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Eastern Market, Detroit, MI, USA
The eat-fresh, know-your-farmer trend that's sweeping the United States hasn't skipped over Detroit. But lest you think Eastern Market is just like the pokey farmer's markets cropping up all over the country, know this: Eastern Market is an entire...
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2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Detroit's theater district is said to be the second-largest in the United States after New York City's, and the historic Fox Theatre is the nucleus of the district. Although the surrounding area exudes a cosmopolitan cool left over from the days...
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5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago get a lot of the good press when it comes to the arts and art museums, but the Detroit Institute of Arts helps Detroit give these cities a run for their money. The diverse collection is spread out over 100...
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441 West Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
The word "shinola" was popularized during World War II when the phrase, "You don't know shit from Shinola" became a commonplace colloquialism. Back then, it referred to a Texas brand of shoe polish, which was government issue for all soldiers. In...
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4240 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Detroit has style. It has always had style. From cars to music to art, the city has influenced good design and curated good sense since long before it received its current reputation that would suggest otherwise. Walking into Hugh is a reminder of...
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300 E Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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Elwood Bar and Grill now lies in the shadow of Comerica Park on Adams but it was built in 1936 by Charles Noble at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Woodward Avenue. Moved in 1997 to make way for the new Tigers stadium (Comerica Park) it was and...
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114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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Philly has its cheesesteaks; New York, its bagels with lox. Locals in these places are seemingly born with a precise vernacular and ingrained cultural etiquette on how to order these food items. Detroiters are not left without their regional...
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4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Garden Bowl was built in 1913 and is America’s oldest, still-active bowling center. In the '20s it was known as the "working man's country club," and now it is a part of one of the largest entertainment venues in Detroit (which includes The...
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4222 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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Thanks to its starring role in the middle of Detroit's Theatre District, Mario's is a popular spot for dinner before or a show or drinks after. But even if you don't have tickets to the latest vaudeville, this Italian restaurant has diners covered...
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2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, is the perfect destination for any group and any person of any age. It's an ideal date spot for sports fans and a place where even a solo traveler can enjoy a fun afternoon. It's also located in the heart...
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10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, USA
My mother first took me to Pewabic Pottery when I was a child. Returning today, I found it as fascinating as ever. The historic Tudor Revival building on Jefferson that houses Pewabic is now a classroom, showroom, working studio, museum, and...
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555 East Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Just one bite of moussaka or a sip of ouzo and you'll think you've arrived in the Peloponnese instead of Greektown, Detroit. Although at one time, nearly all of the businesses were owned by Greek-American families, the neighborhood has added...
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2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
The story goes that Paul McCartney was in town for a performance when he decided to make a visit to the MoTown Museum. Entering the famed Studio A he was disappointed to find its legendary Steinway Piano was out of tune and desperately in need of...
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511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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Another great place to eat in Detroit is The Traffic Jam & Snug! If you are in town looking for a place to indulge your sweet tooth—with a unique atmosphere—then this is the place for you. Inside the old building are lots of antique decorations,...
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511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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Owner Carolyn claims that what was once a neighborhood dive bar got its current name when a brawl broke out—the former owner held up the keys, asked if anyone wanted to buy a bar and a local teacher said, "sure," which prompted one of his friends...
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1345 Division St #102, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
The Eastern Market neighborhood is expanding to become a haven for the arts as much as for those seeking fresh, locally sourced food. Signal Return is a product of that expansion. Open every Saturday (the main market day) as well as Thursdays and...
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4240 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
The light-filled retail space that is Nora on Cass Avenue is a haven of good design, unusual gifts, and all manner of tempting delights you didn't know you needed. The site claims Nora is a collection of "Scandinavian housewares, Japanese pottery,...
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901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
If John K. King Used & Rare Bookstore looks more like an enormous factory than a sweet independent bookstore, consider this: The building, which was once an old glove factory, stuffs more than a million secondhand and rare books onto each of its...
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3434 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Detroit is built on American industry, so a stop at The Detroit Mercantile Co. is a must. The products are tough, rugged, and American-made, just like the city itself. Find everything from retro Slinkies and decks of playing cards to...
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5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
Having visited Detroit dozens of times for work, I was errant in never having explored the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum. To my own discredit, it took threats of the pieces being sold to pay the city's debts (these threats continue today) to...
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Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA
It's America's largest city-owned island park, and it's right in downtown Detroit. Belle Isle is home to an aquarium, a beach, a museum of Great Lakes maritime memorabilia, and the romantic Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which holds one of...
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1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
The Westin Book Cadillac is located in the heart of downtown Detroit, inside a historic building that has been renovated to reflect the best in modern luxury and amenities. With a pool, spa, fitness center, meeting and conference rooms, gift shop,...
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441 West Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
With its headquarters located in the Argonaut Building in Midtown Detroit, this store is a must see in the Motor City. Shinola is the Detroit-based mecca of American manufacturing: producing handcrafted watches, bikes, and leather goods. Importing...
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1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Originally built in the early 1900s, the Detroit Opera House was once one of the largest theaters in the world. While it no longer holds that distinction, the historic venue remains one of the most beautiful places in the city. The building's...
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1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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"Have you heard about d'Mongo's? It is Ryan Gosling's favorite place to visit when he comes to town!" Although I never saw Ryan Gosling, bartender Red knew immediately that I was new in Detroit and that I'd never been in before. She recommended I...
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2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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Come for a sip of the Cliff Bell at happy hour (that's Dewar’s Scotch, sweet vermouth, Absinthe Ordinare, and orange bitters), stay for the live jazz and the lively 1930's atmosphere. Cliff Bell's jazz bar in downtown Detroit is a slinky watering...
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2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
Step into Sugar House and step 100 years back in time. The saloon's decor, atmosphere, and drinks are based on the pre-Prohibition era, and the name pays tribute to the Sugar House Gang, a group of bootleggers in 1920s Detroit. The impressive...
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27799 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072, USA
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Vinsetta Garage, the Detroit area's oldest auto repair shop, was recently converted into a hip restaurant and bar. The menu is full of all-American comfort foods, like mac and cheese, pizzas, and burgers. A lot of care has gone into the menu, and...
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Detroit, MI 48242, USA
Detroit is a colorful, gritty, oft-misunderstood city. If you get a chance to visit, or if you're connecting to somewhere else, there's one colorful aspect of the city that is a can't miss: the rainbow tunnel at DTW. The tunnel connects Concourse...
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2517 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Germack began in Detroit in 1924 as the Germack Pistachio Company and is the oldest roaster of pistachio nuts in the United States. Today, it occupies more than double the retail space it once did and sells more than just nuts—now the highlight...
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2124 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
Astro Coffee is a youthful coffee shop located in the historic yet revitalized Corktown neighborhood of Detroit that serves up beans from some of the country's finest roasters, including San Francisco's Sightglass Coffee and Durham's Counter...
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215 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
It’s not unusual to find really good vintage shopping in college towns but Ann Arbor has to be one of the better destinations. Everyone I talked to without hesitation said The Getup was their favorite and it’s easy to see why. Get more at...
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Detroit, MI 48242, USA
A layover is never fun, especially if you're fighting jet lag and still hours away from home. As a frequent traveler for work, I transfer at least monthly in the Detroit airport (DTW). As airports go, this place has made some serious upgrades that...
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4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Perhaps you remember the Chrysler commercial from Super Bowl 2011 that announced Detroit's comeback. I'll admit that it piqued my interest in Motor City and decided to pay a visit (and hoped that the images from RoboCop were just that—fiction). I...
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460 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Brother-sister duo Andy and Emily Linn opened City Bird, a studio and gallery located in Midtown Detroit, to house their line of handmade Detroit- and Great Lakes–themed housewares, apparel, accessories, and objects. The work of more than 200...
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Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, USA
When I lived in Michigan as a child, we went to Mackinac Island a few times. I mostly remembered horses and fudge from those trips. This year I took my son and husband, met up with a high school friend and her family who live in the U.P., and...
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22148 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
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Behold a pizza place worth the wait—Buddy’s Pizza is praised for its take on Detroit-style pizza: a square-shaped, deep-dish pie topped with marinara, and cooked to chewy perfection. Health-watchers rejoice—their pizza also comes gluten-free. With...
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422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
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As soon as I walked into Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, the rock star of delicatessens, I cried. Much like a 9 yr old girl at a Justin Bieber concert, I simply could not contain myself. EVERYTHING was amazing from the cheese to the bread and even the...
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20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
At Greenfield Village, part of The Henry Ford, the goal is to recreate what life was like in the early days of the United States of America. That goal is more than accomplished through the historic structures, activities, and even the work of the...
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380 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, USA
Cranbrook Gardens are a nice place for an relaxing afternoon walk. Admission is $6, and a walk through the grounds will take about an hour. Be sure to check out the greenhouses.
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Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
The Henry Ford Museum is a vast playground for history buffs, children, and couples looking for an unusual date. The collection that was started by Henry Ford himself now contains an estimated 26 million artifacts in displays and collections that...
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286 Grand Ave, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, USA
Here I am, standing on the sidewalk below the Grand Hotel. No, I didn't stay there but it is very nice looking from the outside!
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Lake Charlevoix, Michigan, USA
Last summer we discovered this unlikely art installation in Boyne City, Michigan. Just off the shores of Young State Park in Lake Charlevoix, numerous dead trees were repositioned upside down in the shallow water with their roots reaching toward...
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575 S Eton St, Birmingham, MI 48009, USA
Located in Birmingham's emerging Rail District, Griffin Claw is the new home of the Big Rock Chop House brewmaster, Dan Rogers. A traditional outdoor biergarten is the best place to enjoy a flight or sample a few different beers during the warmer...
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400 Renaissance Center A-03, Detroit, MI 48243, USA
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One of Detroit's greatest assets is its waterfront and canals, and Detroit River Sports takes full advantage of this with its kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboarding equipment. The group leads paddlers into the city's nooks and crannies during a...
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800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Campus Martius Park changes with the seasons. Situated in the heart of downtown, it is reminiscent of New York City's Bryant Park. In summertime, a beach welcomes children of all ages who desire a little sand between their toes. A beach bar, green...
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2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
It doesn't matter what time of day you find yourself at Sugar House, the drinks are always incredible. As is their attitude toward the creation of a good libation. Just take this quote on their menu as proof: "We are still heartily of the opinion...
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4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
One of the best presenters of hip, global music in Michigan is MOCAD, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This is Omar Souleyman...a Syrian musician who fuses traditional Middle Eastern jams with electronic beats. It's bizarre and awesome. And...
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25 Christmas Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, USA
If you make a visit to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, just be ready to be amazed: this place is a football field and a half full of Christmas wonder and joy-- no scrooges allowed. Established in 1945 by Wally Bronner, it is the world's largest...
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8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067, USA
Peacocks roam free, you can walk underneath polar bears, you can even get up close and personal with the giraffes. There's also a railroad and carousel. The historic Detroit Zoo is the perfect place to take your children for an afternoon of fun in...
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39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, USA
On the first Friday of each month, Cranbrook's Science Institute is open free after 5:00 p.m. It's a chance to roam with dinosaurs, gaze at stars through powerful telescopes, chill out in the ice age exhibit, learn more about the history and...
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39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, USA
The Cranbrook Educational Community is one of the most revered names in Michigan, and under the umbrella of that name is an art museum, a secondary school, a graduate program, the institute of science, a research center, and historic homes with...
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29101 Greenfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076, USA
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A fresh movement has begun in Detroit, where urban gardens are replacing empty lots and chefs are sourcing food from vendors close enough that they can walk to pick up their produce. However, Lorraine Platman was using local ingredients and...
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300 Town Center Dr, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA
Many hotels strive for excellence, but The Henry, an Autograph Hotel in Dearborn, MI, actually achieves what might be close to the vision of Henry Ford. Located close to both downtown Detroit and The Henry Ford Museum, The Henry is a a Marriott...
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525 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
Hi there Traveler ! If Ann Arbor (A2) happens to be included in your itinerary make a pit stop by UMMA- it has something for everyone.Before doing so check this page and click on your particular interest by selecting your faves from left column...
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Alpena, MI 49707, USA
Not to worry. After this little creature was banded for the annual bird count, it rested peacefully in my hand. Then, with just a slight tip of the wrist, off it flew to resume its own agenda for the day. Friends of ours have a cabin on the lake...
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2800 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084, USA
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Detroit is long on upscale shopping and high-end fashion, and Somerset Mall has all of the best collections under one roof. (That's not to say that there are not many affordable options as well—Somerset Mall's size and range is incomparable in the...
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Woodward Ave, Michigan, USA
If you are an automobile aficionado or collector, there is no better thing to do than visit or participate in the Woodward Dream Cruise which takes place in "Motor City" every year. The annual event occurs on the third Saturday of August, and...
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1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, USA
While walking the streets of Frankenmuth, also known as Michigan's Little Bavaria, it would not be uncommon to pass a man in a lederhosen or a woman in a dirndl. When you enter this quaint little community, you feel as if you've been transported...
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730 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, USA
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Walk along the flower-lined streets of this beautiful Bavarian town and enter Zehnder's, an elegantly decorated indoor chicken biergarten-of-sorts that seats up to 1,500 people at any given time and serves up some of the tastiest chicken and...
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286 Grand Ave, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, USA
We spend a wonderful weekend each Fall on this idyllic island in Northern Michigan on the Great Lakes. Beautiful scenery. A fun little town and fort. Getting around is by horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, or on foot. There are no cars allowed on the...
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Mackinac Island, MI 49757, USA
If you get the opportunity, take the time to bike around Macinac Island. The trek is not difficult, and it is absolutely beautiful. The rentals aren't ridiculously expensive, and (in most cases) the locals are wonderful.
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Detroit, MI 48207, USA
A trip through Detroit can not happen without visiting the constantly updating and quite spectacular Detroit International Riverfront. One of Detroit's most pleasing sights is host to a wide assortment of activities for both locals and tourists...
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One Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls, MI 49713, USA
Boyne ski resorts in Northern Michigan (near Petoskey, which is famous for its fossilized stones) are somewhat of a Midwest winter sports icon. Two Mountains (Boyne Mountains and Boyne Highlands) offer you impressive skiing conditions, including...