Vacation in Your Own City with Our Staycation Guide

Places to stay

As much as we love, love, love traveling from coast to coast and internationally there's something to be said about having a true staycation in your own city with less travel time, less dolla dolla bills and less headache. From places to stay to activities to do, we're giving you the perfect places to staycation below! 



  • Trumbull and Porter - Enjoy staying at the Trumbull and Porter Hotel, in Corktown, and take advantage of the beautiful outdoor commons and bike rental as the weather gets warmer. Inside the hotel, Red Dunn Kitchen, offers a variety of delicious food that is worth a stop in whether you’re staying at the hotel or not.

  • Honor and Folly B & B Corktown - For a more intimate option try Honor and Folly, in Corktown,. The boutique B&B has two rooms available for rent in a cozy house. You’ll feel like a resident of Corktown walking to Astro Coffee for your morning cup of Joe and shopping along Michigan Ave.

  • True North Quonset Hut Airbnb - For a unique Airbnb, stay at True North. The Quonset Hut turned Airbnb is an architectural treasure that will make you feel like you’re staying in a featured space in Travel + Leisure.

Things to do

via The New York Times

via The New York Times

  • The Detroit Institute of Arts is always a great experience. The museum is free to residents of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County and provides hours of fun. Explore the museum’s extensive collection and enjoy a snack in the ambient Kresge Court. All ages can enjoy their massive collection of photobooks. The museum has special programming and offers workshops and immersive experiences on certain days, like Drawing in the Galleries on April 6th from 6- 9 PM. Kids and adults can create a pencil drawing to take home while taking a closer look at the collection. All supplies provided, no experience necessary to participate.

  • On April 7th from 10AM- 12PM join MoGo Detroit for a free ride to Eastern Market! Meet up at the MoGo Station on the corner of Cass & Gilmour Mall (located on the south side of the College of Nursing) at 10 am! WayneRides will ride back at noon, but participants are welcome to continue their shopping and ride back on their own. Space is limited, guests are asked to RSVP and/or send any questions to

  • Walk the Dequindre Cut GreenWay to the Eastern Market with the Wayne State School of Medicine. At 10 AM, on April 7th. Meet at the Dequindre Cut riverfront entrance on Atwater between St. Aubin and Orleans St. near the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center and walk the cut to Eastern Market. If you would like, you can also, walk back with the group at noon. Contact with any questions and to RSVP for the event.

  • Family Day at MOCAD is another family-friendly artistic experience, I highly recommend. On April 7th from noon- 4PM, Kevin Kammeraad will host an interactive musical. The show will make audiences laugh, sing, dance, think, create, and direct the flow of the show! There will be puppet-making activities, musical performances, snacks, and FUN!

  • On April 8th from 2PM-4PM, celebrate spring at the Outdoor Adventure Center on an Eggcelent Adventure . Kids will be lead on a tour through the adventure center to explore wild bird nests and eggs. Young learners will enjoy an egg-themed story time, egg activities, and a chance to design your own wild bird egg to take home. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for kids under 2.

  • Also at the Outdoor Adventure Center on April 8th, kids can try their hand at archery in a 5 week Introduction to Archery Class or just give it a go for half an hour to gage interest. Open archery is at 1:00 and 1:30 and costs $10. The Introduction to Archery Class is from 2:30-3:30, the five-week course costs $60.

Where to eat

  • Pie Sci - Better than your average slice, Pie Sci is a Woodbridge favorite and one of my favorite spots of pizza in Detroit. They have something on the menu for everyone. The pizzeria offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options that don’t compromise taste.

  • Shake Shack - In the heart of Downtown, Shake Shack is a must try for burger and shake lovers. The family friendly restaurant is a go-to for all ages.

  • Green Dot - If you haven’t been to the famous Green Dot Stable, in Corktown, I recommend you go immediately. The restaurant features a menu of sliders and petite proportions. Kids will love the fluffernutter for desert and parents will love the $2 cocktails.

  • Royale with Cheese - New to Midtown, Royale with Cheese is another burger spot to try. Known for their special cheese sauce and Pulp Fiction Theme, Royale with Cheese is already a social media sensation.

  • Alley Taco - Across from Royale with Cheese is my restaurant, Alley Taco. Feed the family with 5 for $5 tacos on Tuesdays, or try my personal favorite; the shredded chicken burrito. Pro tip, add extra beans.

  • Mercury Bar - In Corktown, try Mercury Bar for a menu of milkshakes, poutine, and craft burgers. If the sun is shining make sure to sit outside on their patio, out back.

  • Mudgies - Mudgies is not your average sandwich shop. The deluxe deli has the best sandwich combinations in town. Another patio hotspot, the tiki themed backyard has more than enough room for the little ones to run around while you enjoy an afternoon in the sunshine.

Happy staycationing!


Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit