Spring break begins next week, and while many Birmingham families will be packing the car for a quick vacation, sometimes a "staycation" is the best way to spend time with the family or your significant other while also saving money.
Unwind at The Townsend Hotel
One of Metro Detroit's premier hotels is right in our backyard, but you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy the luxury accommodations and services. The Townsend has a variety of packages available, including a seasonal shopping and bed-and-breakfast package.
Gallery hop across town
Scattered through Birmingham's downtown and residential streets are more than half a dozen art galleries. So why go all the way to New York? Some of the area's best artists are represented at the , and galleries. Stop by the to complete your gallery-hopping experience.
Take the family to the Detroit Zoo
You don't have to go far to enjoy the wildlife at the . Located down Woodward in Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoo has a whole host of events and exhibits planned for the spring and summer.
Go birding at the Cranbrook Institute of Science
Celebrate spring break at the Cranbrook Institute of Science from 1-4 p.m. Monday-April 8. The institute will introduce beginning birders to special daily indoor activities, including learning about bird and beak adaptations, identifying birds using a field guide, binocular instruction and crafts. Special programs include live raptor shows in the auditorium Wednesday and a guided bird walk April 7.
Hit the links in Birmingham and across Oakland County
It may still be a bit chilly, but the golf course is open, as are all five Oakland County Parks and Recreation golf courses. Call ahead for a tee time and for a list of rates.