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Exploring Detroit

Photo: Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

Photo: JJR, Ann Arbor

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In its recent incarnation, Detroit enjoys “it” city status and is now celebrated for its gritty urban cachet as well as its downtown, dramatically spruced up when the city hosted the Super Bowl and World Series in 2006.

Hotels (5)

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    The Inn at St. John's

    In an upscale suburb halfway between downtown and Ann Arbor, this former seminary and Archdiocese of Detroit headquarters reopened as a 118-room bo

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    Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

    Shuttered for almost a quarter-century, this grand 1924 hotel is undergoing a $200 million makeover courtesy of Westin. The stunning limestone and

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    Atheneum Suite Hotel

    The Atheneum certainly has location working for it: it’s right in the heart of Greektown’s vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene and convenient to

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    The Inn on Ferry Street

    Four turn-of-the-century mansions and two carriage houses have been transformed into this delightful 40-room inn, located on a quiet residential st

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    MGM Grand Detroit Hotel

    With a Vegas-esque level of luxury, complete with plasma TV’s in bathroom mirrors, the MGM Grand is a rare find in the Motor City. When this $800 m

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Restaurants (8)

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    The Whitney

    Detroit’s late-19th-century heyday is on display in this pink granite, 52-room mansion, originally built in 1894 for lumber baron David Whitney. Th

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    Evie's Tamales & Family Restaurant

    As the name indicates, Evie’s is famous for its tamales—the real meat-or-cheese-filled kind that practically fall apart with tenderness when you po

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    Mosaic, Detroit

    The waterfalls, teak walls, and plentiful marble touches are giveaways that Mosaic is no ordinary Greektown restaurant. Uprooting their baklava and

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    Vicentes Cuban Cuisine

    Vicentes feels a bit like an old-fashioned supper club, with blond wood chairs, tables covered in a striking shade of burgundy, and a dance floor t

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    Rattlesnake Club

    Despite being owned by Jimmy Schmidt, Detroit’s best known chef, Rattlesnake Club is somewhat of a foodies’ secret, tucked away on a side street ju

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    Lafayette Coney Island

    Crowded with Formica tables that have seen better days, Lafayette Coney is a beloved institution that seems to have been in Detroit as long as its

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    Detroit's Breakfast House & Grill @ Merchant's Row

    The breakfast and lunch choice of CEO’s, judges, government officials, and other power people is designed to resemble a contemporary yet cozy livin

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    Seldom Blues

Activities (16)

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    V Nightclub at MGM Grand

    The hottest nightclub in Detroit at the moment, V comes alive on weekend nights with a trendy crowd eager to hit the dance floor. V might as well s

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    Centaur Bar

    Not far from Hockeytown Café, this sleek martini bar caters to an entirely different clientele, more akin to SoHo than the heartland. The first and

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    Hockeytown Café

    Packed with sports fans year-round and party types on hot summer nights, this hulking, three-floor bar takes its moniker from the nickname given to

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    John K. King Books

    The sort of store bibliophiles dream about is housed in an old glove factory in the shadow of historic Corktown. Row after row of books—more than a

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    Henry the Hatter

    Selling only the best hats crafted in Europe and the U.S. has been the single-minded focus of Henry the Hatter, which has been in Detroit since 189

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    Pewabic Pottery

    In 1903, at the peak of the Arts and Crafts movement, Detroit artist Mary Chase Stratton invented an iridescent glazing process to create high-qual

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    Pangborn Design Collection

    Korean-born Dominic Pangborn was the owner of a well-known Detroit graphic design firm before he expanded his bold geometric patterns into the fash

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    Pure Detroit

    Far cooler than the typical souvenir shop, Pure Detroit incorporates local products and the city’s automotive heritage into hip gifts and collectib

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    Detroit-Windsor Tunnel

    Crossing borders in the days of tightened security can be a hassle, but it’s worth hopping over the Detroit River for a day trip into Canada. The v

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    Comerica Park

    Like pro-ballpark stadiums in Cleveland and Baltimore, Comerica Park, which opened in 2000, has the thrilling feel of an old stadium, but with all

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    Heidelberg Project

    In 1986, to make a statement about poverty and despair—and hopefully to chase off drug dealers—artist Tyree Guyton began painting whimsically color

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    Detroit RiverWalk

    Wildly popular in summer, RiverWalk stretches along the water for 2.5 miles of fountains, walkways, and green space starting at the Cobo Hall conve

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    The Guardian Building

    A treasure hidden in plain sight, this 40-story architectural gem is a quirky Art Deco-style orangey brick-terra-cotta-limestone skyscraper. Built

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    Motown Historical Museum

    Stand in the studio where countless hits for the famous Motown label were recorded. This modest brick home—bought in 1959 by Berry Gordy Jr. and ch

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    Detroit Institute of Arts Museum

    After a $158 million renovation, Detroit’s well-respected institute reopened with updated infrastructure and galleries in late 2007. Among the nati

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