At the OCF, a lady I spoke with said this was the first time she ever stayed at an "Amish hotel". She was referring to the Comfort Inn behind Greenfield village. The Friday night storm knocked out the hydro in the area. I drove through the area a few times. Most of the traffic lights were on red flash and the hotel was blacked out all weekend. The hotel was booked solid for the OCF. It must have been awful there, no lights or AC, people possibly stuck in elevators, no breakfast in the morning. I was wondering what they would do in a case like that, send people to other hotels, refund money or would you have to tough it out? I stayed there last year and would have again this year had rooms been available. I have to thank Rob Heyen for recommending the Adoba Hotel across the street. My wife especially liked it there and even at peak times, there was enough room in the parking lot to drive a Fruehauf trailer equipped Model T in circles without hitting anything. Thanks Rob.
We were at the Adoba as well. I heard the desk gal telling a customer on the phone that they still had plenty of accommodations saturday night. We will be staying there again. Nice place.
Sounds like some of my tour stops in AFG, except it wasn't 130+ degrees and no one was actively trying to kill you.
Perhaps some IEDs and ambush attacks could be planned for next year to liven things up ?
We heard about it and went through the storm in back of our trailer and in the Henry Ford Security car!! We were at the Hawthorn Suites at 85 a night and it was Very Nice! Free shuttle back to the village,and a large compleat free breakfast! I did miss camping in the parking lot though!!!!!!!!!!!!! We missed Don with the burgendy 14 but we saw many top notch Canadian friends!!!! Bud.
Kenneth, I was hoping to meet you but, I guess I spent too much time looking at the cars and driving. I should have been reading the names on the signs instead. I did see a T Coupe and a Model A that spent the whole night at the Adoba parking lot. I would be afraid to leave an antique car out like that but, they were still there in the morning.
I was at the Comfort Inn when the storm hit. Funny thing about it was my husband and I decided to return home on Sunday after the Festival instead of Monday morning so when I went to check out they had me listed as a "no show" and the hotel didn't charge me anything so even though the hotel lost power we were able to stay the 2 nights for free. Not to bad considering.
This was our second year at OCF, and second year at the Adoba Hotel. I believe it was a Hyatt before, and last year there weren't many people at the hotel (huge hotel). Evidently this year, the word is getting out and there seemed to be many more people staying at the hotel in general, and more OCF folks too. Many of our Early Ford Registry group were there for the second year, and we all enjoyed the stay.
Someone told me it cost about ten dollars more a night than Comfort Inn. While there is no complementary breakfast, they do have a very nice restaurant and lounge, and there are several eating places within walking distance at the nearby shopping mall. Personally, I like it for the huge parking area, and leave my trailer there and drive each morning to the OCF.
I'm waiting for my flight at the Detroit airport and will get back to Nebraska late tonight.
Next up, the Glidden Tour (summer's not over yet......)
Diane, I'm glad to hear things worked out like that. Hey what the heck, you spend 80% of your hotel time in the dark with your eyes shut anyway. Another thing you should all know. I booked my room at the Adoba weeks ago at the regular rate but, at the last minute, I noticed on the OCF site that the Adoba was listed as a special group rate hotel for the OCF at a whopping $30.00 off per night. I inquired about this at check in and showed the staff my OCF wristband. They knew nothing of it but, after 10 minutes of backroom wrangling, they honored it. Watch for this on the OCF site next year.
Luckily, we are in Ann Arbor for the week for stuff at the VA Hospital there so we missed out on the fun with powerless hotels closer to the Village. Sorry to hear about the inconveniences that so many had to put up with.
As of this Wednesday morning, the traffic light at Hines Drive and Ann Arbor Trail is still out. Some of the lights on Ford Road are on but being powered by portable generators. Dearborn is offering free dry ice to the residents who remain without power. Repair trucks are everywhere.
Round two of the storm is on its way today. If you want to see the extent of the remaining outages, Google "DTE Outage Map" and enter 48124 as the zip code. If I heard correctly, approximately 75,000 customers in the metro area remain without power.
Correction. It must have been 7,500 as of this morning. Here's the 9 PM snapshot from last night.