Most people outside of Metro Detroit know Grosse Pointe as that place where the movie “Grosse Pointe Blank” takes place. Actually, that movie wasn’t even shot in Grosse Pointe; it was shot in Chicago.
But that’s besides the point (or pointe? Haha.) The actual Grosse Pointe isn’t much like the movie. Here are some things to do if you find yourself in Grosse Pointe.
1. Go to the parks. Each of the five Grosse Pointes has its own park. These are generally only open to residents, but if you have a friend with a park pass, they can bring you in. It’s where the locals go on the weekends. Several of the parks have swimming pools or other amenities, and they all have a great view of Lake St. Clair.
2. Visit the Edsel and Eleanor Ford house. Yes, the Ford family lived in Grosse Pointe. Their house is now a museum open to the public, and it’s a great place to get to know some Motown history. The sprawling residence is located on the shores of Lake St. Clair, on a beautiful tract of land. You can take a tour of the grounds to learn about the history of one of Detroit’s most influential families, or the house holds various other events throughout the year.
3. Grab a bite in the Village or the Hill. There’s two small downtown areas in Grosse Pointe, the Village in Grosse Pointe City and the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms. They are both full of cute little boutiques and cafes and are a nice place to shop or grab a bite.
4. Walk the neighborhoods. One of the best parts of Grosse Pointe is the architecture. Each of the houses is unique in design, although many are Tudors and Colonials. Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe City have the most striking architecture, in my opinion. For any architectural enthusiast, walking around Grosse Pointe is a wonderful lesson in Midwestern architecture. There’s also the high school, Grosse Pointe South High School, which is a historical site modeled after Independence Hall. A must-see for architecture buffs.
5. Drive down Lakeshore. Driving along the lake is a beautiful view at almost any time of year. It’s especially striking in the winter, with the expanse of ice shimmering beside the road. Many of the houses along Lakeshore put up extravagant light displays around Christmastime, and traffic actually slows on Lakeshore, as people stop to check out the displays. But at other times of year, Lakeshore offers a beautiful view as well.