Your Guide to 24 Hours in Detroit, the Motor City

I have fallen in love with Detroit and I don’t care who knows it!

I can’t believe I grew up only an hour away from this city and this past weekend was my first time exploring Detroit. Chris planned a quick 24 hour staycation for my 33rd birthday and he couldn’t have planned a more perfect trip.

We packed in loads of sight seeing and beer drinking and I am excited to share all of the main attractions with you on the blog today.

Downtown Detroit

Eastern Market:

This place is amazing! Eastern Market is a HUGE farmers market with the most beautiful fresh produce. This market is bustling and has so much to do.

Eastern Market, Detroit.

When we weren’t busy sampling all of the great food, we took in the music, admired the murals and got lost in a large antique store.

Eastern Market Antique Store

I want to go back just for the flower selection.

Stunning flowers available at the Eastern Market.

There were murals throughout the entire market.

Murals at Eastern Market.

Chelsey and I right before we got yelled at for touching the bikes.

We stopped in the Eastern Market Brewing Co. for some refreshments.

I love the tin can planter.

Atwater Brewery:

We grabbed lunch at Atwater Brewery with a few friends and walked along the boardwalk to admire our neighbor, Canada.

Atwater Brewery in Detroit.

Lime Scooter Self Tour:

Lime scooters and Bird scooters are all over the city and we had so much fun using these to explore the city. We scooted over to Brush Park to admire the beautiful old homes.

Scooting around Brush Park

Brush Park:

There is so much activity happening in Brush Park! These homes are truly works of art and it is so nice to see people rehabbing them back to their original beauty. We found the Ransom Gillis mansion that was rehabbed by Nicole Curtis on HGTV and it is a stunner!

Nicole Curtis house she rehabbed on HGTV.

Detroit Shipping Co:

We dropped our scooters at the Detroit Shipping Company to grab some refreshments. Sonny is really interested in shipping container houses so this establishment made out of shipping containers was a fun little stop! This place had food, drinks, shops and even a podcast studio!

Podcast studio at Detroit Shipping Company


We headed downtown for dinner and ate at Townhouse. This place had an awesome atmosphere, but unfortunately the place was packed and we did not have the best experience with service. We had nowhere to be so we rolled with it and had a great time, but the food missed the mark for most of the crew.

We also stopped at the Hudson Cafe for apps and drinks before dinner and it was all delish!

My sis surprised me at dinner!

Old Train Station: Soon-to-be Ford Technology Campus

This historic building is so impressive, which is not surprising since it was designed by the same architectural firm as NYC’s Grand Central Station. I am SO happy that Ford bought this place to be their new technology campus. They have not begun renovations yet but this place is going to be badass once it is restored.

Old Detroit train station

Old Detroit train station

Parks & Rec:

We stopped at Parks & Rec for brunch before heading home and it was in another gorgeous, historic building. I had the Mushroom Samba omelette and it was super yummy. I would definitely recommend this place.

Historic building that opened in 1901.

I can’t wait for my next trip back to this fabulous city. Who wants to join me?!

Special thanks to my hubs for making my 33rd so memorable.

Birthday dinner at Townhouse in Detroit