fireworks over the South Bend waterfront

How to Make the Most of the Best Weekend Getaways From Detroit

There are plenty of reasons to visit the city of South Bend. From the University of Notre Dame to the thriving restaurant scene, you can fill up fantastic itineraries for weekend getaways from Detroit. Our town is only three hours from the Motor City and offers a great escape from all of the crowds and traffic.

Weekend Getaways From Detroit to South Bend, Indiana

Why Take a Weekend Getaway From Detroit to South Bend

Exquisite Dining

Indulging in one of South Bend’s many fantastic dining options is one of our recommendations on how to make the most of your weekend getaway from Detroit. You’ll find an excellent mix of casual and elegant cuisines within walking distance of The Oliver Inn. We recommend the LaSalle Grill for a romantic date night (check our dinner package for special deals). There are also plenty of tasty casual places to eat for the entire family, like Fiddler’s Hearth Public House and Cafe Navarre.

A Wide Variety of Attractions

Spend your weekend getaway from Detroit to South Bend reveling in one of the attractions around town. Adults will love testing their luck at Four Winds Casino, and families can enjoy a day at the Potawatomi Zoo. A tour of Notre Dame’s gorgeous campus is a must, especially on a sunny day and downtown has several incredible museums. Take a walk over the St. Joseph River at night to experience the South Bend River Lights.

Fun Outdoor Activities

Escape the hustle and bustle of Detroit on your weekend getaway to South Bend! There is a surprisingly extensive collection of fun and exciting outdoor activities both couples and families will enjoy. South Bend and Mishawaka are home to many parks and green spaces with miles of hiking and biking trails. Edge Adventures also has an array of activities, including an aerial park, and East Race Waterway Whitewater Rafting features a unique and pulse-pounding experience in the heart of downtown.

Sporting Events Galore

Sports and South Bend are a match made in heaven. The University of Notre Dame hosts one of the most famous collegiate sports programs in the country. Whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, soccer, or lacrosse, there is always an event taking place almost every week from August and May. You can take a tour of Notre Dame Stadium, which is one of the most renowned college football venues in the country. The South Bend Cubs minor league baseball team also plays in downtown at Four Winds Field. Tickets are inexpensive, and there are great deals on food and drinks for most games (it’s only a half-mile from our Inn).

Local Wine and Beer Trails

Wine and craft beer reign supreme in and around South Bend. Spend your weekend getaway from Detroit exploring one of the sensational hometown brew hotspots like Evil Czech Brewery. The wine trails leading up through Southern Michigan are great places to stop on the way in or out of town if you want to focus most of your vacation time in town.

How to Get From Detroit to South Bend

The journey from Detroit to South Bend has several different routes, but each of them takes around three hours and twenty minutes. Here is the map containing all three options so you can choose which way works best for you.

Book Your Stay at The Oliver Inn

Sitting just blocks away from all of the downtown attractions and restaurants, The Oliver Inn offers a comfortable and relaxing stay in a beautiful and historic building. We have nine spacious rooms, well-manicured grounds, and delicious complimentary breakfast combine for an unparalleled stay. Explore all of the amazing things to see and do in our town! We love it here and we think you will too.

the interior of the Clem Studebaker Room

Start planning your weekend getaway to South Bend by booking your room with us today! We look forward to welcoming you to our Inn.