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.
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:/
Rooms at the MGM Grand Detroit (1777 Third St., 888-MGM-DETR, http:/
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:/
· 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:/
· 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:/
· 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:/