The Travel Critic

Home For The Holidays in Detroit

Where to go, eat, and explore when you are staying home for the holidays in Metro Detroit.

Photography by Klaudia Jakubiak

Forget the hustle and bustle of busy airports and enjoy a stay-cation this holiday season. With so many new businesses, events and hidden gems, in Metro Detroit you’re sure to be entertained in your own city. Check out some of these magical places below.

Go:

Capital Park in downtown Detroit. Photo by Klaudia Jakubiak

Winter in Detroit: This holiday attraction is filled with pop-up markets that are sure to make you feel as though you’re in Europe. You don’t have to go very far to experience a different side of Detroit. With pop-up markets such as Open Me When Box, Detroit Hustles Harder and Ashley Gold, you can pick up unique gifts for family and friends or just treat yourself.

Downtown Rochester: If you’re feeling a bit like the Grinch, head over to downtown Rochester to get in the holiday spirit. Make sure to grab a delicious hot chocolate from Dessert Oasis and enjoy the beautiful lights on Main St. Don’t forget — you can go on Friday night carriage rides (Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22).

 

Eat/Drink:

Prime + Proper. Photo by Klaudia Jakubiak

Prime + Proper: Hands down the newest hot spot in Detroit. This luxurious steakhouse is equipped with an in-house butcher shop so you can be choosy with your meats.  Not to mention, this restaurant has an alluring vibe and the details make it an unforgettable experience.

Eatori: You can get your grocery shopping done and grab a drink at the same time — does it get any better?

The Skip: You know when Buddy the Elf sees Santa for the first time? That’s how excited I got when I saw this holiday pop-up at The Skip. The drink menu is festive and full of good cheer, who doesn’t want a ‘You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out”? I’ll take two, please!

Two James Distillery. Photo by Klaudia Jakubiak

Two James Spirits: Enjoy the Spirit of Detroit by experiencing the tasting room where you can choose from a wide range of liqueurs. You can also enjoy a distillery tour and don’t forget to take a bottle to go.

 

Explore:

El Dorado General Store. Photo by Klaudia Jakubiak

Eldorado General Store: This vintage shop is filled with beautiful pieces hand-picked from all over the U.S. and beyond. The shop has trinkets ranging from succulents to locally sourced goods. Eldorado makes you feel as though you’ve visited different parts of the world with just one stop.

Frankenmuth: If you’re looking for a local getaway, Frankenmuth is the best place to get in the holiday spirit. This Bavarian-themed town is sure to leave your belly full like the old fat man himself.

With so many options to eat, drink and be merry, staying home for the holidays just got a little brighter.

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You can see all of Klaudia, aka The Travel Critic’s adventures on Instagram @thetravelcritic and her website thetravelcritic.co. 

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