The revitalization of Detroit is a story about new beginnings and opportunities, with citizens and communities writing exciting new installments every year. Few events in a Detroit native’s lifetime parallel these changes better than a proposal and wedding in The D. If you’re ready to write the prelude to your happy ending, here are our top five places to propose in Detroit:
The Whitney Restaurant
If a romantic and memorable ambiance is your top expectation, The Whitney Restaurant at the century-old David Whitney House on Woodward Avenue exceeds the highest expectations, especially for couples who love the supernatural. It’s a place of mysteriously rearranged table settings, tales of unusual aberrations and award-winning cuisine. Less imaginative fine dining establishments might downplay these strange events but The Whitney embraces it without creating kitsch or compromising quality. Make your way up to the third floor and you’ll discover a dark and seductive lounge called The Ghost Bar, where delicious themed drinks are concocted for adventurous guests. One libation, referred to as the Witching Hour, was recently recognized by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine as one of the best cocktails in the country.
When you call to make reservations, ask the staff about any pending events. The Whitney hosts summer garden parties on some weekend. While the garden party ambiance complements the atmosphere around the mansion, it could be a distraction if you’re seeking an intimate proposal.
Belle Isle Park
If there is a truly timeless place to get engaged in the Motor City, it’s Belle Isle Park. Whether you propose at the illuminated James Scott Memorial Fountain in the summer, or inside the heated Anna Scripts Whitcomb Conservatory while ice still flows in the river, this is an affordable question-popping destination conveniently close to downtown. Park facilities have undergone significant improvements since the state took over ownership in 2013, although motorists must display their Michigan Recreation Passport to gain admittance. Biking or walking to the park is free, and so is admission to the century-old conservatory and aquarium. Even on the most crowded summer weekends, you can usually find a time and a place for a private proposal.
The Coach Insignia Bar at the Renaissance Center
While there are more contemporary restaurants than the Coach Insignia Bar on the 73rd floor of the Renaissance Center, this is one of the top places to propose in Detroit with a skyline view. If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, remember that a portion of your bill pays for the breathtaking views. If you decide to dine elsewhere but you want the Coach Insignia as your proposal high point, consider visiting for late night cocktails and a shared dessert.
Cranbrook House and Gardens
Technically, Cranbrook House and Gardens is in Bloomfield Hills and not Detroit, but making the trip to this 40-acre oasis northwest of the city is a proposal possibility worth the drive. Built in 1908, it’s the oldest remaining manor in the Detroit metropolitan area. However, unlike the Hearst Castle, another media-mogul enclave, the Cranbrook dismisses over-the-top opulence and pretension.
Self-guided garden tours run from early May through Labor Day, and privacy is in abundance even on weekends. June through August is best for enjoying the most colorful flowers in the garden, and there are plenty of green spaces to sit and ponder important questions about your shared future.
Dearborn’s Ford-Wyoming Drive-In
If you’re going to roll the fuzzy dashboard dice and go with a classic yet unconventional proposal, ask your partner in a classic car at the Ford Drive-In, in nearby Dearborn. Sure, the drive-in was built in the 1950s, and yes, the bathrooms are outdated, but most people won’t be anticipating a diamond engagement ring here. Add culinary flair by bringing along a gourmet picnic. The guests who have the most fun are usually those who arrive with low expectations for a quality movie viewing experience. Watch children play with glow sticks and bracelets. Anticipate loud music and headlights from other cars. Ditch the plot on the screen and people watch instead, before your surprising and vintage-inspired proposal.
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