But the town was also the last home of
activist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth
as well. Groups can see several of Battle
Creek’s monuments and sites by contacting the Battle Creek CVB and arranging a
guided tour of the area.
The tour includes statues of Post and
Truth in Monument Park and another
monument to the Underground Railroad.
Also in the park are the Kellogg House and
the Kingman Museum, a local community
landmark that features a natural history
museum and planetarium.
After touring through history, attendees
can visit FireKeepers Hotel Casino for top-notch entertainment at the event center or
try their luck in the casino itself, which features 70 hand-dealt table games and nearly
3,000 slot and video poker games.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential
Library & Museum, Grand Rapids
and Ann Arbor
Gerald Ford’s presidency stands out in
history, so it seems appropriate that the
38th president’s official Library and Museum follows suit. The Presidential Library
is located in Ann Arbor and represents an
amazing archive of information from Ford’s
administration, including Watergate, the
Cold War and America’s domestic and foreign political landscape of the mid-1970s.
The Museum, however, is located in
Grand Rapids, and features exhibits and
artifacts from President Ford’s life before,
during and after the White House, including a fascinating display of gifts the president and first lady received from heads of
Both locations open a unique window
into the country’s past as well as offer
programming, family-friendly events, book
Latest + Greatest
➜ The Crowne Plaza Downtown Detroit
Riverfront ( www.ihg.com) is planning a
second tower that would be 28 stories
tall and rise approximately 338 feet.
Construction is expected to start in
late fall or early 2019 with completion
expected in 2021.
➜ The District Detroit (www.districtde
troit.com), a mixed-use entertainment
and sports development, is now open,
connecting downtown and midtown
into one walkable region. The District is
home to four sports teams: the Detroit
Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons
and Detroit Red Wings, with the latter
two based at the District’s main feature,
Little Caesars Arena, which opened in
➜ The 100-room Detroit Foundation
Hotel ( www.detroitfoundationhotel.
com) opened last May in the historic
Detroit Fire Department Headquarters
building. The independent property,
located across the street from the Cobo
Center, features a rooftop ballroom and
a ground-floor restaurant.
➜ Opening this March is the 106-room
The Siren ( https://thesirenhotel.com),
a boutique hotel giving new life to the
1926 Wurlitzer Building after a $23
million renovation. Featured in The
Siren will be seven food-and-beverage
outlets and two retail shops.
➜ The 130-room Shinola Hotel (www.
shinola.com/shinola-hotel) is under
construction and slated to open this
fall at the corner of Woodward Avenue
and Grand River. The building will offer
retail and a restaurant on the first floor,
with cuisine by New York Chef Andrew
Carmellini. The hotel will also offer
➜ The 110-room Element Detroit at the
Metropolitan Building ( www.starwoodho
tels.com) will open this December. The
property will be a debut for Starwood
Hotels & Resorts’ latest brand and
feature 2,000 square feet of meeting
space, retail on the ground floor and an
outdoor patio on the rear rooftop.
➜ The 112-room Holiday Inn Express &
Suites Okemos-University Area (www.
ihg.com) recently opened near the
Michigan State University Campus.
Located off I- 96, the property offers a
breakfast area, indoor heated pool and
➜ The 139-room Homewood Suites by
Hilton Lansing Eastwood (www.hilton.
com) is slated to open this August.
The property is minutes away from
downtown Lansing and Michigan State
University, and features an indoor pool,
fitness center, outdoor court for sports
and a meeting room.
➜ The 88-room SpringHill Suites East
Lansing ( www.marriott.com) is under
construction and slated to open late
this year. The property will be located
off US-127, near the MSU campus.
The property will be within walking
distance from campus athletic facilities,
restaurants, nightlife and the Amtrak/
➜ A 125-room Hilton Garden Inn (www.
hilton.com) is currently under construction on the city’s west side and will be
the first Hilton property in the capital
region. The facility will also offer event
space and a full-service restaurant, and
will be within walking distance of shops,
restaurants and sports venues.
➜ Groundbreaking will happen this year on
The Glen Hotel Ann Arbor (www.face
nine-story mixed-use development located in downtown. The Glen will feature
162 hotel rooms, a restaurant and retail
space, along with 24 apartments and an
underground parking garage.
➜ Plans are underway for a new convention center ( www.visitmuskegon.org),
with an expected groundbreaking in
2019. The new facility will be located
next to the Holiday Inn & Conference
Center Downtown Muskegon. The
project is tentatively slated for a 2021
➜ The historic 140-room Park Place Hotel
( https://park-place-hotel.com) is currently building a new conference center,
indoor pool and fitness room. The
new center will offer more than 8,000
square feet of meeting and event space,
and is slated for completion this June.
➜ The 51-unit Baywatch Resort ( www.the
baywatchresort.com) opened last June
on the sugar-sand beach of East Grand
Traverse Bay. The beachfront resort offers private balconies and patios, family
suites, spa rooms and more.
GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL
MUSEUM, GRAND RAPIDS