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3 Weekend Getaways Near Detroit

Visit the Pioneer Wine Trail in the Irish Hills region between Ann Arbor and Lansing — or try a beach vacation in Lexington or a jazzy weekend in Monroe.

Pioneer Wine Trail: Trip guide

WHAT TO DO
Hidden Lake Gardens Small (and aptly named) Hidden Lake sits at the heart of a 755-acre botanical garden and arboretum operated by Michigan State University. (517) 431-2060; hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu
Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail In addition to maps and special event information, the wine trail's website includes a nice rundown of area attractions.pioneerwinetrail.com
Purple Rose Theatre Intimate seating, reasonably priced tickets and plays highlighting its middle-American roots make this theater a popular regional destination. (734) 433-7673; purplerosetheatre.org
Walker Tavern Historic Site Visitors to this restored 1800s stagecoach stop near Brooklyn can see how hard travel must have been before the Chicago Road was paved. (517) 467-4401.

WHERE TO EAT
Evans Street Station In Tecumseh, this bright-red onetime fire station offers sophisticated cuisine, made from local and seasonal ingredients. (517) 424-5555; evansstreetstation.com
ZouZou's In the heart of Chelsea, this small-town coffee bar (pictured at left) serves up hot coffee with an international twist. (734) 433-4226; zouzouscafe.com

WHERE TO STAY
Brickhouse of Somerset Bed and Breakfast Cross your fingers that owner Sandy Yeager serves her egg-and-prosciutto souffles for breakfast. From $90. (517) 547-5885; brickhousebb.com

For information: Pure Michigan (888) 784-7328; michigan.org

 

More getaways near Detroit

Lexington, Michigan: 83 miles northeast of Detroit (pictured at left) Umbrellas dot the sand, Lake Huron twinkles, and the sweet smell of vacation wafts from Oh Fudge Shoppe. Lexington, which calls itself "the first resort north," is a tiny shore town with a nice lineup of cottage rentals and B&Bs. The mood here is decidedly laid-back, with just a handful of businesses, but isn't that what beach vacations are all about? lexingtonmichigan.org

Monroe, Michigan: 45 miles southwest of Detroit Mellow jazz and happy chatter fill the air during Monroe's biweekly free concert series, which culminates in the River Raisin Jazz Festival in August. Besides an emerging music scene, Michigan's third-oldest city has a new river walk, several restaurants and a surprisingly chic place to crash, the Hotel Sterling. monroeinfo.com

 

 

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