With spring break, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and warmer weather on the horizon, the Ann Arbor area has plenty of reasons to celebrate this month. And that’s exactly what we’re doing! Join us in the revelry with kid-friendly symphony shows, three different movie events, an outstanding home and garden show, food, crafts, and charity — all wrapped up with an egg hunt at the end of the month!
Peruse our top picks in the region and get ready for an unforgettable March.
This themed film tour travels the country each year in an effort to promote the sport and support local fly shops. You can purchase $18 tickets online, but if you get yours at Schultz Outfitters in Ypsilanti you get a $3 discount and a portion of that purchase helps support the conservation work that keeps fisheries intact, healthy and available for us all to enjoy. Last year, the tour raised over $500,000!
This free event invites the people and the families of Ann Arbor to enjoy the University of Michigan Museum of Art after hours! March’s event will include seasonal exhibitions like Exercising the Eye: The Gertrude Kasle Collection and Aftermath: Landscapes of Devastation, discussions from UMMA curators in each gallery, and live jazz-funk fusion from the Ypsilanti-based band Impulse!
Mack Indoor Pool is turning drive-in movies into dive-in movies! Bring your own inner tube, lounge in the water and enjoy “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2” from the comfort of the water. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.
One of the top shows in Michigan, the Saline Craft Show is hosting two events in 2018. Don’t miss the first one this March! Benefitting both the craft show customers and the school community, students get the chance to take on leadership roles and show off their talents.
For the 28th year, this home and garden show serves to connect you with builders, suppliers, designers and tradespeople while inspiring you in all your home improvement endeavors. This year’s event features over 125 exhibitors throughout seven buildings so there’s plenty to learn over two days! Adult admission of $5 can be paid in cash at the door and children under 12 are admitted for free.
One of Ann Arbor’s most important annual events, the Ann Arbor Film Festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries highlighting all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction and performance-based works. Founded by George Manupelli in 1963, the festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. Follow the team on Facebook for updates on tickets and special events.
This free egg hunt through Lillie Park is available for all children 10 years and under. Register online to get your wristband, then get ready to track down as many eggs as you can! Festive activities will also include a small petting zoo, balloon twisters, face painting, games and crafts. Happy hunting!
This epic bike race offers three options: a rugged, two-loop 100K course, a powerful 50K course and a 10-mile, non-competitive ride. Registration benefits the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and includes a branded water bottle for the first 600, a Waterloo G & G pint glass, free downloads of all race photos, snacks, and a post-race party in the Wolverine State Brewing Co. beer garden. As part one of the Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races, you can kick off the 2018 series this St. Patrick’s Day!
Beer and cheese is the perfect pairing any time of year, but we think it’s especially fitting for St. Patrick’s season. At this 21+ event hosted by Zingerman’s Creamery, you’ll learn about the brewing process, go over the major styles of beer, and eat some of the team’s favorite cheeses paired with each style. The evening ends with a beer and gelato float for dessert!
For St. Patrick’s Day this year, Karl’s Cabin is celebrating with two of the most sought after Michigan beers in the world: the 2018 Founders KBS tapping at 12:30 p.m. and the 2017 Founders CBS tapping at 2 p.m. The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and other Irish favorites. Stick around for live bagpipes from the Cabar Feidh Pipe Band, and a killer show from The Sean Z Band and Tasha Lord!
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Coffee fuels our spirit almost as much as supporting other local businesses does. And as a hip, college town (and the best place to live in the whole country, according to Livability) it’s only natural that Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities have plenty of amazing coffee shops brewing some of the best caffeinated beverages in town.
Sip like a local and try one of these top Ann Arbor area coffee shops for yourself. You can also use our interactive map to find a coffee shop conveniently located near you!
In 2011, when Ann Arbor’s original, local bookstore, Borders, closed its doors all over the country, Hilary and Mike Gustafson moved back to their home state and opened Literati Bookstore as a book-lovers haven in downtown Ann Arbor. Literati Coffee is the full-service espresso and coffee bar located above the bookstore. There, you can grab a mug, grab a book, and enjoy events, book clubs, author readings and other community-oriented gatherings.
Deeply local Roos Roast is the coffee headquarters for freshly roasted beans in Ann Arbor. At their charming locale in Rosewood, they roast all their coffees in house and offer a lively and cozy vibe. The new downtown location is everything we want in a local coffee shop, but you can also find them year-round at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market! They’ve been voted the best in Washtenaw Country and the best in Southeast Michigan, so we suggesting stopping by to experience Roos for yourself.
The Common Cup is a gathering place for students, community members and visitors alike. As a true A2 café, they source dairy products from Michigan’s own Guernsey Farms, tea from Ann Arbor’s TeaHaus, and coffee beans from Ypsilanti’s Hyperion Coffee Co. (also on our list!). In addition to designing a warm, cozy space for local art and great coffee, The Common Cup is a non-profit coffeehouse run through University Lutheran Chapel.
Zingerman’s Coffee Co. is a wholesale roaster supplying cafes, restaurants and businesses all over the region, but they also offer their own coffees at the Zingerman’s Coffee Bar at Zingerman’s Southside Producers row. Located alongside Zingerman’s Creamery, Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Zingerman’s Candy Factory, you can get all the best in one convenient spot.
Located inside Ann Arbor’s historic Nickels Arcade, Comet Coffee has been serving delicious beverages since 2009. Amidst the bright, covered shopping district, you can settle down with a mug in a shop that is welcoming, fun and cozy shop — a true hallmark of the arcade and the city!
The team at Electric Eye Cafe turned one of Ann Arbor’s cutest Kerrytown houses into an actual coffee house. Stop in for a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage, a locally sourced snack, goods and apparel sold through local businesses, and an entire library of free books to read while you’re there. To showcase various flavors and styles, Electric Eye rotates between small roasters on a monthly basis so you may find new coffees each time you stop by!
Sweetwaters is well-known throughout Michigan and Ohio (and even as far as Walnut Creek, California!), but the humble coffeehouse began right here in Ann Arbor. Alumni of the University of Michigan, Wei and Lisa Bee founded the first Sweetwaters in 1993 in Downtown A2. Now you can grab a globally-inspired beverage or snack Downtown, in Kerrytown, on the UM campus, at Westgate Library, in Canton and in Ypsi.
Black Diesel is a picturesque little cafe that brews coffees worthy of your Instagram feed. Sourcing single origin beans from right down the street and across the state, you’ll soon find your new favorite espresso beverage or pour over coffee — all offered alongside snacks, paninis, gelato, cookies and more!
This coffee bar and tap house is an Ypsi favorite. Built around the mantra, “craft, community and cause,” you’ll find the best craft coffee and beer, regular community events, and support of worthy causes. The space itself is bright, open and ready to become your second Ypsilanti living room.
The source of many of our favorite coffee shops in Ann Arbor and around the state, Hyperion is an outstanding roaster right here in Ypsi. Featured in Phaidon’s Where to Drink Coffee as one of the best of the midwest, we definitely recommend stepping through that giant green door and into your new coffee paradise.
In early 2017, Ypsilanti’s beloved Ugly Mug Coffee changed its name to Cross Street Coffee and upgraded the interior — but they’re still serving some of the region’s favorite caffeinated bevvies. The business has been family-owned and operated for over a decade, but the building itself has a long history. The historic building once housed one of the first gas stations in the county, then a Greyhound, and then a coffee shop. It’s worth a stop if you love coffee, local art and friendly faces!
The Plymouth Coffee Bean is the longest running independent coffee shop in the entire state of Michigan. With a focus on coffee, music, art and poetry, it has served as the community’s second home and headquarters for community art since 1993. And you can get professionally-prepared crépes at the beloved Crépe Counter!
Inside what is quite possibly the most charming building in Plymouth, you’ll find this roaster and coffee bar full of experts in beans, flavor and latte art. The team’s mission is to craft and share coffee in a way that elevates the entire experience, so it makes sense that you’ll find one of the region’s best right here.
Where do homemade foods, craft coffees, music, book signings and poetry slams come together? The Peaberry Bean & Beats, of course! By day this café is the perfect place to work, study or catch up with friends. During evenings and weekends, it’s the community’s favorite spot for local musicians, artists, comics and poets to show off their talents.
At Saline’s Carrigan Cafe, it’s all about local. The beans are sourced from Coffee Express in Plymouth and the treats are sourced from places like Ed’s Bread, Guernsey Dairy and Rumi’s Passion Bakery. Stop by to say hello to Tobin the teddy bear, warm up with a mug of coffee, and you’ll soon learn why this is a neighborhood favorite!
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Anniversaries, holidays, regular Saturday nights — they all deserve a memorable date night. Lucky for us, there’s never a shortage of things to do in the Ann Arbor area. To help narrow down the options (and avoid another dinner and a movie) we’ve gathered a list of date ideas to entertain any fun-loving couple.
With both daytime and nighttime options for foodies, craft beer geeks, concert goers and budding chefs, this list can keep you and yours entertained for weeks. Enjoy!
Escape rooms are the perfect date night idea for anyone who loves a challenge. Overcome the obstacles together and celebrate when you successfully escape! It’s adrenaline pumping and bonding all at the same time.
As Michigan’s #1 escape game, Decode Detroit offers one of the most interesting and complex options. Minerva’s Trilogy is a three-part team adventure story about Minerva, an adolescent Artificial Intelligence machine with lofty goals. The Minerva Project and Minerva’s Return are the first and last parts, both one-hour escape rooms. And the second part, Minerva’s Escape, is a free puzzle hunt in downtown Ann Arbor! Start with The Minerva Project, but be sure to come back again to try your luck at each of the sections in the trilogy!
Learn how to cook
Food is a date night staple, but you don’t always have to fall back on Ann Arbor’s date night restaurants. This time, you be the chef!
Chances are you already love Zingerman’s Bakehouse. If you want to get a little insight into their delicious breads, pastries, cookies and cakes, try out a baking or cooking class. The class schedule includes pizza, doughnuts, French baguettes, soups, brownies and so much more. And the best part is, Zingerman’s takes care of all the cleanup and you get to take home your leftovers!
Be a kid again
If fun is on your date night agenda, we recommend letting loose at a trampoline park, challenging each other to laser tag or spending your quarters on classic arcade games!
Airtime has locations all over Michigan, including Ann Arbor and Canton. Each park has open jump areas as well as separate dodgeball zones, mosh pits which are Olympic-grade foam pits and a basketball “Jam Session” area for the aspiring basketball star in all of us.
Pinball Pete’s opened its doors more than 30 years ago and has since become the A2 destination for arcade fun. Spend your quarters along the entire wall of pinball machines, play video games, and challenge your date to a game of pool or air hockey!
Get crafty (and painty)
Art pros and beginners alike can enjoy a painting date. With a teacher to lead the way, you may even end the night with a new skill! And the best part is, you get to take home your paintings to remember the evening.
This Ann Arbor painting experience offers classes for both adults and children. For date night, we recommend choosing an option that ends after 6 p.m. because these are all restricted to guests 18 years and older. They don’t sell beverages on-site, but painters 21+ are welcome to bring their favorite beer or wine to sip! Check out the schedule to choose your date night and design.
These 2 – 3-hour classes are guided by an instructor and include frequent breaks so you can enjoy your BYOB snacks and drinks. Check the Ypsi studio schedule here to choose your date night painting experience.
Explore a museum
Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has no shortage of educational opportunities. Whether you prefer art, history, gardens or books, there’s something for you and yours in town.
The University of Michigan’s art collection is among the oldest in the nation. Years before the great art museums of Detroit, Toledo or Chicago were founded, UM students and the general public had free access to the on-campus gallery. Today, you can explore more than 20,000 artworks, special exhibits and educational experiences. Admission is still free, but a $10 suggested donation is always appreciated.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are two educational and environmental gardens on the UM campus. The botanical gardens include eleven outdoor spaces full of bonsai, native and medicinal plants, perennials, and more which bloom seasonally from spring to first frost. For colder months enjoy their year-round indoor conservatory filled with plants from around the world.
Nichols Arboretum is one of the richest landscapes in the region. It spans miles of trails and land with collections of native and exotic trees and shrubs crafted into a landscape that was begun by O. C. Simonds in 1907.
One of two Gerald R. Ford museums, the Presidential Library is located on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. There, you can peruse archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations and political affairs during the Cold War era. Then travel to Grand Rapids to learn more at the Gerald R. Ford Museum!
Located on campus, this museum supports teaching and research on Classical, Egyptian and Near Eastern archaeology. With a collection of more than 100,000 artifacts, 1,500 of which are on permanent display, and 2 or 3 annual exhibitions, there’s plenty to learn!
Meet animals (and pet them!)
Let’s face it, we’re all crazy about animals. And when you get to pet them, it’s an even better experience than a zoo!
The Creature Conservancy began back in 2005 when Al the alligator was left abandoned at the door of a local veterinary hospital. He was soon joined by a sloth rescued from a trailer park, a macaw left at a pet boarding facility, ball pythons found in a dumpster, and iguanas wandering loose on the UM campus. Now, you can meet Al, Poco the sloth, Tulip and Maybelline the red kangaroos, as well as all their friends on Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 5 p.m.
Domino’s Farms began back in 1925 and The Petting Farm, located on what is now a twenty-acre farm, opened its doors in 1984. When you stop by, you can meet alpacas, cattle, chickens, ducks, goats, llamas, peacocks, pigs, ponies, sheep, rabbits and Badger the cat!
This educational facility on the north side of Ann Arbor encourages sustainability, understanding and regular nature encounters. Join the fun and visit the grounds, trails and raptor enclosures outside any day from sunrise to sunset. The Critter House is open most Sundays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and allows you to observe frogs, turtles, snakes and more. Free admission makes this one of our favorite budget-friendly date options!
Watch, dance or laugh at a show
Take your movie date up a notch by catching an indie flick at one of these local theaters. Or buy tickets to a live concert or spend the night laughing until your side aches at local comedy show.
The Michigan Theater Foundation was founded in 1979 to save the Michigan Theater from the wrecking ball — and we’re so glad it was. Founded in 1928, the theater is now home to three screening spaces for independent movies, concerts, comedy shows, national tours and more. Check out the current films here and peruse the special event schedule. Or, head over to the historic State Theatre for more movies and shows!
The Ark is A2’s destination for live music. Founded in 1965 by four area churches, the venue now offers over 300 nights of shows each year in one of the best listening rooms anywhere. In the past, they’ve brought Howie Day, Blind Pilot and the Violent Femmes to town! See all the upcoming events here.
Originally opened in 1984, this comedy favorite offers a lineup of up-and-coming stand-up stars as well as nationally touring acts. The 18+ venue has hosted Tim Allen, Drew Carey and Ellen DeGeneres in the past, and has a calendar full of events every single weekend!
Enjoy a wine tasting
Classic wine tastings are made into special occasions at these local favorites.
Made right here in Ann Arbor, De Angelis wines contain no added sulfites or preservatives — only grapes. Inside the Jackson Road winery, you can enjoy tastings and frequent live music shows. Follow the team on Facebook for event updates.
Thirty minutes outside of Ann Arbor in Northville, this winery and brewery experience is a must! The family-run business is a taphouse for their own wines, ciders and beers, as well as a music venue with shows from local bands and solo musicians. Stop by on a Thursday evening to hear Dead at the Winery, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band, accompanied by some of the region’s best beverages.
Pedal Saloon takes bar tours to the next level. The 100% pedal-powered vehicle offers both individual tickets and group tickets, and you get to tour Ann Arbor’s best bars while sipping your BYOB beverages on board.
This local favorite doesn’t just tour the town’s best bars and breweries — though that is an option! If you’re looking for food, fun and books, get a group date together for the progressive restaurant tour, bookstore tour, or a custom tour of your choosing!
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Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Built in 1910, this home features original woodwork and hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, large windows, and a wrap-around front porch.
Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This high income-producing University of Michigan student rental has 6 large bedrooms, on-site laundry, a large basement for additional storage space, and parking space for 6+ cars.
Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Students will love this prime location near the University of Michigan Athletic Complex, Yost Ice Arena and Central Campus. It is conveniently located on multiple bus lines, and steps away from the popular, new Argus Farm Stop location on Packard.
Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Many improvements have been made throughout this home. Renovations to the second floor bathroom include satin nickel Pottery Barn medicine cabinet and fixtures.
Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
Leased through August 2018 for $4,400/month, with tenants responsible for all utility payments, this 6 bedroom, 2.5 bath, well-maintained charmer is exactly what U of M students are looking for with its proximity to campus and nightlife.
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We all know winter in Michigan means ice. But here in the Ann Arbor area, we’re turning that into ice carving competitions, curling tournaments, ice fishing derbies, winter festivals and a hockey showcase. Join the fun at the region’s essential February events!
And don’t worry, they’re not all outside. Our guide includes theater, orchestra and beer dinners as well. Enjoy!
Thursday, February 1 – Sunday, February 25 | The Encore Theatre
Inspired by the recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, this musical brings you right inside the studio. The score includes hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” and dozens of other unforgettable jams! It’s so fun, you’ll want to come back to The Encore all month long. Choose your showtime and buy tickets here.
At 80-years-old, former Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Järvi is returning to Southeast Michigan with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra for their UMS debut. Joined by Garrick Ohlsson on piano, the show promises drama and a symphonic performance you’ll remember for years to come.
Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, February 11 | Chelsea Arctic Coliseum Ice Arena
Featuring student athletes from 38 area schools, the eighth annual Michigan Public High School Hockey Showcase is coming to Chelsea for an entire weekend during February. The event is the largest high school athletic showcase and the largest public high school showcase in the history of high school athletics in the state of Michigan.
Chainsaws and flamethrowers will wow the crowds at Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Third Annual Ice Carving Festival. Students and teams from colleges and universities across Southeast Michigan will compete for the winning sculpture while you and your family enjoy refreshments and crafts at this free event.
For the third year, Let’s Chill Winter Fest is coming to Milan’s downtown shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown. Over two days, families can enjoy indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, local eats and food trucks, a pancake breakfast, a chili cook-off, and the area’s only Wine Walk! See the entire schedule here. A free shuttle service will be available for transport between the event areas and you can warm up at stations downtown and around the Wilson Park bonfire.
The Big Freeze is the festival’s kick-off party. Happening on Friday evening from 6 – 11 p.m., the 21+ event includes live music from The Jazz Bums, food and a bar in a heated tent on Tolan Square. Your $30 individual ticket includes food and three drink tickets!
Friday, February 9 – Sunday, February 11 | Chelsea Lanes Parking Lot
Sponsored by our very own Rick Taylor, Curling Fest 2018 is an entire weekend of curling fun for beginners and experienced competitors alike! Team tournaments are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday morning to compete for the Chelsea Curling Cup. If you’re not playing, spectating is free and you can enjoy music, beer, food, hot cocoa and more — all in a heated tent! If you want to learn how the game is played, come by on Friday for “learn to curl” sessions from 2-8 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 7 a.m. | Independence Lake County Park
On the ice at Independence Lake County Park, this competition will allow you to catch Northern Pike, Blue Gill and Crappie, and compete for the largest catches of the day! Pre-registration and day of registration are available between $5 and $10 for kids or $10 and $15 for adults. Good luck!
This fundraising event brings together the town’s best bars, restaurants and local martini connoisseurs for an evening of mixology fun! Benefitting the Ann Arbor Art Center, Artini guests will visit 10 local spots — including The Pretzel Bell, Ann Arbor Distilling Company, Aventura and Black Pearl — then text in your vote for the People’s Choice Award. The Juror’s Choice Award will be decided by a panel of hand-selected jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues. Ticket prices are $55 each and attendees must be 21 years or older.
Karl’s Cabin is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a 6-course, beer-paired meal in the private dining room. Held for the first time on Valentine’s Day, this classic Karl’s event will have plenty of music, laughter and fun so come casual to taste beer, eat delicious food, and win raffle prizes!
Saturday, February 24, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Ypsilanti Freighthouse
For the second year, the Ypsilanti International Elementary School PTO is hosting the Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction, a strolling dinner and silent auction benefiting Ypsilanti International Elementary School and their upcoming “Educational Oasis”. Your $25 ticket will get adult attendees inside the Ypsilanti Freighthouse to enjoy drinks and beverages for a night of education and community.
The Super Bowl is right around the corner, but here in Ann Arbor, we’re always looking for an opportunity to cheer on our favorite team — whether it’s our favorite NFL team or the Wolverines in our own backyard. To make sure you’re prepared for both (and for every other sporting event under the sun), we rounded up the area’s best sports bars.
But it’s not all about who has the biggest TV (although that is an important factor!). These local spots offer the region’s best bar food, the best game day atmospheres as well as the brews and the cocktails that stand out from the crowd. And, of course, each one has a few flat screens, TVs and projectors thrown in for good measure. Go Blue!
Located in Downtown Ann Arbor, Haymaker is a favorite sports bar amongst locals, students, visitors and people around the whole state of Michigan. Offering board games, trivia, handcrafted beverages, 24 different draft beers and classic comfort food (including Brisket & Waffle Poutine!), there’s something for everyone whether you’re watching the game or playing Scrabble.
Jimmy and Red Fraser first opened this neighborhood bar in 1962 and it’s been the A2 go-to ever since. The taps feature multiple Michigan beers, the menu includes all the bar favorites cooked up with style, and the TVs fill the whole place so you’ll never miss the action. Be sure to wear your blue and maize or you may feel left out. Go Blue!
The Brown Jug has been a University of Michigan tradition since it opened its doors in 1936. Named after the Michigan vs. Minnesota football trophy, the oldest in college football, you’ll never find a place more passionate for the Wolverines or more ready to watch the game.
Good Time Charley’s opened its doors in 1979, the first U of M student walked in, and the rest was history. It’s located right across the street from the university and offers a parking structure, making it one of the easiest places to get to before the game starts. We recommend ordering a plate of Pepperoni Styx, hand-twisted breadsticks stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni and topped with garlic and parmesan. Then get ready to cheer on your favorite team!
A beer garden, 70 taps and live music make this a favorite hang out any time of year. But during football season, you’ll find the impressive lineup of TVs tuned to national teams and the Wolverines depending on which day you stop by. Next time you’re in Ann Arbor’s Westside, come for the game and stay for the craft burgers.
After The Pretzel Bell opened in 1934, it became the campus watering hole for more than 50 years, feeding and hydrating students, townies and visitors alike. After a brief closing, the doors reopened as one of A2’s warmest and coziest spots — complete with gourmet pub food, craft beer and cocktails, and dozens of TVs tuned into your favorite team.
HopCat began back in 2008 in Grand Rapids and later opened the Ann Arbor location which has now been serving beer, food and fun for three years. Through those years, they’ve been offering 100 craft beers on tap in a semi-psychedelic setting that perfectly fits the atmosphere of A2. In fact, the atmosphere, the beer and the food menu have landed them countless awards as the best beer bar in the country and in the world.
You might say Wolverine State Brewing Co. has a little Wolverine pride. They also make some of the best beer in town, offer a huge menu of comfort food and outstanding in-house smoked meats, and they have multiple flat screens around the taproom so you can catch every minute of the game.
The Wurst Bar is one of the best bars in Ypsilanti. Their enormous lineup of local, national and imported beers is offered alongside artisan pub food selections like Pulled Pork Eggrolls, Bavarian Pretzels, Lobster Rolls and creative burgers — and they have whole menu sections dedicated to tots and to bratwursts! One of our favorites is the Wild Game Cudighi Wurst which is made with rotating game meat, pork, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and wine.
Whether you’re at the ABC Brewpub in Ann Arbor or the ABC Microbrewery in Ypsilanti, you’ll find handcrafted beer, bar games, outstanding food and projector screens to watch the big game in style. The Ann Arbor Brewpub operates as a full restaurant and offers a few more televisions, while the Ypsilanti spot offers bar service and a cozy atmosphere.
With more than 30 beers on tap, 17 flat screens, and a food lineup of bratwursts, nachos, sliders, burgers and waffle fries — say no more! Scorekeepers has been around for decades and has always been a go-to game day spot, for obvious reasons.
Oscar’s is a place for locals and for sports fanatics to come together in one of the area’s friendliest and coziest bars. The food is prepared fresh, the hi-def TVs are always on, and the staff is ready to welcome you as a regular!
The game is always on at Ironwood Grill, whether you’re cheering on the Wolverines, the Lions, the Pistons, your favorite Nascar racer — you name it! Inside a bright, welcoming setting you’ll find an entire wall of TVs above the bar, with others scattered throughout the dining area, artisan pub food and smokehouse entrées that are slow smoked up to 14 hours with apple, cherry and hickory wood.
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Ann Arbor is a charming little town that packs a punch. And that punch often comes in the form of the state’s best foodie destinations, craft breweries and historic restaurants. So if you’re trying to narrow down your date night dinner options, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Thankfully, we’re here to help whether you’re looking for over-the-top romance or more casual charm.
Featuring decades-old favorites, new, modern spots, and a few of the coziest restaurants in A2, our round-up of the city’s most romantic restaurants has something for every food craving and couple. Enjoy!
The Earle has been a downtown Ann Arbor favorite for more than 20 years. In addition to the decadent menu of French and Italian country cuisine, the romance is heightened by live jazz five nights a week, solo piano and solo guitar performances. Their world-class wine selection has over 1,200 options and wraps the evening up perfectly!
This downtown restaurant is named for two things: the word “mani”, which means “hands” or “handmade” in Italian, and the classic Italian osteria, an eatery that emphasizes local ingredients, small production wines and hospitality. This particular osteria is a fun independently-owned spot specializing in artisanal pizzas and creative Italian dishes prepared in wood-burning ovens. Bring your date to share a pizza and grab a craft cocktail!
Driven by two food and hospitality experts, Spencer balances the feel of a casual wine bar with craveable fare made from local ingredients. As a result, the menu is made up of unique shareable plates and an impressive line-up of wines, drafts and bottles.
What began as Sava Lelcaj’s 23-seat cafe is now one of A2’s best restaurants: now with 300 seats, and a team of amazing chefs and welcoming staff. The seasonally inspired menu includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert — the last of which we definitely recommend on date night. One taste of their artful Créme Brulée, Apple Cider Donuts or Housemade Ice Cream and you’re sure to stop by for your next outing as well.
Beer, cocktails, wine, sake, sushi, steaming bowls of ramen: this all adds up to one cozy date for you and yours. The slurps include an impressive lineup of ramens and other bowls while the sashimi bar rolls out some of the best sushi in Ann Arbor. Finish with the Mochi Ice Cream and enjoy your seat in Slurping Turtle’s beautiful, modern dining room.
The locally-famous Knight’s destinations began with Knight’s Market in 1952. Then, 1984 brought Knight’s Steakhouse — one of the neighborhood’s favorite family, dinner, and date spots — to Dexter Road. Now, you can dine at their original location or downtown Ann Arbor, and you can still shop Knight’s Market and visit Knight’s Steakhouse & Grill in Jackson.
The Pretzel Bell was the place to be for students, townies and visitors for more than 50 years. Then, when the doors reopened after a brief closing, it became one of the Tree City’s warmest and coziest spots while still functioning as a go-to campus landmark. The menu is a modern take on traditional American comfort food with hearty items like fried chicken, Pretzel-Crusted Mac & Cheese and The Jomes Burger, a local blend of Michigan and Waygu beef from Farm Field Table, braised short rib, bacon, smoked Gouda and garlic mayo.
The culture of Italy is inherently romantic and it comes alive at Palio. The authentic, country-style cuisine pairs with warm, rustic Italian decor inside. And during the summer, you can grab a seat on Ann Arbor’s largest and most popular outdoor gathering spot: the rooftop patio! It offers the best view of downtown and its own kitchen with a unique dining experience.
Though Miss Kim is one of Ann Arbor’s newest eateries, it has quickly become a favorite. Their authentic Korean dishes are driven by and adapted to showcase Michigan’s bountiful produce. As you sit back and relax in the modern, industrial dining room, you can share small plates like Fresh Oysters and Pork Belly Bossam, or opt for the medium and large entrée selections which include everything from Fried Calamari to a Whole Lamb Shank.
The Ravens Club has been offering some of the best seasonal menus in town since they opened their doors in 2011. Alongside Michigan craft beer, a list of over 150 American whiskeys and impressive craft cocktails, the dinner menu features made from scratch snacks, appetizers and dishes like Braised Pork Belly served with steamed bao buns, Beef Carpaccio & Bone Marrow, and a Chorizo-stuffed Pork Chop.
Back in 1948 when it opened, The Original Cottage Inn was Ann Arbor’s first restaurant to serve pizza. Today, they still serve some of the best pies in town as well as classic American, Italian and Greek cuisine. For your dinner date, we recommend starting with the Mamma Mia Meatballs, splitting a gourmet pizza, then finishing with a decadent cheesecake dessert. But the menu is large and mouth-watering enough to try something new every time!
As Ann Arbor’s favorite noodle bar, Tomukun serves some of the town’s best ramen, pho, udon, stir-fry and pork buns along with a wide variety of imported Asian beers, sake and soju. Inspired by the comfort foods the owners and chefs grew up with in Asia, you’re sure to be satisfied at the end of every dinner — and you’ll want to come back ASAP!
Aventura is a charming spot that offers authentic Spanish cuisine and culture including tapas, paella, vino and delicious, artisan cocktails. Inspired by the old-world atmosphere and the historical nature of the building itself, restaurateur Sava Lelcaj designed the restaurant from the bones of the original, 1872 space by utilizing classic Spanish design elements paired with works by local artists. In traditional Catalan and Valencian style, the dining room and bar are intertwined, emphasizing the lively social experience of the classic tapas bar.
Whether it’s a brunch date or a dinner date, Zola is one of the best destinations every day of the week. Tucked inside cozy and casual digs, you’ll want to come back time and time again just to admire the decor! But dinner dishes like Blue Crab Cakes, Moroccan Salmon and Penne with Sweet Italian Sausage may bring you back as well.
Breweries are often a great, casual date spot. At HOMES, they take the experience to a whole new level with a food menu full of modern and inventive Korean food. Perfect for sharing, we recommend an order of Kimchi Fries, Pork Belly Bao Buns and maybe even a flavor-packed rice bowl. And, of course, don’t skip a flight of HOMES original brews.
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We all know winter in Michigan means ice. But here in the Ann Arbor area, we’re turning that into ice carving competitions, curling tournaments, winter festivals and a hockey showcase. Join the fun at the region’s essential February events!
And don’t worry, they’re not all outside. Our guide includes theater, orchestra and beer dinners as well. Enjoy!
Million Dollar Quartet February 1 – 25
Million Dollar Quartet is a jukebox musical written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. It dramatizes the Million Dollar Quartet recording session of December 4, 1956, among early rock and roll stars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, and newcomer Jerry Lee Lewis.
Let’s Chill Winter Fest February 2 – 3
The third annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest features activities for individuals of all ages. The winter festival spans the downtown shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown. Activities include a chili cook-off, the area’s only wine walk, indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, food, and more.
Free shuttle service will run between all major event areas and parking lots, making it easily accessible. Warming stations in the downtown area and a large bonfire in Wilson Park offer warmth and ambiance.
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra February 3
Former Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Järvi returns to Southeast Michigan with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Järvi leads the ensemble in its UMS debut. The evening’s program is steeped in the music of Estonian composers, including the beautiful fifth symphony of Eduard Tubin. Tubin fled to Stockholm in 1944 when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. Garrick Ohlsson, a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, joins the orchestra for Brahms’s first piano concerto.
Artini February 9
The 10th Annual “Artini”, a fundraiser benefiting the Ann Arbor Art Center! Once again, the finest downtown bars and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor will compete to create the city’s most artful martini. From 6:30pm to 10:00 pm, Artini guests will visit participating establishments and taste carefully crafted and innovative cocktails designed by some of the city’s top mixologists.
Artini guests have the chance to crown the “People’s Choice Award” winner by texting to vote for their favorite drinks throughout the evening. The “Juror’s Choice Award” will be decided by a panel of jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues.
• The Alley Bar
• Ann Arbor Distilling Company @ the Ann Arbor Art Center
• Bab’s Underground
• The Beer Grotto
• Black Pearl
• Pretzel Bell
• Additional venues confirming daily!
Curling Fest 2018 is a weekend of curling fun, for beginners and experienced competitors, with a tournament and learn-to-curl sessions.
Saturday, February 10 is for both experienced and novice competitors, with learn-to-curl ice time on February 9, 2018. Watch the bonspiel (term for curling tournament) free of charge or stop by Friday night for great winter fun. Enjoy music, beer, food, hot cocoa, and more in a heated tent on both days.
Third Annual Ice Carving Festival February 10
Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission proudly presents our annual Ice Carving Festival! Watch students from colleges and universities across SE Michigan compete. Stand in awe as these carvers showcase their mastery with chainsaws and flamethrowers to create unique masterpieces to display at County Farm Park.
Stewardship Workday February 11
Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area contains a mature oak hickory woodland as well as wetlands, which support several species of frogs and salamanders. Come help preserve this diverse nature area by cutting invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Meet at the park entrance on Turnberry Lane, off of Packard Road. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.
Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction February 24
Join in the second annual Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction hosted by the Ypsilanti International Elementary School PTO. Blooming YIES is a strolling dinner and silent auction that will raise money for the establishment of an “Educational Oasis” at Ypsilanti International Elementary School. The event will feature a night of fundraising, silent auction, and community building.
The event will be held at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse in Depot Town from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Reserved parking for the event is at the Rice Street Lot, AKA the Frog Island Parking lot – please look for signs. Tickets will cover the cost of the strolling dinner and two drink tickets. Please note this is an adult only event!
Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This awesome ranch has cultured stone, brick and wood exterior. Step inside to an open airy floor plan with vaulted ceilings and open living spaces.
What distinctive features set this home apart?
It is only a year old and has 1st-floor living space with a master bedroom along with 3 additional egress bedrooms in the lower level.
Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
It is located close to downtown Saline, minutes from schools and parks.
Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The home is a custom built house completed in December of 2016.
Q. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Enjoy the downtown area of Saline with restaurants, shopping, and the amazing Emagine Theatre. It’s a quick commute to Ann Arbor, expressways, and airport. Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The lot is extra wide with additional space to play or allow your pets to roam. Out of every window on the back side of the house is a view of a mature line of trees.
Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
The quality and age. Q. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
It has an open floor plan with a great kitchen to entertain several guests and still be in the same space. The great room has vaulted ceilings and is centered around a beautiful fireplace.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The garage has room for 3 cars plus ample storage room with built-in shelves.