We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Detroit Foundation Hotel (250 W Larned St.)
Whether you’re simply strolling through or treating yourself to a short "staycation," the beautiful Foundation Hotel is well worth exploring. Located inside a converted firehouse, this new hotel offers some of the most stunning and clean decor imaginable. Stay in a comfortable room or enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant, the Apparatus Room. What’s not to love?
2. Little Caesars Arena (2645 Woodward Ave.)
We know, we know: it was tough to say goodbye to our beloved Joe Louis Arena. But there’s plenty to enjoy about Little Caesars Arena, even if we aren’t thrilled with its name. After all, any rink that hosts our beloved Red Wings must be at least somewhat fun to explore. Throughout 2018, the arena will continue to host a variety of entertainment events and sports games.
3. Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave.)
We’re sure you’re spent time in Campus Martius Park throughout the years, but this fantastic destination never seems to stop expanding. During winter months, try a bit of ice skating under the holiday lights. In warmer seasons, the park even has a makeshift "beach," complete with sand for the kiddos to enjoy. With plenty of lovely eateries and outdoor seating, this park is a must-revisit in the new year.
4. Gather (1454 Gratiot Ave.)
Looking for a hip, yet welcoming restaurant to visit in 2018? Gather is certainly the place for you. With a variety of tasty American classics to choose from, this eatery serves up big tastes made with locally sourced ingredients. From seafood stew to homemade gnocchi, there’s something here for everyone.
5. Detroit Historical Museum (5401 Woodward Ave.)
If you’re a newcomer to the city, it’s important to learn about Detroit’s fascinating history. Sure, we’ve had our fair share of struggles, but there’s also much to be proud of here in the Motor City. To check out a variety of unique exhibits that carefully cover the history of our hometown, venture to the Detroit Historical Museum. You might just leave with a newfound appreciation for the place you call home.
6. Whitcomb Conservatory (900 Inselruhe Ave.)
This might come as a surprise, but some Detroiters rarely make their way to Belle Isle. This stunning island park is home to plenty of attractions, but the Whitcomb Conservatory tops the list with its year-round display of breathtaking plants and tropical foliage. No matter how nasty the weather gets, you’ll always find something to brighten your day at this beloved Motor City locale.
7. Eldorado General Store (1700 Michigan Ave.)
Looking for a unique gift from a locally operated shop? Eldorado General Store is the place for you. With all sorts of handicrafts, vintage items, and charming pieces to select from, this one-of-a-kind store will certainly keep you coming back for more. Detroit is overflowing with small boutiques to explore, but there’s something undeniably warm and welcoming about Eldorado.
8. The Motown Museum (2648 W Grand Blvd.)
Another oldie, but a goodie. If you’re a longtime Detroiter who’s never made a journey to the Motown Museum, 2018 is the perfect time to change that! Even if you have explored this fascinating homage to the music that calls Detroit home, why not take along a few out-of-town family members for a fantastic, toe-tapping adventure? No matter how many times you visit, you’ll always leave feeling inspired.
9. The Guardian Building (500 Griswold St.)
You’ve certainly seen our iconic Guardian Building from the outside, but have you ever ventured indoors to marvel at its breathtaking design and architecture? The colors of the walls and ceilings alone are enough to charm anyone, and the building’s stunning Mayan Revival and Art Deco styles combine to create one of the most unique visual spots in the entire city of Detroit. Don’t forget to bring along your camera!
10. Ima (2015 Michigan Ave.)
Another year, another list of new restaurants to explore. If you didn’t make it to Ima during its inaugural year in 2017, you’ll simply have to add it to your roster for 2018. This modern eatery offers up delicious Japanese cuisine, including udon noodles, rice dishes, and so much more. You’ll never leave hungry.
11. The Dequindre Cut
If your resolution for 2018 involves getting more exercise (and, let’s face it, whose doesn’t?), the Dequindre Cut should certainly be on your list of must-visit spots. This fascinating urban pathway takes bicyclists, joggers, and walkers through several neighborhoods of the city and alongside the beautiful Detroit Riverfront. Along the way, marvel at city-commissioned graffiti and public art. It’s truly an unforgettable experience, and you’ll wonder why it took you so long to visit!