Here are a few snapshots from my trip to Detroit — I did get up to a few things besides going to Shinola.
My flight was a little delayed because of the weather, so our first stop was Corktown and The Sugar House — Detroit’s Patterson House (or for you Chicagoans, Detroit’s Violet Hour).
After a few too many delicious cocktails and a charcuterie plate to die for, we went across the street to Mercury Burger Bar and ended up having s’mores and a snowball fight in the courtyard outside. No, s’mores were not on the menu, but when we mentioned how sad it was to have a fire pit but no s’mores, our friendly waitress handed us a bag of supplies and told us to go to town. You’ve gotta love Detroit. And the night wasn’t over yet—we walked down Michigan to hear some (pretty bad, but enthusiastic) music at PJ’s Lager Bar and stopped to make snow angels in the Tiger Field. This itinerary is recommended, but be sure to take a few ibuprofen before going to bed.
The next day, we toured a few spots in the city, after breakfast at Le Petit Zinc.
My favorite stop was The Fisher Building—I could have spent ages gawking at the amazing Art Deco interior.
I loved the food—and the incredible prices!—at our lunch spot, Green Dot Stables.
We checked out the Heidelberg Project, which looked even creepier in the snow.
On Sunday, we visited the Detroit Institute of Arts, which has one of the 20-odd original casts of The Thinker outside. I’ve now seen two of them—maybe I should try to visit them all!
The museum did a terrific job of integrating activities for kids into the permanent collection; there were lots of families there.
The Diego Rivera mural is incredibly impressive. That’s Henry Ford in the panel.
Then we went to the recently renovated and reopened Detroit Historical Museum. Along with the car-focused exhibits you might expect, the museum devoted some space to bicycles. Fitting, since many car manufacturers got their start in the bicycle business—including the Dodge Brothers.
To top off our day of culture, we went to the Fisher Mansion, an estate built by one of the Fisher brothers in the 1920s. It is now a Hare Krishna temple, and every Sunday night they have a free vegetarian feast that’s open to the public. They also offer tours of the mansion for a $5 donation—our guide knew the building’s history from top to bottom, and the blend of slightly run-down 1920s luxury with the Indian art collection that the current owners have amassed is something to see. Definitely worth visiting if you’re up for something different, although I didn’t take pictures for obvious reasons.
Before going to the airport, we drove past this bike shop with an awesome low rider mural.
This was my second time visiting Detroit—it’s a fascinating city, the sort of place where you end up having interesting conversations with strangers.
My next trip will be just a little teeny tad different: I’m heading to Italy next week! Stay tuned for some Italian bicycle shots. I’ll do my best to capture Europe without Dottie’s amazing photog skills.