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, striped bass, and Michigan trout. 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. Though the hotel is located in a quiet suburb, it's a quick 20-mile drive to nearby Detroit.
- Grab a drink at The Corner bar, which features live music Wednesday through Saturday.
- Extra perks: complimentary coffee in the lobby until 9 a.m. and 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 24-hour fitness center, stocked with ellipticals, treadmills, recumbent bikes, StairMasters, and weight machines.
Greater Detroit, Michigan: Giant Art Collection, Legendary Motown Museum, and Quirky Neighborhoods
Nearby Detroit has some excellent museums, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, a 658,000-square-foot art museum considered one of the country's finest. Its vast collection includes a dragon tile relief from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh. The Motown Museum is located in the same house where legends such as Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, and the Jackson 5 recorded some of their classic hits. 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 beat of the songs as they were recorded.
Greektown, which is northeast of downtown, is a quirky neighborhood that has stuck to its immigrant roots. Monroe Street in particular is lined with buildings made to resemble the Parthenon and Pegasus, and you can hear Greek music playing outdoors next to themed eateries.
A few miles outside the city lies the town of Dearborn, best known as the headquarters for the Ford Motor Company. The town also draws visitors to The Henry Ford Museum and the adjoining Greenfield Village. The Henry Ford Museum houses a huge selection of historically significant artifacts from American history, including Abraham Lincoln’s chair from Ford’s Theatre and the bus on which Rosa Parks helped launch the modern civil-rights movement. Greenfield Village is a living museum featuring several historical buildings moved from their original locations, including Thomas Edison's laboratory, the Wright Brothers' shop, and Henry Ford's birthplace.