We wrote this little day trip guide to Macomb Township for a summer series called Patch Passport. The other Patch sites in Michigan — from to and two dozen in between — have done the same.
All summer long, we'll offer up a weekly day trip guide to another southeast Michigan destination. Coming Sunday: we'll help you plan a day trip to Fenton, a city with lakes, history and a sandwich named “No John, I’m Not Cheezing You."
But to start, here's what you helped us come up with for our own daytrip guide. Have more suggestions? Add them in the comments.
Welcome to Macomb!
Located smack dab in the center of Macomb County, Macomb Township is home to almost 80,000 people spread over 36 square miles. We border M-59 (or Hall Road as the natives know it) to the south and you'll find the shores of Lake St. Clair just 20 minutes due east.
Although Macomb is one of the fastest growing communities in the state, it hasn't quite abandoned its agricultural roots, so don't be too surprised if you pass a cow or the occasional sod farm as you travel north.
We're an area of subdivisions and farms to be sure, but you'll also find some of southeast Michigan's best golf courses, shopping and nurseries.
Start the day with a round of golf
If you're a fan of the sport, you can't pass up a chance at teeing off at one of Macomb Township's four public golf courses.
- was built in 1956 and is still family owned, featuring a 27-hole course and full-service restaurant.
- is an 18-hole course designed by master golf architect Jerry Matthews. The club measures 6,538 yards from the longest tees and features three sets of tees for different skill levels.
- is a 27-hole championship golf course also designed by Jerry Matthews. An 18-tee, 300-yard driving range and multiple tee areas compliment this course.
- Hickory Hollow is an 18-hold course with three sets of tees ranging from 5,000 to 6,400 yards.
Have a few non-golfers in your crowd? Pack your swimsuits and buy a day pass for the or play a little sand volleyball, soccer, baseball or roller hockey at .
How about lunch?
After a morning on the greens, your best bet is to take a drive down Hall Road where you'll find restaurants catering to every craving imaginable, from gourmet Asian cuisine to 's sandwiches and milkshakes.
If you're thinking about doing a little shopping, head straight to for your noontime meal. Here you can have your pick of Italian at Brio, Asian at P.F. Chang's, gourmet pizza at California Pizza Kitchen, straight-up American at Max & Erma's or something more stylish at Bar Louie or Tin Fish.
If you just want a quick bite, try or . You can use your spare calories next door at .
Now for a little shopping ...
Located right on Hall Road, is an outdoor shopping center that features a mix of high-end stores such as Coach, Swarovski and Eddie Bauer as well as specialty shops such as Giuseppe’s Oils & Vinegars, Sephora and Sur La Table. Nordstrom and Parisian department stores stand on either side of the complex and the Apple Store is a main attraction near the center court.
Don't forget to bring Fido with you, too, as pets are welcome. Check out all the stores here.
How about some fresh flowers or vegetables to take home?
Macomb is home to countless nurseries and greenhouses. Take a drive up Romeo Plank Road and you'll pass three, with almost a dozen more just a few miles away. Here are a few Macomb residents recommend:
- Ray Wiegand's Nursery provides a personalized department for diagnosing issues with live plants and giving advice for new gardeners. The nursery offers seminars for seasonal gardening needs and activities, and all plants are grown on-site or shipped from its growing facility based in Michigan.
- Wade is a family-owned nursery that specializes in exotic and live plants. It offers a variety of plants, shrubs and trees, but the selection changes by the season. The nursery also provides landscape design and planting.
- Boyka's Farm Market sells home-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. Located on 23 Mile Road, Boyka's opens every year in May.
- Olejnik is also a family-owned and operated business that provides fresh and organic produce, perennials and a variety of garden flowers. The business is also an active member of the Michigan Farm Bureau.
- Located in Macomb for more than 20 years, Joe Randazzo's Nursery offers a variety of shrubbery and trees. The nursery also delivers and plants for an additional fee, depending on the size of the property and house location.
- Kutchey Family Farm Market: By mid-July, the market should be open for business. Here you'll find all your favorite fruits and vegetables. Be sure to try the tomatoes and plan a return trip for some sweet corn!
No need to drive home on an empty stomach
You're here for the day, might as well grab a bite to eat before making the drive home. Here are a few restaurants Macombers can't help but brag about:
- : This is Fox Sports Detroit baseball announcer Mario Impemba's favorite.
- : A Metro Detroit favorite that needs no introduction. If you want pizza in Macomb, you go to Shield's.
- Bad Brad's BBQ: This restaurant isn't in Macomb Township, but it's super close, with locations in neighboring Shelby Township and New Baltimore. You've come all this way. What's a few more minutes for mouthwatering BBQ?
And don't forget dessert! Shield's has the to-die-for Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff, while Babycakes Cafe and Gigi's Cupcakes own Macomb's cupcake market. will put your kid's face on the Wall of Fame and the Morley Candy Factory, which sells Sanders goodies, is on the way to I-94.
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