24 Hours in Detroit / by Jonathan Gardner

What do you do when you when you find yourself in Detroit for 24 hours or less? This was the position I found myself in recently. Of course, I brought all of my camera gear with me to capture the journey. Checkout my vlog episode from the trip and the pictures I captured below.

My flight didn't land until 8pm. After retrieving my luggage, I headed off to get checked into the hotel. I had some meetings in Dearborn so my I headed to The Henry Hotel. The Henry is an Autograph Collection hotel and part of the Marriott hotel family.

I knew I would have limited time for photography on this trip. So after storing my luggage in the room, I had a quick chat with the valet and bellman about their favorite places to go downtown late night. Landscape or cityscape photography was going to be out of the question, but I hoped to do some street photography. My short conversation yielded some leads, so I was off.

My destination was Belt Alley. Based on the description conveyed by the valet, I was not sure what to expect. But it was as good a lead as any.

"It's an alley between two parking garages with some bars. There will be people there."

It turns out, the valet was exact in his description. Upon arriving, however, there was not much life outside. The single-digit temperatures ensured that. I started walking and found a few images I really liked.

Returning to Belt Alley, I stopped into a bar called Standby for a cocktail and a late night bite to eat. In my desire to explore I had forgotten to eat. The Short Rib tacos and the Old Forester bourbon in the Jules Verne cocktail capped a fun evening in the city.

Sunrise brought meetings, business discussions, and then a flight home. I didn't get a chance to explore the city in the daylight, but I am looking forward to another trip back soon.

Have you explored Detroit? What the things you liked the most? What should I check out the next time I'm there? Leave me a comment below and let me know.