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Trip Report My weekend in Detroit.

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I decided I wanted to go to Trader Joe's and the nearest one is in Detroit. We we turned it into a weekend away.
I had not been to Detroit since I was a kid ( many years ago). I lived in Windsor and used to cross the border on a regular basis.

If anyone is thinking of going to Detroit and is having second thoughts... DON'T ! The downtown area is beautiful.
The whole waterfront has been turned into a beautiful 3.5 mile waterfront park. Beautiful gardens, and walkways all along the water. We stayed at the Marriott Renanissance and were very very happy. It is part of the huge , spectacular GM Renaissance Center http://www.gmrencen.com/Happening/DetroitRiverWalk/tabid/105/Default.aspx
We were given a room on the 66th floor with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water. The view was amazing.

This past weekend was the River Days Festival, and there were lots of activities all along the water. We loved it all, and missed going out for dinner. We were having such a good time at the festival, we had hot dogs for dinner!

On Sat, we wandered the full length of the RiverWalk, and then took the People Mover , elevated train around the entire route. It takes approx 15 minutes, and was a great way to see the surrounding area. It passes by Joe Louis Arena, the baseball field, and the football stadium. (Sorry,I'm not a sports fan) But the website I posted, names them.

After a rest back in the room, we took the People Mover again, and got off at Greektown, where we wandered around .. There is a fabulous bakery there called Astoria. It is to die for!!
We ate dinner at Fishbones. I had a T bone steak, my friend had fish. Both meals were delicious. I loved the stone, brick, wooden beams and total look of this restaurant.

Back in the room, we watched boats, all lit up for the festival, cruising by the parks.. It was really pretty, and great to see so many involved in making River Days a success.

Sunday morning ( this morning) we had our car brought around , the first time we'd used it since arriving Friday night. We headed up Jefferson towards Grosse Pointe to stop at Trader Joe's. .. We were thrilled with Grosse Pointe. It is a beautiful town, and the main street was perfect for shopping. ..and eating.. We shopped for a couple of hours, then went into a really great bakery, called Panara. The stawberry and cream scones were delicious.
We carried on up past the stunning homes on the waterfront, and really enjoyed our drive.

Finally we had to hop on the highway and head for Port Huron, and across the border to head for home.

The weekend was really a huge success, filled with many pleasant surprises , the best being how great the waterfront area is in Detroit.
If you ever stay at the Marriott, be sure to ask for a water view!

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