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!
One can nearly feel the pulse of possibility happening around every corner throughout Riverfront Saginaw: an historic and hip, trendy and traditional, debonair and downright-urban downtown!
This is a neighborhood where you can both behold a grand Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra performance amidst crystal chandeliers and elegant grandeur of the Temple Theatre, and grab a booth for a hometown-food-feast at Wally's Old Fashioned Sandwich Shop (with the best chicken noodle soup you'll ever introduce your taste buds to) or get a no-fuss-but-fair-trade cup of joe at dawn of a new day coffee house and café.
You can enjoy foot-stomping fun and festivals at the outside Huntington Event Park - or catch headliner acts and sporting events (go Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey!) inside the The Dow Event Center - and also experience intimate performances amidst flickering candles while sipping a handcrafted cocktail while unwinding at the Bancroft Wine and Martini Bar. It's in Riverfront Saginaw that you can peruse the newest art gallery in the region, The Gallery - Art for Saginaw, and set your sights on one of the oldest museums in the region, built in 1897 in the style of a French chateau, The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History.
Old and new, Washington Ave. is the thoroughfare of this neighborhood crossed by side-streets of unique delights, where regal and real is all within three-ish city blocks - and it's all worth checking out!
Savoring this Neighborhood
Experiencing the flavors of eclectic Riverfront Saginaw means (you guessed it) sampling both classic and custom dishes, while frequenting new-school restaurants, bistros and coffee houses located in old-school, historic buildings. As The Savoy Bar and Grill advertises, "Hungry for some history?" Located in one of the oldest buildings in Downtown Saginaw, look to this locally-loved locale for tried-and-true breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Or sample the Savoy's corner-neighbor, Bradley's Bistro, a lunch and dinner, farm-to-table extraordinaire where you'll likely never find the same menu twice! Think Smoked Gouda Mac-n-Chs to remember, and maybe a Pan-Roasted Pork Loin Chop that you'll never forget ...
Venture into dawn of a new day coffee house and café for locally-sourced ingredients and organic greens (and the genoa, provolone, pesto sandwich served on a croissant) or dine at Rita's Southern Soul Food Café for diverse menu options, including vegetarian selections like the Patatas Fritas with Bravas Sauce and Alioli.
Or try to select which you enjoy more: the storied history of The Bancroft Wine and Martini Bar, or its modern-day extensive wine listing, martini selections and delicious food offerings? You'll likely decide that it's the marriage of both that makes this spot a timeless point of interest! Whether you stop into Bancroft Coffee and Tea for brunch, Bancroft Wine and Martini Bar for an upscale-casual evening or even attend a dance class or yoga session class held in the upstairs (drop-dead-gorgeous) ballroom, the Bancroft is a crowd-pleaser on multiple levels.
Speaking of crowd pleasers, the very existence of Riverfront Saginaw's crowning glory, The Temple Theatre, is an encore performance in its own right. Built in 1926, the theatre faced demolition in 2002 before a local family invested more than seven million dollars into restoring the "Showplace of Northeastern Michigan" to her original glory.
With seating for 1,750, and home to the world's only Barton Butterfield Special organ in original condition, nothing about the Temple is to be missed-including the entertainment options inside!
Green and Growing
Depending on when you find yourself in the neighborhood of Riverfront Saginaw, you'll either pass by the construction site - and await enjoying the fruits of this labor (and veggies, and florals and so much more) which will be the year-round SVRC Marketplace, home of the Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market (and so much more) - or you'll come through during the summer of 2017 or beyond, and revel in the 100,000-square-foot hub of downtown activity! Surely the Marketplace, like all of Riverfront Saginaw itself, will offer a bit of this and that!