Sick kids and snow days have been the theme of the week, so I’m running behind a bit over here on the blog. I thought it would be fun to share a bit of our 16th wedding anniversary trip today. Not to mention when I shared on Instagram, I had lots of requests to put all this info in a blog post for easy reference. So here we go!
I tagged along on a recent business trip with Dan to Detroit and we had the best time! It happened to coincide with our wedding anniversary, so we decided to stay an extra night and make a fun weekend of it. We really ate (and drank) our way through the city. They have done such an amazing job of reviving this city. We didn’t get to see half of what we wanted to in the 2 days we were there. We actually booked ourselves for dinner at 6 PM and 9 PM at two different restaurants Saturday because we couldn’t decided between the two. If you are in the Michigan area definitely consider it for a fun weekend getaway! The Mr. had conference calls the whole way there, so I got to read my book – a win win for everyone :)
We stayed at The Detroit Foundation Hotel which is a converted fire station and it was really unique and cool inside! We had wanted to stay at the Shinola hotel, but it was completely booked so check out that option too. This was our room and it had so many fun and unique touches.
I loved that the front doors of the hotel were the old firehouse doors.
They had beautiful vintage rugs scattered throughout the hotel, and I could have rolled them all up and taken them home with me.
They also had a lot of really cool artwork displayed throughout various parts of the hotel. This is one of the sitting areas by the elevators.
One of the biggest perks of staying here is the restaurant/bar in the lobby which is probably one of the coolest restaurants I’ve seen. I could move right in! It’s called The Apparatus Room and it houses all the old fire poles. The windows, tile work, and furniture in this place are perfection. Not to mention their food is amazing! We had drinks and appetizers here Saturday night and hit up their Jazz Brunch before heading home on Sunday. The lighting at the bar is so fun.
I grabbed this shot early Saturday morning on my run down to grab a coffee when it was empty so you could see all the eclectic details! The architecture was so beautiful everywhere you looked.
Friday night we started at The Monarch Club which has very cool views (we need to come back in the summer to try out the rooftop deck) and an oldschool vibe that was so fun.
The atmosphere here was such a throwback to a different era. They nailed the details and the drinks were delicious.
It poured most of the weekend which made exploring a bit more difficult, but I snapped this shot while we ran a few block to dinner.
We headed to Prime and Proper for dinner with some of Dan’s clients. The food here was fantastic! This is a pretty classic steakhouse, but gorgeous inside as well. The gooey butter cake dessert was possibly the best thing I ate all weekend.
Saturday night (when we double booked ourselves as I previously mentioned), we took an uber over to Shewolf for out of this world homemade pasta. Ok, and now I remember the gelato there too, so I may need to declare it a tie between the gooey butter cake and the pistachio gelato. I’m still dreaming about it!
Their cocktails were also delicious and beautiful. I ordered the Sophia Loren, which was the inspiration behind the cocktail I shared last week (get the recipe here!). I was too busy stuffing my face to take a photo of my cacio e pepe pasta, but trust me it was amazing too.
We had to get back to our kids Sunday, but I feel like we didn’t even scratch the surface of all the great dining, fun shopping, and events Detroit has to offer. We definitely have plans to go back and take the kids to a game and explore more!
A lot of you sent me great suggestions of places to go in Detroit that we didn’t have time for, so we are looking forward to checking out the following on the next trip too!
The Evening Bar – cocktails
Bad Luck Bar – cocktails
The Dime Store – great brunch or lunch
San Morello – brunch or dinner
Detroit Shipping Factory