Hotel at a Glance: AAA Four Diamond The Townsend Hotel
The Townsend Hotel is a fine-dining destination, home to the Rugby Grille, recognized as 1 of the top 10 best restaurants in the United States by Zagat’s Restaurant Guide. Inside, Executive Chef Drew Sayes crafts entrees such as lamb and striped bass. Onsite Pastry Chef Taylor Brockenshire churns out breads, pastries, and tortes. Each afternoon, head to the lobby for tea served with finger sandwiches and orange-cranberry scones beneath a canopy of Waterford chandeliers and mahogany.
- The Corner bar: Try a specialty drink such as the Sparkling French 77—St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cocchi Americano, prosecco, and lemon.
- Extra perk: twice-daily housekeeping with turndown service
- In-room amenities: terry robes, flat-screen TV, egyptian-cotton sheets, and marble bathrooms; high-speed WiFi is available for an additional fee
- Squeeze in a workout at the fitness center, stocked with ellipticals, treadmills, recumbent bikes, StairMasters, and weight machines.
- Distance from Detroit: 20 miles
Detroit: World-Class Museums and Revitalization Projects in the Motor City
Downtown Detroit has many top-flight cultural institutions and museums, and an influx of young people and artists are working to revitalize the Motor 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.
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.