Momcation: A Girl's Weekend Getaway in Detroit

It is true that an hour spent at Target − sans kids − is an amazing break; nevertheless, moms definitely deserve a girl's weekend getaway (with or without the girls) now and then. If you’re a mom looking for a getaway (or maybe a dad trying to earn some major brownie points with the wife?), look no further than the city of Detroit and this suggested “momcation” itinerary:

MGM Grand Detroit
1 Weekend
36 hours

Food & Drink, Shopping


Detroit, Beyond Detroit



Insert “MGM Grand Detroit” into your (mini-van’s?) GPS. Once you check in to this chic hotel, pinch yourself as a reminder that this is not a dream, wipe the spit up off your shirt, and head down to the concierge level where you can enjoy some complimentary hors d’oeuvres until your dinner reservation at Wolfgang Puck Steak. The mouthwatering grilled steak and richly flavored side dishes may make you feel sleepy (especially since you weren’t forced to share any of it); however, if you still have more in you, don’t forget that you are, of course, sharing four walls with a casino.

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First and foremost, please sleep in. Whenever you do wake though, be sure to get your day going at Roasted Bean Detroit where “Detroit’s finest brews” are served alongside a variety of temping baked goods. (Calories do NOT count on momcations).

Between lugging around car seat carriers, strollers, and drooling children all day long, mothers are in need of massages and probably several other services to get them feelin’ somewhat good (and really, good about themselves!) again. Luckily, Immerse Spa offers guests an “exclusive menu of remineralizing seawater and marine extracts, exotic botanical, and meticulously customized aromatherapy-based treatments and rituals,” as well as a beautiful and quiet lounge/pool area to rest at in between services.

All of that relaxing will most definitely build up an appetite, so why not request an Uber at MGM Grand Detroit’s Rideshare pick-up/drop-off location (i.e. Hotel Valet and/or the Casino Valet Entrance) and head over to Midtown for a bite to eat and some shopping? Selden Standard’s small-plate style is definitely a favorite among Detroiters, and if there’s a wait (which there always seems to be!), you have the option to put your name down (the hostess will text you when your table is ready) and begin some well-deserved retail therapy on Canfield and Cass. City Bird and its sister-store, Nest Housewares, are two favorites among Detroit moms, as well as Nora and Tulani Rose.

Post-lunch, you should try to catch a film at Cinema Detroit, which is also located in midtown. I mean, when is the last time you watched a film that was not rated G or PG? As metro Detroit’s only true independent cinema, it delivers guests a mix of contemporary, indie, cult, genre, and classic movies, all in the heart of the city. You can visit Cinema Detroit’s website for show times.

Before taking an Uber back to the hotel, you have to check out La Feria, Michigan’s only authentic Spanish tapas restaurant. Here you can indulge in hot and cold Spanish tapas, small plates of fish, meats, vegetables and/or prepared dishes, as well as Spanish wines, beer, specialty cocktails and coffees.

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It may be your last day of momcation, but it’d be silly to head home before brunch! As the lady of the house, it only seems fitting for you dine at Lady of the House in Corktown. Whether you check out of the hotel and drive there or call an Uber, the New American fare/Irish-inspired menu will not disappoint you.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    MGM Grand Detroit
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    D.PRIME Steakhouse
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Roasted Bean Detroit
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Immerse Spa
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Selden Standard
    3921 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    4240 Cass Ave., Ste. 109, Detroit, MI 48201
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    Tulani Rose
    4201 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Cinema Detroit
    4126 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    La Feria Spanish Tapas
    4130 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201