Like China Town to San Francisco, or Brooklyn and the Bronx to New York, the heartbeat of cities is actually felt (tasted, experienced and remembered) in the neighborhoods that bring them to life! The Great Lakes Bay Region is no different, and our cities of Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland, and Saginaw are defined by the unique neighborhoods inside. Enjoy every memory made in some of the most eclectic neighborhoods around: the neighborhoods you'll only find when you Go Great Lakes Bay!
Uptown Bay City: Urban & Upscale
Uptown Bay City is at once both a bustling, urban scene and a cozy neighborhood nook of sophistication. With just the right amount of high-end boutiques, salons, restaurants and stylish hotel accommodations, Uptown offers big-city enjoyment without the headache (or the traffic). The waterfront development is, in total, 35 acres along the Saginaw River, and home to condos with penthouse options, largescale businesses and commerce, but the hotspot of this on-trend neighborhood is sampled and savored along the main strip of Uptown Drive.
Depending on when you visit, Thursday Concerts at Uptown Plaza take place summer evenings at the Uptown Bay City Fountain, located at the end of Uptown Drive. The free entertainment is hot, and the cool breeze and beautiful sunset views over the Saginaw River compliment the experience.
Get Your Fix
Stroll upon heated sidewalks throughout Uptown Bay City, a modern perk of many in this neighborhood, as you enter The Fix Café for a cup of fair trade coffee, supplied solely by local roaster Populace Coffee. Locals rave about The Fix in general, with its modern, earthy vibe and exposed brick interior, and also about the Chai Tea and any (and many) of the organic, locally-sourced (and occasionally sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan) baked goods, baked fresh daily by in-house bakers.
"Grill" to Perfection
If a sit-down breakfast or lunch is on your menu, the Uptown Grill has 70 casual seats for you to enjoy, and a 30-seat outdoor gated patio. Offering a modern, unique spin on the classic diner experience, Uptown Grill specializes in serving downhome appeal with sophisticated elegance. Think pancakes, but Sweet Potato Cakes topped with brown sugar and pecans, or a burger, but a Build Your Own Black Prime Angus burger with, perhaps, feta cheese and basil pesto served on a brioche bun.
Should "retail therapy" be in need, OMONI Boutique is seconds (okay, days) from opening in Uptown Bay City (and a rooftop champagne toast will seal the deal on June 3, 2017)! The name of this upscale boutique pays tribute to the owner's mother, omoni meaning "mother" in Korean, and everything inside the walls of this boutique will pay tribute to contemporary and glamorous women's clothing and accessories (just as the original location in Saginaw currently does)! For a maxi dress or mini skirt that will have all eyes on you, OMONI is like walking through a luxurious Instagram feed in real life.
Looking to relax, primp and pamper, or maybe even a day-trip with the ladies? Look no further than Uptown, and enjoy every luxurious moment spent inside Don Angelos Aveda Lifestyle Salon. Put your beautification needs in the hands of experts at this full-service salon, complete with spa services, and come out glowing. Heads up: the only thing possibly better than the Signature Spa Package, including a facial, massage, pedicure, and manicure, is the Luxe Package which also includes a spa lunch, makeup application and hairstyle.
Not only is Uptown Bay City's Stitchin' at the Bay a mecca of fabric selection, with bolts upon bolts (and hundreds of precuts, kits and quarters) to choose from, but the family-owned establishment also offers unique accessories and exciting classes. From learning the basics of sewing to diving in deeper into English Paper Piecing technique and beyond, Stichin' at the Bay simply has sew much to offer.
Dine and Unwind
For a dining experience you won't soon forget, taste Uptown Bay City's Real Seafood Company Bay City, a contemporary lunch and dinner seafood restaurant positioned directly on Uptown's waterfront. Guests rave about both the delectable dishes and the scenic views from this two-level restaurant where every seat, both indoor and out, serves up decadence and splendor. Sourcing fresh fish and premium seafood from the Great Lakes and beyond, the Real Seafood Company's catch of the day includes Lake Superior Whitefish, although the King Crab Legs and Cornmeal Encrusted Rainbow Trout are local favorites, too.
Indeed, locals love the upscale, urban trendy vibe and offerings of Uptown as much as visitors. Should you be staying overnight while enjoying this neighborhood, the Courtyard by Marriott Bay City is located right in Uptown Bay City and has 100 rooms available (and a gorgeous courtyard, too). Enjoy!