Accommodations: Aloft Detroit The David Whitney

$950 per person double occupancy including, two nights’ accommodation, all trip-related guides, admissions and transportation and one dinner. Single Supplement $250 Does not include airfare or alcoholic beverages except where specified in the itinerary.



Trip begins at 11:00 a.m.

(We suggest Greensboro-based participants consider non-stop Delta flight 6235; departing GSO 7:20 a.m., arriving DTW 9:05 a.m.)

Walking Tour of Center City

Walking Tour of Center City, including the iconic Guardian Building, the Book Tower, Capitol Park, Campus Martius, and Cadillac Square. Tour may explore the 1897-1902 Wayne County Building – recently restored by Christman Company.

Lunch :: Lafayette Coney Island

Coney Island dogs are to Detroit as cheese steaks are to Philadelphia and so of course we stop by this iconic spot for a dog or two

Tour of the Fisher Building

We receive a special tour of this very, very special building now fully returned to dazzling its Arabian Knights meets English Arts and Crafts splendor

Tour of the Michigan Central Train Depot

Who doesn’t love a good train station and what we have here is a very good one indeed, magnificent in its restored and working glory and considered by many to be the grandest station in the country.

Tour of the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA)

A one point in its long struggle to rebuild, the city came dangerously close to selling off DIA’s world class collections. Wiser heads prevailed and this late afternoon we pay tribute to the mighty workers at the heart of this city’s great story as depicted in the incomparable murals of Diego Riviera.  And then drinks are on us.  We get a taste of Detroit’s lively new cultural scene when we stick around for DIA’s Music in Atrium. Have a round--or two--of drinks on us before heading off to dinner on your own.


Tour of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Museum

We head out to Grosse Pointe to experience the high life as lived by the scion of the Ford family.  Inspired by the couple’s travels in the Cotswolds and designed by Detorit architect Albert Kahn, this was the family’s home from 1929 until Eleanor’s death in 1976 when it was left as a gift to the people of Michigan.  The estate continues to be as noted for its gardens and art collection as it is for its stunning manor house.

Tour of Pewabic Tile

The strong influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement has been felt from the beginning of the justly famous Pewabic Tiles.  We tour the tile works and learn more of its story, one that is thoroughly intertwined with that of the city’s and evidence of which is seen everywhere.

Lunch at Eastern Market

Honestly it might be easier to say what Eastern Market isn’t than to include everything it is.  Produce market, food truck local, crafts, performance venues, hipster hangout.  It’s big and its, well just, everything…we take a break here for some self-guided food and wonderment…

Tour of the Heidelberg Project

Now 30 years old, the Heidelberg Project is the vision of one man, Tyree Guyton, who decided to use the very bones of his neighborhood to make an artistic statement and bring new life back to the area.

Tour of the Motown Museum

From a modest house sprang an empire and with it yet another facet of Detroit’s story.

Dinner :: Detroit Athletic Club

This evening we dine in style and as guest members at The Detroit Athletic Club. DAC, as it is affectionately known, is yet another one of Detroit’s iconic architectural gems, a neoclassical beauty modeled on Rome’s Palazzo Farnese.


Cost to be determined by the number of participants.

This optional excursion is scheduled to return to Detroit no later than 5:30 p.m. (We suggest Greensboro-based participants consider non-stop Delta flight 4017 which departing DTW at 8:22 p.m., arriving GSO)

A full day visit to Cranbrook House and Gardens  and Cranbrook Art Museum.

The house and gardens are the former home of George and Ellen Booth, heirs to the Scripps Publishing empire. The Booths were visionary supporters of the Arts and Crafts Movement, as evidenced throughout the house by outstanding examples of personally commissioned works and the ethos of which became the inspiration for Cranbrook Academy of Art.

The renowned Cranbrook Art Museum has important collections of contemporary art, fine crafts, design and architecture--a particular stand out of which is the complete Saarinen House, a Modernist masterpiece.