Exploring 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.
After 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.
On 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.
One 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?