Detroit: The Bleisure Traveler’s Dream Destination

Modified: April 13, 2022

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What is bleisure you ask? Business travel + leisure travel = bleisure travel. This is becoming an increasingly popular way to balance work, wellness and tackling your travel bucket-list. When you come to Detroit, no matter what hotel you stay in, you can always find several ways to bring balance to your business motivated travels. 

networking and people at an event

In the world of business travel, finding ways to weave sightseeing in between meetings, workshops, and client dinners can be challenging. However, in Detroit, anything is possible. You can have the ultimate bleisure experience by adding a little strategy to your free time. For example, there are tour opportunities and experiences packages that may be connected to your hotel and accept day of reservations. Whether you’ve already booked your hotel or looking for the best part of downtown to be near your meeting venues, it’s easy to tailor your visit around your needs and still have an authentic Detroit experience. While a bleisure experience can be found in any part of the metro area, this guide will focus on the different parts of downtown Detroit. This guide pulls together a fusion of business, wellness, fun, easy exploration around your headquarter hotel.  Silent Disco yoga in Detroit

Now, about finding that balance…

Area 1: Riverfront/ Financial District/ Convention Center Area
Gabriel Richard Park

For a conference at Huntington Place

Detroit skyline One of the greatest advantages of your headquarter hotel being located in the same area as the convention center is that you have 24hr. access to a four-mile long riverfront with views of Canada, a one way bike path to Atwater Brewery, an entrance to the Dequindre Cut, and an easy path to the popular Belle Isle.     

SAMPLE BLEISURE ITINERARY:

 

  •  Start the day by clearing your mind and getting the blood flowing by taking a walk or run along the river front. 

 

  •  Get ready for the day at your hotel and then hop on the People Mover or walk over to Huntington Place. 

 

 

  •  Walk three blocks to Woodward Ave. and tour the esplanade as you make your way to Campus Martius. 

 

  •  Hop on the QLine and head towards the district and where you can grab dinner at any one of the several restaurants lining the streets, and then catch a game or show after. 

BEST KEPT BLEISURE GEMS:

 

  •  City Institute – have a 2-4hr block of free time? Grab a Mogo bike or scooter and make your way to City Institute for a tour of the city that will give you a whole new understanding and appreciation of Detroit.

 

  •  The Detroit Club – one of Detroit’s best kept secrets as perfect place for a business lunch that sets a truly sophisticated, yet authentic vibe. 

 

Area 2: The City Center - Campus Martius/Cadillac Square/Greektown/The District 

For business meetings, hosting clients or co-working space

Citizen Yoga The city center area is where you can truly feel the energy of Detroit’s hardworking spirit and creative expression, within a three to five block radius. No matter what part of the city center your hotel is in, you will have easy access to some of the best food around, a wide variety of entertainment venues and pop-up activations. Campus Martius, Cadillac Square, the Alley’s (Parker’s Alley and the Belt), Greektown, the three major arenas are all places that you must see and can easily fit into your schedule.   

SAMPLE BLEISURE ITINERARY:

 

 

  • Get ready at your hotel and meet your coworkers for coffee at The Siren Café inside the Siren Hotel. 

   

  • See industry expert keynote speakers, attend company retreats, or professional development sessions at the Aloft Hotel or catch up with colleagues or clients at the Monarch Club on the roof of the Element Hotel. 

 

  • Walk two blocks to meet up with your colleagues or clients for a delicious business lunch at Downtown Louie’s Lounge. Then walk off the parmesan fries with a quick stroll around Capitol Park on your way to your next destination.  

 

  • Now that work is done, time for fun. Start the evening with wine tasting at House of Pure Vin or try one of delicious cocktails and appetizers at Wright & Co. 

 

  • Make your way to dinner and dancing at Vicente’s after checking out the Belt and Parker’s Alley to take in some the bold arts scene, local boutique retailers and more.  

 

  • Keep the night going and head to Greektown Casino Hotel to try your hand at a game of blackjack or catch a game before calling it a night and heading back to your hotel.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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BEST KEPT BLEISURE GEMS:

 

  • Handle Bar Detroit – see the downtown area while enjoying local craft beers, making new friends and stops along the way. Don’t forget to collect your Detroit Brew Trail stamp while you’re at it! 

 

  • The Shinola Hotel Living Room – For an elevated way to start your night, close that deal or host that VIP client, the Shinola Hotel Living Room is the perfect place to impress and is filled with conversation starting, curated art throughout the space. 

 

  • Cadillac Square – Bedrock Detroit activates the space with seasonal popups and activations open to the public, year round. 
Area 3: Corktown
Corktown Detroit at sunset

For a conference, meeting or mobile office space

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Ottava Via Charcuterie

There are endless advantages of your headquarter hotel being located in Corktown. From the casinos and concert venues, to world class spas, some of the best breweries around, great outdoor and patio dining options, 2022 James D. Beard nominees, meeting space gems and great boutique shopping are a great place to start.   

SAMPLE BLEISURE ITINERARY:

 

  • Wake up and get moving with a morning workout at True Body Fitness, then grab a refreshing smoothie from Metaphysica Wellness Center to get the day started right. 

 

  • Get ready at your headquarter hotel, then make your way to your first meeting or event of the day in the Corktown area. 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Hungry? Don’t worry about trying to find a place to eat because Michigan Ave is packed with a variety of bars, James Beard nominated restaurants and hidden lounge spaces. 

 

 

BEST KEPT BLEISURE GEMS:

 

  • Two James Spirits – A Detroit bred spirits brand with an unique bar, offering tastings of some of their originals and house curated cocktails.

 

  • Ottava Via – Exclusive atmosphere with relaxing outdoor spaces and delicious rustic Italian food.

 

  • UFO Lounge – great hidden rooftop to enjoy good music and grab a drink solo or with colleagues. 

Area 4: Midtown/New Center
Diego Rivera mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts

For keynotes, educational seminars, or development workshops 

Photo by TBD Magazine

Some of the greatest advantages of your headquarter hotel being in the midtown and new center area is that you are in the hub of innovation, creative movements,  tech town, music themed bnb’s, cultural institutions, meeting spaces, parks, shopping and historical sites.   

SAMPLE BLEISURE ITINERARY:

 

  • Start the day with a relaxing stroll through the midtown area and take in the sights and new development happening on each street. Need a Detroit inspired playlist for along the way?

  • Attend meetings or host your own at any of the unique and distinct meeting venues in the area such as the Whitney, MOCAD or even a restaurant with private dining spaces. 

 

  • During your meeting break time, grab a quick bite and duck into one of the many outdoor parks perfect for peace and quiet in open natural spaces and some great people watching. 

 

  • Get a deeper understanding of some of the music genres that were born in Detroit and stop by the Motown Museum or the only underground techno museum, both can be found in the new center area. 

 

  • Grab dinner and drinks at Selden Standard, which features a seasonal menu year round. Then walk across the street to the Willis Show Bar for live entertainment ranging from local bands, burlesque shows, and special themed nights like, ‘Aretha Franklin – Birthday Tribute’ night. 

 

BEST KEPT BLEISURE GEMS:

  • Detroit Institute of Arts – Grab lunch at one of the restaurants in one of the top museums in the country and explore some of the famous Diego Rivera originals. Also, a great space for a business meeting or quick lunch.

 

  • Marble Bar – A local staple and popular spot to hear great music, meet local Detroiters and let your hair down in an incredibly funky bar. 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mentioned Attractions And Venues





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    Huntington Place
    One Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-877-8777
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    Atwater Brewery
    237 Jos. Campau Ave., Detroit, MI 48207
    313-877-9205
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    Dequindre Cut Greenway
    Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit, MI 48207
    313-566-8200
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    Belle Isle State Park
    99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, MI 48207
    313-821-9844
  5. 5
    Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
    600 GM Renaissance Center, Ste. 1720, Detroit, MI 48243
    313-566-8200
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    Detroit People Mover (Detroit Transportation Corp.)
    535 Griswold St., Suite 400, Detroit, MI 48226
    313-224-2160
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    Apparatus Room
    250 W. Larned St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-800-5600
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    Detroit Foundation Hotel
    250 W. Larned St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-800-5500
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    Campus Martius Park
    800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-962-0101
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    City Institute
    1703 Orleans, Detroit, MI 48207
    313-246-9887
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    The Detroit Club
    712 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-338-3222
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    DoubleTree Suites by Hilton - Detroit Downtown
    525 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-963-5600
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    The Belt
    Between Broadway and Library Streets, linking Gratiot and Grand, Detroit, MI 48226
    313-736-5533
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    Greektown Casino-Hotel
    1200 St. Antoine St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-223-2999
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    Citizen Yoga
    1224 Library St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-502-5450
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    Vibe Ride
    1026 Randolph St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-481-RIDE (74
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    The Siren Hotel
    1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-277-4736
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    Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
    One Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-237-1700
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    Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building
    33 John R St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-306-2400
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    Downtown Louie's Lounge
    30 Clifford St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-961-1600
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    House of Pure Vin
    1433 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-638-2501
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    Wright & Co.
    1500 Woodward Ave., Second Floor, Detroit, MI 48226
    313-962-7711
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    The HandleBar
    , Detroit, MI 48226
    586-960-5851
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    Shinola Hotel
    1400 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-356-1400
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    Brightlytwisted
    1418 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
    248-310-8579
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    True Body Fitness
    1434 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
    810-923-6705
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    Topgolf Swing Suite
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-465-8671
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    MGM Grand Detroit
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    877-888-2121
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    Batch Brewing Co.
    1400 Porter St., Detroit, MI 48216
    313-338-8008
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    Motor City Brewing Works
    470 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201
    313-832-2700
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    McShane's Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar
    1460 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
    313-961-1960
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    Two James Spirits
    2445 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
    313-964-4800
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    Ottava Via
    1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
    313-962-5500
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    MotownBNB
    2702 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208
    248-755-6613
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    Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
    315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
    313-494-5800
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    Detroit Institute of Arts
    5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
    313-833-7900
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    The Whitney
    4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
    313-832-5700
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    Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
    4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
    313-832-6622
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    New Center Park
    2998 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202
    313-420-6000
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    Motown Museum
    2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
    313-875-2264
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    Selden Standard
    3921 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
    313-438-5055
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    The Marble Bar
    1501 Holden St., Detroit, MI 48208
    313-338-3674
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    Wayne State University
    5221 Gullen Mall, 573 Student Center Bldg., Detroit, MI 48202
    313-577-2424
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