The holidays are approaching quickly, and that means one thing, it’s road trip season in Metro Detroit. At Bill Brown Ford in Livonia, MI, the dealership is buzzing with a new level of excitement this year as everyone is getting ready to hit the road and see their friends and families again. Matt Garchow, the Vehicles Sales Manager at Bill Brown Ford, is a Plymouth resident and a local foodie. He’s excited to help you start your adventure with his list of top holiday road trip destinations within a few hours of the “Motor City”.
Christmas in Frankenmuth
Known for its German roots and the “world’s largest Christmas store,” Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria, is Matt’s top holiday travel recommendation. Named one of the “9 Most Christmassy Towns in America” by TIME, there is something for everyone in their Christmas wonderland. There are a lot of new things to see this year as well, including a 60x120ft ice skating rink, a spectacular tree with a seven-minute light and music show, and a horse-drawn carriage down Main Street.
Established in 1933 by Henry Ford, Greenfield Village comes alive with the unforgettable sights, sounds, and settings of America’s past. Experience what it would feel like to time travel by immersing yourself in 300-years of history while riding in a Ford Model T. You can visit the laboratory where Thomas Edison got his lightbulb moment or the workshop where the Wright brothers taught you to aim for the stars. This season visit Greenfield Village Holiday Night, a celebration of America’s most heartwarming holiday. Stroll down Main Street filled with goodies, food, and warm beverages while experiencing centuries-old family tradition in historical homes and enjoying the firework-filled finale.
Crowded restaurants shouldn’t keep you away from spending time with loved ones this holiday. Experience the delicious food and a cheerful holiday ambiance while remaining comfortable in the privacy of your warm igloo at East Eats in Jefferson Chalmers. Enjoy Detroit’s only outdoor, socially-distanced dining club providing vegan and gluten-free options. Voted #1 Outdoor Dining 2021 by MLive.com, East Eats describes their restaurant as the “tastiest and safest place to dine.” BYOB and reservation only, customers can enjoy a cultivating experience with family or friends in privacy.
Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort
Grab the family for a quick weekend or day trip this season and head to the closest resort to Detroit. Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort, located in Clarkston, MI, offers a variety of trails, slopes, and terrain parks that will challenge beginner to advanced riders.
Thunder Bay Resort
The Elk-Viewing, Sleigh Ride Gourmet Dinner, and Wine Tasting attractions at Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman have received top honors throughout the years, including the “Best of The Best” Adventure Attractions in North America by Destinations Magazine. Snuggle up to your loved ones under wool blankets during the four-hour event as Percherons pull a sleigh through the Northern Michigan resort’s 160-acre elk preserve. As a chef prepares a five-course gourmet dinner on wood-burning stoves, guests sip wine, enjoying a magical evening. Although the farthest of Matt’s destination recommendations, it is a road trip for the books.
Bill Brown Ford, the local Ford dealer near you and the #1 volume Ford dealer in MI, is focusing on delivering joy this holiday season with a significant amount of additional support to local charities, individuals, and organizations. Share your holiday road-trip adventure by January, 3rd 2022, and Bill Brown Ford will make a $5 donation in your name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Vets Returning Home, The American Red Cross, or Gleaner’s Food Bank.