detroit summers: the countdown (part 1)

Hey guys! Okay, as promised yesterday…I’m going to countdown the best things to do in Detroit during the summer.  Michigan summers are amazing, by far the best state in the Midwest…but of course I might be a little biased ;).  These are in no particular order at all! There seriously isn’t a dull moment around here during the summer, even if you don’t have any money.  Let’s go!

1. Beach Days – Living in Detroit is perfect because you have the city life, yet you are right in between Lake Huron & Lake Erie (about an hour drive each way).  I usually go to the lake a couple times a month during the summer, it’s so relaxing and beautiful.  Clear blue water, without the nasty taste of salt water, or nasty fake man made beaches.  I absolutely love growing up by the (real) beach, kids who didn’t grow up one definitely missed out! It’s amazing. Check out some photos of Lake Huron (Lakeside Beach in Port Huron that I took)..absolutely NO type of editing…the water is actually that blue!  Check out the puremichigan.com website, there are lots of other beaches off the lake coast that are also beautiful!

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2. Boat Days – For those of us lucky to grow up in Michigan know that there are a crazy amount of lakes — 10,000 to be exact! No matter where you are in the state, statistically you are less than 20 minutes from a body of water. Particularly in Oakland County, where I’m from…there are pretty nice sized lakes.  Most are private of course, so if you know someone who lives off a lake, and most importantly…has a boat, ask to go out one day! It’s really relaxing and there are other activites such as tubing, or water skiing that you can also do. Check out this picture I took while I was on a boat in Whitmoor Lake!

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3. Shop ’til You Drop! – Shopping in the Metro Detroit is easy because there are LOTS AND LOTS of choices.  Starting with those shopping on a budget, there is the Great Lakes Crossing Outlet mall in Auburn Hills, that is now Michigan’s largest outlet center, featuring outlets of such stores as – Victoria’s Secret, Lacoste, Forever 21, H&M and more! Next, for those willing to spend spend spend, there’s the infamous Somerset Mall in Troy.  Celebrities spotted there in the past few years include Usher, Eva Longoria, Miley Cyrus, and Rick Ross.  Somerset is my favorite mall and consists of multiple high end restaurants, two sides (connected by a bridges), and even uniformed black-tie valet parking.  Outside of Chicago, it’s definitely “the mall” of the Midwest.  Pretty much any store you can think of they have: Department stores include: Neiman Marcus (my favorite), Saks Fifth Avenue (with a Chanel boutique), Nordstrom, and Macy’s.  The Somerset “Collection” side is usually referred to us locals as the “rich” side, LOL.  That side has stores like, Saks, Neimans, Louis Vuittion, Gucci, Tiffany’s, Herve Ledger, Ferragamo, Burberry, MAC store, Emporio and Giorgio Armani, Juicy, and many more!  Somerset “North” (across the street, again connected by bridge), is considered the more affordable side with stores like: Nordstrom, Macy’s, True Religion, Apple Store, Michael Kors, Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21 & more!  Somerset is beautifully decorated, especially when they put the huge Christmas tree up for the holidays.  Check out the pictures below! Other area malls include: Lakeside Mall, Twelve Oaks, and more!

4. Detroit Electronic Musical Festival (DEMF) – DEMF (as us locals call it), is the 3rd largest electronic music festival in the WORLD.  Featuring top dubstep and techno music artist held right in downtown.  Even those not a fan of that genre of music should still give it a go, it’s really like one big huge party…seriously.

5. Detroit HoeDown – Similar to DEMF, this features country artist instead. Hosted by a local radio station.

Okay, so that concludes part one, tune in tomorrow as I countdown more things to do in Detroit during the summer, trust me I’m not even half way done!

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