In Michigan, it can often feel like there is no sweeter time of the year than late May. The weather is splendid, families get time off work and America takes a moment to reflect on those who fought to make life in this great country possible. Taking a short trip with family or friends can often be a much-needed vacation this time of year. Here are some of the best options to getaway this Memorial Day.
Cafe Suite Getaway Package
Weber’s Inn
3050 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 769-2500

Ann Arbor is a beautiful place during Memorial Day, with the trees full and the flowers blooming. Weber’s Inn, one of the premier establishments within the city, offers a wonderful deal for couples throughout the year called the Cafe Sweet Package. Those interested will be offered a Cafe Suite complete with living room with full-size sleeper sofa, a separate bedroom with a king size bed, and a lovely balcony overlooking the pool. Also included are a bottle of sparkling French wine or non-alcoholic wine, two glasses to keep, and a $50 coupon to the Weber’s Restaurant. All of this for $349 a night.

Downtown Arts Getaway Package
Detroit Institute of Arts – Downtown Marriott
333 East Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 222-7700

Date: Jan. 9, 2015 to Dec. 30, 2015

Perhaps your perfect getaway is to visit the city’s center and the cultural heart of Detroit. Spend the weekend enjoying all that Detroit has to offer, including the Detroit Institute of Arts. This deal get’s you a night at the lovely downtown Marriott in Detroit, two tickets to the Detroit Institute of Arts, breakfast at the hotel, and parking at the museum. The is the perfect getaway if you’re looking to stay close to home but want something great to do in the city too. Packages start at $192.

Memorial Day Observance On Mackinac Island
Fort Mackinac
7127 Huron Road
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
(231) 436-4100

Date: May 25, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Mackinac Island is host to the ceremony at Fort Mackinac a ceremony to honor those who died fighting in battles at the fort. Put on annually by the local government and the Department of Natural Resources, this dedication is a wonderful way to getaway with family or friends and spend it somewhere beautiful while taking time to honor and remember.

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Legends Of The Saginaw
Wenonah Park
801 N. Water St.
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 895-5193

Date: May 25, 2015 at 11 a.m.

If you’d rather spend time by the water this Memorial Day, the best place to go to is the Legends of the Saginaw getaway, held annually at Wenonah Park in Bay City. Come and learn all about the many ships and historical events that happened on the Saginaw River. Join this crew as they give you an exclusive history lesson to the area like never before. Tickets are $39.29 for adults and $28.94 for students.

Civil War Remembrance
Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 982-6001

Date: May 23 through 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

One of the most beautiful places in all of Michigan is the historic Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford in Dearborn. Greenfield Village is a place that adheres to all of the historic codes and appearances of a very long time ago, making this the prime getaway spot to venture back in time. Each Memorial Day, the villagers and actors reenact some of the most exciting battles of the Civil War to honor those who fought and died 150 years ago. Over three million people fought in the Civil War and more than 750,000 people died. This remembrance offers the perfect getaway to take a step back and remember what the holiday is all about.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at