I know it’s hard to think about planning for the summer when here in Southern Ontario we are knee deep in snow.
This winter seems never-ending.
But I have to believe that soon enough we will be wearing sandals, flip-flops and if you are like me, a lot of sunscreen.
Ever since we had Logan, I knew that when he was old enough, I wanted to start touring MLB stadiums during the summer.
Both Dave and I are huge Blue Jays fans and last summer we started our new family tradition by heading to Detroit to catch the Jays and explore the city.
Making the trip with us was my sister, her husband and oldest sun. Both my brother in law Derek and nephew Carter are huge baseball fans. Rebecca came mostly (entirely) for the shopping.
From Brantford, Detroit is about three hours away, so we headed out Saturday morning, ready for adventure!
First Stop: Target and Olive Garden
Hey, if your Canadian and you get to go to the USA it’s pretty much a prerequisite you make these stops.
There is not much to stay about this except my sister introduced me to the chicken and gnocchi soup. It changed my life.
Next Stop: Henry Ford Museum
We spent Saturday afternoon at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. I am not a car buff, but there were some amazing exhibits, and the boys (all four of them) had a great time!
There are many hands-on activities as well as photo opportunities, Carter’s favourite part, hands down, was being made into a hot dog. Don’t ask why…we no idea.
Dymaxion House – A circular mobile home created by Architect Buckminster Fuller.
Your Place in Time—Five generations in the 20th exhibit and the technology used in each of them can be found in this exhibit. You will love it and so will your kids, get ready to be asked what a CD player is!
Presidential Vehicles—Probably my favourite part of the exhibit. From Theodore Roosevelt’s horse-drawn carriage to the car JFK was riding in when he was assassinated, it was truly impressive.
When booking this trip, I was thinking of using Hotwire. But I wanted to ensure we were within walking distance to Comerica Park. I decided to use Hotels. Com, which is quickly becoming my favourite travel site.
We stayed at the Westin Cadillac in downtown Detroit, and we weren’t the only ones. It turns out, the Westin is the hotel of choice for the Toronto Blue Jays. It was so exciting, mostly for me but the kids were happy too.
We ended up taking the elevator down with Blue Jays centerfielder Kevin Pillar, and Logan had his picture taken with All-Star Justin Smoak (who was so kind to stop, it made Logan’s (my) day). We also watched the entire team get on the bus, and the kids LOVED seeing Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson.
Besides the famous guests, the hotel was beautiful. The rooms were large, clean and comfortable and the kids had fun visiting the pool. We ended up at Roast, the restaurant attached to the Westin for dinner on Saturday night.
It was so good we went back Sunday morning for a delicious brunch before heading to the game. The mimosa to celebrate my 36th birthday was a perfect start to the day.
Hint: The Westin is within walking distance to Comerica Park, so we left our cars there for the game. It made things much more relaxed and we didn’t have to find parking in a new city.
The Final Stop: Comerica Park
Our first stop on our MLB Baseball park tour did not disappoint. Wow. Until this game, I had only been to the Rogers Centre, and this was an entirely different experience…no roof!
While Comerica Park is a newer park, it had a nostalgic, baseball feel.
Our tickets were in the $40 range, and we had a great view of the game, not to mention it was perfect for people watching. Because Logan is still young, we don’t usually splurge on tickets. Sitting field level does not give him a great view, and I know we are going to have to get up and walk so unless it’s a special occasion we skip the expensive seats and just take in the experience.
It was also so freakin hot. So hot. We almost melted.
Hint: BRING WATER! You can purchase water outside the park for much cheaper. We did not do this and water was a premium. It hurts when converting back to Canadian dollars. Ouch!
Because Detroit is such an easy drive for Jays fans, the place was packed. But my friend Jen and I took Logan and her son Colton on a little tour of the park. Our favourite destination was the baseball Ferris Wheel.
Of course, we sampled the ballpark food offerings and the alcoholic slushies. The kids had the obligatory sundae in the baseball cup.
The Jays ended up losing the game, but it was a great game and weekend.
We gained some great memories of Detroit and can’t wait to go back to explore.