Local Getaways/Day Trips in Detroit, MI
For a relaxing and romantic destination close to home, many Detroiters head to MotorCity Casino Hotel for a night out. Designed with input from a renowned auto designer, MotorCity is Detroit’s most innovative entertainment venue, complete with breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. World-class luxury hotel accommodations, spa facilities, fine dining, live performance venues, plenty of space for gaming and the city’s most exclusive ultra-lounge, it’s easy to find something for all to love. The casino hotel’s slogan, “A Million Miles Away. Right Down the Street,” is fitting for planning the ultimate staycation. Book a room to get away from it all without going too far from home…and have a blast while there!
The Purple Rose Theatre Company, located just west of Ann Arbor, is one of the Detroit area’s best gems for an evening of professional entertainment. Founded in 1991 by actor and Chelsea native Jeff Daniels, the Purple Rose is known as the go-to place to watch for emerging acting talent coming from the Midwest. Step inside the building and be greeted by 1930′s theatre decor – from a marbled glass chandelier in the lobby to art deco doors and ticket booth. The theatre retains an intimate feel with only 168 seats so each patron’s experience is an up-close encounter with live theatre. Coupled with affordable ticket prices and performances Weds.-Sun., the Purple Rose is the perfect place to experience Broadway without spending a fortune on gas or airfare.
Rising 73 stories above the Detroit River, the GM Renaissance Center (GM Ren Cen) dominates the Detroit skyline. As the epicenter of Detroit's social, dining and business community, the GM Ren Cen is an icon of the city and surely not a destination to be missed when enjoying a staycation. Five and a half million square feet in size, the GM Ren Cen has seven towers, dozens of stores, a movie theater, financial center, a fitness center, a 1,300 room Marriott Hotel, four of the city’s best restaurants and a massive food court. Since the building is also the home to General Motors, visitors can check out the beautiful circular showroom, which displays the latest vehicles in GM's lineup. Staycationers can also enjoy a free one-hour tour, offered twice daily, Monday-Friday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on a first-come basis.
Avoid the flight costs of traveling to Poland and just visit Detroit’s own land of Polonia in Hamtramck. Simply park your vehicle in a public lot and walk, making sure to stop to shop for unique gifts at the Polish Art Center, Detroit Threads and more. And what would a visit to mini-Poland be without experiencing some authentic Polish foods? Grab a bite at one of the best spots – Polish Village Café or Polonia. After, sip a cocktail at The Belmont, or if you’re looking for a caffeine boost, try Hamtramck hotspot Cafe 1923. And if you’re really feeling up for something unique, visit Hamtramck Disneyland, a bizarre collection of folk art located in someone’s yard. Can’t go wrong visiting Ham-Town; there’s something for everyone…and no need to wait months for a passport.
When you visit Detroit’s celebrated Greektown, you immerse yourself in history. With a rich tradition of old-world charm and modern-day excitement, one can eat, laugh, toast and dance on a visit. The one-block section, located in the heart of downtown Detroit, began in the 1880s when immigrants from southern Greece settled in Detroit. Today, there are dozens of affordable shops, bakeries and restaurants (mostly Greek), but also several others with international flare. Adding to the vibe, music plays on the streets as visitors walk around. Visit Greektown for the perfect escape that’s close to the action, too. Comerica Park, the theatre district, and more are all within walking distance. Just don’t forget to order the flaming cheese, Saganaki, to hear the delightful “Opa!”