Meadow Brook Hall has earned fourth place in USA Today’s 2023 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards! The expert panel selected Meadow Brook Hall as Michigan’s only contender for Best Historic Home Tour from a pool of nearly two dozen historic house museums across the country. The award recognizes the Holidays at Meadow Brook events—Holiday Walk and Winter Wonder Lights.
Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. See the full list of winners here. Two other Detroit institutions were part of the contest in different categories: America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner White took second place in the Best Holiday Parade in America and the Detroit Zoo was named 9th place in the Best Zoo Lights category.
A National Recognition
“This national recognition from critics and readers around the country is such a point of pride for us at Meadow Brook Hall,” said Shannon O’Berski, director of external relations at Meadow Brook Hall. “It is a special honor to be ranked among the nation’s magnificent historic house museums for our incredible Holidays at Meadow Brook experience. We are also proud of our fellow Detroit attractions for placing in their categories—the Detroit Zoo and America’s Parade Company. It’s a wonderful recognition for Michigan!”
10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes.
A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook was built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge. Constructed in Rochester, Mich. between 1926 and 1929, the 110-room Tudor mansion is especially renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale.
The Holidays at Meadow Brook
The Holidays at Meadow Brook offer two dazzling ways to experience the estate. By day, the beloved annual Holiday Walk transports visitors through the historic mansion decked in shimmering splendor, while Winter Wonder Lights transforms the estate at night into a breathtaking light show featuring music, seasonal treats and holiday magic.
Located in Rochester on the campus of Oakland University, Meadow Brook Hall is Michigan’s most incredible holiday entertainment destination from Friday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023.
By day, tour the historic mansion decked in holiday splendor and experience the wonder of over 50 magnificent trees, trimmings and lights galore. By night, see the estate illuminated with sparkling light installations inspired by the magnificent Meadow Brook Hall. The evening features concessions, bonfires and a special peek inside the mansion. Each event is its own self-guided experience. Tickets must be booked for a specific date and time and are available online only at meadowbrookholidays.com.
For more information about Holiday Walk and Winter Wonder Lights at Meadow Brook—including dates, details and ticket information, visit meadowbrookholidays.com.
The Holidays at Meadow Brook are presented by Oakland University Credit Union and sponsored by Renewal by Anderson and Lincoln of Troy. Senior Days is sponsored by Pomeroy Living.
Meadow Brook Hall is fully self-supporting, relying on special events such as the annual holiday events for the preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. For more information about the Meadow Brook Hall, visit meadowbrookhall.org.
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, Meadow Brook Hall represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival style architecture in America, and is especially renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 square-feet. It was the center of a country estate that included 1,500 acres, numerous farm buildings, recreational facilities, several residences and formal gardens. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, Meadow Brook Hall strives to preserve and interpret its architecture, landscape, and fine and decorative art so that visitors may be entertained, educated and inspired by history. Meadow Brook Hall is located in Rochester, Mich. on the campus of Oakland University.