Hotspots in Detroit, MI
If you’re looking for historical charm, look no further than The Inn on Ferry Street, located in Midtown Detroit. Each of the 40 rooms, split between four restored Victorian mansions and two carriage houses, feature unique floor plans, furnishings and color schemes. The Inn operates as a full-service boutique hotel so guests are welcome to complimentary Wi-Fi, a bountiful breakfast and shuttle transportation to anywhere within 5 miles. Additionally, meeting space is available and a beautiful courtyard is the perfect setting for an event. The Inn is just blocks away from area attractions such as the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit Science Center and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Covered in stunning blue glass, Greektown Casino-Hotel is a 30-story hotel featuring more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space and the largest poker room in Detroit. Guests can enjoy elegantly appointed guest rooms and luxury suites with a modern design, along with some of the best views of downtown Detroit, the Detroit River and Canada. Enjoy a romantic dinner at Bistro 555, cheer on your favorite team at Shotz Sports Bar in the hotel lobby, or try the International Buffet for cuisine varying from Mexican to American to Chinese. Located in the heart of the Greektown District, guests can also easily step outside to explore the 20 authentic restaurants and shops in the entertainment district.
Pastry lovers will think they’ve died and gone to heaven after stepping into this palm tree-filled oasis. Specializing in Middle Eastern delicacies and French pastries, Shatila showcases the diversity of desserts available in the Detroit area. Each day, the bakers at Shatila labor just as artisans did thousands of years ago, creating tissue-thin pastry covered in butter, enfolded with fresh nuts and drizzled with sugary sweet syrup. Each treat is all natural and made without preservatives. In addition to pastry goodness, customers can also enjoy creamy homemade ice cream, available in a variety of unique flavors including kashta, cantaloupe and apricot.
The Mall at Partridge Creek is the place to shop with a pup on a sunny day. This one-stop destination offers guests and their dog a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Notable fur-friendly features include four dog comfort areas, doggy drinking stations and clean-up bag dispensers. Dogs are allowed in the common areas of the mall, but be sure to get a list of pet-friendly stores at the customer service kiosk – not all will let Fido in. Dogs must be well behaved, on a leash, have a current license and vaccinations and be under their owner's control at all times. While trotting around the mall, be sure to also stop by the ultra-cute Three Dog Bakery for a special treat.
Ann Arbor's premier hotel, The Dahlmann Campus Inn, is extraordinary in every way. Elegance greets guests at the door with an impressive lobby filled with original oil paintings and marble appointments. Plush guest rooms feature elegant décor and striking views of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. In addition to an endless list of features, including flower gardens and fountains, guests of the Campus Inn are sure to receive unsurpassed service and delicious cuisine, all within an unmatched convenience to area attractions.
A National Historic Landmark and point of pride for Detroit, Pewabic Pottery is a long-standing arts institution. Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 during the Arts & Crafts Movement and is still widely recognized today for its unique glazes and tile.
Budding artists won't want to leave the museum's kiln, clay making, and glaze rooms, where they can observe Pewabic artists at work and perhaps begin to envision their own futures in the art world.
Self-guided and group guided tours reveal Pewabic’s past, present, and future. Housed in an Old English Tudor cottage, Pewabic Pottery instantly transports visitors into the past. The second-floor museum showcases the work and life of Mary Stratton, the founder of Pewabic Pottery, as well as rotating exhibits featuring the nation’s best ceramic artists.
Tiny Town is a pint-sized community-inspired play lounge designed to unite parents and children and encourage imagination. While parents relax in the lounge enjoying free Wi-Fi and coffee, tots can roam around the town to check out the house, supermarket, library, and more. Tiny Town is suitable for children ages six and under and even has a designated infant play area so crawlers can have fun, too. If you’re coming in with a playgroup of more than seven kids, call ahead to receive $1 off all admissions. Otherwise, infants six months and under are free with a paid sibling, or $2.50 without; infants seven to 11 months are $4.50; and one year and up is $7.50.
A cornerstone of Detroit’s industrial past, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant offers a history lesson for children and a walk down memory lane for many adults. Families will have fun bonding over their revelations of how close this part of Detroit's past is but how distant it seems. Perfect for teenagers who have taken an interest in working on cars, the museum is also a great place to help younger children build a sense of the city's heritage.
A national historic landmark, the site is the birthplace of the Model T, the first widely affordable car. Considered to have single-handedly kickstarted the auto industry in Detroit, the Model T is as important a part of Detroit’s history as any other.
Unchanged from its operational days in the early 1900s, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant now operates as a museum known as the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex.
With its own onsite bakery, dairy, and brewery, Traffic Jam and Snug is a few steps ahead of the typical restaurant. The super-fresh breads, pies, ice creams, beers, and award-wining cheeses are made onsite. A true treat, Traffic Jam and Snug's hot fudge sundae is made with the restaurant's homemade sauce. The entrees range from Delmonico steaks and crab cakes to vegetarian crepes and vegetarian lasagne. Its location in Midtown makes Traffic Jam and Snug a convenient stop while exploring Detroit.
Vibe Fit’s “Detroit Vibe Tribe” instructors Susan Stokely, Christy Baas and Cindy DeBiasi offer their high-energy Zumba Fitness® and Cardio Vibe workouts Monday through Saturday covering the Dearborn, Woodhaven and Monroe areas – some days sweating with more than 75 fitness fanatics. Cardio Vibe is the companies own high-energy, cardio-madness format combining kickboxing, dance and cardio drills to fast techno music remixes of hip hop, top 40 and club beats. Zumba Fitness and Cardio Vibe have an estimated caloric burn of about 1,000 calories in one hour. Both classes are “All about the music,” says Stokely and “Anything is fair game, as long as it makes you want to move!” Various locations for classes across metro Detroit. See website for more details.