My long-awaited yearning to experience Detroit finally came to an end. I recently spent five memorable days there, intending to take side trips to Ann Arbor and Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo. Detroit had such a fierce hold on me that I didn't make either one of those outings.
|"Nice Outfit" Art Installation at Paradise Valley Park|
The Motor City is attractive, quirky, full of character, and artistic. Excellent restaurants, craft beer, architecture, and street art opportunities are endless. People are friendly and helpful, especially when asking for directions.
|The Greening of Detroit (http://bit.ly/1M5d7rk)|
I highly recommend starting at the Detroit Experience Factory Welcome Center. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are waiting to fill your head with information and guide you in the right direction. A big shout-out to Sue Krause for her wonderful personality and assistance. I took advantage of their free art and architecture tour, which was fun and enlightening. Check these Detroiters out at www.weknowdetroit.org.
I walked more miles than I can count during my holiday, becoming acquainted with at least five different neighborhoods. Exploring on foot allows you to make delightful discoveries like Woodbridge.
Here is what I did, saw, ate and drank in this fine city:
Food and Drink
Batch Brewing Co.
Brooklyn Street Local
"Delectabowl" and "Beignets 2 Go" food trucks at Eastern Market
Green Dot Stables
PJ's Lager House
|Pretzels, Fattoush Romaine Salad and Butternut Squash Arancini. Beer - Weizenbock, Dicksmasher & Antwerps Placebo|
|Kielbasa Bowl with black beans instead of kielbasa, topped w/spicy feta sauce|
|No need to go to NOLA|
|Green Dot Stables - go for the ambience and sliders (I had the Quinoa, Tempeh and Black Bean).|
|Tofu Bahn Mi at PJ's Lager House|
|PJ's posed as a furniture store during Prohibition and this is the secret password slot.|
Belt Alley and Z Lot Parking Garage
Campus Martius Park
Comerica Park and Ford Field
Library Street Collective Gallery
Eastern Market Tuesday Market
Street Art in Eastern Market
Lincoln Street Art Park (http://bit.ly/20DfgSE)
Quicken Loans Headquarters
|Two of many impressive murals in the Belt Alley|
|Peekaboo General Motors|
|Views from the rooftop of the Madison Building|
|Wait until you see the inside of the Guardian Building|
|Quicken Loans Headquarters at Campus Martius Park|
Savvy Chic Trends
El Dorado General Store
The photo opportunities were so great that it isn't possible to share them all here. If you would like to see more of the gallery, please check out my Instagram feed, particularly if you enjoy street art. I will be publishing a separate post on all these showpieces soon.
Stay cool Detroit and I look forward to our next rendezvous.