New Year's Eve Celebrations in Michigan

Old Oct 28th, 2004, 03:27 PM
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New Year's Eve Celebrations in Michigan

Any suggestions as to what my boyfriend and I can do to celebrate New Year's Eve which won't cost us a fortune? We have only recently moved to Detroit and so won't have the usual party invites we would if we were back home. Any ideas will be gratefully received.
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Old Oct 28th, 2004, 03:38 PM
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What about one of the casinos downtown?
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Old Oct 28th, 2004, 07:42 PM
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Any particular one? Are these just slots or do they do the whole show thing - we went on a fantastic 2 week trip round the UP but weren't particularly taken with the slots.......

Anything else you think we should do?
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Old Oct 29th, 2004, 01:32 PM
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It has been some years since I have lived in the area, but the Hyatt Regency Dearborn was a lot of fun on New Year's Eve.

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Old Oct 29th, 2004, 02:28 PM
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JS1,
What are your interests? Would be easier to give advice if I knew kind of what you were looking for.....clubs, dinner & dancing, jazz? Let me know & I will do my best to assist!
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Old Nov 2nd, 2004, 07:22 AM
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Will certainly look into Dearborn casino - thank you.

Like the outdoors, sports, films, good food - we had a fab two weeks in the UP earlier this year. We haven't ventured much into Downtown - I hear Greektown area is meant to be worth a visit - so any suggestions as to good place to eat and perhaps a bar with live music would be perfect.......

Also it's hard to break into a new area so any suggestions about where might be a good place to meet people would be v much appreciated......

We are off to see the Pistons on Saturday, have seen the Tigers, trying to get to see some football - obviously crossing off things to do - any hints about how to get good tickets?

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Old Nov 2nd, 2004, 07:43 AM
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Just to clear up any confusion - there is no casino in Dearborn. There are 3 in downtown Detroit - Greektown, Motor City and MGM. I've only been to Greektown. It's nice enough - lots of slots and table games, though the table limits are generally higher than I like. At least $10, often more.

I've never eaten at a Greektown Casino restaurant, but there are plenty of restaurants outside of the casino to choose from. I like Hella's and Pegasus. Many people like Pizza Popolis for deep-dish pizza but I prefer Niki's pizza. The Old Shalele (I'm sure I misspelled that!) is a very popular Irish Pub in Greektown, and there are other bars there that also have music. Greektown is very small, only a few square blocks, so it's easy to just go explore and find the bars that suit your tastes while you're there.

I can't help with NYE celebrations as I'm not big into going out that night. But for other things to do in the area, come to Ann Arbor! You mentioned wanting to see football. It's not the Lions, or even UM football (which is generally hard to get tickets to, though there may be some for the Northwestern game on 11/13) but this Saturday (11/6) division II college football is trying to set an attendance record by holding a game between Michigan Tech and another school (maybe Saginaw Valley or Ferris State? Can't remember) at Michigan Stadium. They won't get 111,000 people like UM does, but it will probably still be a great place to watch a football game!

Do you actually live right in Detroit? If you can let people know where you live specifically (not address, just town) there might be more ideas on where to go to meet people. But my first thought is to check out www.volunteermatch.org and find a volunteering opportunity that matches with your interests. Also check out any community education opportunities (rec & ed type things) where you can take a class in pottery or acting or whatever interests you and meet people there.
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Forget Ann Arbor....go to East Lansing!! (j/k Ann Arbor is a neat town!)

As far as Detroit, Greektown is fun. I would recommend the Music Menu Cafe. They have live Blues/Jazz, a good beer selection and good food. Also in the Greektown area is Sweet Georgia Brown, which I have not personally tried, but it's a restaurant I have heard wonderful things about. In the Renaissance Center is Seldom Blues, a new restaurant that is also getting rave reviews for both food & music.

Another area that you can find a lot to do in is the Fox Theatre District, which is right by both Comerica Park & Ford Field. There's the Hockeytown Cafe (which could still be fun even with the hockey strike) and a really great bar called the Town Pump. One of my faves in downtown.

Other suburban areas of interest are Ferndale, Royal Oak, & Birmingham. If you live closer to those areas I can give you some advice on those towns.

As far as New Years, I would pick up a Metro Times, or go online to www.metrotimes.com. and see what's happening in the area at that time. Pontiac has all kinds of night clubs that I'm sure will be having special events that night, I would imagine that dinner/dancing type events will be booked fast since NYE is on a Friday this year......

Sorry if this post seems rambling. Feel free to ask any questions!
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Old Nov 2nd, 2004, 03:27 PM
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Well thank you both! I certainly have a few suggestions to follow up and def will do so. We live in Novi at the moment - we have made it to Ann Arbour which we liked very much and I will be checking out the market there soon too. Haven't made it to E. Lansing yet but now will make the effort.

All your tips about places to check out are a great help - thank you so much. I am going to look at courses that start in the New Year too - not sure what but, as you say, probably a good place to meet people.

Do you also have any recommendations as to best places to learn to ski re: value for money and easy access - both downhill and crosscountry......

Shame we are going to the Pistons this Saturday otherwise would def have been v happy to add to numbers for the football.

Thanks again - lovely to find such chatty and helpful people

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If you want to take a mini-vacation to learn to ski, as opposed to doing it over time locally, head north! The Petoskey-Harbor Springs-Traverse City area has several nice ski resorts to choose from. It's roughly a 4 hour drive, and beautiful in the winter (and summer). I'm most familiar with Nubs Nob, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain because they are near to where I grew up. I'm certain that all will have ski lessons available. You can stay at the ski resort, or in town (Petoskey or Harbor Springs) and enjoy all that this picturesque, quaint area has to offer.

Also - if by checking out the market in Ann Arbor you meant housing market, be aware that it is expensive to live here. My 1,000 sq. ft. house with 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, finished basement and detached 1-car garage is worth roughly $200,000. But, it's on the outskirts of town (but still within the city limits). If you moved my house to one of the more historical districts it's value would increase nearly $100,000. Just so you don't get sticker shock!

On the other hand, if you meant checking out the farmers' market (can never be sure reading the printed text), come on by. It's wonderful and I go almost every Saturday!
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Just down the street from your location in Novi is Brighton, which has a ski hill. Nothing as good as what's up north, but I'm sure good enough to get your feet wet on, then, once you learn, you can take a ski weekend "up north". Not sure that they have x-county skiing there though.......
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Kensington Metropark, right out I-96 is a great nearby place for cross-country skiing.

If you want to make a weekend of it, there are hundreds of choices, depending on how far you are willing to drive and what else you might want to do.

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Old Nov 4th, 2004, 12:02 PM
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Well, I have certainly got enough info here to keep me going for a while.

Thanks so much for all your responses.

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