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Meet Rod Alberts, executive director for the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA). Since his arrival to Detroit in 1989 from Orange County, Rod has been a driving force in transforming the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) into the masterpiece that we know and love today. When the Detroit Auto Show was taking a turn towards a new vision, he was the guy for the job.

Given his 25-year relationship with the Motor City, and heavy involvement in one of the industries that makes us hum, we spent a few minutes with Rod to ask him …

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Looking for a unique way to spend a weekend in Detroit? How about recreating an elegant 1920s evening with dinner, a show and an evening in one of the city’s stately historic hotels?

Some of Detroit’s oldest hotels are no longer in operation, but plenty are still vibrant and thriving — and their hallways hold decades of tales of countless former guests. Most have been restored to their former grand state so you can get a feel for what they were like when Detroit was coming into its own. A reservation at any of them would be a great plan for date night.

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An increasing number of families are traveling together. And we’re not talking just Mom, Dad and the kids. Grandma and Grandpa are joining the fun, too. That’s because, while travel was considered a luxury by previous generations, many aging baby boomers see it a necessity for an enjoyable retirement.

From historical gems to an exciting downtown, Detroit (and its surrounding communities) offer oodles of activities that appeal to visitors of all ages and stages. Here are examples of a few of the things you could see and do on a multigenerational trip to The D:

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It’s winter in Michigan. There will be snow. There will be ice. There will be some people who go into hibernation until spring.

But if you saw news coverage of the events surrounding the recent NHL Winter Classic and Hockeytown Winter Festival, you know that there is all sorts of fun to be had in this Motor City Winter Wonderland — if you’re up for it.

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Meadow Brook Hall’s recent 42nd annual Holiday Walk gave visitors a chance to see inside the lives of the Dodge-Wilson family, whose 88,000-square-foot estate is among the largest historic homes in the nation.

This year’s holiday theme provided a behind-the-scenes look at the family’s international travels, including a chance to read personal postcards and letters from their journeys. But if you missed this inside look this Christmas, don’t fret.

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