Less than an hour drive north from Detroit is the village of Romeo. Head there for the annual Peach Festival, to visit one of the many area orchards and take in the fall colors — or for some spooky Halloween fun unlike any you’ve experienced anywhere else. It’s a great chance to slow down from the everyday and take in all this charming town has to offer.
How to get there: M-53/Van Dyke Avenue, North to 32 Mile Road
Where to eat
Address: 211 N. Main St., Romeo
Open for carryout and delivery only, The Rustic Bluebird has a wide range of lunch options, as well as catering (did someone say charcuterie?!). The children’s menu offers all of the staples kids love and more!
Address: 215 N. Main St., Romeo
Way more than just a coffeehouse, Main’s Treat serves breakfast and lunch anytime. They also have fresh bagels daily, not to mention a long list of sweet treats! You just have to check it out.
Address: 117 W. Lafayette St., Romeo
This gem serves up authentic Italian dishes made with fresh ingredients and lots of love. Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal with the whole family, without lifting a finger.
Address: 66020 Van Dyke, Washington
It’s in the name — family-friendly fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with options for the little ones that are sure to please.
Where to shop
Address: 220 N. Main St., Romeo
Carve out time during your visit to browse this shop where you’ll find home decor, furniture, antiques, gifts apparel, gourmet foods, local products and more! MJC features a unique collection of things both old and new.
Address: 205 N. Main St., Romeo
If antiquing is your jam, this next stop is where you need to be. Discover treasures curated by 50 different Michigan antique dealers with pieces from all over the country!
Address: 175 S. Main St., Romeo
A true shopping experience, this Victorian-style gift boutique has so much to look at, from collectibles to home decor.
Where to play
Address: Various locations throughout Romeo
This well-known Labor Day weekend tradition truly has fun for the whole family. The festival includes a variety of independently organized events like the Children’s Parade and Craft Shows.
Address: 6530 37 Mile Road, Romeo
Nothing says fall in Michigan like a visit to the cider mill! Family run, Hy’s Cider Mill has all of the yummy fall goodies — apple cider, caramel apples, doughnuts baked fresh every hour and more. Want to pick your own apples? Check the schedule on the website for the specific dates when each variety of apple will be ready to begin picking.
Address: 65075 Van Dyke, Washington
Another fantastic stop on the apple orchard circuit is Westview Orchards. It has lots of activities for the kids, including haystacks and huge tractor tires to climb and animals to see on the farm. Have some treats, explore the orchards and then find the perfect pumpkin or two at the patch!
Where to explore
Address: Tillson Street, Romeo
This tradition has certainly grown over the years as all of the neighbors on Tillson Street come together to go all out in decorating for Halloween. The result is spectacular! Visitors come from near and far to experience the elaborate creations that range from spooky to downright terrifying!
Always looking for new trails to explore? We are too! Part of the Macomb Orchard Trail, this hike and bike path is a 24-mile linear park that starts at 24 Mile Road in Shelby Township and goes northeast to the city of Richmond.
- Clyde Craig Blacksmith Museum, 301 N. Bailey St. (open by appointment)
- Bancroft-Stranahan Home, 132 Church St.
- The Romeo Arts and Archives Museum, 290 N. Main St.
Do some offline learning on the history of the area and get a sense of what life was like here in the early days. The Romeo Historical Society operates three museums, two of which are open Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. — the Bancroft-Stranahan Home and The Romeo Arts and Archives Museum. Tip: Be sure to check the hours in advance when planning your visit.
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