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Tracking Down Shopping Deals and Discounts during Deer Widows Weekend

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Fall in Michigan marks the time of year that those who hunt leave their significant others to saunter in the woods in search of a white-tailed prize. Michigan's archery deer hunting season starts in mid-October, while the general firearms season runs Nov. 15-30.

We endearingly call those left behind while those who hunt hunt our "deer widows." We know better, however, than to think these so-called widows are ready to huddle up inside and mourn their loss. Instead, they are ready to hunt down their own kind of fun, and we are ready to help them find it right here in The D with a jam-packed, two-part itinerary. For more event and entertainment ideas, click here.

Deer Widows Weekend: On the Hunt for Shopping Deals and Discounts

Put on your comfortable shoes, fill your wallet full of credit cards with a zero balance and exercise that eye that always finds the best bargains. Metro Detroit has shopping centers and outlet malls with discounts galore. Many of them with special deals and weekend bargains just for deer widows armed with days of independence.

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Auburn Hills (O)
Has more than 180 unique shopping options. Check out Talbots Outlet, where the whole store will be 50 percent off. Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th is advertising UGG slippers for $59.99 and Swarovski has select jewelry marked 40-75 percent off. Visitors from over 50 miles away can each receive a "Passport to Shopping," full of discounts and special offers from over 100 retailers. Please stop at the Guest Services Desk in District 4 and say you are here for the Passport to Shopping! 


Birch Run Premium Outlets, Birch Run (BD)
About a 90-minute drive for metro Detroit, but it's worth the ride if you have a day to spare. Nov. 13-15 is the outlets' annual Deer Widows Weekend. Check in at the information center before you shop and claim your Deer Widow status and shopping guide. Deeper discounts and free gifts.

Tanger Outlet Center, Howell (BD)
Discounts come directly from the factories so you save even more. Tommy Hilfiger will be hosting its Black Friday Presale and Famous Footwear has women's boots up to 40 percent off. (http://visitdetroit.com/detroit-member-detail/?memberid=25137) i

The Mall at Partridge Creek, Clinton Twp. (M)
Has more than 90 stores with an outdoor, open format. Check out the deals running in mid November at Nordstrom, The Gap and at Ski by Journeys. Have the kids? Movie Night at The Friendship Factory starts at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13.

Our other malls and quainter downtowns

With so many hours, if not days, on your hands as your significant other hunts, we've got so many malls and downtowns for you to choose from to occupy your time.

... The Malls ...
Lakeside Mall (M) is Macomb County's premier indoor shopping destination. ● Somerset Collection (O) boasts an upscale shopping experience. ● Fairlane Town Center (DW) is a Dearborn mainstay featuring all of your favorite shops. ● Twelve Oaks Mall (GN) is Novi's biggest destination to stroll and shop. ● Ikea (DW) Yes, it's a single store, but it's really more like its own mini-mall. Michigan's only is in Canton.

... Downtowns and quirky shopping districts ...
Downtown Ferndale (O) is a patch of diversity and culture featuring 60 specialty retail stores, novelty shops, wineries and breweries. ● Downtown Plymouth (GN) is home to many independent retailers and restaurants. ● The Nautical Mile (M) is a concentrated area featuring boutiques, gifts and dining options with a waterfront flair. ● Eastern Market (DD) Go behind the food, fruit and flowers and you'll find vintage clothing, Michigan-made goods and handcrafted treasures. Division Street Boutique (DD) sells all of your "Detroit Hustles Harder" garb. Or if you are looking to stock up on clothing, gourmet goods and household items, stop by Savvy Chic Trends (DD) ● Downtown Rochester (O) has fine dining, breweries, art galleries and shopping. ● The Village of Grosse Pointe (DW) features upscale shopping and elegant dining.



Hunting Down the Hot (Food) Spots

While those in hot pursuit of the biggest buck eat chili from a pot simmering over a campfire, deer widows can do their dining in a slightly finer style in The D. Check out some of the metro area's many delicious dining options as well as our newest restaurants in town.


D Discount Pass

The FREE D Discount Pass saves you 20% or more on entrance to Detroit’s best-loved attractions. New to the Discount Pass this year are the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. What are you waiting for? Sign up!



During deer hunting season, a hunter, on average, spends $885 on gear and travel.


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(DW) Dearborn/Wayne
(DD) Downtown Detroit
(GN) Greater Novi
(M) Macomb
(O) Oakland

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