The other day we went on one of our favorite road trips, to Detroit! Â We have several places that we enjoy visiting while there, but on this trip we were on a mission. Â We were going to preview a piece of furniture that was up for auction at one of the best auction houses in the midwest: Â DuMouchelles Fine Arts Auctioneers.
DuMouchelles is right across Jefferson from the RenCen, so is perfectly placed for a fun afternoon or evening in the city, and 44 miles from downtown Ann Arbor.
Once a month, they hold auctions in their beautiful space on Friday night, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Â Look here for this month's schedule.Â Â Even if you don't buy anything, an auction is (free) entertainment at its finest! Â Some of the items that you may see auctioned, are Steinway pianos, large diamonds, antique cars, and the contents of mansions from the Grosse Points and Bloomfield Hills. Â If you've never gone to an auction before and are nervous about the 'rules', check out thisÂ first time guide, provided by Schmidt's Auction House in Ypsilanti.
We recommend street parking during previews, and valet parking during the auction.
The auction gallery
RenCen from the Detroit river
Since it was one of the first nice days, we took advantage of the sunshine-- and walked for awhile on theÂ river walk.
It starts right behind the RenCen, so is easy to find-- and on a sunny day, you will hear many impromptu business meetings being conducted among the walkers.
Upstream toward Belle Isle
Key to meanings of boat whistles
It was too early to see freighters, but later on in the summer, they will come down the Detroit River. Â It is awesome to see them so close!
After our walk, it was time for a late lunch atÂ Slows BBQ. Â We have eaten BBQ in Memphis, Austin, and Cincinnati, as much as we love these other destinations, Slows in Detroit gets our vote as the very best. Â Even if you're vegetarian, the Hoppin' Jack is delicious.