer for local sports fans. Elevate your golf game with cutting-edge virtual technology at the Topgolf Swing Suite, or kick back and enjoy live entertainment at AXIS Lounge. And, of course, our 100,000-square-foot casino — equipped with Detroit’s premier poker room, over 140 table games, and over 3,500 slots and video poker — is always open and ready to play. 21+
Guest Information: 800-845-2828 | PetoskeyArea.com
THE PETOSKEY AREA IS A BRIGHT IDEA
When you’re ready to take in Michigan’s best and brightest fall colors, there’s nowhere like the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan..
Along with the famous Tunnel of Trees and its awesome vistas, we have four other color tours mapped out for you (or you can explore the area on your own). Among the highlights are breathtaking views of Lake Charlevoix and the Jordan River Valley.
What makes fall in the Petoskey Area even more special is all there is to do when you’re not enjoying the colors. From chairlift rides to apple orchards, our resort communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, Boyne City, and Alanson offer a whole vacation full of things to do.
Awesome shopping & dining
Charming shops and restaurants will remind you why vacation is so much fun. You’ll find dozens of unique stores to browse in, and there are dining options to satisfy most any foodie.
Bay View, with its nearly 500 Victorian structures, has earned designation as a National Historic Landmark. The fall colors make it magical.
Hiking & 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.
We have more than a dozen courses, ranging from nationally rated to economical. Their beauty and quality are often written about in Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.
Small, but with a lot of heart and personality, may best describe our wineries. Twelve locations combine to create the Bay View Wine Trail. Sip, sample, and maybe take in a Wine & Paint session amongst the beautiful scenery.
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.
TRAVERSE CITY TOURISM
Guest Information: www.fabfall.com
WHERE CHERRY PIE MEETS PUMPKIN CHAI.
We know that you know Traverse City is the Cherry Capital of the World — but can you imagine this place in the fall? If you haven’t guessed already, it’s pretty great. In Traverse City, fall feels like it’s supposed to. It’s where glowing maples hover over winding, two-lane roads, and where brisk, freshwater marinas jut out from festive downtown districts. It’s also where you can kayak along a national lakeshore, or paddle from brewery to distillery on an urban river. Need the fall classics? Make sure your visit includes farms, orchards, and pumpkin donuts, as well as vineyards, tasting rooms, and pinot noir. Pair the donut with the wine? Yes!
From Sept. 4-Dec. 14, soak up this pretty great place with an added bonus: fall discounts. Score lodging, attractions, wine tastings, and downtown offerings all at reduced prices by visiting fabfall.com.
Guest Information: www.ohio.org
TAKE A LEISURELY DRIVE WINDING ALONG THE BACK ROADS PAST FARMS IN OHIO’S AMISH COUNTRY.
Here you can experience a way of life focused on strong communities, family fun, and beautiful craftsmanship. Picturesque Holmes, Wayne, and Tuscarawas counties are home to Amish families who are happy to share their culture and goods at furniture and craft stores, restaurants, and cheese shops.
Fill your belly with home cooking from eateries like Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant, which serves up mouth-watering pork chops or roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy. Immerse yourself in Amish life at Bowman Homecooking, where your meal comes with a tour of the house and a horse-drawn buggy ride, plus a few traditional songs thrown in.
Want to learn more about Amish heritage? Take a tour of the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center in Millersburg. In between meals, stock up on locally made cheeses, jams, and other homemade goods at destinations like Heini’s Cheese Chalet, Troyers Country Market, and Walnut Creek Cheese.
You can also slow down and sip Ohio-made wines from local wineries including Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Doughty Glen Winery, and Raven’s Glenn Winery & Restaurant.
Round out a day of exploring shops and dining on comfort foods with some evening entertainment. The Amish Country Theater in Walnut Creek debuts two new family-friendly variety shows every year. The comedy offerings will have audiences rolling in the aisles with zany characters, a ventriloquist act, live music, and the scene-stealing country bumpkin Lynyrd. The Ohio Star Theater at Dutch Valley features fun family entertainment all year round, ranging from gospel and bluegrass concerts to Christmas-themed shows and hilarious toe-tapping musicals.
Plan a weekend stay so you can slow down to the pace of the horses and buggies that transport the Amish around the region.
Guest Information: experiencecolumbus.com
COLUMBUS’ ART SCENE is bursting with creativity thanks to independent artists, professional troupes, artists-in-residence and top-notch museums. The acclaimed Wexner Center for the Arts offers three rotating exhibitions per year focused on contemporary artists and you can view master works at the Columbus Museum of Art. In October catch their newest exhibition I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100.
Not into art? You’ll have a blast cheering on Columbus’ home teams including the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets or the Ohio State Buckeyes, a perennial college favorite. If you’re a history buff, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, opening this fall, will be the only place in the U.S. where the stories of our veterans, their families and the Fallen — across all branches of service and all eras of conflict — will be told together. Contact experiencecolumbus.com for more information!