More Things to Do — Detroit (28 miles from Farmington Hills)
Campus Martius Park
Gushing fountains, tall-standing monuments and plenty of lush green grass create a break in the concrete. At the center of downtown Detroit, the common meeting place frequently features live entertainment and always provides a spot to relax (313/962-0101; campusmartiuspark.org).
Detroit Eastern Market
It’s foodie heaven at the United States’ largest historic public market open since 1891. Vendors supply fresh produce, cheese and bread while artisans sell pottery, blown glass, jewelry and antiques. Nearly 90 restaurants fill the 6-acre open-air venue (313/833-9300; detroiteasternmarket.com).
More Places to Eat — Detroit (28 miles from Farmington Hills)
Atlas Global Bistro
A small, simple menu morphs frequently to reflect current trends. The lunch, dinner and brunch menus each combine local favorites with a variety of ethnic twists like the wild mushroom risotto, which combines three types of foraged mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and pea tendrils (313/831-2241; atlasglobalbistro.com).
A step inside this small jazz club may be a surprise—and a pleasant one at that. Live soothing tunes pour over customers as delicious smells waft off plates of fresh food like the swordfish, thick and moist, and scallops large, plump and seared to perfection (313/961-2543; cliffbells.com).
More Places to Stay — Detroit (28 miles from Farmington Hills)
The Inn on Ferry Street
Four Victorian homes fill a one-block space downtown to make up the unique inn. A variety of special packages set it apart from other area lodging. Try the “Dining in the D” package, which includes a one-night stay, four-course dinner at the Whitney and a bottle of wine (313/871-6000; innonferrystreet.com).
The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
This legendary hotel—the tallest building in Detroit and tallest hotel in the world in 1924—received significant updates ($200 million) to become the modern downtown lodging it is today. Large plasma TVs, in-room spa services, a gym, pool and plenty of on-site dining ensure a lavish stay (313/442-1600; bookcadillacwestin.com).
More Things to Do — Fennville Area
Fenn Valley Winery and Vineyards
There is always something happening at this winery outside of Fennville—fall harvest dinners, wine pairings, vineyard concerts and daily free tours. The only thing Fenn Valley does better than events is the wine. With 36 varietals to choose from, the pours please a white- or red-lover (800/432-6265; fennvalley.com).
Sunrise Orchards Farm Market
Colorful produce overflows crates in a roadside market between Fennville and Saugatuck. The stock of freshly picked flowers and produce changes with the seasons making their way to customers exclusively from the surrounding area (269/561-2854).
More Places to Eat — Fennville Area
Crane’s Pie Pantry
Apples, cherries, peaches and pumpkins fill flakey piecrusts before being snatched up by hungry customers. Enjoy a fresh slice after a salad or sandwich in the restaurant or take a frozen pie home for a future sweet treat (269/561-2297; cranespiepantry.com).
Hungry Village Tours
A three-hour walking tour of Saugatuck and Douglas reveals secrets of area restaurants and food producers. Put your tastes buds to use on freshly roasted coffee, fruit spreads, wines, oils and vinegars and smoked meats (269/857-1700; hungryvillagetours.com).
More Places to Stay — Saugatuck/Douglas or Fennville Area
The Pines Motorlodge
The feel of a cabin in the woods, roadside. Pine and cedar furnishings make up spacious rooms that have undergone recent renovations to include down comforters, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a TV and DVD player (269/857-5211; thepinesmotorlodge.com).
The Saugatuck Motel
The 1950s hospitality of the roadside motel remains but the outdated amenities have been upgraded. Each room received a facelift in 2012 and out back a fully renovated landscape features a heated pool, grills, horseshoes and croquet (269/857-8888).
More Fresh Finds
Bistro Bella Vita
Whether you are looking for a casual meal of pizza and beer or an upscale dinner of fresh seafood paired with a glass of wine, Bistro Bella Vita delivers. Chefs in downtown Grand Rapids prepare the Mediterranean country cuisine with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible (616/222-4600; bistrobellavita.com).
The Cooks’ House
The tastes of Northern Michigan come through in small plates, entrees and five- and seven-course tasting meals. Ingredients used to create menu items like asparagus soup with shiitake mushrooms and melt-in-your-mouth beef cheeks with mashed potatoes come from within a 100-mile radius of Traverse City (231/946-8700; thecookshouse.net).
Step into the 19th century at The Henry Ford’s Eagle Tavern restaurant in Clinton. Costumed servers bring guests soups, seafood, poultry and steak entrees from the time period made with local ingredients from a menu that changes with the seasons (800/835-5237; thehenryford.org).
Local is anything but a trendy fad in this Kalamazoo kitchen. Owner Julie Stanley realized long ago that her food tastes better when it’s sourced in Michigan. Mornings start with oatmeal packed with bananas, raisins and brown sugar. Comfort food is a lunch specialty—the mac and cheese oozing of aged cheddar. At dinner, elegant entrees like the pan roasted duck with maple ginger risotto are sure to satisfy (269/382-1888; fooddance.net).
It’s tough to keep up with the ever-changing menu at this Ann Arbor hot spot. Chef Brandon Johns only uses the freshest ingredients available in the area, which means new items daily. Expect grilled meats and seafood served with seasonal veggies and unique cocktails, like the GKB Manhattan—bacon infused Bulleit bourbon, maple syrup, blood orange bitters and brandied cherries (734/995-2107; grangekitchenandbar.com).
Sustainability is the million-dollar word when dining at this Grand Rapids’ must-try. The meats, seafood and vegetables sourced for each dinner—including an appetizer, soup or salad and entrée—come from local and sustainable farms exclusively. Grove chefs make money spent worth while going as far as to bring steamed veggies to the table before pouring creamy asparagus broth on top to keep them al dente (616/454-1000; groverestaurant.com).
Open in Traverse City only during prime growing seasons (spring–fall) ensures that each ingredient is at peak freshness grown from Michigan soil and water. Chefs draw inspiration from nature when creating the menu featuring slow cooked meats, seafood and veggies paired with in-house brews, spirits and Peninsula wines (231/223-4222; missiontable.net).
Reserve Wine and Food
The Grand Rapids eatery in one word: matchmaker. West Michigan agriculture blends with local artisans creating tempting dishes that pair with luscious wine pours. Sustainably raised meats cooked with fresh veggies combine in a harmony of flavors (616/855-9463; reservegr.com).
“Close to home,” is a familiar phrase at this Traverse City restaurant. The daily-changing menu is stocked with classic Italian meals prepared using ingredients from the closest farms available—if not from the owners themselves. Works by a local artist cover the walls and Live Music Tuesdays feature area musicians (231/929-8989; stellatc.com).
For More Information, contact:
Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (734/995-7281 or 800/888-9487; visitannarbor.org).
Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (313/202-1800 or 800/338-7648; visitdetroit.com).
Experience Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau (616/459-8287 or 800/678-9859; experiencegr.com).
Lenawee County Conference & Visitors Bureau (517/263-7747 or 800/536-2933; visitlenawee.com).
Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau (269/857-1701; saugatuck.com).
Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau (888/334-8499; sleepingbeardunes.com).