Detroit. It’s GO time.™
It’s time for your group to look at Detroit through fresh eyes. The city has been refreshed, reimagined and is reinventing itself with imaginative new hotels, innovative restaurants, world-class attractions and thriving local businesses. Now is the perfect time to be swept up in its fresh, fun, happening atmosphere. In fact, Luxe Beat says of Detroit: “Prepare to be dazzled.”
It's retail time.
Downtown Detroit’s retail shows shoppers the love with independent boutiques and national favorites including Carhartt, Nike, John Varvatos, Moosejaw, Under Armour and Lululemon. Midtown’s flourishing Parker’s Alley is home to unique businesses like Detroit-based Lip Bar luxury cosmetics, City Bird’s Detroit themed goods and Third Man Records, where visitors can watch vinyl pressed onsite. In the nearby suburbs, deal hunters will find Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Michigan’s largest all-indoor outlet center, prime for the savings.
It’s explore time.
Groups can tap into their artistic side at Eastern Market’s Murals in the Market, an eclectic collection of outdoor art. The renowned Detroit Institute of Arts offers more than 100 galleries from ancient to modern times, including Rivera Court, the fresco by Diego Rivera that celebrates Detroit’s rich industrial history. The nearby Detroit Historical Museum chronicles the history of the city and southeastern Michigan. It’s home to the visitor-favorite The Streets of Old Detroit, recreating Detroit street scenes from the 1840s, 1870s and early 1900s.
It's move-to-the-beat time.
World Travel Guide states: "Detroit now has an enviable nightlife," including a thriving jazz scene. Catch live performances at Cliff Bell’s, one of the city’s oldest clubs. Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is an intimate club that keeps visitors close to the performers. Dirty Dog Jazz Café features upscale dining along with national and local talents. Detroit knows how to entertain with after-dark destinations galore including speakeasies, bars, bands, dance clubs and gaming.
It’s get comfortable time.
Detroit hotels are being reimagined, many springing from renovated historic city buildings. For a unique Detroit experience, find your home-away-from-home at the Trumbull & Porter in bustling Corktown or go large-scale at the Greektown Casino-Hotel. There are many options in the suburbs as well, including the elegant Royal Park Hotel and upscale The Townsend Hotel. Look for new hotels to be opening soon all across the city and metropolitan area.
It’s grow time.
Everywhere you turn, you can see real evidence of Detroit's revival and rejuvenation, with more than $10 billion in new development projects planned downtown. The project at the former Hudson’s department store is underway. It is actually two buildings, a midrise “block” that will be mostly office and retail spaces, a soaring residential/hotel skyscraper and public spaces. Historic Brush Park is a charming mix of new residential units and restored historical homes. The brand-new Robert C. Valade Park on the Detroit River features a colorful playground and musical garden for children, green spaces for picnics and a 3,600-square-foot shelter with food service. It hosts events and activities throughout the cooler and winter months.
It’s dinner-and-drinks time.
Detroit is a growing foodie mecca. With multiple award-winning chefs now making The D, The Chicago Tribune states, “The food and cocktail scene is on fire.” Hop on over to one of the city’s growing number of craft breweries, brewpubs and distilleries. Eastern Market Brewing Co. is the perfect place to sip a delicious local pint. Atwater Brewery serves German-style lagers and unique boutique ales. Batch Brewery in Corktown offers a revolving menu of small-batch beers along with handcrafted, scratch kitchen pub cuisine. For creative mixology, sip an imaginative cocktail at Bad Luck Bar or belly up to Detroit original cocktail bar, Sugar House, in Corktown.
Detroit continues to grow and evolve in surprising and substantial ways. Now is The D's time to shine — and time for your gro