Countdown to Detroit: What Not to Miss in the Motor City

The countdown is on for the 2018 National Conference & Business Fair on June 19-21, when we’ll gather in Detroit, Michigan for three days of networking, learning, collaborating and celebrating.

We’re thrilled to be bringing the WBENC network to the thriving city of Detroit, and we hope all of our attendees and guests are able to spend a little extra time exploring this resurgent city.

For some insider’s tips, we turned to the experts – our friends at our Regional Partner Organization in the Detroit area, and the Host Council for this year’s National Conference & Business Fair, the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (GLWBC). Read their tips on what not to miss in the Motor City – as well as some little known facts about “The D.”

What Not to Miss in the Motor City

By Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (GLWBC)

Most people know Detroit as the Motor City and home of Motown Sound, but there’s much more to “The D” (as we call it) than you may be aware of.  When you arrive next month for the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, get ready to be wowed with the unexpected.

Here are a few items to put on your to-do list and a few little-known facts about our city:  

1. Getting Around is a Breeze

Hop aboard the Q-Line, Detroit’s street car system, which makes frequent stops all along Woodward Avenue, one of the city’s major thoroughfares. The Detroit People Mover is also a helpful option near the Cobo Center - the automated light rail system has 13 stops in the downtown business district. 

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2. Enjoy the River Sights, Sounds & Tastes

Stroll along the RiverWalk. Enjoy breathtaking views of Canada on the other side of the glistening blue waters of the Detroit River, an international waterway. Feel the summer breeze on your face as you take a ride on the merry-go-round or enjoy a scoop of ice cream.


3. Visit Canada!

There are numerous ways to visit Canada, but our favorite is the Detroit Windsor Tunnel, which travels under the river and is the first traffic tunnel between two nations. You can also the Ambassador Bridge, the largest international suspension bridge in the world, which connects Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. (Make sure to bring your passport if you plan to visit.)


4. Taste a Local Delicacy

Get a taste of history by ordering a Vernors Ginger Ale,  the nation’s oldest surviving ginger ale brand in the U.S.,  created in Detroit in 1866.


5. Greektown Food & Fun

While we’re talking about food, Detroit has an abundance of options to satisfy your taste buds. May we suggest Fishbones in Greektown? This WBENC-Certified women-owned business, which is in walking distance from the Cobo Center, offers New Orleans-influenced cuisine along with a sushi bar. It is in a perfect location to visit while strolling through the Greektown area while enjoying street performers, memorabilia shops or maybe the Greektown Casino.


6. Theater Buffs Welcome

Detroit also has a thriving theater district. From national tours to local improv, we are second only to New York City in number of theaters. For a live performance, consider checking out City Theatre which is on the Montcalm stop of the Q-Line.


7. Beyond Motown

Detroit may be best known for its Motown sound, but depending on your musical tastes, you may also want to check out Third Man Records, owned by musician Jack White of The White Stripes. You can purchase vinyl records and even view the process at their vinyl record pressing plant.


8. Yes, We Love Our Sports

Sports are huge in Detroit. In fact, Detroit is proud to be the only American city with all four major sports arenas downtown.


9. Let a Local Show You the Way

To truly get the “Detroit Experience,” visit the Detroit Experience Factory for an experiential tour led by local ambassadors. Hear the little-known stories and history that make Detroit so unique.


10. Downtown the Welcome Kit!

For more tips, check out the Detroit Welcome Kit developed specially for you by the 2018 National Conference & Business Fair Host Committee produced to provide local attractions and resources to enhance your visit.

It’s a different time in Detroit and we can’t wait for you to discover it at the 2018 National Conference and Business Fair!

Posted on May 29, 2018 and filed under Events.