In and Around Detroit Michigan

Comerica Park Detroit TigersExploring a new city is always exciting.  There is a bit of a difference in exploring a place you’re visiting and exploring a place that you now call home.  You look at things differently and you explore with less haste.  Instead of just figuring out how to get from point A to point B, you’re trying to actually learn.  You don’t rush through museums and attractions because you know you can always come back and visit again. At least this is my experience with it.

One of my favorite experiences so far has been visiting Comerica Park for my first Major League Baseball game.  The park is beautiful, the weather has been great and a baseball is the great American game.  I’ve been to many minor league games, but Charlotte didn’t have a major league team so this was a major league first for me.

IMG_8183After taking in a game, we walked down to the GM Renaissance Center river front.  You can stand in the US and look across the water to Canada.  At the time, I didn’t have a passport, so I couldn’t take a trip across the bridge to visit.  Well, to be accurate, I could’ve entered Canada just fine but getting back into the US would’ve been a problem.  My passport just arrived this week, so I am now free to travel and I can’t wait to go visit and see how things are different in Canada.

EBLT and Boho FriesOn our walk through downtown Detroit, we stopped at a little place called Broderick Grill for lunch.  It was delicious and the prices were really reasonable.  I had a wicked good EBLT sandwich with Boho Fries.  The sandwich had a spicy avocado spread and perfectly cooked bacon and eggs.  The fries were crispy, citrusy and had a garlic kick.  You’ll likely see both recreated here in the near future.

Frankenmuth BridgeOne of our favorite places we’ve visited outside of Detroit so far has been Frankenmuth.  We’ve actually been twice now, and a third visit is imminent (it’s the cheese -that will make sense in a minute, I promise).  Frankenmuth, Michigan was a Baravian settlement and now it is a bustling little city where you can have your own German town experience.  There are several restaurants, a brewery, tons of shops for both food and goods – and that’s where the cheese comes in – The Frankenmuth Cheese Haus.  Take me to cheesy Heaven.  We have fallen in love with a jalapeno cheese spread they carry in this huge store full of cheese!  Did I mention how beautiful Frankenmuth is as well?  The image above is the covered bridge across the river in town.  You can walk it or drive it.  You can also take a boat tour.

A few other places we’ve visited include the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (more to come on those another day), the Milan Dragway and Motorcity Casino.  We still have several places we want to visit as too – Saginaw Bay, Belle Isle, and Mackinac Island are just a few.  If the weather holds out, we’re hoping to head up to Saginaw Bay this weekend.

For those of you familiar with the Michigan area, what places would you suggest we add to our list of “must-see”s?





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10 Responses to In and Around Detroit Michigan

  1. Interesting that you mention cheese for Frankenmuth, because most people go there for the fudge and the fried chicken 🙂 but cheese is always good too! I recommend Ann Arbor (I’m a UM grad, so of course I’m biased) and also Northville.

    • mamamommymom says:

      I’m from the south, so I grew up on fried chicken. It’ hard to impress me with that anymore. Cheese though… I love cheese LOL

  2. Rachel Dean says:

    You’ve been to a lot of great places. What about The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village?

  3. Lisa Martens says:

    You’re off to a great start. The Detroit area alone offers so much. I’ve been wanting to visit the Detroit Zoo again for a couple years now. Any of the towns along the Lake Michigan, western side of the state are fun to visit and feel touristy. It’s really interesting how different each of the great lakes are. There are some great lighthouses too.

  4. You’ve already hit some great places in Michigan!
    I have to agree with Liz that you need to check out Ann Arbor. I’d recommend going during the Ann Arbor art fairs in July to roam the city a bit. The city is also home to a cool Hands-On Museum for kids, and, of course, football games at The Big House are a fun fan experience. Grab something to eat at Zingerman’s or pizza at Cottage Inn.
    I’m partial to West Michigan, where I now live. Visit Holland in May to see the tulips. Go to Saugatuck for a charming town full of art. Come to my city, Grand Rapids, for breweries galore, museums (Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and Gerald R. Ford Museum), and the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Visit during mid-September to mid-October for ArtPrize, the largest international art competition. The city basically becomes a huge art gallery, and visitors get to vote for the winner, too.
    Up North, I love Traverse City. If there is one place in Michigan you can’t miss, it’s Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Grand Traverse area. There are breweries and wineries. Dine inside an old state sanatorium. I highly recommend Trattoria Stella. For the kiddos, grab burgers and chocolate shakes at Don’s, a neon pink 1950s-style burger joint. You can hike, bike, and climb around the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. You’re right on Lake Michigan for beach days and boating. In the summer, you can eat tart cherries. But any time of year, head to Cherry Republic in downtown TC or Glen Arbor for your edible cherry souvenirs (salsa, jam, wine) and free soda and wine (for the adults) tastings.
    Can’t wait to read about more of your Michigan explorations!

  5. Jenn says:

    I love how much Detroit has to offer. I haven’t been downtown or to a Tigers game in a few years. I think I’m over due.

  6. Amanda m says:

    A good cheese is hard to pass up, I get why you’re headed back there.

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