Rochester Hills, where a certain singer called Madonna grew up (graduating from Rochester Adams High School), lies 30 miles north of downtown Detroit. Rochester Hills event venues, along with those in Birmingham and Auburn Hills, give a fascinating glimpse of the communities so close to metro Detroit.
Attendees fly in to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), which is 45 miles southwest of downtown Rochester Hills and has service to all over Canada and the U.S.; as well as major transportation hubs in Europe, including Amsterdam, London, and Paris.
Rochester Hills has no major meetings venue, but in Troy, immediately to the south, is the Management Education Center, which has five meeting rooms, a 110-seat amphitheater, a 400-seat auditorium and a 312-seat dining room, among other spaces. Mega events return to Detroit and its Cobo Center, which has 100 meeting rooms, 2.4 million square feet of event space, eight exhibition halls and theater, banqueting, and reception space all for up to 4,350 persons.
Hotel venues in Rochester Hills include the 143-room Royal Park Hotel, which has 17 meeting rooms and configurations, including the RGB Room for 1,000 persons; 83-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rochester Hills Detroit Area, which has one meeting room for 15 persons, and 79-room ConCorde Inn, which has function areas, including its Grand Ballroom, for up to 300 persons. In Troy, to the south, is the 251-room Embassy Suites Detroit Troy Auburn Hills, which has 5,000 square feet of meeting space and 1,500-square-foot terrace, while in Auburn Hills is the 224-room Hilton Auburn Hills Suites, with seven function areas, the largest able to host up to 120 persons.
Unique gathering space in the Rochester Hills area include Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, which is an education center chronicling the area's formerly larger agricultural life, covers 16 acres, dates to 1823 and has outdoor grounds, the 1927 Dairy Barn with conference room and exhibit space for up to 75 persons and the Calf Barn for 160; La Sala Event & Banquet Center, with all the electronic gizmos needed and space for up to 300 persons; River Crest, which has two large banqueting rooms that can be joined for up to 240 persons and beautiful outdoor patios and lawns; Oakland University, which has a golf and learning center that contains two championship golf courses, R&S Sharf Golf Course and Katke-Cousins Golf Course, which also come with an attractive, white, stand-alone clubhouse with a restaurant and a conference room; and The Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, the next city to the northwest, which is home to the National Basketball Association's Detroit Pistons and has six separate clubs for events, including Club 300 for 330 persons, Pistons VIP Club for 475 and Courtside Club for 50.
Restaurants in Rochester Hills include Kruse & Muerr, which specializes in pasta and seafood and does have a little outdoor space; fine-dining Brookshire Restaurant (reopening in September 2015), which is in the Royal Park Hotel; Penny Black Grip & Tap, which has an American menu and a wonderful patio; Mamma Mia Tuscan Grill for Italian fine dining with an outside area with fountain; and Rochester Brunch House, which serves only breakfast and brunch/lunch but does it extremely well.