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While Michigan is about the auto industry, about Motor City USA, about the latest greatest machines on Earth, it is also so much more. Head to Detroit for a well-established music scene and some of the state’s biggest hotels. For something unexpected, ride challenging mountain bike trails in Marquette or go wine tasting in the wine country of southwest Michigan.


MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan
MotorCity Casino Hotel

Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the seventeen-story MotorCity Casino Hotel now towers over downtown Detroit. It also boasts four stories of gaming rooms for gambling enthusiasts, including 68,000 square feet of slot machines.

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Featuring high ceilings, revolving wine carousels and an exhibition kitchen, Iridescence embraces old-world elegance and urban modernity.

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Iridescence in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan's skyline

jewel of a city may have been hit hard by the auto industry's struggles, but there's a momentum here that belies the news stories. The city's gems include historic landmark buildings, music venues, sports teams, a plethora of restaurants and one of the largest theater districts in the country.

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Rose's on Reeds Lake has enduring charm that dates back to the late nineteenth century, when East Grand Rapids was a summer resort for tourists. Enjoy fine Mediterranean cuisine while overlooking Reeds Lake.
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The dining room of Rose's on Reeds Lake in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sleep in at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan
Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel remains a tradition. There is nothing quite like it anywhere in America, making it a must-see destination. And, guess what? There are no automobiles here. The only noises you hear in town are children laughing, people communicating and the sounds of horse-drawn carriages and boats pulling into the harbor.

Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel brings a beloved English pastime to Mackinac Island by serving afternoon tea every day. Guests can nosh on sweet and savory treats while enjoying Champagne or, of course, tasty brews. The hotel also offers seasonal package deals.
The Grand Hotel serves afternoon tea daily

An aerial shot of Traverse Bay, Michigan
Traverse City
With good food, quaint B&Bs, a booming cultural center and a happening nightlife scene, this city — located on the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay — boasts enough year-round activities to keep you wanting to return for more.

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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Midwestern meeting planners look no further than Traverse City for the largest full-service, year-round resort and conference center. Business moguls from other parts of the globe are also known to take advantage of the facilities offered here.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is a great place for meetings year-round

Chateau Chantal in Traverse City, Michigan is one of our Top 10 Wine Country Inns
Chateau Chantal
Chateau Chantal, a European chateau-style winery on a 65-acre estate, is home to an eleven-room B&B, as well as a cooking school. Of course, the most pleasant way to pass the time here is by sitting on the patio, sipping a glass of house wine and savoring views of the bay, vines and cherry orchards.

Peninsula Cellars
It can be difficult to produce bigger-bodied reds in less hospitable climates like Michigan, but Peninsula Cellars should be applauded for its efforts. This young endeavor is fast earning its reputation as one of Michigan's most daring wineries.
Peninsula Cellars makes full-bodied reds in Michigan

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