A Day in Detroit

A Day in Detroit

This past Sunday, my friend and I ventured down to Detroit for the day. Although it’s only 45 minutes south of where we live, there’s so much to do and see no matter how many times you visit, especially with this new “renaissance” taking place. Our original plan was to go to our sorority sister’s jewelry party at her apartment in the heart of Downtown, then go to a new restaurant and a museum we’ve never been to. While we stuck to the plan for the most part, we didn’t realize what adventure the day had in store.

10a.m. – In typical Kourtney-Bri fashion, we grabbed some Starbucks and hit the road! I opted for my usual skinny caramel macchiato and some apple crisps for the ride.

My favorite brand of apple crisps by far

11 a.m. – Finally found a spot to park and head into our sister’s Stella + Dot jewelry party, where I spent entirely way too much money, but everything was SO CUTE! I’ll definitely end up hosting a party to get more goodies! I bought the Sutton necklace in mixed metals, as well as the Deco cocktail ring which I’m super obsessed with. What’s really cool about the vast majority of their jewelry can be worn in multiple different ways; for example, the Sutton necklace can be lengthened, shortened, and you can take off different layers and wear them separately or together!

Honestly, I couldn’t be more obsessed if I tried

12:15 p.m. – head to lunch at Wahlburger’s in Greektown, but our plans changed quickly when we found out that there was a wait. After walking around Greektown Casino looking for the steakhouse and discovering it’s closed during the day, we stumbled upon Fishbone’s a New Orleans-inspired restaurant with everything from cajun cuisine to sushi to pasta, there’s something on the menu for everyone! I decided on chicken piccata without sundried tomatoes, a side Caesar salad, and the love potion martini – all of which were absolutely phenomenal.

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2 p.m. – Arrived at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). I could visit it time and time again and forever be in awe at these amazing works of art; It’s one of my favorite places to visit.

Kresge Court – a beautiful little cafè at the heart of the museum
Channeling my inner Hermione in the cafè

 

European Renaissance art has always been my favorite

If you’ve been to Detroit or a city near you, what’s one of your favorite things to do/see on a day trip?

-K

 

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Last week I took a little break and went to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with my boyfriend, Ryan and his family to visit his grandma while he’s home. A fun fact about me is that even though I’m a Michigander, I have never actually traveled to the U.P. until now! We did a family vacation to Mackinac Island when I was five, but that is as far north as I’d ever been. It turns out that the U.P. is nothing but historic and absolutely beautiful!

We stayed at the Laurium Manor Inn in Laurium; It’s a darling old mansion of the family of a copper mining tycoon, built in 1908 that is now a bed and breakfast (with a fabulous breakfast). The history nerd that I am, I loved getting to know the history of the house. We stayed in one of the maid’s rooms (#7) on the third floor right across from the ballroom. It was quaint and lovely, but you need to mind your head on the sloping ceiling. Rumor has it that the old house is haunted from it’s days as a funeral home, but we didn’t experience anything paranormal.

During the trip, we explored the Lake Superior shoreline since his grandma is lucky enough to call the lake her backyard and were able to witness some breathtaking sunsets. We also toured a copper mine and explored the towns of Calumet and Copper Harbor.

Here are a few photos from our trip!

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This was such an amazing way to kick off the end of summer! What did you do for your end of summer celebration?

-K