More Things to Do – Detroit
Campus Martius Park
Centrally located in a roundabout on Woodward Avenue, the greenscrape lets visitors take a break, enjoy lunch or just take in the scenery amongst downtown skyscrapers (313/962-0101; www.campusmartiuspark.org).
Dequindre Cut Greenway
Set 25 feet below the street, the 1-mile trail connects the RiverWalk and Eastern Market. Separate lanes for bicycling and walking let everyone enjoy the GreenWay at any pace (313/566-8200; www.detroitriverfront.org).
Artist Tyree Guyton paints abandoned houses and decorates them with discarded objects (old shoes, toys) in his childhood eastside neighborhood, all with the aim of improvement through art (313/974-6894; www.heidelberg.org).
Visitors can tour the studios at the Tudor-style building that houses the Arts and Crafts-style pottery company, known for its dinnerware, vases and the tiles of Comerica Park (313/822-0954; www.pewabic.com).
The Parade Company
Look behind the scenes of the nation’s third largest Thanksgiving Day parade and see paper-maiche character heads, floats—old, new and those in the works. Call ahead for directions (313/923-7400; www.theparade.org).
Underground Railroad Memorial and RiverWalk
The city’s role as the final stop for many escaped slaves fleeing to Canada is memorialized in 12-foot tall bronze sculptures of a slave family, located along Detroit’s RiverWalk (313/202-1800; www.visitdetroit.com).
Learn about Detroit’s architecture or take a culinary adventure—all on two wheels. Guided bike tours with different monthly lineups let visitors experience the city from a different view (313/656-2453; www.wheelhousedetroit.com).
More Places to Eat – Detroit
An Art-Deco lounge, live jazz and the ambiance of a 1930s nightclub seem perfectly placed with menu items like Atlantic salmon with Israeli couscous, fried okra and tomato-saffron broth (313/961-2453; www.cliffbells.com).
Located on the 71st floor of the Renaissance Center, this swank restaurant from Chef Matt Prentice offers panoramic views and contemporary American cuisines ranging from lobster corn dogs to chilled poached shrimp (313/567-2622; www.theepicureangroup.com).
Grand Trunk Pub
A high domed ceiling and railroad memorabilia keep the memory of the restaurant’s former life alive, and excellent fish and chips, burgers and pub grub keep customers coming back (313/961-3043; www.grandtrunkpub.com).
More Places to Stay – Detroit
Omni Detroit Hotel at River Place
This European boutique-style hotel lives up to its AAA Four-Diamond ranking with 108 rooms and suites, room service from Fender’s Tavern and views of the coastline, all on downtown’s Riverwalk (313/259-9500 or 888/444-6664; www.omnihotels.com/detroit).
The Atheneum Suite Hotel
A two-story painting of mythical gods greets guests at the hotel and keeps true to its Greek heritage. The hotel offers views of the city’s lively Greektown district from its 174 recently-updated suites (313/962-2323 or 800/772-2323; www.atheneumsuites.com).
The Inn on Ferry Street
Ideally located in Midtown near Detroit’s famed museums, four Victorian homes and two carriage houses offer charm and 40 unique rooms for guests (313/871-6000; www.innonferrystreet.com).
More Things to Do – Mackinac Island
Haunts of Mackinac
Author Todd Clements catalogued the supernatural stories of Mackinac Island and prepared several spooky-themed tours for visitors. Clocked guides lead small groups through the streets of Mackinac Island, telling stories of the island’s haunted past (906/847-8018; www.hauntsofmackinac.com).
Mackinac Island Bike Shop
On an island free of motor vehicles, bicycles become the vehicle of choice for many, and the bike shop provides two wheels to those wanting to travel the loops (906/847-6337; www.bikemackinac.com).
Mackinac Island Carriage Tours
For more than 100 years, the family-run company has been providing horse drawn carriage tours from early May to late October. Carriages hold about 20 visitors for the two-hour jaunts (906/847-3307; www.mict.com).
More Places to Eat – Mackinac Island
Carriage House Restaurant
The Hotel Iroquois waterfront dining room looks over gardens and the Straits of Mackinac, a satisfying view for equally pleasing meals of seafood and steak (906/847-3321; www.iriquoishotel.com).
Fort Mackinac Tea Room
Basic lunches of soups, salads and sandwiches at the team room, perched 130 feet above the harbor on a towering bluff, come with awe-inspiring views that will take diners breath away (906/847-3328; www.grandhotel.com/dining-fort-tea-room).
The Pink Pony
Although the 25-person hot tub next to the bar may be the most attention-getting, the signature smoked-whitefish dip and quality made soups and sandwiches deserve their own spotlight (906/847-3341 or 800/241-3341; www.chippewahotel.com).
More Places to Stay – Mackinac Island
The owner’s detailed efforts to build a Victorian bed and breakfast in the style of the island paid off. Modern amenities like rainfall showerheads and flatscreen TVs blend in perfectly (906/847-400; www.cottageinnofmackinac.com).
Individually-decorated and air-conditioned rooms add charm to the already quaint historic home in the island’s downtown district. Step back in time on side porches, or stay connected with modern amenities (906/847-6234; www.metivierinn.com).
Expansive views of Lake Huron greet visitors (and their dogs) at the island’s largest resort, comprised of two lodges and totaling 242 rooms, the resort offers plenty of outdoor activities and natural beauty (906/847-3312 or 800/833-7711; www.missionpoint.com).
More Things to Do – Traverse City
Each day, handmade truffles, toffees and other assorted chocolates are mixed with exotic nuts, flavors and spices at this chocolate cafe. Sip a specialty drink and indulge in the richness (231/922-9401; www.chocolateexotica.wordpress.com).
Gallagher’s Farm Market and Bakery
Just 3-and-a-half miles outside of Traverse City, a big red barn nestled in the countryside signals Gallagher’s, a farm market with fresh cherries, pies, salsa and other market kitchen creations (231/947-1698; www.gallaghersfarmmarkettc.com).
Traverse Tall Ship Company
Climb aboard Manitou, a 114-foot replica 1800s schooner where crewmembers let guest try hoisting the sails or just relax on a two-hour specialty cruise. Snacks and drinks are available (231/941-2000 or 800/678-0383; www.tallshipsailing.com).
More Places to Eat – Traverse City
The revolving menu at this downtown bistro reflects the area’s seasonal offerings, but the lunch menu has several standbys, like tomato soup topped with a buttery puff-pastry shell (231/941-8888; www.amical.com).
Picnic with lunch to-go in a brown-paper sack, or stay inside the charming yellow-and-white house where single burgers go for $2.95 and specialties include the TC Cherry Burger (231/932-1760; www.slabtownburgers.com).
Jordan native Nabiel Musleh brings his mother’s Middle-Eastern recipes to Traverse City with dishes like shish kabobs, fattoush and tabbouleh. Come in on Saturday night for live belly dancing (231/421-5472; www.zakeytc.com).
More Places to Stay – Traverse City
With a Wolfgang Puck-affiliated restaurant, a hip, modern atmosphere, fresh decor and full-serviced rooms, the Cambria Suites march to a pleasantly modern beat that distinguishes the chain hotel (231/778-9000; www.cambriasuites.com).
With plush accommodations in its 11 guest rooms and suites and a tasting room filled with wines made on-site, this bed and breakfast takes luxury up a notch (231/233-4110 or 800/969-4009; www.chateauchantal.com).
Standing on a tree-line brick street, the Neoclassical mansion of a former lumber baron has been meticulously restored and now holds eight guest rooms, each with a private bath (231/922-9900 or 877-968-9900; www.wellingtoninn.com).
For More Information, Contact:
Charlevoix Convention & Visitors Bureau (231/547-2101 or 800/367-8557; www.visitcharlevoix.com).
Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (313/202-1800 or 800/338-7648; www.visitdetroit.com).
Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau (989/652-6106 or 800/386-8696; www.frankenmuth.org).
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau (906/847-3783 or 800/454-5227; www.mackinacisland.org).
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau (231/348-2755 or 800/845-2828; www.petoskeyarea.com).
Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau (906/632-3366 or 800/647-2858; www.saultstemarie.com).
Traverse City Tourism (231/947-1120 or 800/872-8377; www.traversecity.com).
Featured in the Article:
Detroit Institute of Arts (313/833-7900; www.dia.org).
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (313/494-5800; www.thewright.org).
Motown Museum (313/875-2264; www.motownmuseum.org).
Bavarian Inn and Restaurant (989/652-9941; www.bavarianinn.com).
Frankenmuth River Place Shops (800/600-0105; www.frankenmuthriverplace.com).
For Bare Feet (989/652-0068; www.fbforiginals.com).
The Enchanted Forest (989/652-2753; www.frankenmuthriverplace.com).
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland (989/652-9931; www.bronners.com).
Zehnder’s (800/863-7999; www.zehnders.com).
Frankenmuth Brewing Company (989/262-8300; www.frankenmuthbrewery.com).
Fort Mackinac (906/847-3328; www.mackinacparks.com).
The Richard and Jane Manooigan Mackinac Art Museum (906/847-3328; www.mackinacparks.com).
Grand Hotel (800/334-7263; www.grandhotel.com).
Murdick’s Fudge Kitchen (906/847-3530; www.murdicks.com).
Ryba’s Fudge Shop (906/847-4065; www.ryba.com).
Soo Locks Boat Tours (906/632-6301 or 800/432-6301; www.soolocks.com).
Sault Historic Sites (906/632-3658; www.saulthistoricsites.com).
2 Lads Winery (231/223-7722; www.2lwinery.com).
The Little Fleet (231/943-1116; www.thelittlefleet.com).
Georgina’s (231/943-1555; www.georginastaqueria.com).
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons (231/941-1900; www.thevillagetc.com).
Boutique a la Vie (231/929-7796; www.thevillagetc.com).
Trattoria Stella (231/929-8989; www.stellatc.com).
Simonsen’s Bakery (231/237-9480).
Palette Bistro (231/348-3321; www.palettebistropetoskey.com).
Stafford’s Pier Restaurant (231/526-6201; www.staffords.com).