Noteworthy Places to View Christmas Lights in Detroit

2020 is finally coming to an end! Before this crazy year comes to a close, we can at least all still have some holiday cheer. Although many holiday traditions are being altered or skipped this holiday season, there is still cheer to be found! In many places, including Detroit, a festive activity that is still socially-distant is viewing Christmas lights around the town.

Whatever you’re looking for this year, there are multiple options for a festive outing either walking outdoors or driving past in your car. Check out the list below for the top spots to get lost in the twinkle of Christmas lights!

  1. Big Bright Light Show

For the fourteenth year in a row, buildings in downtown Rochester will be illuminated with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday lights all season long. Take a walk with the family around Downtown Rochester and stop in to the wonderful retail shops to support small businesses. As a bonus, the Big, Bright Light Show will be aglow every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January through January 17. 

For more details see their website: HERE

  1. The Christmas Light Show 2020 (Comstock) 

With over two million lights, more than 50 animated displays and lighted tunnels throughout two miles this is the ultimate holiday experience. Fan favorites that will return include: Elephant + 2 new babies, Father Winter, Nativity, Santa and American Flag. The Christmas Light Show Tickets ($25 per car) that are purchased can be used on any date that we are open this 2020 season and a portion of proceeds is donated to the Grand Rapids Veterans Home each year. The Christmas Light Show begins at Fifth Third Ball Park, 4500 West River Drive. 

For more information, click: HERE

  1. Magic of Lights at DTE Music Theater

The Magic of Lights is a drive-through holiday lights display featuring 1.5 miles of various holiday themed lights using digital animations and LED technology. You will not have to leave the warmth and comfort of your own car as you navigate this fantastic light show. This leaves you safe and socially distant as you enjoy this event. Tickets start at $20 per car. DTE Music Theater is located at 33 Bog Segar Drive. 

For more information, click: HERE

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Best Local Virtual Workouts in Detroit to Get the New Year Started Right

Does recent holiday overindulgence have you starting to think about kick-starting your workout routine for the new year? Whether you’re regretting how all those extra slices of pie have your pants fitting a little more snugly or just want to get healthier, making a commitment to working out is always a great New Year’s Resolution. 

It can be especially hard to stay motivated to getting fit during a pandemic when many gyms are either closed or don’t feel as safe as they used to. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Detroit-based gyms and trainers that are offering virtual workouts. Check them out so that you can be the best version of you in 2021! 

Best Free Virtual Workout

Detroit Barre

Times are hard right now, with the pandemic taking a major toll on the economy. If you’re being budget-conscious, the good news is there are great free virtual workouts in Detroit! Get started on Detroit Barre’s Instagram page where they’re going live and streaming workout classes. They do ask for a $10 donation from those who are able to make one, as their in-person studio remains completely closed.

Best Paid Virtual Workout

Updog Yoga

Of course, if you can afford to pay for workouts, you’ll be helping to stimulate the economy and supporting the livelihoods of fitness instructors and gym owners. A great Detroit-area fitness studio to support is Uptown Yoga. They have locations in both Rochester and Sterling Heights, both of which are livestreaming classes. Pre-register online here.

Best Live Virtual Workout

Get Some Fitness

One of the things many people miss about in-person exercise classes is the feeling of community and accountability that they foster! One organization offering live virtual classes is Get Some Fitness, a small-business gym in nearby Beverly Hills. They have created a livestreaming service you have access to with a gym membership, or you can buy class passes to try it out.

Best Recorded Virtual Workout

Citizen Yoga Studio

One consistent throughout this pandemic has been that nothing is consistent. So, if you’re not sure you can commit to working out at specific days and times, you’ll want pre-recorded classes that you can do at any time. Get your fix at Citizen Yoga, a lovely local studio with a focus on community group healing and suicide prevention. They’ve created an on-demand class platform with yoga classes ranging in length anywhere from 5-60 minutes. You can subscribe for $18/month, after the free trial period.

Best Unique Virtual Workout

Detroit Cycling Studio

If you’re getting sick of crunches, push-ups, and jumping jacks, it’s probably time to switch up your workout routine. Mixing up your workout is really important to keep things fun and interesting, help you avoid burnout, and challenge your body in new ways. To try something fun and new, virtually visit Detroit Cycling Studio. They’re livestreaming unique classes like cycling and hula fitness.

Great Places to Buy Gifts Traveling to Detroit

The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping.

If you’re traveling to Detroit this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!

City Bird

City Bird is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, which makes it the oldest store in Detroit’s popular Cass and Canfield shopping district! This small business was founded by siblings who are lifelong, seventh-generation Detroiters and who continue to show love to Motown with their popular line of locally-themed products, produced in their own Detroit-based studio. Additionally, the gift shop supports artisans from Michigan by carrying art and handmade goods from over 400 artists based around the Great Lakes region. To keep your gift shopping going, also visit their home goods shop next door, Nest.

Detroit Institute of Arts

Support a local cultural institution by visiting the DIA Gift Shop. This art museum has lots of great gifts like apparel, holiday ornaments, and kids’ toys and art supplies. The DIA has also taken the fine art theme and applied it to many of their gift items, so if you know anyone who’d be interested in a Munch’s The Scream face mask or a Van Gogh puzzle, then you’ve come to the right place. The gift shop also pays homage to the Motor City’s roots with a line of model historic cars. You can also gift someone tickets or a membership so they can keep the cultural experience going!

Baked Goods

Baked goods make a delicious present for anyone, and there’s also nothing sweeter than supporting Detroit’s Black-owned businesses. You can do both at:

·        Dilla’s Delights serves up donuts in all different styles and flavors. The store was inspired by late Detroit hip hop artist J. Dilla’s daughters and is run by his uncle.

·        Good Cakes & Bakes is sure to make your hosts smile with one of their varieties of gooey cakes.

·        Kitty’s Cheesecakes in Ferndale even has the local Michigan flavor “Superman”!

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Detroit. Don’t worry, Detroit Metro Airport has you covered! This massive airport has a ton of options, but here are a few of the great shops you’ll find inside:

·        If you’re shopping for kids, get toys, dolls, or games at Creative Kidstuff in the McNamara Terminal.

·        Detroit!, in the McNamara Terminal, has Southeast Michigan-themed goods.

·        Green -A Natural Living Store, in the McNamara Terminal, carries repurposed accessories and apparel for adults and children.

·        Frivolous, in the North terminal, has unique and creative items.

Renting an Ebike in Detroit, Michigan

Electric bikes, also known as ebikes, are gaining popularity in cities all across the nation. They are bicycles with small electric motors that assist the rider upon pedaling. This makes for a smooth and easy ride over rough terrain. The state of Michigan recognizes ebikes as normal bikes, since the motor has no emissions and does not run on a fuel. Therefore, ebikes can be ridden wherever normal bikes can go, including city streets and bike paths. There is no law on the books in Michigan regarding bike helmets for riders of any age, so use your discernment when it comes to wearing one.

While staying in Detroit, you might want to rent an ebike from the American Cycle & Fitness Electric Ave. Bikes. Electric bikes are considered a premium rental option and pricing is $65 for daily rental or $300 for a weekly rental. The models they have available include the Conduit+ 20, the Townie Go! L 26, the Townie Go! M 26, and the Powerfly 7 17.5.

Another great option would be Detroit’s bikeshare program called MoGo. This program has kiosks all throughout the city with ebikes available for rent through their TransitApp or directly from the kiosk station. MoGo accepts both cash and a flexible payment option. Once you have your pass, grab your bike and get to riding! When you are finished with your ride, you do not have to return it to the same station where you rented it, simply return it to an empty slot at a nearby kiosk and you’re all done. This is the easiest way to rent an ebike in Detroit, as the app will show you where the ebikes are located throughout the city with a lightning bolt symbol.

Now that you have rented your ebike, where do you ride it? We have a couple of good suggestions for you. First, we have a short and easy path for someone looking for a nice bike ride without much commitment. The Clinton River Park Trail is a smooth asphalt path, only 4.5 miles in length. Even though it’s a somewhat shorter bike path, the scenery is lovely with tall grasses and the babbling river passing right on by. A few wooden bridges dot this path as well, giving you plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures if you’re so inclined.

If you’re more adventurous and want an all-day bike ride, we suggest the Border-to-Border Trail. This trail clocks in at 19.7 miles and is a mixture of asphalt, crushed stone, and boardwalk. The good news is none of this terrain is any match for your ebike. This trail winds through grasslands and woods and crosses the river on a huge wooden bridge.

Come and rent an ebike in Detroit and go on an adventure!

Links

ELECTRIC BIKE RENTALS:

American Cycle & Fitness Electric Ave. Bikes – https://www.americancycleandfitness.com/about/bike-rental-pg874.htm

Detroit Bikeshare MoGo – https://mogodetroit.org/how-it-works/

BIKE TRAILS:

Clinton River Park Trail – https://www.traillink.com/trail/clinton-river-park-trail/

Border-to-Border Trail – https://www.traillink.com/trail/border-to-border-trail/

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