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Once Around Belle Isle (OABI) Returns to Detroit River August 13, 2016

Grand Hotel’s Award-winning Hospitality Brings Groups Back for 97 Years

Latest Events at the Grand Hotel & Mackinac Island

Tsogyelgar Dharma Center Has the Largest Buddist Mural in America

What’s New to Do

Adventure and Recreation

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Outdoor Adventure Center on the Detroit riverfront will provide guests with exhibits, displays, and hands-on simulators to showcase the natural and cultural resources in Michigan.

Zehnder’s Splash Village of Frankenmuth has opened its new 29,000 square foot atrium waterpark. The retractable roof is the only of its kind in the Midwest.

Trestle Park in Denton Township provides recreation opportunities in Roscommon County including campsites and swimming at Sullivan Beach.

Thumbs Up Wine Trail is a 275 mile trail spanning from Bad Axe to Clinton Township. The trail consist of vineyards, wineries, a meadery and a cider house.

The 42-mile Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail is now open. The trail connects the communities of Ionia, Muir, Pewamo, Fowler, St. Johns, Ovid and Owosso, utilizing a former railroad corridor.

Michigan’s new statewide trail running from Belle Isle Park to Ironwood is now open offering two distinct routes (one for hiking, one for biking) and serving as a link between many existing trails.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) has combined with Michigan state parks, the Michigan Historical Center, and Michigan libraries to offer free passes to more than 120 historic and cultural destinations around the state.

Hanson Hills Recreation Area, in Grayling, has a new six mile Fat Bike trail.

Au Train’s new trailhead was completed this fall. The trailhead includes a universally accessible kayak launch and fishing pier, railroad depot pavilion, log cabin interpretive center, picnic tables, restrooms, and trail head for multi-uses.

A 9-hole footgolf course is coming to the Riverwood Resort in Mt. Pleasant and Hawk Hallow in Lansing is also now offering a footgolf course.

Holland has created a new walking guide/map allowing people to take advantage of the snow-melted streets and sidewalks as well as enjoy the natural beauty of the town all year long. New walking and driving guides of historic and art sites in the Holland region is also now available.

River Town Adventures has opened in Lansing offering kayak, canoes or paddle boards available to rent and explore the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers. Taxi tours are now also available from the Lansing City Market, Old Town or REO Town.

A 15K trail system dedicated to fat tire bike users is being created in the heart of Traverse City’s popular Vasa Pathway.

Traverse City’s Mt. Holiday now has a ten station zipline available with advanced reservations.

Running Rivers in Douglas now offers a three hour kayak and stand up paddle board float trips on the Kalamazoo River.

A new, reversible Tom Doak designed golf course will be built at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon.

Bassmaster returns to Michigan with an Elite Series tournament at Lake St. Clair August 27-30, 2015.

Kalamazoo hosts the PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships July 18-25, 2015.

ATV Riders will be able to travel across the Mackinac Bridge for the first time ever as part of the inaugural Trek the Mighty Mac event October 3, 2015.

Dog sledding adventure meets photography workshop with a new package from Nature’s Kennel in McMillan.

ACME

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Helps Travelers Focus on Health, Wellness, and an Active Lifestyle

The full-service resort has always promoted a healthy and active lifestyle, inspired by the beauty of its natural surroundings. Nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which won the designation of Good Morning America's Most Beautiful Place in America in 2011, sets the scene for outdoor and soft-adventure activities, to help travelers improve their physical health, and find a healthier state of mind. In addition, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa offers winter activities on-property, plus Spa Grand Traverse provides a variety of treatments and therapies to travelers seeking wellness and relaxation.

Relax and Recharge

Also inspired by the rejuvenating nature of Northern Michigan, the 7,000-square foot Spa Grand Traverse offers a wide array of massage therapies, skin care, and signature treatments with natural products that focus on de-stressing, detoxifying and rebalancing body, mind and spirit. The spa’s two floors encompass a full range of amenities, including 23 treatment rooms, a salon, and a retail boutique. As a nod to locally grown produce, spa goers can savor signature cherry-infused services featuring locally made products, which are used in massage and nail care services. These unique products, also available for purchase in the retail boutique, add a delightful and rejuvenating aroma with natural antioxidant cherry oil leaving skin with a healthy, radiant glow.

A Bit of Adventure

For guests looking for a little adventure, outdoor activities abound at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa with on-property cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, and dog-sled rides courtesy of Second Chance Mushers, a Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute rescue center.  Off-property, visitors can take part in nearby downhill skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area, offering 10 runs and snow tubing with express return lift.

For more information on the resort, please visit www.grandtraverseresort.com.

ABOUT GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA:

Located on 900 acres near Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is one of the Midwest’s finest, full-service, year-round resorts featuring nearly 600 rooms, suites and condominiums, 86,500 square feet of flexible meeting and outdoor venue space, 54 holes of championship golf including courses designed by legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, a full-service spa, and upscale dining and shopping. Enjoy Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s Winter Activities Center at the Clubhouse with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog-sled rides, and children’s activities on weekends in January, February and March. Call 800-236-1577 or visit www.grandtraverseresort.com. Join Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s online community on Facebook and Twitter.

ANN ARBOR

Tsogyelgar Dharma Center Has The Largest Buddhist Mural in America

Tsogyelgar Dharma Center has undertaken the project of creating the largest cycle of Tantric Buddhist murals in America, a colorful depiction of Buddhas in Purelands painted over sixty feet of wall, twelve feet high. Not since the luminary Tibetan Lama Trungpa Rinpoche created the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya in Colorado, has there been a work of Buddhist Art on this scale in America. When Trungpa Rinpoche came to America in the 1970s, Tantric Buddhism from Tibet was just beginning to take root in the West. A generation later, it is in full bloom as evidenced by this ambitious work of American Buddhist art. The mural is housed in the Main Shrine Room at Tsogyelgar Dharma Center, which is hidden away in an unassuming mid-western barn, just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The use of art and symbolism plays a central role in Tantric Buddhism. While the mural is an impressive work of art in its own right, for Buddhist practitioners it also holds an even deeper significance. Buddhists consider the deities in the paintings to be actually present on the wall and displaying the qualities of Enlightened Awareness. The paintings also function as guides to meditation.

The artist, Mr. Rob Davis, an accomplished painter and graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, apprenticed for the past several years with master Tibetan painter, Pema Rinzin, at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in New York City. Traktung Rinpoche, the center’s Director, Meditation Master, and scholar of Vajrayana Buddhism and Comparative Religion hired Mr. Davis to carry out his vision. Traktung Rinpoche conceived of the project, along with the Tsogyelgar’s meditation gardens and stupas to further the center’s aim of translating and transmitting the Buddha’s teachings in the West. With the help of twenty assistants, Mr. Davis plans to complete project on schedule.

Tsogyelgar Dharma Center is seven acres of gardens and shrines named for Yeshe Tsogyel, the great female Buddha from Tibet. The Center was founded in 1990 by students of the American born Spiritual Master, Traktung Rinpoche and hosts a variety of programs for people of all levels of interest. For detais, check web site www.tsogyelgar.org.

DETROIT

What to See & Do

Once Around Belle Isle (OABI) Returns to Detroit River August 13, 2016

OABI (Once Around Belle Isle) returns to Belle Isle Beach on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Now in its third year being produced by Grand Circus Media & Green Veil Outdoor, OABI is an event that offers a world-class paddle sports race, beginner friendly paddlerama, a vendor village, local food trucks, craft beer and live music on stage.

The Opportunity Detroit OABI race is a 7-mile paddle race for standup paddleboards, kayaks, and surfskis around Belle Isle. This year, racers will be able to enjoy refreshments and relax inside the exclusive Racers Lounge, sponsored by Marley Beverage. The men’s and women’s SUP winners will each receive a Detroit-manufactured bike courtesy of Detroit Bikes.

“OABI is such a unique event because it blends Detroit City culture, beach lifestyle culture, and waterman culture all in an incredible setting. With the food trucks, craft brews, incredible bands and vendor village, OABI offers something really special to SUP racers, casual paddlers and the general public,” said Matt Lennert, OABI race director.

For less experienced paddlers not ready to brave the challenging course, Moosejaw Paddlerama offers beginner-friendly paddle classes, demos, and games on the beach.
The beach party promises an equally entertaining day on dry land. With New Belgium returning as the sole beer sponsor, partiers can expect a diverse lineup of New Belgium brews, hand selected to complement a sunny day on the beach. An assortment of fare from local food trucks--like Detroit BBQ Co., Cheese Street, El Charro and Drifter Coffee--will also be available for purchase.

An announcement regarding national-touring artists is expected later this month.
For more information about the event, visit OABIDetroit.com.

Ticket information and pricing:

BEACH PARTY
Live music, local & regional vendors, games on the beach, access to food trucks and New Belgium Beer and full bar.
Early Bird $15
Advance $25
Day of event $35

OPPORTUNITY DETROIT OABI RACE
7-mile race around Belle Isle. Includes:  race entry, Paddlerama participation, and entry to beach festival. Racers also receive a racer shirt, gift bag, and exclusive racers’ lounge access. The men’s and women’s SUP winners will each win a Detroit-manufactured bike courtesy of Detroit Bikes.
Early Bird $40 (while supplies last)
Advance $50
Day of event $70

MOOSEJAW PADDLERAMA

Access to paddle classes, demos, and games on the beach. No experience required.
Includes:  Paddlerama participation and entry to beach festival. Paddlerama ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to pre-register for two classes, including Intro to SUP, Paddle Technique, SUP Yoga, Canal Tours, Intro to Kayak and more. These classes are subject to change and limited purchaser will receive an email as the event draws closer with instructions for pre-registration.
Early Bird $30 (while supplies last)
Advance $40
Day of event  $50

ABOUT OABI:

The Opportunity Detroit OABI, the acronym for "Once Around Belle Isle," is the ultimate test of stamina as paddleboards, kayaks, and surfskis race around the 7-mile natural and non-buoyed Belle Isle course through the international waters of the Detroit River. What started as an underground race in 2012 has quickly turned into an annual Midwest paddle destination, drawing recreational and professional competitors from around the country, and boasts an exciting melding of surf culture in an unexpected urban beach setting.

Adventure and Recreation

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Outdoor Adventure Center on the Detroit riverfront will provide guests with exhibits, displays, and hands-on simulators to showcase the natural and cultural resources in Michigan.

Zehnder’s Splash Village of Frankenmuth has opened its new 29,000 square foot atrium waterpark. The retractable roof is the only of its kind in the Midwest.

Trestle Park in Denton Township provides recreation opportunities in Roscommon County including campsites and swimming at Sullivan Beach.

Thumbs Up Wine Trail is a 275 mile trail spanning from Bad Axe to Clinton Township. The trail consist of vineyards, wineries, a meadery and a cider house.

The 42-mile Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail is now open. The trail connects the communities of Ionia, Muir, Pewamo, Fowler, St. Johns, Ovid and Owosso, utilizing a former railroad corridor.

Michigan’s new statewide trail running from Belle Isle Park to Ironwood is now open offering two distinct routes (one for hiking, one for biking) and serving as a link between many existing trails.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) has combined with Michigan state parks, the Michigan Historical Center, and Michigan libraries to offer free passes to more than 120 historic and cultural destinations around the state.

Hanson Hills Recreation Area, in Grayling, has a new six mile Fat Bike trail.

Au Train’s new trailhead has been completed. The trailhead includes a universally accessible kayak launch and fishing pier, railroad depot pavilion, log cabin interpretive center, picnic tables, restrooms, and trail head for multi-uses.

River Town Adventures has opened in Lansing offering kayak, canoes or paddle boards available to rent and explore the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers. Taxi tours are now also available from the Lansing City Market, Old Town or REO Town.

A 15K trail system dedicated to fat tire bike users is being created in the heart of Traverse City’s popular Vasa Pathway.

Traverse City’s Mt. Holiday now has a ten station zipline available with advanced reservations.

Running Rivers in Douglas now offers a three hour kayak and stand up paddle board float trips on the Kalamazoo River.

Sports and Events

A new, reversible Tom Doak designed golf course will be built at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon.

Dog sledding adventure meets photography workshop with a new package from Nature’s Kennel in McMillan.

Where to Eat

·         Wineries – New wineries opened or opening in Michigan include: Walloon Lake Winery (Walloon Lake), Petoskey Farms Vineyard (Petoskey), 3 North Vines (Croswell), J-Tree Cellars Winery (Tecumseh), Love Wines (Ludington), Aurora Cellars (Lake Leelanau), The Villa Mari Vineyard and Bonobo Vineyards (Traverse City), Seasons of the North (Indian River), WaterFire Vineyards (Torch Lake).
·         Breweries – Michigan’s craft beer scene continues to grow with the opening of the following breweries: Thumb Coast Brewing Company (Port Huron), Thumb Brewery (Caseville), Cognition Brewing Company (Ishpeming), Elk Street Brewery (Sandusky), One Well Brewing, Brite Eyes Brewing Company, Texas Corners Brewing Company (Kalamazoo), Tecumseh Brewing Company (Tecumseh), Dead Bear Brewing Company, Paddle Hard Brewing (Grayling), Territorial Brewing Company (Battle Creek), Tripel Root Brewery (Zeeland), Hop Lot Brewing Company (Suttons Bay), Brewery Becker (Brighton), Constantine Brewing Company (Constantine), Elk Brewing (Grand Rapids), Eternity Brewing (Howell), Fetch Brewing Company (Whitehall), Northport Brewing (Northport), Railtown Brewing Company (Caledonia), River’s Edge Brewing Company (Milford), Upper Hand Brewery (Escanaba)
·         Other Spirits – Grey Skies Distillery, Long Road Distillers, Flatlanders Barstillery (Grand Rapids), Detroit City Distillery (Detroit).

Where to Stay

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit has undergone a $30 million renovation.

The Courtyard by Marriott in Benton Harbor has been bought and will be a Best Western. A complete renovation will be done by the new owners.

The Best Western of Harbor Springs completed a large renovation of their breakfast room, lobby, and new pool/hot tub area.

In Petoskey, Odawa Hotel has upgraded its rooms, Americas Best Value Inn completed renovations of several of their main buildings and The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant in Petoskey are now pet friendly.

On Mackinac Island, Lilac Tree Suites and Spa has freshly painted rooms and new room features, the Chippewa Hotel has updated their guest rooms and Island House Hotel is renovating guest bathrooms.

Muskegon’s Comfort Inn has undergone a total renovation of all 116 rooms.

The Red Roof Inn Flint has renovated their sleeping rooms to a boutique design with all new furniture, spa-inspired bathrooms and more.

America’s Best Value Inn in Holland re-opened as Baymont Inn & Suites.

The Days Inn in Munising is now Pictured Rocks Inn and Suites and the Munising Super 8 is now the Magnuson Hotel Pictured: Rocks Munising.

In Traverse City the Howard Johnson and Knights Inn have undergone renovations, the Fairfield Inn & Suites and Baymont Inn & Suites have renovated their lobby and public spaces and the Cherry Tree Inn & Suites have completed a renovation of its luxury suites.

In Saugatuck, Timberline Motel is now Starlite Resort and the Shangri La Motel is now The Saugatuck Retro-Moter Inn and is newly renovated.

GRAND RAPIDS

What to See & Do

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves more than a half-million visitors annually. Meijer Gardens was recently named one of the world’s 30 “Must-See Museums” by Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before you Die. The 132-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1750-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Moore, Bourgeois, and Plensa among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Picasso, Degas, di Suvero, Borofsky and Calder.

Admission Prices
Adults – $12
Seniors (65+) – $9
Students – $9
Children (5-13) – $6
Children (3-4) – $4
Children (2 and under) – Free

Hours
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM; Tuesday: 9 AM – 9 PM; Sunday: 9 AM – 5 PM. *Note – Extended Sunday hours are only for the duration of the exhibition.

For more additional information, please visit www.MeijerGardens.org

GREAT LAKES REGION

Michigan was actually shaped by the Great Lakes. Carved by glaciers more than 12,000 years ago, its two peninsulas are visible from the moon and instantly recognizable on any globe or atlas. What's equally amazing is that these two peninsulas are dotted with more than 11,000 inland lakes, laced with 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and defined by a 3,200-mile Great Lakes coastline. Along this coastline are more than 100 public beaches, some of the highest freshwater sand dunes in the world, multi-colored sandstone cliffs, two National Lakeshores and the only national marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes -- the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron. In this area, you'll also find more than 100 lighthouses, numerous maritime museums, ten shipwreck-diving preserves, and historic military fortifications dating from the American Revolution and the Civil War.

It's no wonder that people plan vacations here, particularly sunbathers and swimmers -- for there are dozens and dozens of miles of blond-sand beaches, numerous state parks, a National Lakeshore, lakeside villages, artists' colonies, golf courses, and world-class resorts. Almost anything you love doing, you can do here - from the lakes, campgrounds, wildlife refuges, rivers for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and miles of hiking, biking, riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling trails.

For more information and a variety of vacation planning tips, contact Circle Michigan, Inc., Grand Rapids Office, 3665 28th Street SE, Suite B, Grand Rapids, MI 49512; 1-800-513-6424, or check wet site www.circlemichigan.com.

HICKORY CORNERS

Gilmore Car Museum

The Gilmore Car Museum, located in Hickory Corners, Mich., always has something exciting on tap and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on the weekends.
The Lincoln Motor Heritage Museum was patterned after a historic Lincoln dealership and celebrates the Lincoln with more than 20 vehicles. The Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum is a premier attraction for enthusiasts.

To learn more about the Gilmore Car Museum visit www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org  or call the museum at 269-671-5089.

MACKINAC ISLAND

Where to Stay

Grand Hotel’s Award-winning Hospitality Brings Groups Back for 97 Years

Grand Hotel’s success in providing signature hospitality and one-of-a-kind appeal has helped foster a loyal following, and is underscored by the number of organizations that come back every year to hold their annual meeting at the hotel. The longest consecutive meeting record is held by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA), which will hold its 97th consecutive annual meeting this summer at Grand Hotel.

Spencer Johnson, outgoing president of the MHA, says that when he was hired from New
York as president 30 years ago, the search committee gave him one word of advice: “They told me you can do pretty much anything you want as long as you don’t try to move the location of the annual meeting,” he remembers. “The fact is that it’s a great venue and we focus on it being a family-centered event,” Johnson said. “You don’t find this kind of venue anywhere else in the country. To have it right here in Michigan is very special. It’s the one time a year all the health care leaders in Michigan can get together, network and see what’s going on with their colleagues, and Grand Hotel provides a chance to conduct business in a very calm and reflective way.”

While the MHA has been meeting there the longest, a number of other organizations are
not far behind in the length of time holding their annual meetings at the hotel. For example, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have convened at Grand Hotel for 72 consecutive years, the Knights of Columbus have met there every year since 1954 and the Michigan Bankers Association, which first met at the hotel in 1936, has come every year since 1958. “Through the years we have become good friends with the members of these
organizations, and we look forward to their return as a continuing series of highlights throughout the season,” he said. “They have become a part of the Grand Hotel family and we look at this as a second home for them.” Members of each group, when asked about their annual return, all mention the ease of working with Grand Hotel staff, the beauty of Grand Hotel’s unique setting and the importance of the tradition of returning to Grand Hotel, in some cases involving second- and third-generation conference participants.
family has always been so gracious and hospitable.”

Bob Fox, State Deputy for the Michigan Council of the Knights of Columbus, says the
hotel staff is so familiar with the Council’s needs that “they could run the convention without us. “When we come back it’s ‘Welcome home,’” he said. “They greet you at the dock, they greet you at the hotel and when you walk into Margaret’s Garden, the fragrance of the flowers tells you that you’re home again.” In addition to a variety of business organizations, Grand Hotel also continues to host prominent gatherings of public officials on a regular basis. The Detroit Regional Chamber has held its highly visible annual policy conference at the hotel for 35 years, and Michigan, Republicans have held their fall convention at Grand Hotel every other year for 60 years. Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer of the Detroit Chamber, said, “There’s no place quite like Grand Hotel. The old-world mystique set amid such natural beauty provides an ambience you can build your event around in a way that will leave your guests talking for years to come. It allows for networking opportunities that attendees will tell you are more impactful than anywhere else they have been."

Events at the Grand Hote & Mackinac Islandl

AUGUST
August 16-21 Family Added Value Days
August 23-30 Family Added Value Days
August 30 - Sept. 1 Grand Garden Show Featuring Proven Winners

SEPTEMBER
September 4-7 Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend
September 7 58th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk
September 11-13 Fall Michigan Golf Live Package
September 11-13 Fall Wine Appreciation Weekend
September 12 Annual Run or Walk Race around Mackinac Island
September 25-27 Grand Hotel History Weekend

OCTOBER
October 9-11 Girlfriends Getaway Weekend
October 9-11 Ballroom Dancing Weekend
October 16-18 Somewhere in Time Weekend
October 23-25 Murder Mystery Weekend
October 30 – Nov. 1 Halloween at the Grand

NOVEMBER
October 30 – Nov, 1 Halloween at the Grand
November 1-2 Close the Grand Package
November 2 Closing Day

Mission Point Resort

Situated on 18 acres where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet at the Straits between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Mission Point Resort offers everything from a Kids' Club to fully automated Meeting Planner Suites, plus the only 500 seat theatre on the entire island. Relax, play golf, croquet, tennis, swim in the outdoor heated pool, pamper yourself with a massage at the 7th Heaven Spa, rent a bike, or dine at several restaurants right on the premises. Arrive here via direct ferry service from the mainland (available from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City) and vacation on these lovely 18 acres. Or, plan your next meeting here. A total of 33 meeting rooms offer over 35,000 square feet of group meeting and function space, and 7,500 square feet of sound stage can be used for exhibits, large banquets and Theme parties. The Conference Center features an Executive Board room, various size meeting rooms and a full service Business Center.

There's more, too. . . Lake cove swimming, outdoor hot tubs, volleyball, and an executive 18 hole putting course. Not enough? Try the fitness center. It includes a stream room, dry sauna, tanning, massage therapy, and hair salon. Nearby attractions if you feel like exploring, include Fort Mackinac, Arch Rock, Marquette Park, Indian Dormitory, St. Anne Catholic Church, Mission Church, Mission House, downtown shopping, restaurants, Historic Market Street, and more.

Children 12 and under eat free from a special menu, when accompanied by an adult in the Round Island Bar & Grill (Casual, fun, flip flop earing crowd), Lakeside Marketplace (Grab a picni basket filled with gourmet sandwiches and chilled wine), and The Epicurean (Five star fine dining at its best). At the Bistro on the Greens, adults can enjoy the fresh catch of the day every day, with outdoor dining and live music.

Nearby attractions include Fort Mackinac, Arch Rok, Marquette Park, Indian Dormitory, St. Anne Catholic church, Mission Church, Mission House, Downtwon shopping, restaurants, Historic Maret Street and much more.

For more information and reservations, contact mission Point Resort, One Lakeshore Drive, P.O. Box 430, Mackinae Island, MI 49757; 906-847-3312, or check web site www.missionpoint.com.

ROCHESTER

Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens

Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens is the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States, and is especially renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale. Built in the 1920s as the residence of OAKLAND UNIVERSITY founders, Matilda Dodge Wilson (widow of auto pioneer John Dodge) and her second husband lumber broker Alfred G. Wilson, the 110- room, 88,000 square - foot, Tudor – revival style mansion is complete with vast collections of original art and furnishings.

Listed on both the national and state registers of historic places, MEADOW BROOK HALL strives to preserve and interpret its architecture, landscape and fine decorative art so that visitors may be entertained, educated and inspired by history.

For additional information about Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens Mother’s Day Dinner, call (248) 364-6263 or visit www.meadowbrookhall.org.

 


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