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What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

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What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Staying here on business with my husband and we're looking to get away for Memorial Day weekend -- we have reservations in Petroskey, but that's a five hour drive from Detroit. Is there anything cute and closer -- like three hours from Detroit? We're from Los Angeles so looking for a Michigan experience -- we now know Detroit like the back of our hand (yes, here for film making).

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1. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Well, you could cut an hour off and go to Traverse City and visit the surrounding countryside-Leelanau Peninsula and Old Mission Peninsula, as well as TC. It is a very popular area.

Or you could go over to the South Haven, Saugatuck, St. Joe, Holland and Grand Haven area on Lake Michigan, all in the lower western part of the state, and I think that is about 4 hours from Detroit-maybe 3.5? All are fairly close together and offer a lot of beaches, lighthouses, dune buggy rides, rivers, lakes, wineries, shopping, state parks, boardwalks, sand dunes, cute little towns, great restaurants, etc.

Or you could keep that 5 hours and continue on the Petoskey as planned and also visit Harbor Springs, M-119 drive, Cross Village etc.

Or you could keep that 5 hour drive and go to Mackinac Island.

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2. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Terrific info. If we want to cut down our trip to 3-4 hours, what do you recommend for the full Michigan experience? Keep in mind, we've spent months and months in Detroit and Ann Arbor so we're looking for something different and are pretty open. I love lakes and rivers, and cute towns (we love art) -- we don't get many lakes/rivers in LA. We'd be leaving next Friday, mid afternoon, from Detroit and staying Memorial weekend. Any ideas for accommodations would also be terrific.

Thanks so much!

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3. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Well, it is Ontario not Michigan but 3 hours would get you to Godderich, Ontario and, in a little less than that, to Bayfield, Ontario. Both are interesting quaint towns. Just outside of Goderich is the old mill of Benmiller Inn

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4. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Saugatuck is what you want (art and inns) and 3 hours from Detroit on Lake Michigan. I'm sure there are experts on here who'll give you more info, but that is definitely your best bet - and beautiful.

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5. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Agree with Day Tripper. I'd go for Saugatuck. I would do a search on here for accomdations-there are many B&B's in the Saugatuck area/Douglas area. And the towns of South Haven and Grand Haven, Holland and St. Joe are all easy drives. Cute towns, all of them. Lots of lakeshore which means beaches. Lots of cute shops. Take the Sand Dune rides-they are awesome. There is also a boat ride out in Lake Michigan but the town that has that escapes me at the moment. I will try to find out. You can also do a search for "Things to Do" under each town's name.

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6. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Saugatuck sounds PERFECT! I'm looking into it, many thanks!!!

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7. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

We'd LOVE to do boat rides. Living in LA, we're never on a boat.

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8. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Thanks again all, just made reservations for the MAPPLEWOOD. Wouldn't have known about this town without you guys!!!

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9. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Mackinaw is beautiful; Mario batali has a house in Northern Michigan.

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10. Re: What's a good weekend getaway from Detroit?

Glad you are going to Saugatuck. Great town. Check out South Haven, too. And take the dune buggy rides. You will love that.

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