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Sunday, June 22, 2008

GETTING THERE: I paid about $150 for a Northwest flight out of BWI, and fares can still be found for that little. United flies from Dulles for about $200; US Airways fares are running about the same out of Reagan National.

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WHERE TO STAY: Get a hotel downtown if you're going to a Tigers game at Comerica Park or want a nice view of the river. I had good luck with Priceline, nabbing a fine room at the Sheraton Detroit Riverside (2 Washington Blvd., 313-965-0200, http://www.starwoodhotels.com) for $70 a night (plus tax). Other downtown options include the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Detroit.

Rooms at the MGM Grand Detroit (1777 Third St., 888-MGM-DETR, http://www.mgmgranddetroit.com) run about $249 to $499 on weekends. A more intimate option is the Inn on Ferry Street (84 E. Ferry St., 313-871-6000, http://www.theinnonferrystreet.com), where weekend rates range from $149 to $269.

WHERE TO EAT: Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe in Greektown (400 Monroe St.) is a fun option with live music on the weekends and a diverse menu that includes American, Cajun and sushi options. Jambalaya is $16; salmon rolls are $4.50. Pegasus Taverna, across the street (558 Monroe St.), is the perfect place to get a plate of saganaki ($5.50) and a chicken gyro ($9.50). The Majestic Cafe (4120 Woodward Ave.) has an art-house feel and is attached to the bowling alley/concert venue. Try the portobello ravioli ($16).

WHAT TO DO:

· The Motown Historical Museum (2648 W. Grand Blvd.) will leave you awed by Berry Gordy and humming to the Temptations. Plan to spend about an hour. Admission is $10. Info: 313-875-2264, http://www.motownmuseum.com.

· The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave.) includes more than 100 galleries and covers more than 600,000 square feet, so wear comfortable shoes. Admission is $8. Info: 313-833-7900, http://www.dia.org.

· If you're into blues and want to meet locals, Nancy Whiskey's (2644 Harrison St.) is where you want to be. Live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Info: 313-962-4247, http://www.nancywhiskeydetroit.com.

· On a good-weather day, head to Belle Isle (2 Inselruhe), a nearly 1,000-acre park in the middle of the Detroit River. It has a great mix of nature and architecture, with the occasional car race thrown in for good measure. Info: 313-628-2081.

INFORMATION: Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-338-7648, http://www.visitdetroit.com.

-- E.M.


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