You don’t have to go far to get away from it all.
By Maureen McDonald
The short days and gray November skies getting you down? Stress levels starting to skyrocket at the thought of the holiday hoopla only weeks away? When was the last time you and your spouse actually spent some alone time together?
In an ideal world, one without work and school and kids’ routines to manage, you and your hubby could jump on a plane for a weekend in the Bahamas.
But we don’t always live in an ideal world.
You can still get away from it all for a weekend without “going” away. Plan for a romantic weekend at one of Detroit’s three casinos, drop the kids off at Nana’s house and shoot down the expressway. You’re only 30 minutes away.
This Motown favorite is fresh off a $50 million renovation that gives it a more modern look and a fresher customer experience. It is billing itself as “a boutique hotel yet with a neighborhood feel,” and even the air is less smoky thanks to a new $12 million HVAC system.
Try out one of their Rejuvenation Packages, which include a $100 credit to Woodhouse Day Spa in nearby Campus Martius, where you can enjoy a relaxing Swedish duet massage, followed by organic facials.
Enjoy deluxe guestroom accommodations. You could even book a luxury suite boasting floor-to-ceiling windows with a killer view of Downtown Detroit, luxurious pillow-top mattress with plush bedding and oversized bath with wall-to-wall marble and deep-soaking tub.
After you soak up some pampering at the spa or throw some dice at the craps table, plan for a romantic dinner at Prism, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows providing vibrant, panoramic city views. The menu feature steaks, seafood and pasta dishes coupled with savory sides. Dessert offerings include warm chocolate lava cake, tiramisu and cannoli complemented by an extensive wine and cocktail list. You can also enjoy lighter fare from the restaurant’s circular bar in the center of the dining room.
After dinner, head over to Greektown’s newest entertainment experience, the Rock Bar and Lounge, which opened this fall. It serves up one-of-a-kind signature cocktails named after local Detroit streets and a vast selection of beer — all surrounded by seven 75-inch flat-screen TVs and 26 video poker machines.
And if you want a break from gambling, you’re only steps away from the rest of the city. Just head upstairs to the Detroit People Mover station in the casino, which can take you anywhere Downtown you want to go.
Book your room at www.greektowncasino.com, where you’ll find special dining deals and other promotional packages.
Call (877) 424-5554.
MGM Grand Detroit
From the moment you arrive in the stunning two-story, marble lobby of the MGM Grand Detroit till the end of your adventure awaiting the valet in the fire-lit alcove, the staff will knock themselves out to deliver a five-star experience for your romantic getaway.
Start your weekend in the Immerse Spa. Shed all the stress of the work-a-day world in the only four-star Forbes-rated spa in Detroit with 26,000 square feet of pampering space. Couples can opt for side-by-side pedicures and manicures. Soak in the breathtaking indoor infinity pool or cuddle in the wicker cabanas for two. Order lunch and drinks poolside. Then make your dinner plans.
World-class Chef Wolfgang Puck lends his name and his time-honored recipes to Wolfgang Puck Steak and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina. The upscale steak house features a mouthwatering array of grilled steaks and seafood. The pizzeria features wood oven-baked pies, house-made pasta and a wide array of wines in an atmosphere designed for mixing, mingling and dining.
Wearing jeans? Opt for TAP, a casual eatery that has 40 high-definition television screens, 50 different beers and 80 menu items. Enjoy all of your favorite sporting events and live broadcasts from radio personalities and live music on weekends in a decor filled with sports memorabilia.
After some time on the casino floor, visit the V Nightclub, a Vegas-style club with high-energy DJ music or step into the AXIS Lounge at the center of the casino for live music and cocktails.
The hotel offers 400 guest rooms, including corner suites with spectacular views of Detroit and luxurious two-person Jacuzzis in the bathrooms. Couples can shed their day wear and hang out in the bathrobes and slippers provided by management and order snacks and drinks from the mini-bar.
Bring home a candle with the Michigan logo, made especially for MGM Grand Detroit to illuminate your dreams of a most romantic weekend. NS
Book your room at mgmgranddetroit.com, where you’ll find special dining deals and other promotional packages.
Call (888) MGM.DETR.
Motor City Casino
Step inside the neon-illuminated Motor City Casino Hotel for a weekend of pampering and romance.
Start your romantic getaway by following the fragrance of eucalyptus and lavender to a softly lit room where the people at D.Tour Spa are ready to soothe every ache. Book some time in one of the private couples’ suites where massage tables will fill your soul with good vibrations. A rain shower built for two allows guests to apply mud and wash it off in the suite before exiting.
For a romantic meal, Iridescence offers the ultimate dining experience from the top floor of the hotel. Look out the mammoth three-story windows to a colossal view of Detroit. Inside you can select delicacies from chicken and galangal soup, four linked salads or chateaubriand, a 16-ounce grilled filet with sauce béarnaise. Choose from one of 600 wines, including the Late Harvest Riesling from the Leelanau Peninsula. Try the new wine tasting dinners just added to the menu and served in an intimate wine room surrounded by vintage bottles.
Book your weekend getaway to match the in-house Sound Board Theater with seating for up to 2,400 people. Upcoming shows include Vanessa Williams and America’s Got Talent Live Tour.
The Motor City Casino Hotel has shuttles that will take you and your sweetheart to Red Wings and Tigers games. On a clear night, you could walk to some of the hipster bars along Michigan Avenue, including the funky and friendly PJ’s Lagerhouse, the rave Ottava Via trattoria and the convivial Nemo’s Bar. Make an appointment for tasting and touring Two James Distillery with hand- crafted spirits. Hop on the shuttle and visit the John K. King bookstore, filled with treasures of many decades, or rummage the boutiques in the newly restored Midtown district.
Book your room at www.motorcitycasino.com, where you’ll find special dining deals and other promotional packages.
Call (866) 782-9622.