It’s Not So Cold In the D: Detroit Summer Lovin’

It’s Not So Cold In the D: Detroit Summer Lovin’

As a true Mitten lover, I revel in the changing seasons and enjoy the particular joy that overcomes us when the transition to summer is imminent. Warmer and longer days lend themselves to more adventures, uplifted spirits, and anticipation of summer celebrations.  This will be my first official summer as a Detroiter and with that I have a few things that are making me especially eager for those blissful summer months.

Courtesy Detroit Tigers.
Courtesy Detroit Tigers.

Detroit Tigers Games

I have attended my fair share of Tigers games, but they have been accompanied by the stress of traveling to the city and trying to navigate the downtown that I only visit for baseball games and concerts. Now that I’m more familiar with the area and have more vested interest in its prosperity, I am excited to go to the games with others that are feeling those same emotions. I love baseball and I love the way the Tigers bring a special joy to all Michiganders, but particularly the Detroit crowd that is proud of all that the city has accomplished. To be fair, I’m also looking forward to the ten minute drive home versus the struggle with the rest of the mass exodus following the final hitter.

Courtesy La Dolce Vita.
Courtesy La Dolce Vita.

Restaurant Patios

This is a universal thing no matter where I’m located, I love eating outside at restaurants during the summer. There is something unequivocally magical to sipping a Michigan beer or wine on a patio whilst eating delicious food with the essence of Michigan’s sweet summers billowing around you and those you hold dear. It is without a doubt one of the more beautiful things about summer afternoons and evenings.

In particular, I’m anxious to have brunch at La Dolce Vita where mimosas and Bloody Marys are bottomless and the food is exquisite. It is a little oasis of beauty nestled in vines and elaborate brick just off of Woodward where all you can see from the street is “ldv” and you are greeted with brilliant service. On Tuesday nights, I’m told, there’s a little bit of the sweet life of Italy accompanied by twinkling lights, music, and a fantastical atmosphere.

Reveling in Downtown Detroit

Downtown Detroit has no shortage of events, concerts, festivals, and fun to be had during the summer. I’m fervently looking forward to being in the midst of all that the city has to offer. Hart Plaza and Campus Martius were absolutely beautiful with the glimmer of snowflakes this winter, and I can only imagine how much radiance will be found when summer is in full tilt.

Some events at Hart Plaza:

Some events at Campus Martius:

  • Mid-Day Music Series
  • Sunset in the City Thursdays
  • 4th Fridays in the Park
  • Movies in the Park
  • Games in the Park
  • Healthy Moves
  • D:hive Detroit Tours
Courtesy Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.
Courtesy Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.

I want to ride my bicycle.

Following all that was Detroit Bike City, I have been itching to ride my bicycle in Detroit. The city has such a beautiful community of cyclists from all walks of life. It is a community that is growing with unrelenting velocity and I’m so excited to join in a Critical Mass ride and The Slow Roll, or peddle down Dequindre Cut Greenway on a sunny Sunday afternoon. There is nothing more beautiful than joining others in a community building experience that inspires sustainability and vitality in this exciting time in Detroit.

Courtesy Belle Isle Conservancy.
Courtesy Belle Isle Conservancy.

Play on Belle Isle

Each time I drive along the water on my way downtown, I longingly look over at Belle Isle anticipating days spent exploring everything the island has to offer. There is so much history and natural beauty in the park and I can not wait to spend days and nights finding out just how much there is to do there.

In June, Metallica will be bringing the Orion Festival to Belle Isle, which will introduce a whole other dynamic to the space. It should be an amazing experience: inspiring community around music and revelry. Aside from Metallica, other bands being featured include: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, BASSNECTAR, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, FLAG, Silversun Pickups, and so many more.

What are you excited to do this summer in your own Michigan haven? Do you have more suggestions for AWESOME summer adventures?

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I was raised in vacation-land, Traverse City, where I was one of the lucky ones to enjoy the beach in the summer and snowboard through the winters. Then, I went to college and lived in East Lansing and Lansing, where I learned about sports and getting things done. Now I'm quite honestly falling head over heels for Detroit. I solemnly believe that life is too short for bad coffee, yucky wine, and poorly crafted beer. This means that Michigan is the perfect place for me! My spare time is spent reading or exploring the outdoors. E-mail me: joanna@awesomemitten.com.