The New York Botanical Garden has announced plans to reopen the grounds of its 250-acre site to the general public on Tuesday, July 28, in a gradual process as the City enters New York Forward’s Phase Four, projected to begin July 20.
Since enacting the temporary closure on March 15, 2020, due to COVID-19, Botanical Garden leadership has been proactively developing and implementing new safety protocols in accordance with State and New York Forward requirements for businesses and cultural institutions, CDC guidelines, and OSHA standards. (Note: The Garden’s reopening dates are contingent on New York City receiving permission to enter Phase Four.)
NYBG is among the most comprehensive botanical gardens in the world—an urban oasis and integral part of the cultural fabric of New York City, anchored in the Bronx. The verdant landscape currently features a trove of vibrant daylilies, hydrangeas, water lilies, and lotuses among its one million plants. Walking paths and trails crisscross the Garden providing opportunities for discovery through encounters with nature. The reopened gardens, outdoor collections, and natural features include the Native Plant Garden, with its meadow, woodland, promenade, and centerpiece water feature; Bronx River, with its waterfall, which runs through the 50-acre Thain Family Forest; layered and colorful patterns and plant groupings of the Perennial and Herb Gardens; lushly shaded Chilton Azalea Garden; award-winning Rockefeller Rose Garden; tropical and aquatic plant-filled Conservatory Courtyards and Pools; inviting paths through the Ross Conifer Arboretum; Benenson Ornamental Conifers; Burn Family Lilac Collection; and more.
Tram Tours, public programs, and group tours are suspended temporarily as a safety precaution. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, LuEsther T. Mertz Library, Edible Academy, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and Hudson Garden Grill remain closed. The public reopening will be prefaced by Appreciation Week July 21‒26, when NYBG will welcome Garden Members; Bronx health care heroes from the eight public and private hospitals in the borough; and Bronx Neighbors with first access and complimentary tickets. Communities in the Bronx are among the most severely impacted by COVID-19 in New York City. Through its Appreciation Week initiative, the Garden seeks to acknowledge, with gratitude, the dedication, strength, and resilience of Bronx frontline health care workers and residents. Complimentary admission for those groups will continue through September 13.
The reopening incorporates enhanced safety measures based on best practices and guidance from health authorities and government agencies. New measures include requiring staff and visitors over the age of two to wear face coverings; increasing sanitization of public and staff areas; daily health screenings for on-site staff; supporting social distancing practices; requiring timed-entry tickets purchased in advance; operating at a reduced capacity; and more. The new, limited timed-entry ticketing system will stagger visitors’ arrivals, promote social distancing, and mitigate the risk of crowding in high-traffic areas.
Advance purchase of timed tickets is required and will be confirmed by e-mail with the option to print or download a mobile ticket. Visitors who do not purchase advance tickets will not be guaranteed admission at this time. Garden Patrons and Members must also reserve timed tickets in advance. For more information, visit the NYBG website. To further facilitate social distancing, visitors will find new wayfinding signage and pavement markings at admissions points and where queuing is necessary. Some pathways will be designated for one-way foot traffic to help avoid congestion. New hand sanitizer stations on the grounds and touchless restroom appliances will be available. There is ample parking on-site and in NYBG’s Parking Garage, just steps away from the Mosholu Entrance. Other visitor amenities include: Pine Tree Café (10 a.m.–6 p.m.; limited menu and outdoor seating), Hudson Garden Grill Terrace (12–5 p.m.; snacks and refreshments, including water, beer, and wine) Pine Tree Café Pop-up at the Rose Garden (11 a.m.–4 p.m.; snacks and refreshments, including water, beer, and wine) Clay Family Picnic Pavilions, “My Day at the Garden” kids and family activity guide, Self-guided audio tours, which are available by cell phone, and NYBG Shop (per social distancing protocols).
The reopening plan is subject to change based on government guidance and in response to altered circumstances. Subsequent phases of the Garden’s reopening will be announced at a future date online and via the Garden’s social media channels.
Life would not be so captivating and alluring without the possibility to travel and discover other countries and their cultures. When it comes to Europe, there are so many places to visit — from top touristic spots to remote corners in small villages. They all deserve to be visited.
Those who have decided to travel to one of the European countries should understand the importance of proper logistics arrangements. The duration of the flight is quite long. Thus, be sure that there will be no exhausting connections to other flights or trains. As an alternative, one may consider charter bus Berlin or in another city at https://bcs-bus.com/charter-bus-berlin that will help with the provision of top-notch rental services. The means of transport in Europe will depend, undoubtedly, on the destination. Here is the list of the most beloved places that may help decide.
Top European Attractions
Parthenon in Greece
Travelers to Athens cannot avoid visiting the remnants of the ancient city Parthenon. This is one of the oldest monuments in history. It is a must-see sight for every tourist, however, one should be ready for slippery rocks, hence, comfortable shoes should be put on.
The Townhouse Bruges in Belgium
This is a gothic-style building of the beginning of the 15th century being a remarkable monument. Besides, the city of Bruges will impress tourists with ancient streets and channels, enchant with picturesque views from numerous bridges.
The Eiffel Tower, France
Do you know that this monument is the most photoed one in the world? Why not take own picture near it? In summer times, you can relax on the Champ de Mars, get to the highest point of the tower. Besides, Paris is a city that has to be visited at least once.
Sibelius Monument, Finland
This is the monument devoted to a worldwide acknowledged composer Jean Sibelius can be found in Sibelius Park in Helsinki. The masterpiece of architecture impresses with its dimensions, as well as its design. Being quite futuristic, it was opened in 1967.
The channels in Venice, Italy
This Italian city is suffering from the level of water that is increasing more and more each year. The Grand Channel in Venice can be discovered by gondola. The architecture is impressive and ancient. Do not miss out on the possibility to dive into the world of Italian great nobles.
The Park Güell, Spain
Despite its name, this is not a regular park one could imagine. This is the center of unbelievable architecture that was opened in 1926. The monuments were designed by worldwide famous Antoni Gaudi.
These are just a few places that can impress tourists. Despite the country that one would like to visit, be sure that the sights are unforgettable there. All the streets and corners of European cities and towns are saturated with historical events. Dive into the past and get this unforgettable experience in Europe.
With the heat waves roasting Texas and all lower states recently, what better way to spend your weekend than going to a water park?
Schlitterbahn, recently acquired by Cedar Fair LP, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. From a small family owner resort on the banks of the spring-fed natural Comal river to a large scale company with three resorts and seven waterparks across Texas and Kansas, Schlitterbahn is a place rich in history and potential for adventures. We got to spend a weekend there, and here is why it should be your next destination this summer.
With over 15 new attractions, Schlitterbahn is an all time multigenerational crowd pleaser. From family reunions to team building outings, the park is the perfect getaway for every need. Sensation seekers will be thrilled to try the Dark Knight, a breathtaking pitch dark rollercoaster where tubes are completely blacked out. For those of you looking for a challenge, you will love the famous Boogie Bahn, an artificial wave ridden by world known professional surfers that will make you enter history. If you’re not about that hyper life, relax in the slow-flowing Congo River while you admire the mesmerizing underground mine, wild animals and thundering waterfalls.
In addition to all the unique attractions, there’s a bunch of delicious food options to enjoy during your trip. Bahn Burgers, 1/2lb. foot-long chili cheese dog, tacos, salads and freshly made funnel cakes: possibilities are endless! Because Schlitterbahn aims to fit all budgets, they also offer a variety of cheap options to get food on site, such as the Basic and Deluxe Meal Bands, or Catered Picnic for large groups. Oh and of course, wouldn’t be a party without their famous hand crafted cocktails. But the best thing? You are also allowed to bring your own picnic, and the free BBQ stations will give you some Sunday home BBQ vibes. Like having one of the world biggest water parks in your backyard.
Enjoy the bank of Schlitterbahn’s natural river without breaking it! Their budget-friendly policies go hand in hand with their tickets pricing. Regular tickets cost $54.99, or $41.99 for ages 3-11 and 55+. But come from Monday to Thursday and you can save $7 on each ticket! Family of 4? You can opt for the Family Fun and Food Pack for a total of $199.99. Travelling from far? Save up to $47 with the Two-Day Tickets, and enjoy a stay at one of the unique resorts located right next to the park. Schlitterbahn has a variety of options and packages to cater everyone’s needs! And if you’re really impatient for the never ending fun, you can get the Blast Pass to skip all the lines and make the most out of it.
We spent a magical weekend with a close family friend and her two kids. We got to experience a wonderful stay in one of the riverbend cabins, with a really authentic cottage-style interior design, wooden floors and walls and a gorgeous view on the Comal River. Sipping on brew, snacking on pizza and braiding each others’ hair… Couldn’t think of a better way to relax and break our busy routines. We also had fun exploring the miniature downtown area that was a walking distance to our cabin, brimming with an array of eclectic bars, restaurants and street murals.
Our team had a blast at Schlitterbahn, and we’re sure you will too. So go and make memories this summer!
From Wizardry to Westminster: The Tourist Destinations that Magic your Money Away
A comparative study reveals the top 20 most expensive tourist destinations worldwide, with Harry Potter Studios ranking higher than the Houses of Parliament.
Berlin, 30 April 2019 – The online comparison and search portal, TicketLens, has published a list of the 20 most expensive attractions around the world according to admission costs. The findings aim to help diligent travellers budget their itineraries ahead of schedule. Researching and planning a holiday can be a tricky and exhausting task. From the cost of travel, accommodation, sightseeing, and food – it’s wise to start counting pennies in preparation long in advance.
Table: The twenty attractions in the world with the highest admission prices.
If a visit to the viewing platform of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa at $55 is too expensive, you can switch to the world’s second tallest building – the 634 meter-high Tokyo Skytree, which costs just $18.
Madame Tussauds is a world-renowned wax museum. A visit to the exhibition in London will cost you $46 in admissions. Once inside, you can mingle among royals like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, among other wax replicas of the rich and famous.
Entrance to Buckingham Palace costs $31. However, a visit to the Bavarian castle, Neuschwanstein, reminiscent of childhood fairytales, is a cheaper alternative, with admission prices just $14.50.
The most expensive attractions are often the newest and have branches around the world. Harry Potter, Trolls, Marvel and One Piece, are films that now have their own remarkable exhibitions, public studios, and attractions that showcase their unique characters and props.
With 6 attractions on the list, a sightseeing trip to New York City is the most expensive destination. Holidaymakers would be wiseto prepare a solid budgeting plan long in advance.
The Colour Factory, a pop-up exhibition currently based in New York City, offers trendy photo motifs alongside a pricey admission of $37.80.
The new One World Trade Center has a viewing platform that offers spectacular views of Manhattan and Central Park. With an entrance fee of $34.80, it’s cheaper than both the Top of the Rock observation deck, at $39; and the Empire State Building, also at $39.
The admission price of Potala Palace, home of the head of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, is $29.70. Visiting the Pope is a more economical alternative, with admission to the Sistine Chapel, his official residence in the Vatican City, just $18.
If you haven’t had a chance to jump into an adventure this summer, then now is the chance to travel to Fairfield, California! Best known for their Jelly Belly Factory and Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Fairfield has many attractions to offer. It is a vibrant area surrounded with parks, golf courses, wildlife, and wine! Take one of the many tours that are offered including a talk with a brewing expert, or a behind the scenes into how Jelly Belly makes their famous jelly beans. Spend the day checking out the Western Railway Museum, the Suisun Marsh, shopping, wine tasting or filling up your day with entertainment and have some locally made dinner later on in the evening.
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS VACATIONS® INTRODUCES “CAPE TOWN & WINELANDS
SUPER SAVER” FOR SUMMER TRAVEL WITH SAVINGS UP TO $1000 PER PERSON
Air-Inclusive 5-Night Package Starting at $1,699 for Travel through August 10, 2018.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 4, 2018) – South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®), the leisure division of South African Airways, has introduced a 5-night “Cape Town & Winelands Super Saver” air-inclusive vacation package that brings unprecedented savings of up to $1000 per person for travel from New York to Cape Town this summer. The “Cape Town & Winelands Super Saver” includes air transportation from New York-JFK Airport on South African Airways, Africa’s most awarded airline, 3-nights’ accommodations at the Sun Square Cape Town hotel and 2-nights’ accommodations at the Evergreen Manor & Spa in Stellenbosch, round-trip airport transfers, and a full-day tour to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Africa’s Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope. The hip and trendy Sun Square Cape Town is the hottest new hotel located in the heart of the Mother City. Guests enjoy bright new rooms, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi throughout the property with close proximity to major tourist attractions. Evergreen Manor & Spa located in picturesque wine region town of Stellenbosch, just outside of Cape Town, offers luxuriousrooms each individually decorated with lovely period and antique furnishings. This hotel is a convenient walk to world-class restaurants, boutique shops, and art galleries. “SAA Vacations® is excited to offer a summer super saver package for last minute travel. If you don’t have a summer vacation planned yet, this is a great opportunity to visit South Africa at a very affordable price” said Terry von Guilleaume, president of South African Airways Vacations®.
The package details are “Cape Town & Wine Lands Super Saver” – $1,699
Roundtrip international economy class air transportation from New York-JFK Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways
3-nights’ accommodation at the Sun Square Cape Town
2-nights’ accommodation at the Evergreen Manor & Spa
Full day Cape Peninsula tour
Airport transfers in South Africa with meet and greet by South African Airways Vacations’ representative upon arrival in South Africa
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About South African Airways Vacations®
A division of South African Airways (SAA), South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®) is highly regarded for its wide array of affordable luxury packages to Africa and uses SAA’s extensive route network to create packages for travel throughout South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands. Offering more than 80 air-inclusive packages, which range from value to superb luxury. Our specialty-themed programs offer unique experiences, whether you are interested in safaris, culture, cuisine, romance and adventure. The program is managed and fulfilled by DSA Vacations, founded in 2001, and offers an extensive portfolio of tour programs with a variety of hotels, game lodges, and safari companies throughout Southern Africa.
About South African Airways
South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-star rating for 16 consecutive years.
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Detroit Is a Destination Pumping With a Newfound Energy You Can See, Hear, Touch and Taste
There’s an exciting, almost electric energy moving through metro Detroit. It whips through cyclists who are pedaling their way toward making Detroit one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. It eases along the QLine, the city’s new streetcar system that is reviving life up and down the city’s historic Woodward Avenue, from downtown to West Grand Boulevard.
It’s also spreading along that iconic boulevard, where plans are underway for a $50 million expansion of the Motown Museum, the place where music was made that still has people around the world dancing in the streets.
The surge extends throughout the tri-county area, too. In Chesterfield Township, for, example, outdoor retailer Cabela’s opened its first metro Detroit location this past summer. At Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Oakland County, Round 1 Bowling and Amusement complex is set to open its first Michigan location this fall.
The buzz is even being felt by Hollywood types such as actor Hill Harper, who purchased the Roasting Plant coffeehouse in downtown Detroit and bought a house he is renovating in the city’s historic Boston-Edison neighborhood. “Detroit was the original Silicon Valley,” Harper said, explaining his affection for the city. “It was built on innovation and entrepreneurship. Plus, it has old-school Midwest values, so it offers the best of both worlds.”
Artists and other creative types are also driving Detroit’s newfound cool, Harper said. Detroit-based architect Rainy Hamilton, whose stamp is on a lot of the city’s recently proposed development, agreed, saying he hasn’t seen this kind of creativity and construction in his entire career. “What’s happening here is a real treat for all of us — Detroiters and visitors,” Hamilton noted. “It gives us a ton of things to do. It’s bringing people downtown. Once you get the heart of the city pumping, it’s going to spill out into the neighborhoods.”
Little Caesars Arena courtesy of The District Detroit
This forms the nucleus of what’s been successfully branded The District Detroit — a 50-block multifaceted concentration of places that are making the city a desired place to live, learn, work and play. As its website states: “A world-class sports and entertainment development — 50 blocks, eight theaters, five neighborhoods, four teams — one big win for Detroit.”
The entire area includes long-standing jewels such as The Fillmore Detroit and the Fox Theatre; Little Caesars headquarters, which is being renovated and expanded; and, eventually, nearly 700 new apartments. Additionally, Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business is under construction right next door to Little Caesars Arena.
Attraction That Attracts
Even before its doors officially opened, Little Caesars Arena’s first six scheduled acts were nearly sold out, including its celebratory opening concert series in September featuring hometown star Kid Rock and October concerts by Paul McCartney. Tickets to the first McCartney concert sold so quickly, a second was immediately added.
Little Caesars Arena’s design is an attraction in its own right. Spaces and places in the arena are designed to make it bustle every day, not just on game days. A unique covered atrium called The Via offers a street-like vibe with entertainment, shopping and dining. The Piazza has a massive video screen for additional entertainment.
“It really is a gem of a facility,” said Doug Kuiper, vice president of communications at Ilitch Holdings Inc. “We’ll have top-flight entertainers of every kind but also smaller events, more community-oriented events. There are a variety of spaces in and around the arena that lend themselves not just to headline acts but to budding artists and art festivals as well as food-based, craft cocktail and beer events that are such a big thing in our community right now. We really think there will be something for everybody.”
Visitors enter the new arena on the main level, eliminating the need to navigate lots of stairs. Wide, comfy seats have cupholders. Sight lines are superior.
The state-of-the-art business school next door blends like an extension of the arena. Opening in 2018, it will offer teaching, learning and sharing space not just for its students but for businesspeople in and outside of Detroit as well.
The District Detroit represents a dream come true for Marian Ilitch and her husband, the late Mike Ilitch, arguably Detroit’s comeback pioneers. Their vision of a walkable, attractive community in the heart of the city is now being overseen by their son, Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings.
Also helping transform the city’s core into a downright fun place to live and work is real estate mogul and businessman Dan Gilbert. He is scheduled to break ground this December on what will be Detroit’s tallest building — a proposed 52-story skyscraper on the site of the former J.L. Hudson department store. It’ll include housing, retail and space for artistic and cultural experiences.
Other Gilbert-infused projects reviving the city’s landscape include 28Grand, an eight-story complex of 218 fully furnished micro-lofts that are set to begin leasing in 2017. The 130-room Shinola Hotel, built in conjunction with luxury goods maker Shinola, is slated to open on Woodward Avenue in fall 2018.
“This is a perfect time to come and see just how far the city has evolved,” said Eric Larson, chief executive officer of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. “In many ways, we’ve been blessed with a very, very strong civic, philanthropic, business and artistic community that has really allowed the city a second chance. We have had a real sea change. Detroiters — those who work and live here — have this gritty determination, and there was no option but for us to move forward.”
On a more literal note, Detroit’s two newest modes of transportation are helping to move people forward—and back—so they can enjoy a great deal of the new retail, housing, restaurants, sports and entertainment facilities and workplaces in Detroit.
First, there is the QLine, a streetcar system that began running from downtown to West Grand Boulevard this past spring and quickly proved its value as an easy, attractive and economical way to connect people to shops, restaurants, work, cultural attractions and more along the 3-mile-plus stretch. It costs $3 for a daily pass or $1.50 for a three-hour pass. Monthly and yearly passes are also available.
Qline by Bill Bowen
“It’s great for everyone, but especially visitors who then don’t have to figure out how to navigate through traffic or where to park,” said Sommer Woods, vice president of external relations for the QLine. “It’s a great way for people to explore what’s happening in the downtown corridor. And it helps people connect to other parts of the city.”
Louis and Donna Gormely, of metro Detroit suburb Grosse Pointe Woods, along with their two children, were among a steady stream of passengers who enjoyed free rides during the opening weeks of the QLine. Gormely, a season ticket holder with the Red Wings, said he was super happy about the development in The District Detroit and throughout the city. “I think it’s fabulous,” he said. “It has brought a lot of jobs to Detroit, along with new places to enjoy.”
MoGo, the city’s first public bike share system, also launched to great fanfare in the spring. It offers 430 red-orange bikes that people can rent from 40 kiosks (with more stations coming) in several sections of the city. The primary cost option is $8 for a daily pass that’ll give you an unlimited number of 30-minute trips.
“MoGo is for all,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, MoGo’s executive director. “The transit rider looking for better connections, the resident seeking more flexibility and convenience in their daily travels, the employee who needs to run an errand at lunch or head to a meeting, the student who needs an affordable form of transportation, and the visitor looking to explore the city.”
Explore the cool, newish places to shop in and near Detroit
ArtLoft, Bird Bee, Bonobos, Boro Resale, Cass Collective, The Collective, Détroit is the New Black, House of Pure Vin, Nike Community Store, North End Collective, Third Man Records, Under Armour, Warby Parker, Yama, Zarkpa’s Purses and Accessories in Detroit • Amazon Pop-Up, Merit Goodness and Vans Outlet at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills • Cabela’s in Chesterfield Township • Macy’s Backstage inside Macy’s stores at Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn, Oakland Mall in Troy and Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights • Shinola Store at the Somerset Collection in Troy • American Girl (temporary store through Jan. 28, 2018) at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi
More That’s New To See and Do In and Around The D
Beacon Park, DTE Energy’s new 1.5 acre green oasis at Grand River and Cass Avenue — near The District Detroit — opened this summer. The park offers daily activities, including concerts and sporting events and, next spring, a Belgian-style cafe with the city’s only living roof — meaning it’ll have greenery growing year-round as well as seating when weather permits.
Beacon Park by Downtown Detroit Partnership
The Velodrome complex, at I-75 and Mack Avenue, will offer a multipurpose sports and recreation facility, including a state-of-the-art velodrome for world-class bicycle racing and training; three fields for different sports; a track for running, walking and skating; space for fitness classes; and a cafe. Activities here are expected to attract people from all over the world, said Dale Hughes, executive director of the Detroit Fitness Foundation, which plans to open the center this fall. The facility is slated to host the 2017 U.S. Cycling Madison Track National Championships on Oct. 19-21.
The Corner Ballpark, on the site of Old Tiger Stadium, is set to open this fall. It will be the new home field of Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League). “The corner of Michigan and Trumbull has a 100-year history of legendary ball playing,” said Tim Richey, executive director of Detroit PAL. “The restored field will offer visitors a chance to be a part of history and at the same time witness future generations of players.” Visitors to the field will be able to play ball, run the bases or simply watch games from the bleachers.
Elton Park will be a mix of renovated and new homes and trendy shops on 4.5 acres in Corktown, in the area around Trumbull and Elizabeth Street. “We’re going to make this a walkable, intimate neighborhood,” said Tysen McCarthy, vice president of Soave Real Estate, of the project still under construction. “Visitors are going to want to come see a new section of Detroit that is thriving, located in an area that already has a reputation as a destination.”
The Detroit riverfront continues to evolve as an exciting place to walk, run, bike or simply relax near sparkling waters. Among the newest projects is Portal View, an interactive computer and artifacts housed in a revamped shipping container in front of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. It allows people to learn maritime history of the riverfront and to follow the ships navigating the river and Great Lakes in real time.
“We have had a real sea change. Detroiters — those who work and live here — have this gritty determination, and there was no option but for us to move forward.” — Eric Larson, Downtown Detroit Partnership
New Places to Stay In and Around The D
With all the new metro Detroit attractions, people need places to stay when visiting. In recent hotel headlines, the hipster hotel Trumbull & Porter in Corktown has been garnering attention, along with the transformation of a downtown firehouse into the 100-room Detroit Foundation Hotel. By maintaining architectural features such as its signature red doors and incorporating handcrafted and artistic elements, it preserves a historic feel in a classy-comfy, modern space. The hotel’s Apparatus Room restaurant, located in what was the apparatus room of the firehouse, is run by Michigan native and two-star Michelin chef Thomas Lents.
Detroit Foundation Hotel by Michelle & Chris Gerard
The Siren Hotel, in the historic Wurlitzer Building, is scheduled to open its 106-room property this fall. Soon after, in 2018, travelers can experience the 110-room Element Detroit Hotel in the Metropolitan Building, the West Elm Hotel from furniture and home decor retailer West Elm in Midtown and the 130-room Shinola Hotel, a joint venture of Bedrock and goods maker Shinola.
Not surprisingly, The District Detroit also has plans for its own on-site hotel. Details on the name and the official grand opening are still under wraps, but rumors continue to surface that it will be in 2019
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