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    Edsel and Elanor Ford House

    by dtownkitty Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Edsel and Elanor Ford House is a beautiful Estate on the shore of Lake St. Claire. It was built and designed by Albert Kahn in the late '20s and many elements were imported from England. The nice thing about this house is that the majority of the original furnishings are still in the house, so it is very much the same as it was when the Ford family lived here. This American castle was even built with its own power station and the pool was heated year-round. Enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds, too.

    The staff is very helpful and at my last visit they answered questions in German. Also, Christmas time is extra nice here. Go to the website for an online tour.

    Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. 15-20 minute drive from downtown.

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    WAY OFF THE BEATEN PATH...

    by dtownkitty Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you're here for a while or are passing through, visit the picturesque town of Chelsea and see a show at The Purple Rose Theatre. Jeff Daniels is the theatre's founder and executive director and they perform works written by Jeff, Lanford Wilson & Mitch Albom, and of course other playwrights. It's a very special place and you won't be dissapointed by the talent. Chelsea is a 15 minute drive W of Ann Arbor on I-94 , or about a 1 hour drive from Detroit and well worth the trip!! It's also the home of Jiffy Mix.

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    Side Trips from Detroit

    by kateylou Written Jun 9, 2009

    Have a few days to spend outside Detroit?

    Mackinac Island is a good suggestion, it's a fun, quaint place to visit - although it's a pretty far drive. You should definitely think about visiting the Great Lakes.
    Put-in-Bay is a popular island to visit. You take the Jet Express http://www.jet-express.com/ ferry from Port Clinton, OH to the island. (Port Clinton is about 2 hours from Detroit.) Lots to do at Put In Bay. It's nice to rent a golf cart and drive it around the island. Plenty of funky bars with live bands along the main street make for a fun nightlife.
    You could always do a day in Toledo - Mud Hens game, Toledo Zoo, Tony Packo's hot dogs.
    Higgins Lake, MI is a beautiful lake up north. Camping, horseback riding, boat rentals, etc. Great for swimming - check my tips on Higgins Lake.
    I haven't been to Petoskey, MI, but several people I know ike it alot. http://www.petoskey.com/

    Also, check out the best amusement park in America for roller coasters - Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It is one of my favorite places on the planet! http://www.cedarpoint.com/ Plenty of hotels and camping around there.

    By the way, the main freeway in Detroit (71) is under construction, so check the Michigan Department of Transportation website before you plan to drive anywhere. There will probably be annoying detours.

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    Detroit Lighthouse Depot

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    The Detroit Lighthouse Depot was formerly a central supply depot for lighthouse activity on the Great Lakes. Established in 1874, the depot supplied lenses, oil and equipment for area lighthouses and lightships. The site has now been abandoned by the Coast Guard and taken over by the city of Detroit. Plans to turn the facility into a museum are pending.

    It is located at the foot of Elliott Avenue, on the St. Clair River - not the best neighborhood in Detroit.

    Address:
    3766 Wight Street
    Detroit, MI 48202

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    Lake Shore Drive through the Grosse Pointes

    by Bunsch Written Feb 11, 2007

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    Unless you happen to live there, or are visiting someone in the Grosse Pointes (there are five: Park, City, Farms, Shores, and Woods), you may not stumble across Lake Shore Drive which, when it eventually crosses into the City of Detroit, becomes Jefferson Boulevard. But it is definitely worth the somewhat lengthy car trip, especially on (a) beautiful summer days and evenings, when you'll see sailboats aplenty on Lake Saint Clair as well as getting the chance to ogle the mansions along the route; (b) winter days, when the lake freezes solid, the ice fishermen come out, and ice boats sometimes zip along next to the road; (c) stormy days, when the lake is whipped into a frenzy of whitecaps and crashing waves; (d) fall days, when the trees are a colorful frame for the stately homes. You can get an idea if you see the old movie, "Grosse Pointe Blank" (mostly not shot in Grosse Pointe, but the Drive is there). The drive leaves the lake shore around the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, but you can stay on for another mile or so to get to the huge Ford estate on the right.

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    Three Dog Bakery

    by lashr1999 Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    While walking around I saw the Thee Dog Bakery they have excellent looking cakes, cupcakes and cookies except they are made for dogs. If you did not see the name of the store you would probably take these goodies home to eat yourself. I brought an assortment of cookies for 10$ for my dog and even got him a personalized cookie for $1.

    Don’t let the look of the cookies fool you the ingredients they contain are actually healthy for dogs. They use whole grains, peanut butter, apples, canola oil, carob oats, carob, honey and other natural ingredients. The chocolate looking covering, which could make your dog sick if it actually was chocolate, is actually carob. Carob is actually high in vitamins and minerals which are good for your dog.

    The concept of the three dog bakery started in 1989 when 2 guys had the idea to make healthy dog treats. They had discussions with vets on the ingredients to use. Then they tried different recipes and feed it to their three dogs and then to other neighborhood dogs. They then opened the bakery selling the products their pets liked. Later other franchises like this one in MI opened.

    While there they were making wafers for dogs. These were the same yummy wafers that My friend Jess from Ohio’s mother makes that you can use for ice cream, except they don’t have the added sugar of liquorish drops in it. The owner said that they are made to be healthy fir dogs but humans can eat it as well. She gave us one of the wafers to try. They tasted good but they didn’t have sugar in them.

    When I got home I left some of the cookies out on the table. I told them to take one. After they all finished eating, I told them that they had eaten a dog cookie. They didn’t believe me until they saw the wrapper. They had thought it was a diet cookie without the sugar. My dog enjoyed the remaining cookies later on.

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    Best Kept Metroparks Secret

    by bilgeez Written May 21, 2006

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    Wolcott Mill is probably the least-known of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. I made a goal to visit each of the Metroparks this summer and when I looked at the Metroparks website to see where all 13 of the parks were located, I noticed this one as one I was not at all familiar with.
    Wolcott Mill is a bit out-of-the way. It is in a rural area that hasn't been ex-burbanized yet.
    There are four attractions to the Park
    1) Farm Learning Center, which features a working dairy and a greenhouse one can buy plants and flowers from.
    2) Wolcott Mill, which is a museum of the area and the mill. It also is a learning center for the area history.
    3) Group Camp Activity and Equestrian Area. One can rent horses here and ride the many equestrian trails in the park
    4) Wolcott Mill Golf Course on Ray Center Road at 27 Mile Rd. Features an 18 hole golf course.
    The Farm Learning Center is at 63841Wolcott Road, about a mile and a half south of 32 Mile Road and about the same distance from where Wolcott and Indian Trail branch off each other.
    The Mill is on Kunstman Road about 1/2 mile north of 29 Mile Rd. and about a mile west of Wolcott Rd.
    The Group Camp is on 29 Mile Rd. just east of Wolcott Rd.
    I have more detailed tips in my "Detroit Things to Do" tips section for this park. Please see them as I have split these out into seperate tips in that section.
    You can get to the park either by taking I-94 East from Detroit to M-59 and then take North Blvd. to Indian Trail to Wolcott Rd. Or, take exit 255 from I-94 and go west on Division, which will turn into 32 Mile Rd west of Richmond and go to Wolcott Rd and turn left, go south 1-1/2 miles to the Farm or to 29 Mile and turn right to Kunstman to go to the Mill.
    Or take M53 (Van Dyke) to 26 Mile Rd and go east to Romeo Plank or Ray Center and then go north to 29 mile Rd. From Romeo Plank turn right on 29 Mile Rd to Kunstman for the mill, or continue to Wolcott and turn left to go to the farm.

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    OLD HOLLYWOOD IN OLD REDFORD..

    by dtownkitty Updated Jan 25, 2006

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    The Historic Redford Theatre in Old Redford, Detroit, has been around since the late 20's. In recent years, the Motor City Theatre Organ Society took an interest in the theatre and restored its Japanese/ Deco decor. The original organ is intact and provides intermission music. It's a great place to go see old movies, including silent pictures, and occassionally a recent movie. They even have a Stooges festival for all you Stooges. It's not far from Brightmoor (Blightmoor?) a rough neighborhood, but there is safe & secure parking next to the theatre. And there is a certain charm to Old Redford if you can look into the past...I can still smell my grandpas cigarette and hear the sounds of bowling pins crashing over the the voices of old timers one-uping...It has potential.

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    CABELLA'S SUPER HUNTING & CAMPING STORE

    by dtownkitty Written Nov 25, 2005

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    225,000 Square feet of hunting, camping and fishing goods, boats, aquariums and dioramas which I like to call "The Dead Zoo". (endangered animals are from old collections). Most people probably would rather see live animals but the mountain display is very impressive. Michiganders are big on the outdoors so its logical to have a store like this in the middle of nowhere - about a 30 to 40 min drive south of Detroit or Ann Arbor near US 23. They have some interesting indoor target practice using laser guns here and you can eat beef jerky to your hearts content.

    It's a great place to take the family or go for a peta protest.

    Dundee, MI

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    Copernicus in Detroit

    by yooperprof Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Mikolaj Kopernik (1473-1543), aka Nicholas Copernicus, never visited Detroit, but if he had, I'm sure he would have been a big fan of the Pistons. As it is, the Detroit region has one of the largest concentrations of Polish-Americans, so perhaps the great astronomer (and priest) from Cracow would have felt entirely at home here. His monument can be found on the grounds of the Detroit Public Library, just off Cass.

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    THE BEST COSTUME PARTY ANYWHERE - THEATRE BIZARRE

    by dtownkitty Updated Sep 25, 2005

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    While exploring a seedy neighborhood a few years ago i stumbled upon something so BIZARRE I thought I stepped into some creepy nightmare. Behind several houses I saw what looked like a giant, creepy old haunted carnival. Sumptuously grotesque! I looked again and, yes, there it was.

    After some quick research I learned that it was Theatre Bizarre. Creepier than a Tim Burton movie set. It's true! It sits quietly all year, but in October it turns into a big party with all kinds of entertainment. I don't plan to miss it in 2005.

    Behind the State fairgrounds at 8 & woodward

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    GO TO HELL & SEE CREEPY CLYDE!

    by dtownkitty Written Aug 15, 2005

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    Creepy Clyde is a "Singer of Spooky Songs". He sings everything from commercial jingles to the Spider Man theme song in a spooky, sultry, lounge style. And of course he sings spooky standards. I saw him sing at a restaurant called "Transylvania House" and almost peed my pants. Adults and kids of any age can appreciate him and new immigrants don't know what to think.

    He is currently performing in Hell, Michigan. It's an hour long drive from Detroit. It is a scenic drive and you can drop your friends a postcard from Hell.

    Hopefully he gigs in Detroit Metro again soon.

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    WELL HEE HAW! IT'S A GIANT TIRE MA!

    by dtownkitty Written Aug 15, 2005

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    Of course, seeing the giant Uniroyal tire is worth a trip to Detroit in itself. It's a classic! When I was a girl it was always exciting for me to see this Detroit landmark. It was actually a Ferris Wheel at the 1964 World's Fair. If you've got a kid they may find it as exciting as I did, provided their gameboy has run out of batteries.

    Temporary additions are sometimes made. Like a giant nail or a giant bottle of armour all!!

    Best viewed when driving East on 94 from Detroit Metro Airport.

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    Elmwood Cemetery

    by GottaTry Written Apr 24, 2005

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    I believe this is the oldest existing public cemetery in Detroit. It opened in the 1840's and is a real who's who of Detroit and Michigan history. The office is open 9-4 on weekdays and will give you info on who is buried there.
    It is a pretty place with rolling hills, nice to walk or drive around even if you don’t know any of the inhabitants.
    Elmwood is located near the corner of East Lafayette and McDougall.

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    Hidden Rock n' Roll Treasure

    by LissyBits Written Nov 16, 2004

    Check out the Lager House near old Tiger Stadium to hear up and coming punk and garage rock. I head Blanche there for $3... and bumped into the White Stripes. You never know who's going to be hanging out in this local joint.

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