Built in 1892, the House at Holly Crossing offers the romance of the era without the child labor and lack of medical technology. Guests staying a night in Holly Crossing's Executive Room will be treated to authentically decorated quarters with a queen-size bed and private bathroom with shower. After guests rise from a peaceful night's slumber, they'll be treated to a complimentary gourmet breakfast before strolling the gazebo'd gardens of the historic estate. Guests will also have access to a complimentary snack nook with homemade pastries, cookies, and other refreshments. Free WiFi access is also available in the rooms, allowing guests to feel like time travelers who have magically journeyed back to the America of kerosene lamps and campaign buttons that read, "Grover Cleveland for President…Again, Apparently."
Train tracks used to run right along The Holly Hotel, making the three-story redbrick building a hub of social activity throughout the early 20th century. Civic and social groups held meetings and demonstrations, transients spent the night, and opera goers shined their monocles in the hotel’s opulent parlors after shows at Baird’s Opera House, situated just a mile south.
Today, this Queen Anne–style structure is no longer a hotel, but an acclaimed restaurant and venue. The hotel's architecture, along with its historical charm, persist, even after a fire in 1913 and again—65 years later to the date—in 1978. The elegant interior’s plaster walls, tin ceilings, and custom millwork date back to 1913 and before, while much of the wood, railing, tile, and glass are salvaged from the second blaze.
Although its architecture helped The Holly Hotel grab a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, its unique stories also supplied historic credibility. For instance, in 1908, Carry Nation and a flock of pro-Temperance supporters attacked drinkers at the hotel; Nation swatted bar goers on the head with her umbrella and even smashed whiskey bottles with an ax.
Modern-day visitors do not face such antagonism. Instead, they enjoy elegant meals composed of fresh, free-range ingredients at the restaurant, where chefs plate beef wellington, braised pork cheeks over hawaiian fingerlings, and lamb strip loin baked in green oregano. On Sundays, the kitchen team puts on an elegant brunch, featuring a spread of farm-raised goose, peel-and-eat shrimp, and made-to-order omelets. Fridays and Saturdays are a time for laughs; guffaws spill over from the comedy club as guests enjoy cracks by headliners from cities from Los Angeles to New York. Of course, sometimes the laugher may just be coming from one of the hotel’s lingering spirits.
At Raymo's Restaurant, Chef Marc Raymond unites his three passions: fine dining, music, and art. The former spotlights inventive New American dishes with international influences. The spicy meatballs are a perfect example of this creativity, as well as the slow-roasted pork topped with tomatillo sauce, roasted tomato salsa, and lime cream. His menu also incorporates decadent desserts, such as the baked chocolate pudding with vanilla-malt ice cream, and classic cocktails.
Chef Raymond's other two obsessions show up in the restaurant's decor and ambiance. The sleek dining room is awash with abstract art, track lighting, and hanging blown-glass lamps. And the soundtrack is as festive as the decor is refined; Raymo's' stage and dance floor come alive with musical genres that span everything from acoustic to jazz.
It all started with a single olive tree. The founder of Red Olive Restaurant was sailing down the coast of the Mediterranean with his father many years ago when they spotted it. Like a snowman on the beach, this tree stood out among its surroundings, and offered the two sailors the best olives they'd ever tasted.
Striving to set itself apart in similar fashion, Red Olive Restaurant presents diners with an extensive spread of flavors culled from around the globe—but especially those from Greece. At 10 locations around the Detroit metro area, visitors drop anchor near platters of grape leaves, kebabs, and a wide assortment of salads. They also dig into house specialties, such as moussaka, which features layers of eggplant, ground meat, and parmesan topped with bachamel sauce.
Whether it’s the guests perched atop pillowed dining chairs, the streams of hot tea pouring from embellished kettles, or the frilly, flowered decor, Tyme Well Spent Tea Room brings visions of imaginary tea parties to life. Housed inside a traditional-style home complete with a wraparound front porch, the tearoom host guests for lunch as well as for afternoon tea. While spinach quiche, chicken salad, and salmon patties sate lunchtime appetites, tea service quiets smaller rumbles with complementary desserts, including scones with traditional Devonshire cream. Tyme Well Spent also packages its timeless charm within its gift shop. There, patrons can shop for items to make their own teatimes more authentic, browsing through more than 30 types of tea, vintage linens, china, and teacups.
At each Tropical Smoothie Café location, healthy choices abound with drinks consisting of fresh fruit and snacks loaded with veggies and premium meats and cheeses. The café’s colorful repertoire of smoothies runs the gamut from creamy, dessert-based indulgent creations to light and refreshing low-fat fruit options or frosty drinks boosted with supplements. Strawberries, bananas, and peaches mingle with exotic açaí and goji berries to form mouthwatering concoctions designed to deliver health-boosting antioxidants, essential nutrients and laser-vision-inducing vitamins. Drinks pair with ciabatta and griddled flatbread during breakfast and lunch, as well as with made-to-order salads and a host of wraps and sandwiches.