Our Favorite Detroit Attractions

Check out the Arts Beats and Eats Street Festival in Royal Oak. http://artsbeatseats.com/

Now entering its twenty-second year, Arts, Beats and Eats has celebrated many successes, including attracting large crowds each year, earning top rankings for its juried fine arts show, securing top national entertainment, and providing unique interactive programs for the family.  Past music performers at Arts, Beats & Eats have included Brian McKnight, Montgomery Gentry, Live, The B52’s, Wilco, The Isley Brothers, Collective Soul, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Martina McBride, G Love & Special Sauce, David Benoit, Jodee Messina, Blues Traveler, 38 Special, Rick Springfield, and many more. The festival has something to offer everyone, in a child-friendly, safe and secure environment.

Admission is free until 5 pm, after 5 pm it costs $7. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, admission is $3 before 3pm, $5 after 3pm, and $7 after 5pm.

  • The Detroit Jazz Festival is free all weekend serving up some world class jazz.


Aug 30-sept 2

For nearly 40 years, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation has celebrated Detroit’s rich history of jazz music by providing year-round concerts and educational programming, and of course, organizing the world’s largest free jazz festival, featuring world-class talent, over Labor Day weekend.

  • Michigan State Fair is only minutes from the diamonds!

Aug 30 – Sept 2

Michigan’s #1 family event. The Michigan State Fair first started in 1849 and was one of the first statewide fairs to emerge in the continental United States. The fair offers live music, food, beer gardens, different animal events, midway rides, shopping, the shrine circus, and much more. The State Fair costs money and there are many options for what you are interested in doing if its just seeing the shows, or just doing the midway rides etc. More info can be found https://www.michiganstatefairllc.com/home

  • The Michigan Renaissance Festival will take you back in time to the days of Knights in shiny armor!


Located in Holly, MI; The Michigan Renaissance Festival is an interactive outdoor event that focuses on recreating the look and feel of a fictional English village called Hollygrove during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the latter half of the 16th Century. The festival also includes many nationally known Renaissance festival stage acts, juggling shows, sword fighting shows, lane acts, a two-hour feast performed twice daily, three full contact joust shows performed daily, and activities and games for children of all ages. General admission costs $20.95 for adults and $12.50 for children.

  • Test your luck at one of our downtown casinos.

Detroit is the home to three casinos in the downtown area. MGM Grand Casino, Greektown Casino, and Motor City Casino.

  • Take a walk into the past at Greenfield Village and Museum

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand for equality of the races by taking a seat. Play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers’ achievements, or make yourself at home inside Buckminster Fuller’s circular Dymaxion House. You can also check out Greenfield Village and experience firsthand the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s fascinating formation, where over 80 acres brim with resourcefulness and ingenuity. Here, 300 years of American perseverance serve as a living reminder that anything is possible. Step foot in the lab where Thomas Edison had his lightbulb moment or the workshop where the Wright brothers taught us to reach for the sky. Take a ride in a real Model T, or a walk through four working farms.

They also have a special exhibit on Star Trek which showcases over 100 rare artifacts and props including the original U.S.S. Enterprise and console.

  • Catch a Detroit Tigers Game at Comerica Park.

The Tigers play the Minnesota Twins this weekend.  The games begin at 7:10pm on Friday, 6:10pm on Saturday and 1:10pm on Labor Day.

  • Watch the University of Michigan Wolverines play Middle Tennessee State at the Big House in Ann Arbor at 7:30pm Saturday August 31st.
  • And if go to a Tigers game, you will want to spend some time exploring downtown Detroit to see the Spirit of Detroit statute at the foot of Woodward Avenue, the Little Caesars Arena, Campus Martius, the Fox Theater, the Riverwalk, and more!

Our Favorite Detroit Area Restaurants

For Pizza:

  • Buddy’s Pizza in Novi or Farmington Hills features delicious deep dish pizza and offers a full menu of Italian food.
  • Supino’s Pizza is located in the Detroit Eastern Market district. Their traditional round pizzas are the real deal.

For Traditional American Eateries:

  • Motor City Hit Men pitcher Greg Lewis’ Oak City Grill is in the heart of the Royal Oak business district and has outstanding food. After a great meal at the Grill check out the Arts, Beats and Eats Street Festival steps from the restaurant.
  • Uptown Grille in Walled Lake is only 15 minutes from the hotel and offers a wide variety of great food and live entertainment.

For Greek Cuisine:

  • Big Tommy’s Parthenon restaurant, which is minutes away from the hotel, is a favorite of many because of its big portions and amazing menu. It is known for its delicious lamp chops and can handle big parties.

If you feel like chilling at a Sport’s Bar to watch your favorite team on TV, these two choices are close to both the hotel and diamonds:

  • The Library Pub of Novi is located less than 10 minutes from the hotel and even less from the diamonds. This sports bar has great hamburgers and pizza!
  • Bar Louie in the Fountain Walk in Novi is another excellent choice for a cold brew and a burger.

If you have a yearning for a real corned beef sandwich either one of these Jewish Delis will satisfy your craving:

  • The upscale Stage Deli in West Bloomfield has it all. From the corned beef sandwich to the chicken matzo ball soup and everything in between it is the best Jewish deli around.
  • Star Deli in Southfield offers carry out only but it is generally regarded as serving best corned beef sandwich in the Detroit area.

There is one barbeque restaurant that sets the standard in Detroit for Barbeque.

  • Slows Barbeque, located about one mile west of downtown Detroit, usually will have a wait for a table, but the barbeque here is so good it’s worth the wait!
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