Sooner or later, your girlfriend is going to figure out that all those fancy restaurants are just your bedroom redecorated with a new elaborate disguise each week. Today's Groupon will help you postpone the inevitable by throwing a real fancy restaurant into the mix. For $20, you get $50 worth of fresh, fine dining and wine at the Holly Hotel, located in Holly in northern Oakland County.
The Holly Hotel has been dealing in dinner service since 1891, when it was still a functioning hotel. While much of the interior and décor remain unchanged since that time, the food is all made fresh daily in the present. Produce is delivered thrice a week from Detroit's Eastern Market, with fresh fish flown in from Hawaii and chicken catapulted in from free-range farms in Indiana. The Holly Hotel's qualified chefs coalesce these fresh ingredients to forge a dinner menu of delicacies that harkens back to the classical cuisine of the Victorian Age. Much of Holly Hotel's menu changes daily, but recent entrees, accompanied by soup and salad, have included a lamb striploin with shiraz reduction and tomato concasse ($28 for non-club members) and a roasted golden tilefish flanked by delicate Parisienne carrots and an avocado and sweet-pea mousse ($29 for non-club members). For Mendelian randomizationists looking for some sort of consistency in life, the Holly Hotel offers signature entrees available on a regular basis, such as steamed Scottish salmon with smoked-bacon risotto and bay scallops topped in nantua sauce ($29 for non-club members) and crispy duckling with tempura, warm fingerling-potato salad, and zucchini and lingonberry glaze ($28 for non-club members).
The stately hotel and restaurant has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. This sophisticated staple continues to up the atmospheric ante with late Queen Anne-style architecture, candlelit tables, and cotton linens. Order a bottle from the Holly Hotel's selection of reasonably priced wines and share a chat with one of the hotel's resident ghosts about what it was really like to see Tim Allen live at the hotel's comedy club.
Built in 1891 as a railroad hotel on Battle Alley (so named for the drunken brawls common among wayfarers), the Holly Hotel's three-story Queen Anne-style building put up countless country-crossers in those turn-of-the-century boom years. It also saw a raid by Carrie Nation, two fires separated by 65 years to the hour, time served as a transient boarding house, and a monumental two-year renovation. The building's long, strange history has inspired countless legends and ghost stories—phantasmal cigar smoke from the inn's 1890s owner has been seen floating through the halls—but nowadays, the Holly Hotel is just as devoted to modern niceties as historic myth.
Three stories tall again, newly renamed, and sporting the warm, dark oak and Axminster carpeting of its wonder years, the Holly Hotel was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, the red-brick manse keeps its footing firm between past and future. The menu's signature dishes such as the beef wellington in veal-thyme reduction and the steamed Scottish salmon have gone unchanged since 1979, and every afternoon owner Chrissy hosts a Victorianesque tea party served on antique china. At the same time, the chefs employ an improvisational culinary method on the list of daily specials, rendered from fish, game, and other ingredients flown in fresh from across the world.
Beyond gourmet meals, the hotel also regales its guests with top-notch entertainment. The onsite comedy club features locally and nationally known jesters on weekends, offsetting the Victorian gas fixtures, stained-glass windows, and velvet wingback chairs with a healthy dollop of modern mirth and a cyborg wait staff.