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The Saint Valentine’s Day “Detroit is for Lovers” Bus Tour and Progressive Dinner
February 14 @ 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM EST
One event on February 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Valentine’s Day leaving you wondering what to do year after year? How to score a coveted dinner reservation? Or perhaps, where has all the romance gone? Well friends, wayward romantic travelers, and singles ready to mingle with history, we present to you a solution to none of these problems. The Saint Valentine’s Day “Detroit is for Lovers” bus tour and progressive dinner!
You’ll board our luxury motorcoach accompanied by a glass of champagne for a tour through some of Detroit’s most romantic historical moments. You’ll learn all about the weddings, all-night dances, soldiers returning from war, arranged marriages, and final resting places as tokens of affection that make us weak in our knees. You’ll see the home of a department store tycoon where Edsel Ford married Eleanor In a small private ceremony. You’ll feast by candlelight on coney dogs, Vernors floats, and french fries, as you hear the love story of the owners who’ve kept the joint going for four decades. Together with your guides, you will enjoy cocktails and stories of romance gone wrong, sideways, and perfectly right at a special neighborhood bar. Before hearing the stories of the brothels, madams, and girls who monetized Hamtramck love at the turn of the century. You’ll even snuggle, kiss, pet, or pat a furry friend, for a Bahhhh-tuiful Valentine’s surprise. All before we slip off to an after-hours bakery to savor a sweet bit of love. It will be four jam-packed hours of love, friendship, history, and fun. We hope you’ll join us for an adventure full of surprises and a Valentine’s Day like none other, in a city like no other!
Included in your ticket price:
All of your food and treats along the way, including a glass of champagne at boarding.
Transportation via luxury motorcoach.
A fun and wacky Valentine’s Day gift.
All taxes and fees are included in the ticket price and nothing will be added at the time of check out. 69 bucks, flat rate, everything included.
At our evening’s bar stop alcohol is at guests’ own expense should they wish to purchase it.
Who are your guides for this crazy adventure in love? Two friends who want nothing more than for you to have the best Valentine’s Day ever!
Christina: Christina Coden is a special education teacher by day, and coney heiress by night (and weekends). Coneys are in her blood, as a 4th generation dog slinger at Red Hots in Highland Park. She has learned much history, as well as a tall tale or two at this fine establishment. Along with teaching and coneys, Christina volunteers at Pingree Farms and coaches Unified Basketball. She is enamored with her one-year-old son, Harlan, and is equally smitten with her husband Dave. What she hasn’t learned at school or at the coney, Harlan is quick to teach her a thing or two.
Bailey: Bailey Sisoy Isgro is the owner of Detroit History Tours and the proprietress of the Detroit History Club. She is an author, humorist, workaholic, Faygo-loving tour guide from the great City of Detroit. A lover of city ephemera, her most prized possessions include her antique books about Detroit penned by Clarence M. Burton himself, her Library of Congress readers card, her collection of vintage jewelry, and signed pay stubs of Edsel Ford. A frequent essay contributor, her most recent work can be seen in The Detroit Neighborhood Guide Book. Her first children’s book, Rosie A Detroit Herstory, hit shelves in the fall of 2018 from Wayne State Press and is receiving rave reviews. She has appeared on television as a contributor on the Travel Channel’s Tough Boats and Globe Trekker series is a common guest on history-themed podcasts and has written op-eds for local papers. She also likes to think her mother is proud. When she isn’t tramping around Detroit giving tours, drinking at century-old bars, and talking history with anyone who’ll join her, she can be found at her home in Highland Park, “a little slice of heaven inside Detroit”. She is meticulous in her research and passionate about historical accuracy, yet she takes great joy in presenting history in the most exciting, playful, and accessible way possible. A passionate connoisseur of all things delicious, she adamantly argues the health benefits of coney dogs and Vernors floats.
The tour leaves promptly at 6:30 pm from Eastern Market (2934 Russell Street, Detroit MI 48207 ) The bus will meet you in front of Shed #3 on Russell St. Boarding starts at 6:15 pm, consider arriving early or staying after the tour to enjoy the bars and restaurants of the market.
Because drinking and swearing come with the history, all public bus tours are a strict 21 years old and older. (To date the oldest person to come on one of our tours was 97 years of aged awesomeness. We’ve also hosted a 21st birthday party, and everyone in between!)
Bottled water is provided at no cost and guests may bring snacks or nonalcoholic beverages onboard.
If you have a large group consider booking any of our fabulous tours as a private charter. We can arrange to pick your group up from any location, on any day and any time. Check out our Private Tours link for more information.