Detroit Weekend

Fun facts about Detroit: It’s the only city in the U.S. that looks south to Canada, and it is the birthplace of Motown music!

We spent a lovely weekend in Detroit for a friend’s wedding. While we didn’t get to see and do everything, here are a few of the highlights that we did and some places my friend recommended.

Studio A in Motown Museum

What to Do:

  • Belle Isle Park – It’s an island that separates Detroit from Canada. The island was built out with debris from Detroit and now is almost 100 acres. On the island includes the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a giant slide, athletic fields, picnic areas, tennis courts, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and the Detroit Yacht Club (where the wedding reception was held).
  • Motown Museum – Visit the birthplace of Motown music – named after Detroit’s nickname of “Motor City.” Berry Gordy, creator of Motown, combined “motor” and “town” into one word to create his famous music label that signed legends like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Supremes.  
  • Ford Piquette Avenue Plant – Fun personal fact about me, I drive a Ford. My family has always had Ford vehicles, and it was so fun to learn about its history and how Henry Ford was an innovator during his time. Something I learned on our tour, Henry Ford (and potentially his wife) is the reason the steering wheel is on the left side of the vehicle in the U.S.
  • Henry Ford Museum – While we didn’t have enough time to visit this museum, others did go and recommended it.
  • Detroit Institute of Art – This was also on our potential visit list. There’s just not enough time to see everything. The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the U.S., with more than 65,000 works.

What to Eat:

  • Penny Reds – This is a great spot to go with a large group. They serve up amazing fried chicken. It connects to the Brakeman, which has fun games like shuffleboard, bocce, and Jenga at large family-style picnic table. The place is very Instagram-friendly with a cool vibe.
  • Middle Eastern food – Detroit is home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans. That’s right – it beats New York City. This, of course, means there is a lot of Middle Eastern food options that are definitely worth trying. We didn’t have time to, but we were told many are near Dearborn ( a suburb of Detroit).

Where to Stay:

  • Shinola Hotel
  • Siren Hotel
  • Westin – We stayed here since the wedding party was all staying here. It’s a great chain hotel with all the amenities (if you have time to use them), such as a gym, pool, and spa. Breakfast was not included, but there is a Starbucks in the lobby of the hotel.