Sometimes, the most unforgettable honeymoons come from the unlikeliest of places. And one American city in particular is gearing up to become the nation's next urban honeymoon hotspot, and it's not where you think.
Detroit, Michigan is becoming a boutique hotel mecca, taking advantage of the city's rich history, art, and music scenes. From Motown to 8 Mile and even Insane Clown Posse, Detroit is a city of music miracles...this rhythm lover's urban playland now has super-unique romantic properties opening at a breakneck pace. That means that travelers and couples are filling more rooms in Detroit than ever, and we're hoping that means honeymooners might start giving it the attention it deserves. Here are some of the activities and best boutique hotel options couples can expect:
Shinola Hotel Detroit
If you've heard of Detroit's Shinola watch brand, you know they're known for a modern aesthetics, quality parts and craftsmanship, and luxurious materials.. The Shinola Hotel Detroit just opened months ago, and it continues that tradition. Guests are raving about this stylish hotel's amazing hospitality, unique history and dazzling vibe. The feeling is very upscale, and every detail throughout the property is intentional -- from the art that hangs on the walls to the cushions on the chairs in the lobby.It all comes together in a synergy that makes you feel like you're not just enjoying an artsy hotel...you're actually staying in something that, itself, is a work of art.
To make it even cooler, some of the bright, modern rooms are also pet-friendly. All of the hotel's rooms will make you feel richer than you actually are, but their penthouse is the ultimate experience. Sure, to stay there you might have to be just a little bit rich...but you'll be honeymooning like a Gatsby in the Motor City.
The Inn on Ferry Street
This historic inn consists of several freshly-renovated Victorian homes, and it combines a quieter Detroit experience with an elegant, old-world vibe. The Inn on Ferry Street is perfect if you want to chill out and visit museums, then hop a shuttle to see live music or take a picnic to a park. Every room at the inn exudes upper class living, so a honeymoon here makes you feel like a wealthy family from old Detroit. The city is your oyster!
Element Detroit at the Metropolitan
This Detroit newcomer is owned by Marriott, and is built into an historic neogothic building forged from terra cotta, granite, and brick. The service is upscale, yet the vibe is unpretentious. The Mayor called this hotel's opening after 40 years of the building being vacant a symbol of the rebirth and revititalization of the city of Detroit, and you can feel it in the energy inside the building and the crisp, pleasant rooms and suites.
Detroit Honeymoon Activities
As Detroit roars and re-blossoms, so has its vibrant art, music, and museum scenes. the history of the American automobile is inextricable from the fabric of this city, so expect to find museums dedicated to cars and car culture. But as the home of hitmaker Motown and Eminem symbol 8 Mile, Detroit remains a live music hub as well. Let's look into some must-visit places and must-do activitis for your time in Motor City.
With venues like The Fillmore Detroit and The Majestic Detroit (formerly Magic Stick), Detroit is a live music paradise. And the city has the history to back it up. Couples can visit the original location of international hitmaker Motown Records, check out Eminem's famed 8 Mile, and see live R&B and soul acts in a city that practically bleeds in chords and rhythms.
Lake or River Charter
A river cruise is a mainstay for romantic honeymoon activities. And with the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair on its shores, Detroit is a great place to flirt on the water. Make your cruise all about sightseeing or, for a more romantic option, spring for a sunset dinner cruise. Either way, your Detroit honeymoon isn't complete until you've been pampered on the water.
Paddle or Row
In a city of lakes, there are always places to paddle kayaks and row boats. Rent yourself a tandem or two one-person watercraft, and self-propel your way across the water to get up-close, personal views of the city. Detreoit is also home to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, a unique protected river and marsh area tucked within the city that is protected from development. Within this refuge, flora and fauna await urban adventurers looking for one of the most unique parks of its kind.
Soak Up the Arts
Detroit's art scene is thriving again, with old institutions and new ones alike hosting waves of young artists. The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum is a must-visit, displaying splendid works by the likes of names from Rembrandt to Diego Rivera. Or head to the Detroit Theater and see a play, Broadway musical, opera, your favorite band, or even a famous stand-up comedian live on stage. For music history lovers, the Motown Museum has all the artifacts of that one-of-a-kind sound that defined an era of change for African-Americans represented through music.
See Some Live Jazz
Few types of live music are as swoon-tastic as live jazz. Upscale clubs like Cliff Bell's host top-notch jazz bands for you to watch as you sip fancy martinis or other cocktails. The New York Times called the experience "like stepping into a Fred Astaire film," and we couldn't agree more!
Escape to Belle Isle
Located on Belle Isle, an island on the Detroit River that offers all sorts of natural escapes from the city, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Observatory is a lovely place to stroll and relax. Their botanical gardens house plants from all around the globe including succulents, orchids, tropical trees, water plants, and more and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. Then, when you're done, check out the enchanting animals at the aquarium!