I can’t be the only one that gets an itch to get the hell out of my current place and escape to somewhere else for a bit… Which, is a very doable thing, if you’re rich. If you’re poor, like me, you gotta get creative with your vacations. Enter: the staycation.
My girlfriends are some of the greatest people in the world, and every day with them is filled with adventure and laughter. So, I decided to plan out a staycation in my favorite city ever (Detroit, duh), and we took on the city at some of my favorite places!
Check out our itinerary and video below for some of the best spots to hit with your girls, and let me know if you can think of any others! Also, shoutout to Crowne Plaza Detroit for the beautiful hotel room on the riverfront.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Detroit
We were lucky enough to not only stay right in the city, but right on the water, too! The Crowne Plaza welcomed us with an awesome bottle of wine and cheese plate, which was so unexpected. We then headed to the top floor for a little happy hour and met the sweetest bartender ever, Selena. The atmosphere on the top floor was as breathtaking as the view. We ended the night with a glass of wine and a nice face mask. The hotel overall was a perfect place to stay at, especially being close to the heart of the city!
Femology is one of my favorite places for girl bosses of any kind. You can walk in there and instantly feel a magnetic energy going through the room. There’s so many ideas and inspiration within the walls, and it’s a great place to go and brainstorm new thoughts and concepts. We started out here to gain some inspiration, thanks in part to the awesome decor they have!
Detroit Public Library
The DPL is one of those places that you can’t even believe is in Detroit. It reminded me of a library you might find in New York City or something similar. The architecture is stunning, the books are endless, and stained glass adds a timeless touch to such a beautiful building. I highly recommend checking it out – no pun intended.
Amazing restaurants are on every corner in Detroit, but amazing open-air ones are the best to find, especially while the weather is still nice! Lumen is located in the new-ish Beacon Park, an awesome little area of family-friendly games, pop-ups, and lounge areas. It’s one of the not-so-tourist heavy areas, but there’s still plenty of locals hanging out at all times. The food at Lumen is both delicious and plated beautifully, and their original cocktails are delicious!
Ferne Boutique (Detroit)
I am so beyond obsessed with Ferne; it’s really taking a toll on my bank account. Originally started in Bay City, Ferne just recently opened their new Detroit location last month. The clothes are gorgeous, the storefront is adorable, and the prices are actually budget-friendly. We all loved trying on different pieces, and I’m pretty sure every single one of us walked out with a Ferne Detroit bag in hand.
For the Love of Sugar
If you know me, you probably already know just how IN LOVE I am with this bakery. FTLOS has the greatest macarons I’ve ever tasted in my life, along with the greatest, most chocolately cake I’ve ever had (aptly named “Matilda” after the famous scene with Bruce in the movie). I love this place so much that I’m having Manal and her team make a cake for my mom’s birthday!
The Apparatus Room
Just as Detroit is full of foodie restaurants, it’s also full of mixologists and amazing bars. As expected, it all comes down to the atmosphere you’re looking for. How about an old fire house turned bar/hotel? Well, that’s exactly what The Apparatus Room is! Part of The Foundation Hotel, The Apparatus Room is a classic example of the revival of Detroit (bonus points for being right across the street from the Crowne Plaza). It’s modern decor and amazing cocktail list make for a boujee evening to remember. Definitely one of the coolest bars I’ve been to in the city!