Dexter Michigan is located West of Ypsilanti and East of Chelsea. The newly declared city (which was a village up until 2014), is a Washtenaw County treasure that is charming and easy-going. The people are friendly, the city is beautiful, and there is a sense of true community pride. With activities, shops, and restaurants for all ages, Dexter is a great city to spend an afternoon, a weekend, or a lifetime.
The right breakfast can set the tone for fun-filled day, and we found that at the Riverview Cafe. We snagged a seat by a giant window, while overhearing the locals talk about the next community theatre’s musical. The service was quick and friendly, and we were served a classic American breakfast. We couldn’t help but notice the menu listed a Mickey Mouse pancake option…for children, but we ordered it anyway!
Following breakfast was a stroll down to Mill Creek where we found the most beautiful path as a part of the Border-to-Border Trail (which will lead you all the way back to Ypsilanti). We saw bikers, walkers, and runners along the trail. The pathway extends into the forest, surrounding you with trees and nature. Along the creek, there are special drop-offs for easy boat load-ins (which are great spots for dipping your toes in the water). There are also amazing sculptures along the trail, adding a creative flair to your workout! Needless to say, this portion of the Border-to-Border Trail is a true gem in Dexter.
Another unique and repeated theme in Dexter – stores in renovated houses. That’s right. We saw a bike store, a fishing store, a restaurant, and a spice store all stationed in old houses!
Speaking of the spice store, this is a must-stop shop for DIY foodies. Spice House has hand selected spices from around the world, infused oils and vinegars, loose leaf teas, and more. (The garlic infused olive oil is a necessity for all garlic lovers. Slip a drop onto some steamed veggies or into your guacamole for flavor explosion.)
We stopped by a couple other shops and found an array of nicknacks and locally made artisanal products. If you are looking for a unique gift, Dexter Michigan has so much to offer with stores like Main Street Home & Apparel and Nichols Stafford. (For a mid-shopping snack, stop by the Dexter Bakery which has been in business for 100 years.)
Lunch took place at the Red Brick Kitchen & Bar…and it was amazing! A sinfully delicious appetizer of apples, brie, and baguettes set the tone for the delicious meal. The meals were perfectly cooked and seasoned, and reasonably priced. The atmosphere was relaxed and open, and seemed like a great place to grab a nightcap.
Beer lovers can rejoice Downtown with the Dexter Beer Grotto. With over dozens of craft beers on tap and an extensive wine collection, the potential for good times at the Beer Grotto seem endless. On their website, they describe themselves as “a beer and wine store and an awesome bar”. There are all sorts of retail items for beer and wine drinkers, and you can also claim a growler to take home.
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