Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 22, Ed. 1 Friday, October 14, 2011 Page: 29 of 48
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As the cooler weather of early autumn settles in, southern
Michigan becomes a particularly enchanting spot for a vaca-
tion. The scrappy and culturally rich Detroit makes an ap-
pealing weekend destination, with its slew of friendly gay
bars and stylish restaurants and some of the Midwest's most
acclaimed cultural attractions. The country's 18th largest city
is difficult to get a full grasp of on a short visit, but a couple
of days enough time to see one incredible city.
For art lovers, a must-see is the Detroit Institute of Arts
(DIA), whose central foyer contains spectacular Depression-
era frescoes by Diego Rivera. The museum holds 65,000
works and anchors the Cultural Center district near Wayne
State University. Such notable attractions as the Detroit His-
torical Museum and the Motown Museum, which celebrates
the careers of such R&B legends as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross
and the Jackson 5, are conveniently nearby.
Walk along Woodward Avenue, downtown's main drag,
to a stellar theater district, including the fantastical 1927 Fox
Theatre; the Bonstelle Theatre, where Lily Tomlin got her
start; Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center,
home of the Detroit Symphony and the impressive Detroit
Northwest along Woodward Avenue is Ferndale, a for-
merly working-class community that's become something of
a gay stronghold over the years. West 9 Mile Road, has a few
hip boutiques and vintage stores, as does Royal Oak, a bas-
tion of more cool dining and retail spots. See the recently ren-
ovated and expanded Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield
Hills designed by architectural legend Eliel Saarinen, whose
nearby house: is open seasonally for tours.
Head west to Dearborn, the heart of the America's auto-
manufacturing heritage, to tour the Henry Ford Museum
and Greenfield Village, a fascinating 81-acre complex of his-
toric homes and structures moved here from across the coun-
try as well as an incomparable museum that traces the
development of American technological innovation over the
When it comes to dining, metro Detroit has a number of
highly regarded options. One of the most famous is Opus
One set inside a former taxi garage built by Kimbell Museum
designer Louis Kahn in 1916, and serves superb contempo-
rary food. A funky eatery on the edge of the Cultural Center,
the Majestic Cafe scores high marks for art exhibits and eclec-
tic comfort food, while lesbian-owned Avalon International
Breads is renowned among foodies for its fine coffees, artisan
breads and delicious sandwiches and salads. Royal Oak
restaurant notables include the dapper Town Tavern and the
charming Cafe Muse, which serves a delectable grilled
cheese good enough to be featured in Esquire Magazine.
Fans of clubbing will find plenty of options in Detroit.
Popular spots include Royal Oak's gay video bar Pronto; Fer-
ndale's: sophisticated yet friendly SOHO lounge; and Detroit
mainstaysssuch as Menjo's Complex, where Madonna used
to party in her early days, and Gigi's, with its stable of hot
For lodging options, consider the upscale Marriott Detroit,
which is set inside the soaring 73-story main tower of the GM
Renaissance Center, and the more moderately priced Court-
yard Marriott. Also excellent is the sleek Atheneum Suite
Hotel. All of these are close to Detroit's festive Greektown
neighborhood and the popular Greektown Casino, ■
DETROIT ROCK CITY | The 73-story GM Renaissance Center is an icon of the Detroit skyline and home to the upscale Marriott
Detroit. (Photo courtesy Andrew Collins)
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