You could visit solo, as a couple, or with family, and wear hoodies and jeans or don upscale, evening attire while in Downtown Bay City. It would simply depend on where you're heading, as options are ample and selections unique in this neighborhood comprised of mere city blocks, yet exploding with opportunity. And all the while, situated alongside the Saginaw River, your time spent in Downtown Bay City will include waterfront views (and unforgettable sunsets) of Pure Michigan pleasure.
An eclectic mash-up of foodie hotspots (think Fusion 1 Café and/or Old City Hall) and vintage-trendy shops (ahem, Harless & Hugh Flea and Violets Blue, swoon) along with antiques stores galore (including Michigan's largest antique center), Downtown Bay City is an area of wide variety-and of historical interest. Both Half Mile Handmade, a downtown artisan shop, and local Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival pay homage to this neighborhood's colorful history.
Quite simply, Downtown Bay City is a destination spot: plan accordingly! While a day trip will whet your whistle, and you could certainly enjoy a locally-famous sub from Intermission Deli, peruse art at Golden Gallery or Do-Art Studio & Gallery and maybe even rent a tandem bicycle for memorable fun-and an evening in Downtown could certainly result in attending a live concert at the historic State Theatre of Bay City, partaking in a Sip n Swirl at Studio 23/The Arts Center or holding hands underneath the awe-inspiring, luminescent 3rd Street Star Bridge - you'll still only be scratching the surface of all that is available around every corner in Downtown Bay City!
And depending on when you visit, this neighborhood offers massively-different though equally-appealing scenes: summertime in Downtown Bay City includes free outdoor movies and center-stage concerts in Wenonoah Park (yes, this neighborhood includes a spacious, gorgeous park complete with central Friendship Shell Fountain), the Hop Riot Beer and Wine Festival and ice cream cones enjoyed from St. Laurent Brothers, one of the oldest candy shops in Bay City; wintertime in Downtown Bay City is decorated shops and streets of holiday merriment, with opportunities to enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides (and hot cocoa and cookies, too) at Sundays in the City while reliving the classics at Holiday Classic Movies at the State.
Seriously, in order to truly experience the destination that is Downtown Bay City, visit more than once and book a weekend stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City - Riverfront or one of these close-by options.
Set Your Sights Here
Mentioning all of the hotspots and must-visits in Downtown Bay City is simply not possible, but don't leave this neighborhood without experiencing some of the best it has to offer:
Go Far Out Together. Taking in a feature show at Delta College Planetarium is a must-do, indeed, and while you're there? Experience a view of Downtown Bay City and the Saginaw River from the planetarium's Observation Deck-a birds-eye view, that is!
Triple Your Pleasure. Above-mentioned Harless & Hugh Flea is actually but one of three ways to enjoy H+H in Downtown Bay City. Visit Harless & Hugh Coffee to sip on espresso in a sophisticated-but-comfortable atmosphere, and keep your eyes peeled for Harless & Hugh Public House, seconds from its grand opening! Described as a throwback to speakeasies of the 1940s, this specialty pub is much-anticipated in Downtown Bay City and will round out the three locations (within walking distance of one another) of the 3-for-1 Harless & Hugh.
Craving downhome? The Stock Pot Diner. Want a cocktail or cold one with dinner? Gatsby's Seafood and Steakhouse and/or Tavern 101. Interested in global fare? Asian Noodle. Looking for-whatever you're looking for, it's likely available and enjoyable in the all-encompassing neighborhood of Downtown Bay City!
Indulge. Artigiano Artisan Cheese Shop affords the feeling of stepping into little Italy or shopping a creamery in Paris, and its gourmet cheeses, charcuteries, breads and wine selections are worth the [tasty] visit.