Summer Travel: Michigan and Miami

I live in Wisconsin so it’s no surprise that our airwaves have been saturated with summer tourism ads heralding Michigan’s incredible natural wonders.

From its spectacular lakes to its amazing waterfalls and beautiful beaches the state is well displayed in the new 2008 Pure Michigan advertising campaign. Tourism officials are hoping the award-winning campaign will draw people like me (who live in nearby states and Canada) to enjoy the state’s beaches, golf courses, fishing spots and bike trails.

If you live in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana or Ohio be prepared to be inundated with TV, radio and print ads boasting of Michigan’s “unspoiled beauty and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.”

You can read my articles on Michigan-related events and activities by clicking on the titles below.

If you plan to hold off on taking a summer vacation until later in the season you might consider heading south to Miami. Doing so will guarantee you the chance to be one of the first visitors to the new and improved Fontainebleau resort located at the north end of Miami Beach.

The property is putting the finishing touches on a $1 billion facelift. Hotel execs hope the new additions will “move the resort into the future with a nod to its iconic past.”

The original structure was designed by department-store window icon turned architectural genius, Morris Lapidus. Prior to the renovations the resort’s room count was less than 1,000. When the hotel reopens in a few months it will boast 1,504 rooms including two new towers; 11 restaurants and lounges; a 40,000-square-foot spa; and a new free-form pool shaped like Lapidus’ signature bow-tie design. One of the new restaurants is Gotham Steaks, which is known for its upscale service.

Hotel managers say rooms will start at $239 this fall, and should be available starting in September. Another Fontainebleau is scheduled to open in Las Vegas next year, but room prices have yet to be announced.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.