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Chick Inn Drive-In
The Chick Inn Drive-In in Ypsilanti, MI, is a local landmark that transports guests back to the days of sock hop, roller skates and of course - cruisin'. Known for its milkshakes and fried chicken, the Chick Inn is a great example of the roadside culture that remains in the southeast Michigan region.

Irish Hills Dairy Bar
The Irish Hills Dairy Bar stands as a nostalgic treat for travelers exploring Michigan's historic Irish Hills along the famed U.S. 12 roadway.

Ortonville A&W Drive-In
One of a small handful of drive-ins left in the state transporting guests back to a simpler time of cruisin' and milkshakes. Roy W. Allen opened his first rootbeer stand in 1919 in Lodi, California. A glass sold for a mere 5 cents. In 1922, one of the Lodi stand employees, Frank Wright formed a partnership with Mr. Allen and so was born the now famous A&W Root beer.

Renaissance Center
Visit the global headquarters for General Motors and one of downtown Detroit's iconic pieces of architecture. Tours of Michigan's tallest building are given Monday through Friday at 12 noon and 2 p.m.

The Bomber Restaurant
Open since 1936, The Bomber restaurant takes its name from the nearby Willow Run Bomber Plant and the workers who filled its booths after finishing their shifts day or night. The walls are lined with WWII uniforms, images and memorbilia as this classic diner pays tribute to local veterans and the Arsenal of Democracy story so closely tied to the Ypsilanti area.

The Clinton Inn
The Clinton Inn harkens back to the days of saloons and stagecoaches and remains a favorite stop for travelers along U.S. 12. This turn-of-the-century inn features historic charm in its lodging and full-service restaurant.

The Dearborn Inn (Marriott)
This lovely Georgian inspired hotel was originally built by Henry Ford in 1931, to accommodate visitors and crews using the Ford Airport. Designed by Ford's favorite architect, Albert Kahn, the Inn reflects Mr. Ford's fondness for American History. Today, the Inn provides luxury accommodations and is in close proximity to The Henry Ford and The Automotive Hall of Fame.

The English Inn
This 1927 Tudor Revival mansion was once home to General Motors president, Irving Reuter. Located just off the beaten path but close to Lansing, the 15-acre estate offers some of the area's finest dining and other amenities.

The Inn on Ferry Street
The Inn on Ferry Street is Located in the heart of Detroit's Midtown area close to cultural institutions such as the Detroit Historic Museum and Detroit Institute of Arts. Each room in the four beautifully restored 19th century mansions offers an invitation to sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Story of the Week:

Published: 05.23.2018
Dow Chemical and the early days of automotive manufacturing
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher Images Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

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