If you’re looking for hometown dining, shopping, and parks – look no further. Saline, Michigan (located about 20 minutes southwest of Ypsilanti) is a tight-knit and proud community that pays thoughtful attention to local heritage, the importance of family, and community events…they also have a passion for craft beer. The city has two new brew pubs opening soon! Keep reading to learn more about the new breweries and Saline, Michigan.
First, let’s start with the food. We stopped at the hilariously titled Brewed Awakenings Cafe for breakfast. With so many options (lattes, tea, sandwiches, smoothies, quiche, etc.) it’s nearly impossible to make up your mind! Other Saline breakfast hotspots are Carrigan Cafe, City Limit’s Pancake House, and the Saline Inn.
For lunch – the locals told us to head over to Dan’s Downtown Tavern. The salad was as equally delicious as the juicy burger. The beer flows in abundance with 44 brews on tap. Impressive! Other local favorites are the Detroit Hot Dog Company, Mangiamo Italian Grill, and Gabriel’s Hoagies (yes, THE Gabriel’s! They opened a second location in Saline. If you’re not familiar – Gabriel’s Hoagies is an award-winning hoagie shop that got it’s start in Ypsi).
This is the actual church that will house Salt Springs Brewery
As we mentioned, two new breweries are about to open in Saline. The Stony Lake Brewing Co. is expected to open in 2015. Their website describes themselves as “casual pub setting featuring craft beers, hard ciders and select sodas to enjoy in our taproom or take home in our growlers.” (Gotta love those growlers.) Next, you may have heard about Salt Springs Brewery due to their unique location. Soon to be housed in a re-purposed historic church, Salt Springs is creating a lot of buzz. (See what we did there?) You can find both breweries on Facebook by clicking here for Stony Lake and here for Salt Springs. Keep track of their progress and get ready for more craft beer in the county!
If you’re in search of unique decorations for your home, Saline has it all. The Pineapple House is an adorable store stocked with home decor, candles, select Vera Bradley products, and more. There is always something new to see in the Pineapple House – the store gets regular makeovers to reflect the spirit of the season. The owner is adorable, friendly, and makes sure everyone leaves with a completely personalized experience. The Cobblestone Rose is right around the corner and supplies unique decorations and home furnishing that will make your living space a special place to be.
We took a stroll in the beautifully vast Mill Pond Park. The park has an epic playground for children (or the young-at-heart) along the banks of the Saline River. At the park we saw photographers capturing the beauties of nature, families on the swings, joggers and hikers perusing the river, and even some folks filming a music video. The 54-acre park was large enough to have peace and quiet amongst all the excitement. In the summer, Mill Pond Park houses the Saline Celtic Fest and movie nights in the park!
Last, but certainly not least, we were able to check out a few historical sites. Take a look at those photos to get a glimpse of the historic landmarks throughout the city.
Side note: Keep driving west, and you’ll be transported into another world with vast fields and historic barns for a scenic cruise!