Housing, Transportation and Meals

Housing

Blocks of rooms at a fair rate are reserved at the following hotel:

Best Western Greenfield Inn

Best Western Greenfield Inn

Discover old world hospitality in a one-of-a-kind, truly unique hotel, known as the pink palace, this full-service hotel offers a perfect blend of historic charm and modern-day conveniences. Enjoy our indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free high-speed internet, and fresh-baked cookies. Meet up with colleagues or relax on your own in O'Henry's Restaurant and Squire's Pub. Located minutes from The Henry Ford.

  • Deluxe overnight accommodations
  • Full cooked-to-order breakfast included
  • Refrigerators & microwaves in every room
  • Complimentary airport shuttle (7:00 am to 10:00 pm)
  • Complimentary shuttle within 5 miles of hotel

Transportation

A daily shuttle service will be provided to The Henry Ford. Shuttles will leave the Best Western Greenfield Inn at 7:45 am every morning and The Henry Ford at 5:30 pm every evening.

Teachers are not required to use the shuttle service and may choose to drive their own vehicles to the workshop each day.

Meals

Meals will be the responsibility of the teachers. Lunch will be available for purchase at a discounted rate at multiple restaurants throughout The Henry Ford. Teachers may also bring their own food. Monday evening’s bus tour will include a restaurant stop; meal is responsibility of teacher. Exceptions are Sunday dinner and Friday lunch which will be provided by The Henry Ford.

Coffee and water will be provided each day, as well as an afternoon snack.

Your visit to the Dearborn/Detroit Area

Make your week at The Henry Ford even more memorable by visiting some of the other attractions, eating at great restaurants and enjoying a night out. Note that you will need to schedule extra time before or after the workshop for daytime attractions as our schedule is quite packed. 

Dearborn – may use Best Western complimentary shuttle within 5 miles of hotel.


Restaurants & Nightlife:

Al-Ameer Restaurant – Al Ameer Restaurant is a fixture and “go-to” choice for Detroiters in search of authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Michigan has long been associated with Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cuisine, and Al Ameer is a great representative of the culinary cultures within the region.

Andiamo Ristorante – Reminiscent of a contemporary bistro in Milan, Andiamo Dearborn is proud to feature knowledgeable friendly service and classic Italian cuisine with modern accents.  

Buddy’s Pizza – Buddy's serves Detroit's original square pizza, made from scratch soups, and our celebrated Antipasto salad - each prepared just as they would have been in 1946 — with the freshest ingredients and an acute attention to detail. 

Frida Mexican Cuisine – Not your ordinary Mexican restaurant. As the Facebook page says, "Let's learn, enjoy and live the true Mexican gastronomy!!!" Every three months, special dishes from different regions of Mexico are swapped into the menu.

Miller’s Bar – Miller’s Bar in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn is something special with no dinner checks and no plates. Ranked by dozens of local and national media as having one of the best burgers and value in America, the burgers are so great you quickly forget that they are served to you on a piece of wax paper.

Attractions: 

The Henry Ford – During the workshop we will visit much but not all of Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum. We will enjoy the full Ford Rouge Factory Tour. We do not currently plan to see a Giant Screen Theater film but you may like to take in “Throwback Thursday” film on Thursday evening.

Henry Ford Estate – Henry and Clara Ford’s estate, Fair Lane, gives new insight to the innovator’s personal life. Currently under renovation; check website for updates.

Arab American National Museum – The Arab American National Museum, which opened in 2005, is the first museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture. Located in Dearborn, Michigan, the Museum seeks to dispel misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities. Occasional evening events; check here for updates as summer 2017 events announced.

Detroit – requires a car, taxi or Uber


Attractions: 

Detroit Institute of Arts – Among the collections are Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work. It was inspired by the Ford Rouge Factory and funded by Edsel Ford. The DIA, a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century, creates experiences that help each visitor find personal meaning in art. The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art.

Detroit Historical Museum – Visit the Detroit Historical Museum to reinforce how the Industrial Revolution played out in Detroit. Five new, permanent exhibitions debuted in 2012: the Gallery of Innovation, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, the Kid Rock Music Lab, Legends Plaza, and Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy. An expanded Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad exhibition better showcases this important part of Detroit history. Pre-existing permanent exhibitions have received upgrades and improvements, including updates to the beloved Streets of Old Detroit, America's Motor City and Frontiers to Factories: Detroiters at Work, 1701-1901 exhibitions.

Detroit Experience Factory – At the Detroit Experience Factory we use interactive experiences and innovative resources to help newcomers and locals get more connected to the people, places and projects in Detroit. We operate Detroit’s community based Welcome Center and have taken over 70,000 people on experiential tours of Detroit since we opened in 2006.

  • Saturday, July 8, 2:00 pm – Best of Downtown
    Billions of dollars in development have happened along the Woodward Corridor in recent years and Downtown is at the epicenter of it all. On this tour you’ll see all the major developments as well as unique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and recently renovated residential options. You’ll also see some of Detroit’s great historical spots and its world renowned architecture.
  • Saturday, July 15, 2:00 pm – Best of Downtown

Motown Museum – The Motown Museum tells the story of how a man’s vision turned into one of largest, most successful record companies of all time and how the music – the Motown Sound – captured the hearts of young people, not only in America, but across the globe.

Belle Isle – Belle Isle Park is a 982-acre island park located in Detroit with historic, environmental, and cultural resources that have been beloved for generations. The park is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and more!

Eastern Market – Eastern Market is the destination in the heart of the city with fresh food, restaurants, businesses, art and culture and over 150 years of rich history.

  • Saturday Market – 6:00 am to 4:00 pm. Attending our Saturday Market is an experience that is undeniably Detroit. Over 225 market vendors share their produce and stories with up to 40,000 visitors in one day during our busy season. The tradition of this market has been a cornerstone of the city for 125 years and is crucial to our mission of nourishing a healthier, wealthier, and happier city.
  • Sunday Street Market – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Sunday Street Market is not your traditional farmers market. It seeks to showcase the work of local artists, cooks, jewelers, musicians, and more. This market is the perfect chance to discover items that are uniquely Detroit and Michigan made.

Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park – A ferris wheel. A mammoth water feature in center field that can be choreographed to any music. A decade-by-decade pedestrian museum enveloping the main concourse. But wait, there is also a field with a game being played as well. Comerica Park is one of the many highlights of Downtown Detroit.

  • Friday, July 14, 7:10 pm – vs. Blue Jays
  • Saturday, July 15, time TBD – vs. Blue Jays
  • Sunday, July 16, 1:10 pm – vs. Blue Jays

Detroit Bus Company Tours – With every seat you purchase on one of their tours, DBC will give a Detroit child in need of a safe ride to school or after-school program. Ride for ride.

  • Saturday, July 8, 11:00 am – Come See About Me – The Motown History Tour
    One of the best things that ever happened to Detroit was the Motown Sound. On this bus tour you’ll discover more than just the music – we’ll go see the homes, the performance venues, the recording studios, the schools artists attended and so much more. Includes access to the Motown Museum ($15 value!)
  • Saturday, July 8, 7:00 pm – Drunks of Antiquity – The Detroit Historic Bar Tour
    We’ll stop at some of Detroit’s oldest, most notorious and most interesting bars, sharing stories along the way- over a few pints, of course.
  • Friday, July 14, 7:00 pm – Drunks of Antiquity – The Detroit Historic Bar Tour
  • Saturday, July 15, 7:00 pm – Drunks of Antiquity – The Detroit Historic Bar Tour
  • Friday, July 21, 7:00 pm – Drunks of Antiquity – The Detroit Historic Bar Tour
  • Saturday, July 22, 7:00 pm – Drunks of Antiquity – The Detroit Historic Bar Tour

 

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