Detroit is officially an “it spot.” This brings with it all manner of invasive species, including but not limited to New Yorkers and Brussels sprouts. In case you find yourself confused between who has been here and who’s fresh off the U-Haul, we’ve provided you with this handy guide to understanding the difference between the Motor City’s transplants and locals.
Transplants: Obey traffic signals and laws. Locals: Consider stop lights and signs to be suggestions.
Transplants: Go jogging for recreation. Locals: Might be seen riding a bike, but only if the weather is nice.
Transplants: Attempt a fancy French pronunciation of “Gratiot.” Locals: Have no qualms saying the sh** word in any form.
Transplants: Can’t believe how lucky they are to have “discovered” Detroit. Locals: Remember fondly when visitors were few.
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Transplants: Love how uncrowded the city and its roads are. Locals: Long for the days when it was possible to drive from Southwest to Eastern Market without seeing another car on the road.
Transplants: Show up to events and restaurants early, prepared to wait in line. Locals: Are shocked when they have to wait in line at every joint in Midtown.
Transplants: Have really grand ideas on how to set up a business in the city and are willing to throw mad amounts of cash at it. Locals: Are looking for ideas on how to afford the rising rent on their service industry wages.
Transplants: Have a childlike, idyllic reaction to the first snowfall. Locals: Prepare to hibernate between the World Series and Opening Day.
Transplants: Have neatly groomed facial hair, new clothes, man buns, and fresh haircuts. Locals: Wash their hair once a week, because you know, that’s the style here.
Transplants: Require pour-over coffee at any price. Locals: Got a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card for Christmas and it might have enough for one more coffee on it.
Transplants: Are shocked that the cost of car insurance is half the cost of their rent. Locals: Have had their car registered at a relative's address in the suburbs for years.
Transplants: Just leased a new foreign car. Locals: Drive a late ‘80s Ford Escort their uncle sold them for $400.
As the leaves start to fall, Samhain draws near, and the hours of daylight get shorter and shorter, it’s hard not think about the creepiness that abounds throughout America, our fair state included. Michigan’s an old territory with a lot of history -- just like Ohio, or Pennsylvania -- and naturally, a lot of that history is ghoulish enough that it results in an inordinate number of supernatural sightings. Whether or not the claims are legit, October’s the perfect time to share ghost stories, so we’ve collected our favorite “haunted” places from all across the state, from eerie shipwrecks and forests to big city hotels.
11 Cold-Weather Activities That Will Remind You Why Winter in Minnesota Is Actually the Best
Summer is easy to like. It’s got sunshine, water sports, and the built-in nostalgia of time off from school. But winter? That takes some more gumption to appreciate. While other parts of the country are either freaking out over a light snowfall or counting down the days ’til spring, living in Minnesota -- where temps are regularly below freezing and the average annual snowfall is more than 70 inches up north -- means you learn to relish the freezing weather rather than hide from it. With the right mindset, winter is secretly the best time of the year, with plenty of cold-weather activities in the Twin Cities and around the state to keep you active and engaged with your fellow Minnesotans. From dog sledding to ice sculptures to a truly epic foraged tasting menu, we have a little bit of everything here to help you brighten up the coldest months.
Ann Arbor has a reputation for being a place full of pot-smoking hippies, booze-guzzling students, and football-obsessed fanatics. Sure, it's a reputation well-deserved, but if that’s all you think this charming Midwestern college town is about, you’d be quite mistaken. Our fair city is also a serious culinary destination backed with crafty libations, and there are activities galore to satisfy anyone, be you an awkward nerd or a social butterfly, nature enthusiast or indoor-only type, or some completely different species of weirdo altogether. Behold: Your “must-do” list for getting the most out of any visit to Ann Arbor.