Ah, anniversaries. Whether it’s the first or the 25th year of wedded bliss, the pressure is on to plan the perfect anniversary date. Why not make it easy on yourself and follow this itinerary for an anniversary weekend spent in The D?
Check in to the Detroit Foundation Hotel. This boutique property combines industrial and luxury design in Detroit’s former fire department headquarters. The carefully-crafted rooms provide the perfect atmosphere for an anniversary weekend.
After you’re settled in, grab dinner at Apparatus Room. It’s conveniently located in the Foundation Hotel. Make sure you have a reservation because a table at this restaurant is a hot-commodity. Try the Chef’s Choice option to sample the restaurant’s best offerings. Prolong dinner with drinks and dessert, you’ll enjoy each other’s company while taking in the ambience. Check out our Eats in The D episode on Apparatus Room for the ins and outs.
Start Saturday off with breakfast at Hudson Café. Their monster pancakes and hash browns are to die for. You can hop on the QLine from the Foundation or you can take the nice stroll up Woodward Avenue to get there.
After breakfast, head over to Woodhouse Day Spa. It’s just a hop, skip and jump away from Hudson Café. Ease stress and unwind with a duet massage. Woodhouse also offers body treatments, foot massages, hand treatments, skin care services and sleep treatments.
When you step out of the Woodhouse doors, you’re right on Woodward Avenue, home to some of the best shopping in the city. (This also gives you the opportunity to pick out your own anniversary gift – win.) The Under Armour Brand House and Nike Community Store will serve your athletic side or athleisure style. Pop over to Detroit is The New Black for high-fashion finds.
Shopping is exhausting. Stop in at Cornerstone Barrel House to recover with a glass of wine or a shot of whiskey from their extensive menu. Order some fingerling frites and mac to hold you over until dinner – they’re delicious.
Find your way back to the Foundation by way of the QLine or a walk down Woodward Avenue. Freshen up at the hotel, stop at The Apparatus Room for a quick drink and head out for dinner at one of Detroit’s premier steakhouses.
Prime + Proper is among Detroit’s hottest new restaurants. The modern décor paired with the high-end menu is an anniversary must. London Chop House and Caucus Club are also excellent dinner options. These restaurants are all relatively close to the Foundation, but if you or your partner are wearing heels, you might want to snag an Uber or Lyft.
Don’t want the night to end? It doesn’t have to. Watch live jazz music at Cliff Bell’s or press your luck at one of Detroit’s casinos: Greektown Casino, MGM Grand or MotorCity Casino. You’ll want to grab an Uber or Lyft from the restaurant and back to the hotel from these spots.
First priority on Sunday morning: sleeping in. After a night out on the town, you’ll need it. When you’re up and at em’, stroll over to the Dime Store for a delicious brunch. The Zingerman’s coffee will surely wake you up.
Once the caffeine sets in you’ll be ready to take on the day. Before you head back to the hotel, take a walk on the Detroit RiverWalk. It has beautiful views and will be the perfect backdrop for your anniversary weekend selfie.
An anniversary is a big deal. Make sure you celebrate it in style in Detroit.