Michigan tourism officials and “Michigan’s Big Show” recently broadcast WJIM AM 1240 radio waves in Washington D.C. After a nonstop American Airlines flight from Lansing Capital Region International Airport to the Reagan Airport, hosted members of Congress on live and syndicated radio shows. I hosted from the grand and posh Dupont Circle Hotel.
“What an opportunity to fly direct from Michigan’s capital to the nation’s capital nonstop,” said Nicole Noll Williams, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Authority, who frequents DC on business and recently worked for the senator. American Gary Peters.
Stepping into the Dupont Circle Hotel is like being welcomed into an upscale club – an elegant yet comfortable club where you are the most important member. Soothing shades, colors, a fireplace, and artwork decorate the cozy lobby. Doyle’s quiet nooks, the hotel’s dark, deco and dreamy ‘Madmen’-style bar offer a contrasting experience from the bright, flower-filled brasserie The Pembroke. For me, breakfast on the marble tables at the Pembroke meant Crab Chesapeake Benedict with a glass of prosecco and window panes with a panoramic view of Dupont Circle.
Misty Belles, global PR director for luxury travel network Virtuoso, joined me with a toast.
“It’s a wonderful hotel in a busy part of DC. You get a strong sense of community here and you’re also close to all the sights you want to see in DC,” Belles said, including the White House. Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Micheal Martin, during his St. Patrick’s Day visit to US President Joe Biden, stayed at the Dupont Circle Irish Hotel, part of the Doyle Collection. “The Irish welcome you to their hotels as if it were their home. You can really feel it here, it’s very hot.
I took Belles’ advice to walk around DC as much as possible and walked from the hotel to visit the Irish Ambassador to the US, Daniel Mulhall, at his embassy’s residence nearby . The hotel’s general manager, Joel Freyberg, who demonstrates a subtle and attentive diplomacy for all his guests, organized the rendezvous.
“When one of our Irish ministers comes to Washington, we put him up at the Dupont Circle Hotel,” the ambassador told me. “When the Irish say ‘welcome’, we say ‘one hundred thousand welcomes’.”
Ambassador Mulhall told me that US Representative Dan Kildee was planning to host him in Michigan this summer. It was music to the ears of Michigan’s leading travel promoter Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, who was in DC with Traverse City Tourism COO Whitney Waara and Mackinac Island Tourism CEO Tim Hygh. .
“We will be visiting members of the Michigan congressional delegation in their offices to talk about issues important to the travel industry. We advocate policies that will allow our industry to grow and prosper. We are here to educate and inform,” Lorenz said on the show with her colleagues from my Dupont Circle Hotel suite on the eighth floor. Waara looked out of the panoramic corner windows.
“It’s a beautiful sight – a lovely place with a lot of buzz,” said Waara, who lived in DC.
Another Michigander, Liz Ware, vice president of sales and marketing and owner of Mackinac Island’s Mission Point Resort, has worked at Dupont Circle for more than a decade. “I would tell myself to take a mental picture to anchor the majesty of DC in my head,” she said. “Washington DC and Mackinac Island both have interesting characters.”
The American Tim Wahlberg, on arriving, admired the comfortable suite of the Dupont Circle Hotel. He spends his nights: on an air mattress in his office in Capital Building! He showers in the home gym and has breakfast at his desk. “Congressmen are only in Washington nine nights a month, and I can tell my constituents that I’m in the office 24/7,” the Lansing and Jackson-area Republican said. “Amway provides us with energy drinks and my favorite cereal is Kellogg Frosted Flakes. Tony the Tiger makes me smile.
U.S. Representatives John Moolenaar and Fred Upton also visited the hotel for live interviews, meaning the on-site producer, Lansing lobbyist Tim McGuire, who frequently works at DC, left the espresso machine in the room percolate during commercial breaks!
Contact Michael Patrick Shiels atMShiels@aol.com His radio show can be found on MiBigShow.com or weekday mornings starting at 9am on WJIM AM 1240