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Mar 13 2009, 12:10 am - By Emmymau

Yes, Detroit.  It's my hometown, and so I will cheerfully extol its few virtues.  They do exist...

Paraphrased from our blog (links can be found there as well):

Highly recommended if youíre ever in the area:  the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Historical Museum and the Henry Ford.  Wanna eat?  Try the Woodward Avenue Brewery in Ferndale, the Raven up in Port Huron (about an hour out of Detroit) and the Sushi Cafť in Briarwood Mall, in Ann Arbor, and you absolutely must have a Coney dog while youíre in the area, because they donít make them right anywhere else.  Coney Islans restaurants are on pretty much every corner, and theyíre all equivalent.  Donít get a coney dog from A&W, theyíre nasty.  If you want to do it like the locals do, go to Senate Slowís BBQ in Detroit is pretty good, too (um, not for Coney dogs, however).
Iím not going into detail on all of those things unless you really want me to, but I will elaborate on one of Ďem:  one of the biggest attractions in the Metro Detroit area is the Henry Ford. Formerly known as Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, this massive collection of hands-on American history is a must-see.  Founded in 1929, the collection is Henry Fordís personal tribute to American life, and seeks to preserve all aspects of our history by capturing the minutiae of life as well as the big historical events.   The collection is kind of infamous; some people are weirded out by the fact that psychotic olí Henry ran around the country buying up the buildings that had once been the homes and workshops of influential people,disassembling them and shipping them back to Dearborn, Michigan, to be a part of an assembled ďvillageĒ chronicling American history.  I can see where that might creep some people out.  Then again, Henry Ford was a creepy guy, and certainly didnít give a fig what those people thought, and now the museum and Greenfield Village are absolute must-stops when youíre in the area.

Itíll take a while.  All told itís about two hundred sixty acres of stuff to see; best bet is to visit the Museum one day and the Village on another.  With a large collection of nineteenth and early twentieth-century minutiae on display, there's a great deal to see, and the museum does a great job of putting things into context for those who weren't there.  Thereís also actual history here, of course:  the quad-engined Goldenrod land speed record car, the bus Rosa Parks was riding on a certain fateful day in 1955, an original Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the first Ford Escort and first American-build Honda Accord, Henry Fordís famous race car the ď999Ē (which I believe still runs), a working 1917carousel and the animated Gog and Magog in the Villageís bell tower, a cast-iron clockwork show that takes place every quarter-hour.   Dead presidents abound: theyíve got the limousine Kennedy was riding in when he was shot and the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot (one of the Museumís more macabre and infamous artifacts, I canít remember if itís currently on display or not.  I saw it so many times as a kid that I donít look for it any more).  Thereís a glass blowing facility on the premises, a Southern plantation complete with slave cabins, a working 1850s farm, a railroad roundhouse and a working turn of the century machine shop as well (the really cool stuff is the scrap metal pile laying outside, which includes old locomotive bits).  The Village is more active in the spring and summer, but the Museum is cool all year round, and Iím starting to sound like an advertisement so Iíll stop.

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Mar 13 2009, 3:44 pm - Replied by: KevsKnight

You had me at Wienermobile. :)

Thanks for the great write-up. I do hope our summer travels take us up that way. It WILL have to be summer-ish, as both Ang and I are allergic to snow, and from my one trip to Detroit one January, I remember that Detroit does snow. Big time.

Great article!

I have washboard abs. They are just hidden under 50#s of laundry.
Mar 13 2009, 4:00 pm - Replied by: Emmymau

If you (or anyone) have questions or recommendations, just ask.  I am a Detroit expert!
1995 National RV Dolphin 533--the Incorrigible
1993 Ford Ranger--not yet named
Mushroom--the ship's cat

Nov 10 2010, 1:06 am - Replied by: GypsySoul

Hello Emmy, wow I had no idea that Detroit was so cool.  I'm flying in this Sat to pick up my first RV, a 1997 Pleasure-Way (classic like me LOL).  It's located in St. Clemens and I'm wondering where I can park for my very first night.  It will probably be 7 or 8pm by the time I leave, and I'll be driving home to Atlanta the next day or two, prefer not to drive too far in the dark.  Is there somewhere close that's scenic?  I realize my Class B can park just about 'anywhere' like a grocery store or big box store, but was thinking it would be cool to wake up somewhere preeety my first morning.  Thanks. 
Gypsy Soul,  I'm not lost, I'm exploring ...
1997 Pleasure-Way EXLRL  Class B

Nov 13 2010, 4:49 pm - Replied by: acoupleofboomers

Just read your post and you nailed it about the Henry Ford Museum. A gem in Detroit that everybody should go to.  It also has a very good display on the history of travel trailers. And some of the biggest train engines you would ever see and just think how they got them inside the building. And the newer display on airplanes and flight is also very cool. 

I do need to add that the best place in Detroit for ribs and wings is Sweetwater Bar. They also provide van transportation to all Tiger and Red Wing games. But the food is great. It is located between the Ren Cen and greek town. And right across the street from St Andrews Hall. I'm from Ann Arbor but been into the city many many times. 
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