Dearborn Hotel Going Green, Close to the Henry Ford Museum
Founded by the pioneering automaker who was its namesake, the Henry Ford is a massive indoor-outdoor complex that includes the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The adoba ecotel Dearborn/Detroit is located only three minutes from this popular tourist destination and steps from the Ford Motor Company World Headquarters. Situated in the affluent suburb of Dearborn, the sleek, glass-fronted hotel welcomes visitors with new 40-inch smart TVs in each room, and has also begun adopting green initiatives, including an in-room Boxed Water program.
The property’s onsite restaurant, Giulio & Sons, is decorated with murals inside. With new organic options, you can stop here to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s also BREW Specialty Coffee Shop, an onsite coffee bar that serves sandwiches, salads, and Starbucks coffee, to help you meet morning caffeine requirements. Head to Archimedes Bar & Lounge to get the free appetizer included with this deal, which you can pair with a beer or a Fresh Organic Apple-Tini, one of many specialty cocktails on offer.
Upstairs, each standard guest room is classically decorated with blond-wood furnishings and overlooks Dearborn. The hotel’s PURE rooms cater to guests who are sensitive to common indoor allergens, using special air-purification systems and hypoallergenic mattresses and pillowcases to minimize irritants.
Detroit: World-Class Museums and Revitalization Projects in the Motor City
The Motor City has certainly seen better days, but if you’re willing to look, you can still find a lot of worthwhile things to do and see. The downtown area has many top-flight cultural institutions and museums, and an influx of young people and artists are working to revitalize the city.
The 658,000-square-foot Detroit Institute of Arts, located downtown, comprises 100 galleries, an auditorium, a lecture hall, and a reference library. Among its vast collection: a dragon-tile relief from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh. One of the city’s most fascinating art displays can’t be found at a museum or gallery. Tyree Guyton’s The Heidelberg Project is two blocks of once-decrepit houses that have been transformed into an open-air art installation, with colorful sculptures made out of discarded items including stuffed animals, vinyl records, old shoes, and scrap metal.
For a taste of Detroit’s glory days, head to the Motown Museum, located in the same two-story house where Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, and other music legends recorded some of their most enduring work. In one of the studios, you can see a giant divot in the wooden floor where producers and sound technicians tapped their feet to the music as it was recorded.
Greektown—located northeast of downtown—is a quirky neighborhood that has stuck to its immigrant roots. Along Monroe Street, you’ll find buildings that pay tribute to the Parthenon and mythical figures, and Greek music plays outdoors next to themed eateries.
Just 9 miles from downtown Detroit is the suburb of Dearborn, Henry Ford’s hometown. Today, it pays tribute to its most famous resident with The Henry Ford, and is home to a bustling Arab American community.
Located only 10 miles away is the home stadium of the Detroit Tigers. Having won the American League Central Division Championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013, the Tigers offer world-class baseball fun for the whole family.