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Place to stay near the water

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Place to stay near the water

Hello, I am coming to Detroit on business in August. I will be staying downtown. I'd like to come a couple of days early and am looking for a nice place (doesn't need to be fancy) near the water, but not a really long drive from Detroit. Some place where we can walk near the water, with shopping and restaurants nearby. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Place to stay near the water

You'll need your passports, but one good option (walking along the river, spectacular views of downtown Detroit and lots of bars and restaurants nearby) is across the river in Windsor, Ontario. Caesar's Casino and hotel would be a good place to stay and you might be able to get a good rate if you use Hotwire.

A more sedate environment would be the St. Clair Inn about an hour from Detroit on the St. Clair River..

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2. Re: Place to stay near the water

I will assume you are looking for something more sedate than just walking along the river downtown. Your best bet is probably to head up I-94 towards Port Huron. Looks like there are some motels and B&Bs along Anchor Bay and the St. Claire river.

Port Huron itself would provide plenty of shopping (including outlet stores) and dining. You also have access to Sarnia, Ontario if you want to visit

Canada. There is a small casino over there along with lakefront parks.

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3. Re: Place to stay near the water

Thanks for the ideas. I guess I am looking for a "touristy" kind of place, with some things to keep us busy for a couple of days. I was thinking of maybe Port Huron, or Frankenmuth? Which do you suggest, or is this not what I'm looking for?

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4. Re: Place to stay near the water

August in Michigan's Thumb is a terrific month to enjoy a typical summer season! Communities along Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron are just a few hours drive north of Detroit, and they bustle in the summertime. Great beaches at most of the Bay communities, and usually gentle waters.

Here's a website that will give you more info on the area.

http://www.thumbtourism.org/planatrip.php

Hope your stay in SE Michigan is memorable.

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5. Re: Place to stay near the water

Frankenmuth won't give you anything on the water, while Port Huron will. Also check out farther north in the thumb. Caseville is popular - used to go up there as a kid but have not been in decades. A couple friends do have cottages up there though.

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6. Re: Place to stay near the water

Both Port Huron and Frankenmuth have options, though Frankmuth is landlocked and MUCH further north (about an hour & a half drive one way).

Port Huron has some nice little independent restaurants, but is otherwise a quiet town with very little to do outside of its downtown area. Frankenmuth is also very quaint and is more tourist-oriented, but also a bit further.

Good shopping is available in the inner suburbs like Royal Oak and Birmingham if you prefer an upscale boutique-styled area (both have direct routes into downtown Detroit via the expressways). Other close-by suburbs have middle-of-the-road malls, big box stores, and national chain restaurants.

Oakland Mall is located in Madison Heights about 20-30 minutes north of downtown. Partridge Creek Mall is a newer outdoor mall with more upscale shops and restaurants -- that's located in Clinton Township and is also about 30-45 minutes from downtown.

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7. Re: Place to stay near the water

What about Bay City?

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8. Re: Place to stay near the water

I think that I have pretty much settled on Port Huron for a couple of nights, then back to Detroit for our convention. I am hoping, while in Detroit, to find a day to go to the zoo. Is it worth the time?

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9. Re: Place to stay near the water

Port Huron has some great little places to eat in town and along the Black River. Once you decide for sure on Port Huron, start a new post in the Port Huron forum and ask about places to eat. Give us an idea of what type of foods you like.

While in Port Huron you can take a nice drive up the lake to Lexington. Some nice quaint little shops and nice breakwall you can walk out on. Be sure to stop at Bunny's Frozen Custard south of Lexington.

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10. Re: Place to stay near the water

If you have chosen PoHo I would suggest staying at the Thomas Edison Inn. You would have a view of the St. Clair River and into Sarnia across the river and the riverwalk is right across the street from TEI.

Lots of freighters will pass through the river downbound from the Great Lakes. You will see lots of boat nerds watching the passing ships from nearn your hotel.

The beach (Lake Huron) is also accesible from several parks just north of TEI.

For dining in PH, the Quay Street Brewery is right on the water (Black River) downtown. The usual chains are north on Pine Grove Ave along with the

Birchwood Mall.

For more touristy you may want to drive north to Lexington (about 30 -45 minute drive for a day trip.