To cure cabin fever, snag a cabin

Overnight trips near home can make for a mini vacation

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 19, 2017

 The bold and eclectic décor at The Inn at 97 Winder in Detroit’s Brush Park complements the historic property.

The bold and eclectic décor at The Inn at 97 Winder in Detroit’s Brush Park complements the historic property.

Photo provided by Sari Cicurel, of Sari Cicurel Public Relations and Video Production


METRO DETROIT — Has your social media feed been packed with photos from everyone else’s summer vacation?

It’s not too late to have a memorable summertime getaway of your own, even if it’s just an overnight stay a few minutes away from your home.

The first step in planning your semi-staycation is deciding which type of experience you and your family would enjoy. Does the tranquility of the great outdoors spark your interest? Or would you rather explore the culture and history of a bustling city?

If the first option is more your taste, pack up the car and head north to Groveland Oaks Park in Holly, where Oakland County Parks and Recreation just put the finishing touches on a new yurt, available to be rented for up to two weeks.

What is a yurt, you ask? Think of it as a really large, circular cross between a cabin and a tent. You get all the benefits of sleeping outside, like the sounds of wildlife and the smell of fresh air, with indoor luxuries like electricity and beds.

“Inside, it has three rooms; two are bedrooms, and one has a queen-size bed and the other has two sets of bunk beds, so it’ll sleep six. The other room has a living area, dining table and chairs, two-person settee and refrigerator. It’s all log-style furniture for that outdoor, cabin feel,” said Boyd Brokenshaw, park supervisor at Groveland Oaks.  

Over the Fourth of July weekend, the first guests stayed in the yurt, which was built on the park’s small Cottage Island. 

“It’s mainly grass on the island, but it’s good to set up a volleyball court and other games. There’s a fire pit out there and a grill, and it’s so close to where we set off the Fourth of July fireworks that it’s really an ideal place to watch from,” Brokenshaw said. “They said it was a wonderful experience.”

A ride south to the heart of Detroit will bring staycationers to a 10-room bed and breakfast in Brush Park that’s ideal for exploring downtown and all the sports, shopping and culture the city has to offer.

“If you’re looking for a feeling of grandeur, The Inn at 97 Winder is the place,” said Barry Caplan, managing principal COO of Access Hospitality, which opened the hotel. “It’s a beautiful property built in 1896 by John Harvey, a philanthropist and pharmacist in Brush Park, which was called ‘little Paris’ at the turn of the century, when Detroit itself was called the Paris of the Midwest.”

The Second Empire-style architecture of the historic home is anything but lace doilies and potpourri. Each room is decorated in a different style with classic and contemporary elements, including the massage rooms and the entryway, where concierge staff can coordinate any kind of experience a guest might want.

“To me, with all the hotels in Detroit, this is a more luxurious experience and it’s a cozy, warm environment,” Caplan said. “The inn is a block off of Woodward, a block from the new Little Caesars Arena, a block from Ford Field, two blocks from the Fox Theatre. It’s a great place to take a wife or girlfriend and have a good time downtown and enjoy a night away.”