Detroit has more to offer than most can imagine if you’re just willing to look, vacationing in our hometown has become a weekly activity…..

My name is Renee, my husband Kris and I have spent the last couple decades fulfilling our hunger for travel and adventure, right here in our own backyard.

Whether it’s a stroll down Riverwalk and a quick coffee in one of Detroit’s Art Deco Masterpieces, or dinner downtown and a show in one of our many historic movie palaces, to a walk along the sandy shoreline of Lake Michigan, or drinking in a sunset and a glass of wine on Old Mission Peninsula, we’ve developed the ability to discover hidden gems in the most surprising places.

Come along with us as we travel  through the Midwest, from back roads to big cities, and enjoy our unexpected discoveries.

Contact Us        detroitdvotion@yahoo.com

21 Responses to “About”

  1. Ben April 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Looking forward to more unveiled secrets of Detroit! Thanks Renee and Kris!

  2. Amber June 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    what a great website, renee! i am totally inspired and will check back often!

  3. Steve and Nancy Cool July 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Renee and Kris, awesome site! Looks like you guys are having a fantastic summer for sure! We’ll keep checking in and living vicariously through you guys!
    Steve and Nancy

  4. Amber November 29, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Just recommended your site to another friend and then took a few minutes to check our your recent posts! Love it! So many cool things to do with Zoe when it gets nice out again!

  5. Steve Goodhall March 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm #


  6. Brian Joseph April 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    I admire the effort and excellence you display in this superb site. While most of us say shoulda, coulda, woulda, you go out and see it, experience it and share it. You are the best.

  7. The Detroit Foodie May 22, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I just came across your blog and i absolutely LOVE it!!! : )

  8. DetroitVideoDaily July 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Recently discovered your blog and it’s great. In addition to the writing the photos are fantastic!

  9. ngibson July 12, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Really insightful website. Thanks so much for putting this together. I’ll definitely use it as a great resource whenever I hit up the city!

  10. Diane Flis-Schneider February 10, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Renee & Kris…Thank you for your devotion to fun & excitement! Exploring your site makes me want to jump in my car on this snowy, gloomy Detroit day to explore! I’m glad Brian Joseph made this introduction. Looking forward to meeting you soon!

  11. Vince Paul March 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Great website…I love it and will recommend

  12. Susan April 1, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    I Love your detailed and passionate reviews of Detroit and surrounding area places!
    You have to visit Cinema Detroit! It is the most unique movie theater in Detroit! Already its my favorite art theater. I spent some time yesterday with the new directors and their plans are very exciting!

    Thanks guys for all you do,

    Preservation Detroit Tour Staff ; )

  13. Constance October 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Hello. I just want to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. A Google search about Belle Isle’s fountain led me here. Your beautiful descriptions and photos taught me so much about the park and its history. I also very much enjoyed reading about the yacht club and other attractions.

    My father was born in Detroit in 1904 (I was born in 1960), and I made my first visit to the city as an adult, this summer, when attending a convention of the Islamic Society of North America in Cobo Center. My children and I rented a taxi on the last day to see a bit of Detroit.

    We rode down Goethe Street and Porter Street in search of the location off my dad’s childhood homes. We saw the historic St Ann’s church, where my dad’s family worshipped and, I think, where he went to school.

    The driver also took us to see the old train station, the site of the old tiger’s ball field, and Belle Isle–all places I’m sure my dad had visited in his youth.

    Along the way, I was able to see much of old Detroit. I marveled at the beautiful architecture and became a fan of the city.

    We had been warned to stay away,bas the city is reportedly so dangerous, but we felt safe with our Detroit-native cabdriver and had a wonderful time.

    I look forward to reading more of your very well-written blog and have subscribed.

    Wishing you all the best.

    • detroitdvotion October 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in Detroit; the city is full of warm and wonderful people, not to mention an amazing history and beauty. We’re happy you were able to connect with our blog, glad to have you along! Hope you get a chance to come back and explore a little further. Thanks for the lovely note. Kris & Renee

  14. Penny Masouris September 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    Hi Renee and Kris,
    Just recently discovered your blog and I think its informative and fun to read. Detroit needs you both. I’m a Detroit lover myself and lived in the West Village for 28 years. Necessity moved me to the burbs but I’m back in the D often. Also, a BIG THANK YOU to you both for covering my Gershwin lecture at the Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church this past April. Certainly appreciate your nice comments. From now on I’ll be reading your blog on a regular basis. Thanks again, and keep up the good work.
    Penny Masouris

  15. Amy October 13, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    Love love love this site! I look forward to the updates and have had so many new experiences in Detroit and the surrounding area based on your insights. We had an experience last night that made me think that it would be a great place to see featured: fancy dinner at Antietam: http://www.antietamdetroit.com/gallery/
    The head chef is just a kid from Flint and he is doing amazing work there.
    The space, near the Market, is just beautiful. We truly felt we were in a french brasserie – everything was perfect, from the drinks to the service to the music… and the food is just incredible.
    Hope you’ll get a chance to check it out sometime.
    Keep up the great work!

  16. KelsieLou August 19, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    This blog is a breath of fresh air for me being from Southfield, MI. I moved to Louisville, KY 11 years ago, and every time I go home I feel like the city is so run down. Reading this blog reminds me that there are still some great things about Detroit and the surrounding area.

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