Board the award-winning, 138-foot, three-decked Ovation yacht for an evening of gourmet dining and DJ-spun sounds atop a water-defiant vessel. As you fill your eyes with the bobbing Detroit skyline and watch the sky-orange drench ripply waters in its juicy rays, fill your belly with an array of hors d'oeuvres, including cheese and fruit, white-cheddar pasta with grilled chicken breast, beef tenderloin with cambozola cheese, various desserts, coffee, and more. Bite-sized edibles pair swimmingly with two complimentary drinks, with more available from a full-service cash bar. At 11 p.m., the boat will park for a half-hour dockside float to cap off the first half of the evening, and to ease the strain on hardworking open waters exhausted from keeping the heavy ship afloat.
Great Lakes Kiteboarding and its crew of master mariners specialize in converting everyday hydrophobes into Poseidon-punishing aquatic athletes. In a five-hour private lesson, nautical novices can strap a slab of fiberglass to their feet and master wind-riding fundamentals like launching from boat and beach, proper riding form, and self-rescue. Apprentices seeking the deepest secrets of ancient boarders are invited to study at one of Great Lake Kiteboarding’s weekend camps. Starting with ground training to keep too much land from lubbing onto the kites, students will spend a Saturday morning learning about equipment, wind windows, beach etiquette, and safety before hitting the waves to learn basics of riding and landing. After lunch, it’s back out on the water to learn advanced techniques like self-launching, changing direction, and riding the edge, with all of Sunday devoted to honing newfound skills on the water while instructors on WaveRunners play safety shepherd.
Simple Adventures lets kayakers pick their own paddling venue and delivers its people-propelled water-vehicle rentals straight to customers' preferred launching spots. Spite faithless guidance counselors by ordering up floating leg covers and morphing into the Transformer you always dreamed of becoming for a four-hour, half-day watery sojourn ($50), a full 8-hour day with paddle-armed fun ($75), or rent by the hour ($15 / hr). Patrons can circle Belle Isle, traverse Lake St. Clair, or request a drop-off at a secret lake of their choice.
Cuisine Type: American, pub style
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Deep-dish pizza and salads
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: No
G Willies Bar & Grill's most popular offerings may be its deep-dish pizzas, which arrive tableside loaded with toppings such as shrimp, crab meat, and alfredo sauce, or covered with BLT ingredients and mayo. But according to Owner Barry Ludvigson, patrons would be remiss to overlook the soups and chili. The chef whips up housemade soups from scratch every day along with a Hog Wild bourbon chili that has won awards in local contests and from the chef's best friend. The kitchen staff also fries tortilla chips and pairs them with a spinach-cheddar-jalapeño dip and flame-grills thin-crust pizzas.
Guests nosh on the creative bar food during trivia nights, euchre tournaments, and karaoke sessions. Occasionally, G Willies hosts tap takeovers, when different craft breweries fill the pub's kegs with their signature brews.
Next Level's head trainer Michael Fox has trained clients of all fitness levels—from athletes to a 72-year-old nun. His versatile training techniques, or perhaps his willingness to work any soreness out of a client's muscles with a foam roller after a session, prompted Allure to name him one of Detroit's best trainers. At Next Level, he and his fellow trainers lead custom private sessions and group classes that focus on diverse workouts ranging from weight training to kickboxing to yoga. Members can always work out solo on the gym's free weights and cardio machines, too, motivated by playlists of high-energy jams or just a voice sporadically yelling "Faster, FASTER".
Each year on the shores of Lake St. Clair, massive bash Hottiefest celebrates the art of looking good with a weekend of professionally DJ’ed parties. Spinsmiths such as DJ Captn20 and DJ Godfather select dance-friendly jams that evoke all the beachy fun, sun, and camaraderie of a snowman that reincarnates in sand form to be near you again. In addition to dancing until body temperatures rise, guests can lounge in outdoor cabanas and take home goody bags full of neon-hued party favors; VIP visitors earn the added perks of bypassing the entry line and mingling in the waterfront VIP tent.