The best of Metro Detroit Home of Oakland Hills Country Club

By Chris LewisAugust 4, 2008, 4:00 pm

During the first week of August, Metro Detroit will welcome a major championship for the first time since the 1996 U.S. Open. While Detroit is known for its automotive industry and Motown music, the suburbs of Detroit are bustling with activity and offer many choices of hospitality, entertainment and dining for visitors enjoying the action of the PGA Championship. The following four Detroit suburbs are conveniently located near Oakland Hills Country Club.
 

Birmingham
Birmingham, Mich.
 
Where to Stay: The Townsend Hotel is located in downtown Birmingham and is celebrated for its elegance and service. Cond Nast recently included the hotel on its Gold List of Worlds Best Places to Stay. Luxurious suites include a full kitchen, marble bathroom and fireplace. Guest suites may be smaller but also provide comfort and elegance to visitors. The hotels Rugby Grille creates numerous seafood dishes and was rated one of the Top Ten Best Restaurants in the United States by Zagats Restaurant Guide. For more information on rates of the hotel, as well as Rugby Grilles menu, please visit http://townsendhotel.com/.
 
Where to Go: Birminghams downtown provides guests with many shopping opportunities, dining experiences and entertainment possibilities in a clean and safe environment. Birminghams The Palladium 12 Theatre is well-known in Metro Detroit for its state-of-the-art projection capabilities, Dolby Digital sound systems and stadium seating with Tempur-Pedic cushioned seats. For nightlife, Edisons is a distinguished choice for its live entertainment, martinis and cocktails. The Corner is another popular night club, with ties to the Townsend Hotel. The Corner attracts guests with its exclusive wines, champagnes and whiskey, as well as fine cigars.
 
Where to Eat: Aside from Rugby Grille, Birmingham offers numerous dining choices that will delight all tastes. Fort provides an urban and hip dining experience and is located in the heart of the citys downtown. The Detroit Free Press has said the following about Fort: (The menu style) is eclectic - some Asian, some Mediterranean, some seasonal American (it) is a good match for the Oakland County clientele, where fashion must always be evident but classic is never incorrect. Forts menu includes Caribbean grilled Mahi Mahi, as well as duck and lamb shank. Further menu and price information can be found here.
 
Camerons Steakhouse is also located in downtown Birmingham. Camerons prides itself in providing corn-fed and hand selected beef to guests. Seafood entres are also available, as well as an extensive wine menu. Camerons dessert choices include New York style cheesecake and chocolate lava cake. It is also known for its warm and inviting atmosphere that allows guests to relax while dining. More information about the steakhouse can be found here.
 
Did You Know?: Birmingham was incorporated as a city in 1932 and its downtown has been praised for its clean and safe shopping and dining opportunities for years. Famous actors like Tim Allen of Home Improvement and David Spade of Saturday Night Live were raised in Birmingham.
 

Bloomfield Hills
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
 
Where to Stay: The Radisson Hotel Detroit - Bloomfield Hills offers 151 American Contemporary style guest rooms, each complete with high-speed internet access, refrigerator and Sleep Number beds, among other amenities. An indoor pool and whirlpool is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The hotel also features a 24-hour fitness center and an outdoor courtyard. The four-star Northern Lakes Seafood Company is popular among guests for its fresh fish lunches and dinners. For more information about The Radisson please visit here.
 
Where to Go: The Cranbrook Educational Community of Bloomfield Hills offers an art museum and institute of science for guests to enjoy. The Cranbrook Art Museum offers examples of contemporary art and provides tours from May through October. Meanwhile, the Cranbrook Institute of Science is very popular for Detroit area residents. The institute offers exhibits, hands-on activities and planetarium shows. More information about both the art museum and institute of science can be found here.
 
Where to Eat: The Moose Preserve Bar and Grill is well-known in the area for its certified black angus steaks, fresh fish, burgers and Jack Daniels seasoned barbeque ribs. While The Preserve is popular for its food, guests also love the restaurants friendly staff and service, as well as its comfortable atmosphere. More information about The Preserve can be found here.
 
Meanwhile, another local favorite is Andiamo West Inc., which is beloved for creating terrific Italian entres ranging from fettuccine alfredo to risotti and desserts like cannolis and Italian rice pudding. Andiamo is also a great choice for its wine menu. The following link provides lunch, dinner and banquet menus.
 
Did You Know?: Bloomfield Hills consistently ranks as one of the top five wealthiest cities in the United States that consists of over 1,000 households. It currently is listed fourth in the nation and in 1990 it was ranked second. Thirty-nine percent of households in Bloomfield Hills have a value of over $1,000,000. Bloomfield Township is the home of Oakland Hills Country Club.
 


Rochester, Mich.
 
Where to Stay: The Royal Park Hotel is a four-star, four-diamond hotel that is located outside of Rochester. The hotel is well-known for its elegance throughout each of its 143 guest rooms and suites. It was designed to resemble an English manor house with Old World feel. Guests of the hotel continually find it to be one of the most comfortable stays of their entire lives. The hotels Brookshire Restaurant is popular for its fine dining, while The Commons serves delicious entres as well. With its fine dining and world-class hospitality, The Royal Park Hotel has also welcomed various famous guests, including President Bush, since its opening in 2004. For more information on this one-of-a-kind hotel, please visit this link.
 
Where to Go: Downtown Rochester, much like Birmingham, provides visitors with many shopping and dining opportunities in a clean and relaxed atmosphere. The downtown also hosts a Farmers Market every Saturday as well, featuring fresh produce, flowers and Michigan products. The Paint Creek Center for the Arts provides year-round fine art exhibitions for locals and visitors alike.
 
Awards: Kruse & Muer on Main is located in the downtown and specializes in pasta entres like linguine primavera and tortellini primavera alfredo. Kruse & Muer also serves various choices of fish ranging from Lake Superior whitefish and Atlantic salmon to parmesan encrusted whitefish and fried walleye and chips. It is also popular for its Kruser Kids menu that has a variety of entre choices in smaller portions, including linguine with tomato cream and tortellini with grilled chicken. More information on entres and hours can be found here.
 
The Rochester Chop House is another Kruse & Muer restaurant located in downtown Rochester. The Chop House is more upscale than Kruse & Muer on Main and specializes in a variety of steaks, chops, fresh fish and fine wines. Kabin Krusers Oyster Bar is located in front of the Chop House, providing guests with two restaurants in one setting. With piano music, elegant decorations and unique entre choices, The Rochester Chop House is one restaurant you must visit at least once during your stay. The following link provides more information about the Chop House.
 
Did You Know?: Rochester was established in 1817 and is one of the first settlements of the area. The city was named after Rochester, New York. In a 2005 CNNMoney survey of American towns, Rochester was listed in the top 100 of Best Places to Live. Also, during the Christmas season, most of the downtown buildings are covered with Christmas lights for The Big Bright Light Show that has attracted over one million visitors each season since its beginning in 2006.
 

Troy
Troy, Mich.
 
Where to Stay: The Detroit Marriott of Troy is respected for its modern decorations, spacious rooms and great service. The hotel is conveniently located by I-75, which is Michigans main highway. A drive on I-75 will lead to downtown Detroit, as well as attractions at various Metro Detroit suburbs. The hotel is also an attraction for its Don Shulas Steak House Detroit, which is one of the best steakhouses in the country. The steakhouse is known for its certified Angus beef and historical football memorabilia. With its five concierge-level floors and steakhouse, the Detroit Marriott of Troy continually attracts guests. More information can be found here.
 
Where to Go: The Somerset Collection is an exclusive upscale mall located on Big Beaver Road, which is home to various headquarters and businesses. Somerset is co-owned by The Forbes Company and has over 180 shops and restaurants. Stores like Nordstrom, Macys, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton can be found at the mall. Meanwhile, restaurants like P.F. Changs China Bistro, The Capital Grille and McCormick & Schmicks are located in or near the mall as well. The mall consists of two separate buildings connected by a skywalk over Big Beaver Road. As one of the most profitable malls in the United States, the Somerset Collection is sure to please any shopper.
 
Where to Eat: The Capital Grille, located in the Somerset Collection, serves dry aged steaks, seafood and other entres, as well as tempting desserts. The Capital Grille also has a wine cellar featuring some of the worlds best tasting wines. Along with its world-class entres, The Capital Grille is also known for its calm and soothing dining areas. Please visit this link for more information.
 
Ruths Chris Steakhouse is renowned for signature steaks and mouth-watering entres like lamb chops and lobster tail. The dessert menu includes caramelized banana cream pie and apple crumb tart. Ruths Chris also has a wide assortment of wines and cocktails. More information can be found here.
 
Did You Know?: Troy has also been rated by CNNMoney as one of Americas Best Places to Live. This year Troy was ranked number 22 out of 100 American cities. Troy is a thriving area for business as well and is home to a number of major companies such as Delphi Corporation and DuPont Automotive. As the home of the Troy Sports Center which is the training facility of the NHLs Detroit Red Wings, Sports Illustrated named Troy Michigans Sportstown in 2003.
 
With numerous lodging, shopping and dining opportunities, Metro Detroit provides comfort and entertainment to all of its visitors. After watching the live action of the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club, be sure to enjoy these four suburbs while you are in the area.
 
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