Inside Look at Pure Michigan’s Detroit Ads

We recently introduced two new TV spots that highlight the unmistakable sounds, sights and energy of Detroit, Michigan. Rather than just sharing the ads with you, we spoke with Dan Fuoco of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau to get his thoughts on what these new spots mean for the city. Read from Dan below and let us know what you think!

We know you’ve all been waiting for it. The ever-popular Pure Michigan television advertisements are now featuring both downtown and metro Detroit so that visitors planning a vacation can preview what we already know: The D is a destination with a ton to see and do — a destination that is Pure Michigan.

“Let’s take a trip this weekend. A trip to another world.” Sounds magical, doesn’t it? The familiar and amiable voice of Tim Allen speaks of greater Detroit as a place to “search for buried treasure, sample rare delicacies, bond with exotic wildlife and share in local customs.” The commercial highlights beautiful scenes from Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum at The Henry Ford, the Detroit Zoo, the Michigan Science Center and elsewhere. Watch the clip below, and share it with your friends!

Pure Michigan also shows the love for downtown Detroit. Tim Allen describes downtown’s “unmistakable sounds and memorable sites and limitless energy” as breathtaking scenes from Belle Isle, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Hart Plaza, Eastern Market, Campus Martius Park, Comerica Park, the Detroit International RiverWalk — the  list goes on — flash across the screen. Take a look. It’s sure to make you want to visit Detroit.

What do you think of Pure Michigan’s latest ads for Detroit? Tell us in the comments section below.

Things To Do While In Detroit For The Grand Prix

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is just a week away! If you’re coming to town and looking for things to do in the area outside of the race, check out the post below from Dan Fuoco of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Think about it: The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is in town the weekend of May 31 – June 2 and your attendance is already secure. Even though the event is amazing, you find yourself between races thinking: I’m here. Now what?

That’s where you refer to the Pure Michigan Blog to direct your Detroit experience. I’ve created a list of things to do, events to attend and special experiences you can only take advantage of while in The D.

Foursquare Motor City Badge

If you’re active on Foursquare, you might want to take advantage of the Motor City Badge. All you have to do to obtain this badge is *like* foursquare Cities on Foursquare and then check-in to five (5) venues on a yet-to-be-posted recommended venue list (more than likely the most popular and obvious venues in the city). Some suggestions are:

  • Renassiance Center
  • The RiverWalk
  • Hart Plaza
  • Greektown Casino-Hotel
  • MotorCity Casino-Hotel
  • MGM Grand Casino-Hotel
  • Campus Martius
  • The People Mover
  • Detroit Institute of Art
  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • Detroit Library
  • Fischer Theatre
  • The Detroit Opera House
  • Detroit Zoo

Food

Good Times on Tap

Michigan’s beer scene is bursting at the seams as a recent poll named Grand Rapids BeerCity USA for the second consecutive year. Even better, of the top four cities in the running for the prestigious recognition, three were Michigan cities (Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor being the other two). Microbrews are popping up everywhere and Detroit is no exception. New or old, you won’t be disappointed with these two lists of top drink destinations, including this feature: Detroit 10: Beer and Bars. Need more variety? See our larger list: Detroit’s Top 20 Sports Bars… and More Scores.

“Old” is the New “New”

The newest and hottest restaurant in metro Detroit is actually a converted old mechanic’s shop. The Vinsetta Garage boasts a menu full of exciting tastes, all part of the 1970’s mechanic themed experience.

Mama Mia!

Mario Andretti would have made a pit stop at one of Detroit’s Best Italian Restaurants. Roma Café, Detroit’s oldest Italian restaurant, is a legend of its own. From ravioli to lasagna to pasta, there is a reason Roma Café and the other establishments made our Italian-lovers list.

Paris of the Midwest

Detroit has often been referred to as the Paris of the Midwest for its array of street side eating which reflects many dining options in Paris, France and outlying cities. With warm temperatures and bustling scenery, why waste a dining experience indoors?

Tours

Ride The D

Cover more ground on two wheels… Bike it Baby! See the city via bicycle for a chance to absorb more sights. Explore gems like Eastern Market, the Dequindre Cut, the Riverwalk and the city all in one tour! These landmarks, normally too far to indulge by foot, are a mere minutes from each other by bike.

The Life of Detroit’s Auto Barons

If it’s cars you like, then you’ve come to the right place. The Motor City offers a wealth of car knowledge from its car museums (GM Heritage Center and Walter P. Chrysler Museum) to an inside look of the auto baron homes like the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tour or the Meadow Brook Mansion tour (home of the Dodge family).

Not enough? How about an itinerary made specifically for the car-lover? You’re welcome.

Nightlife

Enter Stage Right

If you’re in to drama, comedy, or musicals, look no further than a city that has 13,000 theater seats – enough for you and a friend and some others! Sit back in a plush theater seat fit for a king while you watch a favorite performance in our theater district. Each theater has a slightly different taste that appeals to the different audiences and shows.

It’s All Greek To Me

One of Detroit’s most happening neighborhoods has to be Greektown. With a casino, plenty of Greek and American restaurants, a sweet pastry shop, and spa-tacular retreats, it’s virtually impossible to skip this area. Traditional Greek music fills the air as you walk down the main corridor and embody a new culture. This is one adventure you won’t want to skip.

Batter Up!

If there is one thing people will travel for, it’s a chance to witness the 2012 AL Champion Detroit Tigers at home plate. The team brings their A-game every night and with a batting line-up that includes Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, you’ll want to sit near the outfield for a chance to snatch a home run ball.

Of course, sitting behind home plate as a Justin Verlander fastball screams over the plate isn’t such a bad way to view the game, either.

Things To Do

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

The Grand Prix has a wonderful family-friendly component to the weekend and we thought we should extend the gesture and give you an idea of 8 Family-Friendly Detroit Activities.

Or you can turn the experience into a game and attempt to complete all 28 Things To Do Before Your Kids Grow Up.

Musically Inclined

The Motown Sound refers to a beat untouchable by new artists. Although he wasn’t singing with Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder or The Temptations, another Detroit native has made learning music culture his mission as part of the Detroit Historical Museum’s Kid Rock Music Lab. This hands-on interaction offers individuals the ability to make music and learn basic beats.

The Heart of Art

Museum-lovers will marvel in the exquisitely curated Detroit Institute of Arts as soon as they enter the grand entrance. One of the top art museums in the nation, the Detroit Institute of Art offers has multiple eras of history and art all in one location.

Belle Isle Nature Zoo (open during Grand Prix) is the perfect fun destination for the entire family, community or school group. Enjoy the native plants and animals found in Michigan and feed the deer. Rent space for a variety of events at reasonable rates.

Racing Events

2013 Grand Prixmiere: The Can’t Miss Event of the Summer at the Belle Isle Convervancy. The 2013 Grand Prixmiere will be the toast-of-Detroit at DTE Energy’s Town Square celebrating the 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The evening, hosted by the Belle Isle Conservancy, will welcome an eclectic crowd of Grand Prix drivers, racing officials and team owners alongside the A-listers of Metro Detroit and across the country. All proceeds support Belle Isle Conservancy’s mission to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the natural environment, historic structures and unique character of Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all – now and forever.

Quicken Loans Grand Prix Fest Powered by Chevrolet is a free event. The beautiful Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square area in vibrant downtown Detroit will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Wednesday, May 29 to start the region’s race week engines.

The Street Fest will feature a sampling of the activities and excitement that will be present all weekend long at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 31-June 2. Drivers and cars from all three racing series competing at the Grand Prix – the IZOD IndyCar Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Pirelli World Challenge Series – will be represented at the festival, located near the headquarters of Quicken Loans and many other downtown Detroit businesses. Pit stop demonstrations, autograph sessions and Q&A sessions with some of the sport’s best drivers will be featured along with food trucks, Grand Prix and race team merchandise, as well as interactive and special vehicle displays.

Enjoy deals through the Detroit Grand Prix VIP Package at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. It’s time to rev up those engines with the Detroit Grand Prix VIP Package! Rest up in the luxurious guest rooms at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center before spending the next day in the middle of all the excitement. Experience the thrills of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix with the exclusive chance to see all of the cars and drivers close up in the Paddock. Book now and be a part of the action! Detroit Grand Prix VIP Package includes: *Overnight accommodations for two at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center *2 one-day passes to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, with exclusive Paddock Passes *Breakfast for two at the hotel 24 hour cancellation policy. Grand Prix tickets with Paddock passes are valid on the day of hotel check-out. For more information visit www.DetroitGP.com.

Dan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with VisitDetroit’s social media and blog communities.  You can find him geeking out over: social media infographics, muscle cars and Detroit. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and periodically on Pinterest.

A Blast of Fun at the 2013 Motown Winter Blast

The Motown Winter Blast is happening in Detroit February 8 – 10, 2013! Dan Fuoco of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau fills us in on what to expect at this fun celebration.

The city known for cars will be taken over by foot traffic for three days of winter bliss during the 2013 Motown Winter Blast. Detroit’s focal point, Campus Martius Park, plays host to family friendly activities, comfort food and winter-related games Feb. 8-10. Enjoy free ice skating on the Campus Martius rink, snow-shoeing, carnival games and other fun wintery activities. Music-lovers will hear melodies from two stages with a lineup of more than 50 bands and entertainment acts performing to an expected crowd of 75,000.

­­Hockey is back in Detroit, and for the first time, the Detroit Red Wings will have a pair of interactive hockey games, including Hockey Shot. Throughout the weekend, attendees will have a chance to shoot and score cool prizes including a grand prize which features two tickets to an upcoming Red Wings home game, a weekend in Detroit package, courtesy of the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel and a choice of a free set of braces or a premium dental care kit from GEDC (door prizes for each participant, too).

All of that hockey action is sure to make you hungry, so check out the Taste of Detroit for samples from local eateries and satisfy your sweet tooth at the marshmallow roasting station or with cookies from Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan. For a full sit-down meal, try nearby Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub for burgers, fish and chips, and other pub classics, or stop in at the Hard Rock Café on Monroe Street — right in the middle of Winter Blast activities. Santorini offers Greek flare with an open, sea shore dining experience while Detroit Seafood Market offers fresh fish and pristine seafood.

Kids (and kids at-heart) can stop by the Kids Zone, which features performances by magicians, jugglers, puppeteers and more. Children can bring stuffed animals or toys for a check-up by the Disney Radio “Doc McStuffins” inspired area to monitor their toys’ height, reflexes and heartbeat. Additionally, kids and families are invited to play games such as “Bandage Me Up!,” “Name That Doc McStuffins Character” and more, all thanks to Detroit Medical Center.

For the over-21 crowd, an after party on Friday night and the annual Saturday night Bar Blast are a must. The Bar Blast will be hosted at multiple venues around downtown Detroit, and wristbands can be purchased at any participating location.

Once you’ve reached the point of exhaustion, it would be wise to retreat to nearby hotels like the Westin Book Cadillac or Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Detroit Downtown which are both within walking distance of Winter Blast.

Visit the Motown Winter Blast website to check performance schedules and activity details as they’re updated.

Learn more at michigan.org and let us know if you’ll be checking out the Motown Winter Blast this year!

Dan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with VisitDetroit’s social media and blog communities.  You can find him geeking out over: social media infographics, muscle cars and Detroit. Follow him on Twitter (@DanFuoco), Facebook, Google+ and periodically on Pinterest.