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Help Us Write a Visitor's Guide to Birmingham

We love day trips, and we think the Birmingham area would be a great day trip destination. Help us write a guide to share with other Patch sites in Michigan.

Quick: a long-lost friend is coming to Birmingham and has asked you for some things-to-do and places-to-eat-and-shop suggestions. 

What do you tell him?

We're writing a day trip guide to Birmingham for a summer series called Patch Passport. The other Patch sites in Michigan — from Fenton to Grosse Pointe and more than a dozen in between — are doing the same. 

Starting next weekend, we'll offer up a weekly day trip guide to another southeast Michigan town for you to visit. Bet you didn't know, for instance, about all of the unique, locally owned shops in St. Clair Shores? (The , for instance, is a locally owned toy store with an elevated train track that runs, nonstop, the inside perimeter of the store.)

There are more gems to be discovered, too.

But to start, we need to write our own day trip guide to share with the other Patch sites.

So, it's time to share your must-list in Birmingham: Where would you take a visitor to our towns?

jrb June 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM
The Townsend Bakery for a cinnamon chip scone is a must! Take a stroll through the woods along the chip path and enjoy the Rouge River, spot an occassional deer and wonder in the locally created stone and stick sculptors along the way. Visit Franks Bakery for an awesome chicken salad roll up that's is sooo delicious! Take a picnic to Quarton Lake and relax under a shady tree.
jrb June 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM
If your day trip begins in the early morning hours.... Grab a coffee at Starbucks, take a stroll through town and peek in the shop windows before the sun is up. It's a great way to experience Birmingham while it's still "asleep". Be sure to say HI to the city workers watering the beautiful flowers throughout town as you pass by.
Debbie Thomas June 23, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I agree that the city is a place for larks. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and tea. Stroll to your heart's content all day knowing that after dark the city belongs to the thugs. And never, ever park in the Park Street structure. Aside from the drug market there, the stairwells are downright unsanitary due to various bodily fluids. Well, you asked for the inside poop.
jrb June 25, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Wow. Is your home for sale?
Carolyn J. Butcher June 26, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I love to take the Grandchildren down to the waterfall. You can park alongside of Quarton Lake, and walk down to the falls. There is a great bench that you can sit on, enjoy the falls, plus the great "fish sculpture" and walk along the river. I park in the Park Street Structure every day, on my way to Greek Isles (great oompa cheese, and Greek Salads), the Paladium for great movies, or to Kilwins for "Chocolate". Don't forget Booth Park, for a very Child Friendly park. The "Grass Hill" for sliding, a huge structure for children, lots of "kid friendly" things. It's even great in the winter to take your sleds, plastic circles to slide down the hill. Then have a hot chololate at Saunders.

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