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Old Sep 22nd 2009, 10:55 pm
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Default Weekend away within sensible driving distance of Detroit?

Anyone have any suggestions? Before someone says Chicago, that was my plan, but the weekend I have free they have a marathon on, so no cheap hotels available.

Looking for somewhere to go, 6 hrs driving max from Detroit.

Thinking about Indianapolis, but not sure if that's worth the 5 hr drive?
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Get an Atlas at the local Staples or Office Max and do a circle around Detroit and then google several areas to find one that is cheap enough to make it worth your while. If money is a problem, camp in a tent. It isn't winter yet.

Or stay the heck in Canada and explore there. Why bother come to the States for a weekend. The exchange rate sucks.
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Default Re: Weekend away within sensible driving distance of Detroit?

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Looking for somewhere to go, 6 hrs driving max from Detroit.
Head northwest from Detroit and go up to Traverse City... about 4 hours. If you're really adventurous, keep going north to Sault Ste Marie - about 5 hours. You won't be disappointed.

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Old Sep 23rd 2009, 12:29 am
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Get an Atlas at the local Staples or Office Max and do a circle around Detroit and then google several areas to find one that is cheap enough to make it worth your while. If money is a problem, camp in a tent. It isn't winter yet.

Or stay the heck in Canada and explore there. Why bother come to the States for a weekend. The exchange rate sucks.
We've visited pretty much most of the areas that are do-able in 6 hrs drive - that doesn't even get you out of Ontario. I'd love to go out west, but that's too far to drive on a weekend and flight costs are insane.

The exchange rate is 1.06x at the moment, a lot better than it was at the start of the year!

Originally Posted by ian-mstm View Post
Head northwest from Detroit and go up to Traverse City... about 4 hours. If you're really adventurous, keep going north to Sault Ste Marie - about 5 hours. You won't be disappointed.

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Hmm, Traverse City - hadn't considered there, will take a look, thx.
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Frankenmuth is well worth a visit, and probably only an hour or so from Detroit. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland can be quite an experience, as can the food at Zehnders. And the Cheese Haus is good if you like cheese that doesn't taste like cardboard.
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Frankenmuth is well worth a visit, and probably only an hour or so from Detroit. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland can be quite an experience, as can the food at Zehnders. And the Cheese Haus is good if you like cheese that doesn't taste like cardboard.
We'd heard about there - it's a faux German theme isn't it? Is it tastefully done?
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We've visited pretty much most of the areas that are do-able in 6 hrs drive - that doesn't even get you out of Ontario. I'd love to go out west, but that's too far to drive on a weekend and flight costs are insane.

The exchange rate is 1.06x at the moment, a lot better than it was at the start of the year!



Hmm, Traverse City - hadn't considered there, will take a look, thx.

I've been through Windsor and my husband is from Ontario, although Ottawa.
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I've been through Windsor and my husband is from Ontario, although Ottawa.
I'd like to visit Ottawa - but that's a 10 hr drive at best. There's pretty much nothing in-between Windsor and the outskirts of Toronto.
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Default Re: Weekend away within sensible driving distance of Detroit?

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We'd heard about there - it's a faux German theme isn't it? Is it tastefully done?
Hmm...define tasteful
http://www.frankenmuth.org/

we used to go every year though on our way back from being "up north" skiing. Loved the Christmas store, but I don't know if I'd want to spend a whole weekend there!

I second the Traverse City idea...it really is beautiful up there
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Thinking perhaps 2 nights in Traverse City with a night in Frankenmuth on the way back....
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Cleveland. Get a nice hotel in Playhouse square, see a great show, get some great food, take a short trip to Great Lakes Brewing Company for some good beer and a free brewery tour, hit up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and see why Cleveland isn't as bad is they say. Jobs a good un and all well within 3 hours!
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Originally Posted by G77 View Post
There's pretty much nothing in-between Windsor and the outskirts of Toronto.
I lived in Windsor for 10 years (2x UofW alumnus)... I'd go back in a heartbeat if Sheila ever wanted to move north of the border.

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I lived in Windsor for 10 years (2x UofW alumnus)... I'd go back in a heartbeat if Sheila ever wanted to move north of the border.
Really? Not something you hear very often - the locals seem to hate the place, they think I'm bordering on criminally insane for voluntarily moving here....

It's about as close as you can get to the US without actually being IN the US - if I had a clear line of sight, I would be able to see the US out of my window
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It's about as close as you can get to the US without actually being IN the US
Except for Alaska, it's the only place in Canada where you drive north to get into the US.

When I was a student there, I live in Huron Hall (across the railway tracks from McDonalds at Huron Church Road by the bridge exit) but they tore it down many years ago. All of this was long before the Detroit River ran clear due to the influx of Zebra Mussels. When I was there, it was pretty dirty. I actually wrote a song about Windsor... I'll PM it to you!

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Have you done Chicago? Would be more interesting I think than Indy.
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