The Trendy Sparrow: Travel Adventures: Detroit

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Travel Adventures: Detroit

Traveling is one of those things that I have an extreme passion for, but seldom seem to get to do. Between constantly working and oh yeah, more working, it's often hard to find the time to travel. But Drew and I decided to take a mini vacation a few weeks ago to Detroit. Drew had that Friday off, so we knew we'd be able to make a long weekend out of it, and the Texas Rangers (our home team) were playing the Detroit Tigers (baseball - for those of you who hate sports). It would be the only time the two teams would meet in Detroit this season; so a road trip seemed serendipitous! 

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If I'm being honest, Detroit isn't somewhere I ever imagined myself visiting. All you never hear is how Detroit is in turmoil and that the city is a scary, wasteland of empty buildings and people everywhere are in poverty. I don't know about you, but would that sound like a fun place to vacay? I don't think so. But after going...I found this description of the city to be anything but true. Sure, there are rough areas, but that's how it is with EVERY city you visit. Heck, I live in Chicago; I should know. I couldn't believe how clean, fun, and inviting the city was! It's clear that Detroit is on a revival right now, and it's catering to young professionals. Between the nightlife and kitchy shop filled surrounding neighborhoods...they sold me on the city!


I mean seriously, how stunning are these parks? They were filled with trees and flowers everywhere. Not a bad view for walking around all day. 


Isn't he so handsome? I just love this guy! The city in the background is actually Canada! It's just on the other side of the water from Detroit so you can see it easily. Actually, while we were walking along the water, I got a text from AT&T telling me that I was now using international rates...wtf! I was still in America, AT&T! I was just LOOKING at Canada. Geez. 


Of course, I wouldn't be me without finding an amazing place to have coffee. This chai from Roasting Plant was so delicious! Plus this crazy machine shoots your beans directly to the barista when they are ready so that they are constantly as fresh as possible. Drew was losing his mind over the technology (pfft...engineers...eye roll). 


Our first food stop was brunch at Townhouse! Can we please just talk about the decor please? Not only were their murals on the wall, but we sat inside an atrium. It was unbelievably stunning outside while we were there, and they even started to remove the rooftop while we were eating. It truly felt like we were staying in a botanical garden. 


I posted on my Instagram that I was looking for recommendations for places to eat in Detroit (because we basically ate our way through the city...I'm not kidding. 99% off what we did was eat. Food, food, food, baseball, and more food); and one of them suggested the Astoria Pastry Shop in GreekTown. It was waaaaaaay too delicious! I had triple chocolate cheesecake and proceeded to immediately fall into a sugar coma. 


We ended up spending quite a bit of time in a neighborhood called Ferndale. It was an extremely cute little suburb outside of the city filled with locally owned shops, restaurants, and art. If you know me at all, you know that I'm constantly on the lookout for the perfect donut. I could seriously eat donuts for every meal, but then I'd have to workout like 20 times a week....so I don't. 


We ended up eating donuts at this perfectly pink covered restaurant called The Daily Dinette. Not only was the decor all a shade of blush pink perfection, but the donuts were insanely good! I had a Samoa flavored one...yes, like the Girl Scout cookie! It was even better than you are currently imagining. 


One of the things I loved the most about Ferndale was all of the street art. It was everywhere! On the side of the buildings, in the alleys, INSDIE the stores...colorful perfection! This one that says "Remember You're Beautiful" was my favorite. It was next to a small record store we stopped by (and ended up leaving with 3 new records). We ate at so many other places in Ferndale. Honestly, if you're on the street where The Daily Dinette is, you will have your pick of so many delicious and locally owned places to eat. 


Our final stop (and the whole reason we came) before leaving Detroit was Comerica Park; to see a baseball game! Imagine my delight when I found out that Comerica has a merry-go-round INSIDE of the stadium! The cutest part is that all of the animals are Tigers (because they are the Detroit Tigers!). I didn't get to ride it because it was packed with children, but I loved just standing there; watching it. I'm always amazed by the adorable things that various sporting teams put inside their stadiums to make them unique. The Texas Rangers ended up winning (by a lot); so it ended on the perfect note. I hope I get to go to Detroit again sometime to see all of the things we didn't get to during our weekend stay, such as all the museums and maybe the opera house.


Where will my adventures take me next? I'm not sure! But I hope it's somewhere fabulous!


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