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Weekend with Husband in May

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Weekend with Husband in May

I have to come to the area for work for one day. Was going to bring my husband to spend the weekend. We have never been. My business is in Birmingham, so was going to stay in Troy the first night? Should we stay in Troy the second night too or go into Detroit and stay at something like the MGM? We are early 40's, like food, and good drinks and even maybe some entertainment? Any suggestions would be helpful.

Detroit, MI
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1. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

I would stay downtown one night at Greektown casino or one of the other major chains in the downtown area. MGM and Motor City are too detached from the rest of downtown to make anything else walkable. Greektown is the middle of everything.

St. Clair Shores, MI
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2. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

tev has it right. a weekend overnighter downtown will put you in the middle of an exciting scene. Not so for Troy.

Dining options run from $ to $$$$, and provide iconic tastes of metro Detroit from Lafayette and American Coney Island(s), to some of the best burgers in the western world, at Anchor Bar and Green Dot Stables. Upscale dining options include Brizola, The Rattlesnake Club, Roast, The Whitney, Roma Cafe and a host of other great choices.

Cliff Bell's and Cafe D'Mongo are terrific choices for live entertainment, and more choices are available with a scan of the Metro Times on line.

All said and done, a weekend in Detroit could be a memorable choice for you both. Welcome.

Ann Arbor, MI
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3. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

If you like an upscale suburban environment (and your budget can take it), staying in Birmingham the second night at the Townsend Hotel would be fun. There is a ton going on along the Woodward corridor (Birmingham, Royal Oak, Ferndale) that would be perfect for a couple out on the town.

That said, the Townsend is pricey, as is Birmingham in general. You would get more "bang for your buck" in Detroit and there's good stuff going on downtown many nights.

Ohio
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4. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

Oh wow, thanks guys!!! I love this website when I am traveling but it gets me all confused and makes my head spin. :) I couldn't figure out if we should stay in Detroit for a night or not? I know the burbs seem cute as well. Is it fun to stay at the Casino at Greektown or just a hotel do you think? I did look at the Townsend and it was pricey, maybe I will look at it again. I just picked Troy (Westin) cause I thought it was close to Birmingham and there would be a lot? Is this right or should I even do something different the first night? Thanks so much for your help!!!!

St. Clair Shores, MI
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5. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

Making an outlandish food analogy here: Birmingham and Troy attractions are like white bread toast; downtown Detroit like a marble rye.

Detroit, Michigan
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6. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

I would also recommend a night downtown. You can park at your hotel and walk to most restaurants, bars, and / or entertainment venues. If you stay in the suburbs you will be stuck driving from city to city to find what you're looking for.

I love staying at the Greektown Casino Hotel. It's fun and the parking structure is free and safe. If you don't want to stay at the casino hotel, but wish to stay in Greektown, the Atheneum is great and still pretty affordable. The Townsend is beautiful, but staying in Troy is close enough. If you'd like more ideas of what to do downtown, let us know! Depending on when you'll be here, you could always go to a Tigers, Red Wings or Lions game, or see a show at the Fox. All of those venues are within walking / People Mover distance to Greektown. Greektown Hotel often offers packages with visits for the Detroit Institute of Arts, too.

Detroit, MI
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7. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

Commuting to Birmingham from Detroit could be a pain. Troy can be boring for the person who is not working on that business day. Troy is suburban sprawl, so nothing is easily walkable. The Somerset Collection is a neaby upscale mall if shopping is your thing. See if the hotel has a shuttle. There are plenty of good restaurants in Troy, mainly clustered along Big Beaver (aka 16 Mile Road, Metro Parkway and Quarton depending on where you are at).

Never been a fan of Birmingham - too pricey. Of course I like Hamtramck dive bars, so not surprising.

I think the Greektown Casino usually has pretty good rates and is a nice hotel. I have never stayed there, but have been to business meetings. It is also a very convenient location and has free parking where the others will be charging around $20/night downtown.

Rochester Hills...
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8. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

The Troy Westin?? There is a Westin in Southfield but not one in Troy. Troy has a Marriott, the Embassy Suites, Drury Inn, The Met. Troy is near Birmingham but it is your basic suburban town. A huge upscale mall and lots of restaurants. Not much to see or do. Typically most residents in this area seek out nightlife in nearby Royal Oak. Great downtown area but unfortunately not any good hotels in the immediate area. Royal Oak is about a 10 min drive south of Birmingham. Staying in Birmingham would at least be better IMO as there is a walkable downtown area. Nothing like that in Troy. I would also recommend taking the second night and heading into Detroit. There is lots to do, theater, sports events, clubs, casino, walking around Greektown, the waterfront, checking out the skyline from the top of the Ren Cen.

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9. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

Lucky you! An overnight in Detroit with your hubby! We visit Michigan often to visit family but, because we live on the East Coast, hubby and I rarely have time to sneak off on our own. I have envisioned the perfect overnight in Detroit with my dear husband. I'll offer you my plan. If you like it, great, if not, that's ok too!

First, I would skip the suburbs and head into Detroit. It is a great city to visit! I would stay at the Inn at Ferry Street, a lovely bed and breakfast set up in several large mansions on Ferry Street. It is around the corner from the Detroit Institute of Art. I would spend Friday evening at the DIA exploring the galleries, maybe taking a tour of a new exhibit, enjoying the music and a drink. I would then return to the hotel and take the free shuttle service to the main downtown area for dinner. I will let others comment on the excellent dining choices but I know that I would have fun exploring Yelp.Com for recommendations based on our tastes.

On Saturday morning, I would have a leisurely breakfast at the Inn (it is included and very lovely). We would then head to Hitsville USA (otherwise known as the Motown Museum). I have taken the tour twice and loved it both times. I learn something new each time and leave the tour humming Motown hits for the rest of the day. We would then head to Greektown for lunch! Delicious and fun! We are not gamblers so I would like take a leisurely walk along the water, pop in to some of the casinos to look around a lose a bit of money and generally explore the area. Maybe a boat ride on the river, maybe take the elevator to the top of the Ren Cen. Maybe we would head to the Eastern Market to explore. In other words, we would have a leisurely afternoon exploring. If we had time, I would end with a spectacular dinner downtown or in Mexican Town or polish food in Hamtramck.

I am thrilled to see so many folks from Ohio coming to Michigan to travel. I have spent a lot of time in Michigan throughout my life and am just learning about all the Ohio as to offer as my daughter is a freshman at OSU. From the wonders of Cleveland and Columbus to the natural beauty of Hocking Hills, both states are blessed with such great travel options! Moms

Ohio
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10. Re: Weekend with Husband in May

That is super nice of you to take the time to help me!!! Lots of great suggestions, I really appreciate it!!!