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The 15 Swimming Holes Near Ann Arbor You Need to Visit This Summer

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Our home state of Michigan — The Great Lakes State — borders four of the Great Lakes and contains more than 11,000 inland lakes. So, when you’re looking for a summer swimming destination, this is a good place to be.

And in the communities around Ann Arbor, we get to take advantage of countless swim beaches, state parks and pristine waters. To help you on your water-themed summer adventures, we rounded up a handful of the best options around Ann Arbor. From just a few minutes away to about two hours away on the shores of Lake Michigan, these should all be on your summer bucket list!

 

Independence Lake Park | Whitmore Lake

Distance from Ann Arbor: 12 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Photo courtesy of Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission

Operated by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, Independence Lake Park offers countless, year-round attractions. During the summer months, the park’s 360 acres feature trails for biking and hiking as well as fishing, boating and swimming in Independence Lake. Featuring both a small dock and a boat launch, you can take off in your kayak or leap off the dock into the water. When you’re done, you can sunbathe on the beach or continue the water-themed fun at Blue Heron Bay Spray Park, which features water canons, geysers and water slides.

 

Rolling Hills Park | Ypsilanti

Distance from Ann Arbor: 14 miles | Get directions

Ypsilanti’s Rolling Hills Park is a 439-acre park and one of the most recreational-diverse destinations in Washtenaw County. Anyone looking for swimming adventures and water-themed fun can enjoy a splash in the waves, a float on the lazy river, or a ride down the slides of the Water Park.

 

Van Buren Park | Belleville

Distance from Ann Arbor: 16 miles | Get directions

Van Buren Park Beach is one of Southeast Michigan’s most popular spots for lake swimming. Just a 20 minute drive from Ypsilanti, the entire park offers hiking trails, three play structures, picnic areas, pavilions, horseshoe pits, a volleyball court, a basketball court, grills, a community garden, restrooms and, of course, the beach with its own concession stand for snacks and refreshments!

 

Pinckney State Recreation Area | Pinckney

Distance from Ann Arbor: 20 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Covering a whopping 11,000 acres, Pinckney State Recreation Area is one of our favorite outdoor destinations in the Ann Arbor area. Known for its extensive trail system and chain of excellent fishing lakes, the park also offers over forty miles of multi-use trails, picnicking, playgrounds, beaches, a concession stand, boat launches and rowboat, canoe, paddle boat and kayak rentals.

For swimmers, there are two public beaches, one at Silver Lake and one at Halfmoon Lake. A third beach at Bruin Lake is only open to campers and you can see a list of available campgrounds here.

 

Brighton Recreation Area | Howell

Distance from Ann Arbor: 19 miles | Get directions

Covering 4,947 acres, Brighton Recreation Area is a hilly, outdoor paradise interspersed with a number of picturesque lakes. The best swimming lake can be found at Bishop Lake. The remodeled, universally accessible beach features a beach house with vending machines, picnic shelters and a sand volleyball court.

In addition to the lake and beach attractions, Bishop Lake is also home to Jump Island! This lake waterpark features an inflatable iceberg, inflatable slides, runways and more so you can slide, run, walk and play atop the water.

 

Waterloo Recreation Area | Chelsea

Distance from Ann Arbor: 22 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

The largest park in the Lower Peninsula, Waterloo Recreation Area consists of more than 20,000 acres. Across these grounds, you’ll find two modern campgrounds, a rustic campground, an equestrian campground, swimming beaches, several picnic sites, 11 fishing lakes, eight boat launches, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, 47 miles of hiking trails, four rustic cabins, a yurt, equestrian trails, mountain biking trails, and the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center.

Day-use swimmers should head to the public beach at the Portage Lake Unit. And registered campers can also take a dip at the beach accessible from the Sugarloaf Campground.

 

Island Lake Recreation Area | Brighton

Distance from Ann Arbor: 22 miles | Get directions

At 4,000 acres, Island Lake Recreation Area offers a bit of northern Michigan just 30 minutes from Ann Arbor. In addition to mountain biking, hiking, boating and fishing areas, you’ll find two beaches available for swimming. There’s one at Kent Lake and one at Spring Mill Pond, a spring fed pond with more than 100 feet of sandy beach!

 

Kensington Metropark | Milford

Distance from Ann Arbor: 25 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Just 40 minutes from Ann Arbor directly above Island Lake Recreation Area, Kensington Metropark is one of the most popular parks in the state of Michigan. Throughout 4,486 acres, you’ll find an 18-hole golf course, a 27-hole disc golf course, a nature center, a farm center, beautiful picnic areas as well as scenic hiking and biking trails for hours of enjoyment.

And, on the 1,200-acre Kent Lake, you can swim at Martindale or Maple beaches, get soaked at the Splash ‘n’ Blast, or just spend the day fishing, boating and picnicking along the water.

 

Highland Recreation Area | White Lake

Distance from Ann Arbor: 37 miles | Get directions

Offering 5,900 acres of forest, marshes and lakes in the rolling hills of Southern Michigan, Highland Recreation Area is a destination for equestrian riders, mountain bikers, hikers and boaters during the summer months. Boat access can be found on four lakes within the park for fishing and recreational boating and swimmers can enjoy the public beach on Teeple Lake!

 

Seven Lakes State Park | Holly

Distance from Ann Arbor: 43 miles | Get directions

An hour north of Ann Arbor, Seven Lakes State Park is made up of farmland, rolling hills, forested land and 230 acres of water. During the summer months, you can rent or bring row boats, canoes and paddle boats, or embark on a hike across more than six miles of trails. Near the swim beach, you’ll find a boat launch, a concession stand for snacks, restrooms and changing courts as well as horseshoes, volleyball and playground equipment!

 

South Beach Park | South Haven

Distance from Ann Arbor: 140 miles | Get directions

One of the most popular beaches for swimming along the southern shores of Lake Michigan, South Beach Park offers concessions, a playground and historic memorials in addition to the sandy swimming beach. Just steps from the beach, visitors can enjoy the skatepark or walk out onto the pier to watch the sunset against the beautiful South Haven Lighthouse.

 

Grand Haven State Park | Grand Haven

Distance from Ann Arbor: 165 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Within three hours of Ann Arbor, Grand Haven State Park is the furthest on our list, but offers some of the best views. The 48 acre park consists entirely of sandy beach with Lake Michigan bordering on the east and Grand River bordering on the north. From the beach, you can dip your toes in the water and enjoy scenic views of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven pier and lighthouse.

 

Just keep swimming!  

In the comments below, let us know where you’re headed this summer.

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8 Things to Do in the Ann Arbor Area for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Disc golf courses near Ann Arbor Michigan

Home to 159 parks and located at the heart of an impressive lineup of state recreation areas and open spaces, Ann Arbor offers countless opportunities to opt outside. From hiking and fishing in town to boating through the Chain of Lakes and even kayaking down the Huron River, there are a variety of new hobbies available to every A2 local and visitor.

We rounded up our top eight activities to kick off your outdoor adventures. Mostly suited for warm weather, these are great ways to take advantage of our outdoor spaces this summer!

 

 

Hiking

Hiking trails near Ann Arbor Michigan

Wonderful nature walks and hikes can be found in every Ann Arbor area park, nature area, recreation area and open space. Just within Ann Arbor itself, you’ll find trails through Nichols Arboretum, Bluffs Nature Area, Dolph Nature Area and Bird Hills Nature Area, the largest park in Ann Arbor. And minutes from town, Pinckney Recreation Area and Waterloo Recreation Area offer a combined 31,500 acres of wilderness to explore!

 

Bird Hills Trail

Inside Ann Arbor’s largest and most forested park, the Bird Hill Trail is a serene getaway within the city limits. It traverses a quick, hilly route with plenty of magnificent views!

 

Bog Trail

Located just outside of Chelsea, Waterloo Recreation Area’s Bog Trail is a 1.5-mile trail that leads to a floating bog in Cedar Lake.

 

Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

The 36-mile Waterloo-Pinckney Trail travels from Big Portage Lake in Waterloo Recreation Area to Green Lake and into Pinckney Recreation Area.

 

 

Biking

Mountain biking trails near Ann Arbor Michigan

Whether you’re looking for road biking or mountain biking, you can find the perfect trail in and around Ann Arbor. In addition to road and dirt routes through our communities, the surrounding parks and open spaces offer countless multi-use trails suitable for rugged bicycle adventures.

 

Huron River Drive

Amongst local bikers, the classic road bike choice is the 24-mile route along Huron River Drive from Ann Arbor to Dexter and back.

 

Island Lake Recreation Area

Mountain bikers can opt for the Island Lake Recreation Area bike loops which, together, cover about 15 miles. You can travel the East Loop around the Huron River, the nine-mile West Loop, or both!

 

DTE Energy Foundation Trail

Located in Waterloo Recreation Area, the DTE Energy Foundation Trail is already an extensive trail system and is still being developed for even more mileage. As of June 2018, mountain bikers can enjoy the 4-mile Green Lake Loop and the 4.5-mile Big Kame Loop.

 

 

Kayaking

Kayaking near Ann Arbor Michigan

Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities have developed along the banks of the Huron River and amidst countless lakes and ponds suitable for paddle sports. So, whether you want a challenging route down the river or a peaceful float atop a lake, you’ll find the perfect setting right here.

 

Argo Park

Argo Park is home to the Argo Canoe Livery where you can rent kayaks and tubes, buy concessions and participate in river-themed programs. From here, you can enjoy a relaxing, 3.7-mile paddle down the Huron River to Gallup Park, a trip that typically takes 1.5 hours.

 

Gallup Park  

Another Ann Arbor park, Gallup also has its own livery — Gallup Park Canoe Livery — where you can rent materials, learn about the river and embark on river trips. Leaving from here, your trip will begin with a van ride upriver to Barton Park then continue on the water through Argo Pond, down the Argo Cascades, and back to Gallup Park. The trip is 5.7 miles and takes about 2.5 hours.

 

Waterloo Recreation Area

Inside Waterloo, paddlers will find 11 inland lakes open to kayaks, canoes and rowboats of all kinds.

 

 

Boating

Boating lakes rivers near Ann Arbor Michigan

In Michigan, you’re never more than six miles from a lake or river. And thanks to our impressive system of lakes connected by the Huron River, boating is a popular summer sport amongst the locals of Washtenaw County.

 

The Portage Lake Chain of Lakes

By far the most popular boating route in the Ann Arbor area, the Chain of Lakes is located in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties and is comprised of seven lakes connected by the Huron River. The trip begins at Little Portage Lake and Big Portage Lake in Waterloo Recreation Area, travels through Base Line Lake, Whitewood Lakes, Gallagher Lakes and Strawberry Lake, then ends at Zukey Lake in Hamburg Township.

 

Seven Lakes State Park  

About an hour north of Ann Arbor, Seven Lakes State Park offers 230 acres of water for swimmers, paddlers, fishermen and, of course, boaters!

 

 

Swimming

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

The Great Lakes State contains more than 11,000 inland lakes with plenty of shoreline for swimmers. Some of these beachside waters even boast man-made water parks! 

 

Independence Lake Park

During the summer months, the park’s 360 acres feature trails for biking and hiking as well as fishing, boating and swimming in Independence Lake. Just off the beach, you can also enjoy water-themed fun at Blue Heron Bay Spray Park.

 

Island Lake Recreation Area

You’ll find two beaches available for swimming in Island Lake Recreation Area. There’s one at Kent Lake and one at Spring Mill Pond, a spring fed pond that offers more than 100 feet of sandy beach!

 

Rolling Hills Park  

Anyone looking for swimming adventures and water-themed fun near Ypsilanti can enjoy a splash in the waves, a float on the lazy river, or a ride down the slides of the Water Park.

 

 

Fishing

Fishing lakes rivers near Ann Arbor Michigan

With a license, fishing is available in many of our area lakes and recreation areas. For those just starting out, we’ve rounded up a few of the region’s great options.

 

Argo Park  

The Huron River offers fishing opportunities up and down its banks. At Argo Park, you can fish for carp along the embankment that forms part of the Argo Dam. Just a ten-minute walk from Downtown Ann Arbor, this is the closest fishing to the heart of town!

 

Lillie Park

Lillie Park in Pittsfield Township offers shore fishing in multiple locations on Haven Lake.

 

Lake Erie

Second best to deep sea fishing, Lake Erie offers boat angling opportunities to catch walleye, crappie, bluegill and more.

 

 

Disc Golf

Disc golf courses near Ann Arbor Michigan

Played much like regular golf, disc golf is played with a frisbee instead of a ball. Many Ann Arbor area parks offer courses complete with metal baskets to use as landmarks.

 

Rolling Hills Park

The same Ypsilanti park that offers swimming and a water park offers an 18-hole disc golf course!

 

Bandemer Park

One of two disc golf courses in Ann Arbor city parks, the course at Bandemer Park winds through a wooded area along the Huron River. It is a nine-hole course, and each hole has three tee pads.

 

Waterloo Recreation Area

The disc golf course at Waterloo Recreation Area is an 18-hole course at the Portage Lake Unit.

 

 

Horseback Riding

Equestrain horse back riding trails near Ann Arbor Michigan

In Ann Arbor area parks, horseback riding trails are nearly as prominent as mountain biking trails!

 

Pinckney Recreation Area

Across more than 11,000 acres of open space, Pinckney Recreation Area offers 13 miles of equestrian trails, a staging area and a stable

 

Waterloo Recreation Area

Waterloo Recreation Area offers 18 miles of horseback riding trails accessible from a staging area off Loveland Road. And, Horse ‘N Around Stables inside the park offers horse rentals, boarding, lessons and more.

 

Brighton Recreation Area

Home to a full-service riding stable and an equine experience suited for all riding levels, Brighton Recreation Area offers 19 miles of trails, a riding stable, rustic equestrian camping and a staging area. For more information on rentals and programs, check out Brighton Recreation Riding Stable.

 

 

How do you #OptOutside?  

If you have a favorite park or activity in the Ann Arbor area, let us know in the comments below!

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The 16 Best Outdoor Patios in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor best places for outdoor patio dining

When the weather heats up in Ann Arbor, our usual craving for local food, Michigan beer and artisan cocktails combines with our need for summer sunshine. The ideal places to satisfy that desire include garden patios, beer gardens, and patios bathed in cozy string lights or shaded by trees along Main Street.

If you feel the same way, then you’ve come to the right place. We rounded up a few of the best outdoor patios in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti which happen to come with some of the region’s best local food, craft beer and artisan cocktails, too!

 

Bill’s Beer Garden

218 S Ashley St | Facebook

Bill's Beer Garden Ann Arbor best places for outdoor patio dining

Photo courtesy of Bill’s Beer Garden

Open seasonally March through October, Bill’s Beer Garden is a community gathering place offering an impressive lineup of Michigan craft beers and wines. Located right next door to Downtown Home & Garden, the outdoor beer garden has long, communal tables, shaded areas, and frequent live music performances. Follow the team on Facebook for updates on weather closures and events.

 

Ann Arbor Beer Grotto

303 S Ashley St | Facebook

Ann Arbor Beer Grotto is famous amongst locals for its friendly atmosphere and destination patio. Attractions include frequent live music, covered spaces, charming string lights at night, 36 beers on tap, and a specialty cocktail list which features a rotating Frozen Sour Beer Slushy. Stop by on Monday night for Free Pizza Monday to enjoy free Domino’s Pizza with your beer!

 

Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse

307 N River St, Ypsilanti | Facebook

Cultivate Ann Arbor best places for outdoor patio dining

Photo courtesy of Nick Azzaro via Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse

This coffee bar and tap house is a 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. Their sunny, dog-friendly beer garden is one of the largest in the area and offers the perfect place to gather with friends, family and neighbors.

 

Dominick’s

812 Monroe St 

Dominick’s is famous for their potent sangria, their Italian-inspired eats and, of course, their patio! Since opening in 1960, this locally-owned spot has been the go-to for locals, students, families, you name it! Swing by the patio on a sunny summer day and you’ll quickly find out why.

 

Detroit Street Filling Station

300 Detroit St | Facebook

Detroit Street Filling Station Ann Arbor best places for outdoor patio dining

Photo courtesy of Detroit Street Filling Station

From the team behind The Lunch Room, Detroit Street Filling Station is another delicious food and drink establishment in Kerrytown. Tucked inside one of Ann Arbor’s most recognizable historic buildings, the interior space merges filling station history with modern updates — and it includes a covered outdoor patio surrounded by beautiful planters!

 

The Session Room

3685 Jackson Rd | Facebook

In addition to a welcoming indoor space and 70 beers on tap, The Session Room is also home to one of Ann Arbor’s best beer gardens. Shaded by umbrellas during the day and illuminated by string lights at night, you can enjoy your craft beer and upscale eats outdoors all summer long. And don’t miss the Summer Beer Garden Music Series with 19 free shows through September! Get details on the weekly concert on The Session Room Facebook page.

 

Palio Del Sole

347 S Main St | Facebook

The culture of Italy 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.

 

Sidetrack Bar and Grill

56 E Cross St, Ypsilanti | Facebook

On the exterior of Sidetrack’s historic building, a gilded quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin reads “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” And directly beneath that, you’ll find one of three great patios. With space for 150 guests, the outdoor spaces are complete with ivy-covered walls and plenty of sun while the enclosed patio offers shade and fresh air.

 

Aventura

216 E Washington St | Facebook

Aventura Ann Arbor best places for outdoor patio dining

Photo courtesy of Aventura

Aventura is a charming spot that offers authentic Spanish cuisine and culture, including tapas, paella, vino and artisan cocktails. Inspired by the old-world atmosphere and the historical nature of the building itself, the eatery merges Ann Arbor history with modern Spanish influence. Facing Washington Street, their small collection of patio tables are ideal for sharing tapas and sipping cocktails under the sun.

 

Black Pearl

302 S Main St | Facebook

This sleek seafood restaurant offers a unique lounge atmosphere with cocktails, music and mouth-watering cuisine. And with its prime location in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, you can grab a seat on one of the neighborhood’s largest outdoor patios. Complete with charming trees, string lights and artisan cocktails, the seating area is nestled between Main Street and the sidewalk in front of the restaurants so you can people watch, too!

 

The Pretzel Bell

226 S Main St | Facebook

Located on the corner of Liberty and Main Street, The Pretzel Bell patios are located on the sidewalks along each street. Complete with shady lounges and couch seating, large tables and charming garden beds, it’s one of our favorite places to enjoy the restaurant’s mouth-watering foods, craft beer and artisan cocktails.

 

Paesano Restaurant and Wine Bar

3411 Washtenaw Ave | Facebook

Inspired by the culture and cuisine of Italy, Paesano is one of Ann Arbor’s best local restaurants and they’re home to one of the most romantic garden patios, too. Tucked in a humble location along Washtenaw Avenue, the patio is hidden by shady trees, mature shrubs and beautiful garden beds. While you relax and savor your authentic Italian fare, you can also enjoy the sights and sounds of the patio fountain.

 

Felix

204 S Main St | Facebook

Located at the corner of Main and Washington in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Felix has been a staple of fine dining in our community for more than 20 years. Their bistro-style patio is tucked beneath the shade trees of Main Street between two garden beds. There, you can sip craft cocktails, share small plates, enjoy brunch and relax.

 

Sava’s

300 Detroit St | Facebook

Sava's Ann Arbor best places for outdoor patio dining

Photo courtesy of Sava’s

Sava’s began as a quaint, 23-seat cafe, a passion project of owner Sava Lelcaj. Today, it has become one of Ann Arbor’s best restaurants boasting upwards of 300 seats, a seasonal menu and impressive, artisan cocktails. And a few of our favorite seats are located on the patio. The outdoor dining area is perpendicular to State Street running along the side of the building and facing garden beds and the ivy-covered walls of U-M’s Lane Hall.

 

Gratzi

326 S Main St | Facebook

Fenced off from the sidewalk and shaded by beautiful trees and garden beds, the Main Street patio at Gratzi is a must-visit. The building itself was once Ann Arbor’s Orpheum Theater which lends itself perfectly to the charm and character of a hometown, Italian restaurant. Whether you’re stopping by for dinner, drinks or weekend brunch, we definitely recommend grabbing a seat outside.

 

Conor O’Neill’s

318 S Main St | Facebook

Taking inspiration from real, historic pubs in Ireland, Conor O’Neill’s is the place to go for community fun, social gathering, Irish hospitality, hearty food and great drinks. Their seasonal patio is separated from sidewalk traffic along Main Street by flower beds painted in the same blue as the iconic storefront. With trees for shade and string lights during the night, you can sit and savor any time of day or night!

 

Do you have a favorite?  

If you have a favorite patio in the Ann Arbor area, let us know in the comments below!

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The 10 Best Places for Ice Cream in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Best Ice cream in Ann Arbor Michigan

We’re strong proponents of eating ice cream year-round, but with summer months on the horizon, our cravings are getting even stronger. Luckily for us, we live in one of the state’s best places for ice cream!

To help satisfy your cravings, we rounded up Ann Arbor’s best places to enjoy ice cream. From the local spots producing ice cream by hand to the trendy newcomers serving up fresh creations — there’s something on our list everyone will love. Enjoy!

 

1. Blank Slate Creamery

300 W Liberty Rd | Facebook

Blank Slate Creamery Ice Cream in Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Blank Slate Creamery

The ice cream at Blank Slate Creamery is homemade using fresh, all-natural ingredients which has resulted in numerous rankings as the top ice cream in Ann Arbor and throughout the state of Michigan! You can even see a list of several of their locally-sourced ingredients on their website, which includes milk and cream from Guernsey Farms Dairy in Northville. Locally owned and operated, we’re proud to put Blank Slate at the top of the list.

 

2. Michigan Creamery

302 S State St | Facebook

Michigan Creamery Ann Arbor Michigan

Photo courtesy of Olivia Seta via Michigan Creamery

Another locally-owned and locally-sourced favorite, the Michigan Creamery story began back in 2007 with a charming storefront in Dexter. Today, they operate one shop right here in Ann Arbor. Everything — from the ice cream and chocolates all the way down to the ingredients — is locally produced in Michigan!

 

3. Washtenaw Dairy

602 S Ashley St | Facebook

Washtenaw Dairy Ann Arbor Michigan

Photo courtesy of Washtenaw Dairy

Washtenaw Dairy may already be a famous destination for donuts, but if you’re skipping the ice cream, you’re missing out on some of Ann Arbor’s best! This landmark shop has the biggest cones in town at the lowest prices. With over 30 flavors alongside hand-dipped shakes and malts, everyone can find a cold, refreshing treat to enjoy. Follow the team on Instagram and get ready to drool. 

 

4. Go! Ice Cream

10 N Washington St, Ypsilanti | Facebook

GO Ice Cream Ypsilanti Michigan

Photo courtesy of Go! Ice Cream

This year-round, Ypsi ice cream shop serves up ice cream made by hand, from scratch, using all-natural and local ingredients whenever possible. Inside their vintage-inspired shop, you’ll find custom cakes and pies, one-of-a-kind flavors and an old-school, chromed-out soda fountain. Stop in once and you’ll soon become a regular.

 

5. Iorio’s Gelateria

522 E William St | Facebook

Inspired by their great-grandparents, Luigi and Maria Iorio, siblings Mary and Nick started Iorio’s Gelato in 2004 right here in Ann Arbor to celebrate and share their family’s Italian heritage. Today, their team makes artisan gelato using authentic, natural ingredients sourced from all around the world. You can find flavors like traditional Italian pistachio and pomegranate champagne sorbetto here in Ann Arbor or in the East Lansing shop!

 

6. Joe and Rosie Coffee and Tea

3780 Jackson Rd | Facebook

The Joe and Rosie story started and flourished in nearby Dexter where they serve coffees, teas, pastries, sandwiches and more. At the very end of 2017, the team purchased Coffee House Creamery and opened their second location in Ann Arbor! In this new shop, they serve everything we’ve come to love in Dexter, plus specialty ice cream and cakes.

 

7. Kilwins

107 E Liberty St | Facebook

Kilwins ice cream Ann Arbor Michigan

Photo courtesy of Kilwins

Since 1947, Kilwins has been serving families decadent chocolates, ice cream and confections in locations around the country. You’ll find Kilwins of Ann Arbor in the heart of downtown under two orange awnings — the same place they’ve been since January 18, 1983! Walk in and you’ll immediately smell handmade waffle cones, homemade caramel, hand-paddled fudge and more.

 

8. Cherry Bee’s

3980 Platt Rd | Facebook

This self-serve frozen yogurt, ice cream, gelato and custard shop offers up to 18 flavors and endless toppings so you can eat to your heart’s (and stomach’s) content! Because you serve the ice cream and choose the toppings, you can opt for a create-your-own fruity concoction or a death by chocolate masterpiece.

 

9. Ben & Jerry’s

304 S State St | Facebook

Locally owned and operated, the Ann Arbor Ben & Jerry’s will inspire everyone to feel like a kid again. In addition to classic, famous flavors, you’ll find pints to take home, sundaes, smoothies, shakes and even custom ice cream cakes!

 

10. I-CE-NY

800 Briarwood Cir | Facebook

This franchise ice cream shop is the only place in Ann Arbor where you can find rolled ice cream! Inspired by the Thai street food, rolled ice cream makes preparing and serving the treat as fun as eating it. Customize your order with mix-in ingredients, then watch as it’s all smashed together and rolled up for you to enjoy.

 

Enjoy!  

In the comments below, let us know where you go for ice cream in the Ann Arbor area — even if it’s not on our list!

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16 Ann Arbor Date Ideas That Don’t Involve Going to a Restaurant

skeeball and arcade games date Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is a hidden gem in our country’s foodie community. If you’ve walked down Main Street, you’ve already passed more than a dozen must-try spots — all of which are suitable for a dinner date. But even with outstanding food on the table, dinner dates can get repetitive (and expensive) quickly.

If you’re looking for something a little less traditional, have no fear. We rounded up 16 of the best date night ideas that cover both night time outings and day dates.

And when you do get hungry, check out The 15 Best Date Night Restaurants in Ann Arbor.

 

1. Explore local museums

University of Michigan Museum of Art Ann Arbor Michigan date night ideas

Photo courtesy of UMMA

Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan so it makes sense that our little town is packed with so many museums and educational opportunities. The long list of options includes University of Michigan Museum of Art, African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Kempf House Museum, the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, and the Michigan Firehouse Museum in Ypsi.

 

2. Watch an independent film

Founded in 1928, the Michigan Theater is now home to three screening spaces for independent movies, concerts, comedy shows, national tours and more. Check out the schedule here to see which movies are playing. And if you don’t see something you like, check out the State Theatre for more indie options. If you’re looking for more current releases, head to Rave Cinemas or Quality 16.

 

3. Challenge each other to miniature golf

Putterz in Ypsilanti offers everything from a large game room and batting cages to a 54 hole golf course. Three miniature golf games cost just $10 per person so this is a great budget-friendly option, too!

 

4. Listen to live music

The Blind Pig live music date Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of TSLC Productions via The Blind Pig

If you and your date are on the hunt for live music, you won’t struggle to find it in Ann Arbor. Kerrytown Concert House provides the classics, The Blind Pig provides the danceable tunes, and The Ark provides, well, everything! This downtown venue offers live music on more than 300 nights each year in one of the best listening rooms anywhere.

 

5. Attend Sonic Lunch

Since 2008, Sonic Lunch has been bringing free, outdoor concerts to the streets of Downtown Ann Arbor every summer. Suitable for all ages, the 2018 concert series kicks off June 7th and continues with 12 total shows through August 30th. All shows begin at 11:30 a.m. so pack a picnic lunch and head to the corner of Liberty and Division for a Thursday afternoon date! You can see the full 2018 lineup here.

 

6. Laugh at a comedy show

Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase has a schedule packed with stand up comedy. You can catch headliners on Friday and Saturday or buy $5 tickets to the Comedy Jamm each Thursday, which features of 12 local stars from beginner to professional and everything in between.

 

7. Shop local record stores

Record stores date Ann Arbor, Michigan

If you’re looking for a music-themed day date, hit up a local record store and dig through the bins together. Encore Records, Wazoo Records and Underground Sounds all call Ann Arbor home.

 

8. Sip cocktails

Dinner may get old after a while, but cocktails never do — especially when you’re sipping at The Last Word! Repeatedly named as Ann Arbor’s best cocktail bar, this underground locale is a hidden gem, literally. Located underground with no exterior signage, and offering dim lighting and an outstanding bar program, it’s designed in true speakeasy fashion. The drink menu includes high-quality wines and craft beers alongside cocktails prepared with fresh ingredients and house-made syrups and bitters.

 

9. Go on your own brewery tour  

We certainly have no shortage of craft breweries here in Ann Arbor. Our town is home to Wolverine State Brewing Co., HOMES Brewery, Glasshouse Brewing, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, Pileated Brewing Company, Edelbrau Brewing Company and Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub, which serves beers brewed down the road in Ypsi.

If you want to taste a few different breweries in an always lively and fun atmosphere, we recommend stopping by Bill’s Beer Garden or Ann Arbor Beer Grotto.

 

10. Share tea

TeaHaus Ann Arbor, Michigan full English tea

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Ann Arbor’s favorite tea spot, TeaHaus, offers options suited for a quick stop or an entire afternoon — from single mugs to full English tea!

Another local favorite, The Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, serves over 100 varieties of tea alongside Mighty Good Coffee and café snacks. On the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, you can stop by to enjoy the Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series!

 

11. Learn how to dance

Ann Arbor’s dance organizations and clubs can get you out on the floor even if you don’t know how! The Ballroom Dance Club hosts three hours of lessons and two hours of open dance nearly every Sunday night. And at AACTMAD gatherings, you can practice dancing, play instruments, or just come to listen and watch.

 

12. Paddle in a kayak

Argo Park canoe and kayak date Ann Arbor, Michigan

Our two favorite kayak destinations in Ann Arbor are Gallup Park and Argo Canoe Livery. Gallup is a 69-acre park along the Huron River and Geddes Pond. It offers two playgrounds, picnic areas and grills, an open field, more than three miles of asphalt trails, and a canoe livery for boat rentals!

The Argo Livery is located at the Argo Cascades and features canoes, one-person kayaks, two-person kayaks, five-person rafts, tubes and stand-up paddleboard rentals.

 

13. Embark on a nature walk  

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.

 

14. Shoot each other at laser tag

The Ypsilanti Zap Zone is one of our favorite places for laser tag, but that’s not all they have! You can enjoy an entire day of fun with bumper cars, an arcade and a virtual reality experience, too.

 

15. Play arcade games

skeeball and arcade games date Ann Arbor, Michigan

Pinball Pete’s opened its doors more than 30 years ago and has since become the Ann Arbor 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!

 

16. Go bowling

Revel and Roll offers 27 lanes of bowling as well as billiards tables, interactive and virtual video games and chef-inspired dining options in case you work up a hunger. Schedule your date for Thursday night and you can enjoy bottomless bowling, including shoes, for just $12 from 10 p.m. until close!

 

Do you have a go-to date?  

If you have a favorite date spot in Ann Arbor, let us know in the comments below!

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15 Amazing Menus Available During Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Sava's Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is a twice-yearly event that brings together some of our hometown’s best eateries for a chance to taste outstanding, local foods at discounted prices. Each participating restaurant offers either a $15 lunch menu, a $28 dinner menu, or both. And some even offer those menus at a two-for-one price which means you pay just $15 for two lunches!

This year’s summer event is scheduled for June 10 – 15, 2018 and includes nearly 60 participating restaurants. To see the complete list, click here.

Below, we’ve rounded up details on a few of the mouth-watering menus that already have us hungry for our next meal. Keep reading to learn more about each restaurant, to preview their menus and to get ready for Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018!

 

Aventura

216 E Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Aventura Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Photo courtesy of Aventura

Aventura is a charming spot that offers authentic Spanish culture and cuisine, including tapas, paella, vino and delicious, artisan cocktails. In traditional Catalan and Valencian style, the dining room and bar are intertwined, emphasizing the lively social experience of the classic tapas bar.

For just $28, the Restaurant Week dinner menu will take you on a tapas trip through la España. The four-course menu includes a choice of pintxos, small finger foods served throughout the Basque Country, followed by your choice croquetas, tapas and a main plate.

 

Black Pearl

302 S Main St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Black Pearl Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Photo courtesy of Black Pearl

This sleek seafood restaurant offers a unique lounge atmosphere with cocktails, music and mouth-watering cuisine. In the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, you can taste innovative creations from Chef James Wilhelm any time of year, including everything from Raw Oysters on the Half Shell to the famous Caramel Apple Salmon. And don’t worry, the team’s award-winning fish tacos are on the Restaurant Week menu!

 

Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery

207 E Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: Two for one $15 lunch + two for one $28 dinner

At Blue Tractor, they offer their own award-winning, craft brewed beer alongside world-class smoked meats and barbecue. For Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, they’re offering a lunch menu and a dinner menu — and both are two-for-one. That means you can get two lunches for $15 and two dinners for just $28. You may even want to visit more than once!

 

Café Zola

112 W Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 lunch + $28 dinner

Café Zola opened in 1996 and is still independently owned and operated. The original breakfast and lunch menu was largely influenced by French cuisine and today, you’ll also find influences from Mediterranean and Turkish tradition.

During Restaurant Week, the team is offering a lunch menu Monday through Friday and a dinner menu every night. Both menus offer a huge selection of Zola favorites: two courses and 16 options for lunch, two courses and 23 options for dinner!

The Café Zola bistro, Zola Bistro, is also participating in Ann Arbor Restaurant Week!

 

Grange Kitchen & Bar

118 W Liberty Rd | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Grange Kitchen and Bar Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Photo courtesy of Grange Kitchen & Bar

This farm-to-table restaurant offers seasonally and daily rotating menus that are filled with farm fresh ingredients and local, sustainable products. Because the menu can change daily, you’ll get something new and innovative everytime you stop by. During Restaurant Week, they’re offering a three-course dinner menu which includes options like smoked trout rillettes, pan roasted chicken and grilled lake trout.

 

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

120 W Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: Two for one $15 lunch + two for one $28 dinner

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company started serving their in-house brewed craft beer in 1995 and have since become a staple in downtown Ann Arbor. Inside their warm, casual digs, you can get made from scratch foods paired with eight different craft brews on tap daily.

During Restaurant Week, they’re offering a two-for-one lunch that includes options like a Honey Mustard Burger, a Smoked Turkey and Gouda sandwich and a Cherry Pecan Chicken Salad. The two for one dinner menu includes four different Grizzly Peak favorites, including their Pub Fish and Chips!

 

Logan

115 W Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Logan is the passion project of Executive Chef Thad Gillies, General Manager Ryan Gillies and Sommelier Kevin Hobart. Their New American menu is driven by innovation and offered alongside boutique wine and spirits and outstanding service. As such, their three-course Restaurant Week dinner menu is a must-try!

 

Mikette Bistro and Bar

1759 Plymouth Rd | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 brunch + $15 lunch + $28 dinner

Whether diners are seeking a traditional three-course dining experience or a more communal, tapas-style dinner, the team at Mikette is ready with mouth-watering dishes and superb service. The regular dinner menu offers both East Coast and West Coast Oysters, House Patés, and Blue Plate Specials like Shrimp Gumbo, Fried Chicken and Chicken Parmesan. For Restaurant Week, they’re offering a brunch menu, a lunch menu and a dinner menu so you can count us in for all three!

Mikette’s sister restaurants, MANI Osteria and Isalita are also participating in Ann Arbor Restaurant Week!

 

Miss Kim

415 N 5th Ave | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 lunch + $28 dinner + $48 dinner deluxe

Miss Kim Zingerman's Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of Miss Kim

Miss Kim’s 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.

For Restaurant Week, they’re offering a traditional lunch menu and a dinner menu, as well as a dinner deluxe menu. The Dinner Deluxe adds $20 and includes five courses from appetizer all the way through to dessert!

 

NeoPapalis

500 E William St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 lunch + $28 dinner

The team at NeoPapalis opened their first restaurant right here in Ann Arbor more than three years ago, but the family has been in the pizza business for more than 29 years. Their Neo-Neapolitan pizzas are made from dough that is allowed to rise for a minimum of three days, fior di latte cheese, fresh basil, tomatoes from the foot of Mt. Vesuvius and extra virgin olive oil.

Their Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus each serve at least two diners. And one of the dinner options even comes with two Michigan microbrews for guests over 21 years of age!

 

Sava’s

216 S State St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 lunch + $28 dinner

Sava's Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Photo courtesy of EE Berger via Sava’s

What began as Sava Lelcaj’s 23-seat cafe is now one of Ann Arbor’s best restaurants with 300 seats, a team of amazing chefs and welcoming staff. The seasonally-inspired menu includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert driven by Michigan ingredients.

During Restaurant Week, you can try that fresh fare in the form of Fish Tacos served with blackened mahi-mahi, cabbage, roasted tomato salsa and chipotle mayo, a Michigan Apple Salad, or two other mouth-watering choices. The dinner menu consists of three courses, including a dessert of devil’s food cake with marshmallow buttercream frosting and chocolate fudge ganache.

 

Seva

2541 Jackson Ave | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: Two for one $15 lunch + two for one $28 dinner

Seva has been serving outstanding plant-based cuisine in Ann Arbor since 1973. Now located in Westgate on the town’s west side, Seva offers an impressive craft beer list, all housemade desserts, gluten-free options, and dishes that will make even meat eaters love vegetarian food.

Get a taste for yourself during Restaurant Week when they’ll be offering a two-for-one lunch menu and a two-for-one dinner menu which includes three courses (and three vegan dessert options!).

 

The Earle

121 W Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

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, they offer live jazz five nights a week, solo piano and solo guitar performances.

During Restaurant Week, they’re showing off their love of upscale fare with a dinner menu that features three courses and fifteen options total, including six dessert choices!  

 

The Ravens Club

207 S Main St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

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 upscale main dishes.

This is exemplified in their three-course dinner menu during Restaurant Week. It includes items like Chicken Liver Mousse and Ahi Tuna for appetizers and Chicken Brandy, Spinach Gnocchi or Indian River Trout for a main dish.

 

Vinology

110 S Main St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Owned and operated by the Jonna family, this neighborhood wine bar boasts a chic atmosphere, 150 wines and a New American menu. With more than 40 years of experience in the food and wine business, the team at Vinology has proven time and time again that they know good eats and world-class wine.

The three-course dinner menu during Restaurant Week features jaw-dropping items, including Greek Octopus with lemon, cucumber, olive oil, oregano, feta mousse and kalamata olives, Vegan Tamales Fritos, and Peach Cobbler for dessert — a decadent dish in a brown butter crust and served with cinnamon basil ice cream.

 

Where will you be dining?

To see a complete list of restaurants participating in Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, check out the website here. Then, let us know where you’ll be dining in the comments below!

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Where to Take Out of Town Guests in Ann Arbor, Michigan

TeaHaus Ann Arbor, Michigan full English tea

In our totally unbiased opinion, everyone should make a trip to Ann Arbor at least once. Our quirky, historic and charming community is home to several things you can only find here, including the country’s largest stadium, hidden fairy doors and, of course, the Fragel.

As a local, it’s easy to forget all the best places to show off when you have guests in town. To help jog your memory, we rounded up a few of our must-visit local businesses and attractions. Our guide includes food, shopping, education and outdoor experiences, so there’s a good chance your guests will fall in love with Ann Arbor, too.

If you need more ideas, follow along on the Reinhart blog where we continually highlight the area’s best local businesses, restaurants, events and more!

 

Try the Fragel from MD Bagel Fragel

MD Bagel Fragel is a beloved bagel shop in town and they’re the only place where you can still get a Fragel! A 30 year Ann Arbor tradition, a Fragel is raisin-packed dough fried golden brown and coated with cinnamon sugar. The perfect combination of bagel and donut, it’s a must-try for every A2 local and visitor. Alongside Fragels, you’ll find an impressive lineup of freshly baked bagels in sweet and savory flavors, as well as homemade cream cheeses available in 20 different flavors!

 

Grab a cup of coffee

Black Diesel Coffee Ann Arbor Plymouth Michigan coffee shops roasters

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The small town feel and college atmosphere of Ann Arbor make it the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in a cozy setting. Because our community loves to support local businesses, there are countless neighborhood cafes. In fact, we rounded up The 16 Best Coffee Shops in the Ann Arbor Area, which includes favorites like Literati Coffee located above Literati Bookstore, Roos Roast and Black Diesel Coffee. So why not take a coffee tour of Ann Arbor?

 

Find all The Fairy Doors

Fairy doors have been popping up all over Ann Arbor in various locations for as long as we can remember. Today, you can find these charming, artistic, miniature doors at The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor District Library, The Ark, Nicola’s Books and at least four other documented locations in town. Check out the map here and see if you can spot them all!

 

Type on Literati Bookstore’s public typewriter

Literati Bookstore Public Typewriter Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of Literati Bookstore

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. On the store’s lower level, they set out an old typewriter and invited anyone and everyone to type a note on it. Over the years, they accumulated thousands of love notes, poems, sentences and salutations. Published in 2018, Notes From A Public Typewriter compiles some of their favorites alongside essays, photos and more. Stop by and type your own note to be a part of local history!

 

Learn something new at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

One of the most obvious attractions in Ann Arbor is the University of Michigan campus. But you can do a lot more than just people watch in The Diag. Located on campus, the University of Michigan Museum of Art is one of the largest university art museums in the country. Their collections represent 150 years of art collecting and include everything from 1000 BCE Middle Eastern artifacts to 21st-century paintings. Admission to the museum is always free, but a $10 donation is also appreciated. Get full details and plan your visit here.

 

Drive out to Dexter Cider Mill

Part of the excitement of being in Ann Arbor is the opportunity to explore the surrounding communities that make Southeast Michigan the enchanting place that it is. Just 20 minutes northwest of Ann Arbor, the seasonal Dexter Cider Mill in Dexter, Michigan is the oldest continuously operating cider mill in the entire state. Today, the team makes cider the same way it was made 120 years ago: using locally grown, hand picked apples on an oak rack press. Even their equipment is over 100-years-old! In addition to natural cider, fresh apples, doughnuts, apple nut bread, made-from-scratch apple pies, apple strudel, apple turnovers and hand rolled gingersnaps, you can also sip homemade hard ciders made on-site.

 

Go out for brunch

It’s not a trip to Ann Arbor without getting a taste of the local flavor. Our local restaurants have helped make our town a hidden gem in the foodie community — and we can’t get enough. A good starting point is brunch, AKA the most important meal of the week. Check out The 16 Essential Brunch Spots in Ann Arbor to see a few of our favorites!

 

Visit one (or more!) of the famous Zingerman’s businesses

Zingerman's Creamery Beer and Cheese pairing March 2018

Photo courtesy of Emma Boonstra via Zingerman’s Creamery 

Zingerman’s Community of Businesses began humbly in 1982 as a small delicatessen in a historic building that was once a neighborhood grocery store. Instead of following the typical franchise model, deli founders Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig decided to expand locally. Today, there are more than ten businesses operating under the Zingerman’s umbrella — from Zingerman’s Bakery and Miss Kim to Zingerman’s Food Tours and Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter. To learn more about all of them, check out Your Guide to 14 Zingerman’s Businesses in Ann Arbor.

 

Sip a cocktail at The Last Word

Repeatedly named as Ann Arbor’s best cocktail bar, The Last Word is a hidden gem, literally. Located underground with no exterior signage, and offering dim lighting and an outstanding bar program, it’s a bar designed in true speakeasy fashion. The drink menu includes high-quality wines and craft beers alongside cocktails prepared with fresh ingredients and house-made syrups and bitters. The food menu includes crafted dishes like Pork Belly Tostada, Duck Confit Hash and Fried Chicken Buns — and it’s available until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday!

 

Shop the farmers’ market

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open year-round on Saturdays. During the summer, you can enjoy it twice a week on Saturdays and Wednesdays with six food truck rallies scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month, May through October!

Because it’s located in Kerrytown, shopping the market will also give you the chance to explore one of Ann Arbor’s most charming districts. Home to places like 16 Hands, Everyday Wines, The Lunch Room Diner & Canteen, Monahan’s Seafood Market, and a beautiful outdoor courtyard, there will be plenty of other activities to enjoy post-market.

 

See a game in The Big House

Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the United States and the second largest stadium in the world. Though the official capacity is 107,601, its record attendance is ‎115,109 — which occurred on September 7, 2013. To find out when you can cheer on the Wolverines at home, check out the schedule here. And superfans can also tour the stadium and the Crisler Center at just $15 – 20 per person! Get information on tours here.

 

Peruse Nickels Arcade

Comet Coffee Ann Arbor Michigan coffee shops roasters

Photo courtesy of Joseph Saborío via Comet Coffee

Located in downtown Ann Arbor and adjacent to the University of Michigan campus, Nickels Arcade is home to some of the best cafes and shops in town. Now over 100-years-old, the covered mall is filled with natural light and local flavor. A few of the highlights include Comet Coffee, Arcade Barbers and University Flower Shop.

 

Enjoy a live show at The Ark

The Ark is Ann Arbor’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.

 

Order a full English tea at TeaHaus

TeaHaus Ann Arbor, Michigan full English tea

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Ann Arbor’s favorite tea spot, TeaHaus offers options suited for a quick stop or an entire afternoon. Available Tuesday through Sunday, the full English tea is a three-tiered service brought out to each table and complete with white china and linens. The experience includes all the tea you can drink, four finger sandwiches, the soup of the day, two scones with jam, jellies, lemon curd and clotted cream, and three desserts. Get all the details here and be sure to make your reservation a few days in advance. Happy sipping!

 

Stroll through Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

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 the 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.

 

Eat a late-night meal at Fleetwood Diner

This 24-hour diner is a true Ann Arbor institution, thanks in large part to their famous Hippie Hash. If you haven’t tried it for yourself, Hippie Hash is a dish of homemade hash browns with grilled tomato, green pepper, onion, mushroom and broccoli topped with feta cheese. The entire menu is available 24 hours, so stop by whenever you get a craving!

 

Where are you headed?

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13 Unique Wedding Venues in the Ann Arbor Area

Unique unconventional best wedding venues in Ann Arbor Michigan

Ann Arbor is characterized by its individuality, its history and its quirky character. Lucky for all our area couples, that translates into more than a few jaw-dropping wedding venues. We looked into some of the most popular options and chose the ones that stood out to us as the most beautiful and the most unconventional.

Check out our top choices, peruse a few stunning photos from local photographers, and start planning your dream wedding today. Enjoy!

 

University of Michigan | Ann Arbor

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Michigan League wedding Abby Rose Photography

Photos courtesy of Abby Rose Photo

Located right on the University of Michigan campus, the Michigan League and the Michigan Union are available for event rentals. Both venues are perfect locations for ceremonies and receptions as they each offer various spaces for seated events, dinners, dancing and more. Good luck choosing which one to rent for your wedding! Personally, we can’t get enough of the League’s ballroom and courtyard garden.

 

The Rust Belt Market | Ferndale

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The Rust Belt wedding Erin Hannum Photography

Photo courtesy of Erin Hannum Photography

The Rust Belt Market is a marketplace, venue and bar in downtown Ferndale. The dreamy event space is chic and rustic thanks to a chevron wood wall, wooden archway and twinkling string lights. And you’ll also have the opportunity to rent the Revel Bar, a 1000-square-foot, full-service bar adjacent to main room.

 

 

University of Michigan Museum of Art | Ann Arbor

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UMMA University of Michigan Museum of Art wedding Abby Rose Photography

Photo courtesy of Abby Rose Photo

UMMA hosts nearly 20 weddings a year in their 93,000-square-foot facility located at the center of the University of Michigan campus. For larger events, we love the elegance of the Apse which boasts marble floors, a 40-foot skylight and works of art from the UMMA permanent collection. Additionally, galleries may be open for your event for a private viewing experience!

 

 

Frutig Farms: Misty Farm | Ann Arbor

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Frutig Farms Misty Farms wedding Meg Darket Photography

Photo courtesy of Meg Darket Photography

At Misty Farm, a part of Frutig Farms, you can have the backyard barn wedding of your dreams without sacrificing your own backyard or buying a barn. Located just six miles from downtown on sixteen beautiful acres, you’ll find an outdoor ceremony area, space for a tent and a historic, restored barn with room for a band, dancing and eating.

 

 

Kerrytown Concert House | Ann Arbor

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Kerrytown Concert House wedding Ester Cobe Photography

Photos courtesy of Ester Cobe Photography

A popular venue for Ann Arbor wedding ceremonies, Kerrytown Concert House is a unique venue set in a restored Victorian house in the historic Kerrytown area of downtown Ann Arbor. That puts it within walking distance of other Downtown reception venues! The space has a capacity of just over 100 guests and the elegant Steinway model C piano and professional sound system are also available.

 

 

Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast | Pinckney

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Sunset Cove Bed and Breakfast wedding Abby Rose Photography

Photo courtesy of Abby Rose Photo

For intimate weddings, Sunset Cove is the perfect garden setting. With a maximum capacity of 100 guests, you’ll have a lake view to one side and a stunning lodge on the other. Some of our favorite photos from Sunset Cove weddings are taken during an outdoor, tented reception which allows for more guests and more garden views!

 

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation | Dearborn

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The Henry Ford Museum wedding Jillian Bowes Photography

Photo courtesy of Jillian Bowes

The Henry Ford offers three different event and wedding venues, but by far, the most unique is the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. The venue has four different areas available including the historic theater and a classic garden courtyard. Inside, an event in the Museum Plaza will be set amongst highlights of the museum’s collection including a jaw-dropping airplane!

 

Matthaei Botanical Gardens | Ann Arbor

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens wedding Nicole Haley Photography

Photo courtesy of Nicole Haley Photography

As one of the region’s most iconic gardens, Matthaei Botanical Gardens is a gorgeous natural setting for any event. Both outdoors and indoors, there are seven distinct options which include the lush, tropical setting of the Conservatory. Possibly our favorite space, the indoor, greenhouse-style space can hold up to 100 guests for an intimate occasion any time of year.

 

Ann Arbor Art Center | Ann Arbor

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Ann Arbor Art Center Wedding Chelsea Brown Photography

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Located in the historic Walker Building in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, this beloved museum offers spaces for both intimate gatherings and mid-size celebrations. On the second floor, you’ll find the 117 Gallery which features eight art exhibitions annually, exposed brick walls, wood floors and high ceilings. In summary, it’s stunning!

 

 

Michigan Theater | Ann Arbor

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Michigan Theater wedding Chelsea Brown Photography

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You may know the Michigan Theater as an Ann Arbor landmark for film screenings, concerts and other live performances, but did you know you can rent the space for your wedding? Whether it’s set in the historic main auditorium, the screening room or the new 60-seat Annex Cinema, a wedding here will transform your big day into a jaw-dropping production.

 

 

Vinology | Ann Arbor

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Vinology Ann Arbor Michigan wedding Jennifer Boris Photography

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Boris Photography

Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant is always a cozy dining option in Downtown Ann Arbor, but it gets even better when it’s decked out for your wedding! There are three event rooms total and all three can be rented together to accommodate up to 100 guests. Perfectly suited for an intimate ceremony, dinner, reception and dance floor, we love this A2 option!

 

 

The Inn at St. John’s Atrium | Plymouth

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Inn at St. John's wedding Allie and Co. Photography

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The Inn at St. John’s offers three distinct event spaces, but for the most unconventional and memorable occasions, we recommend the Atrium. Set beneath a towering sky-light ceiling, the decor is a perfect blend of rustic and industrial with plenty of natural light.

 

 

Café Cortina | Farmington Hills

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Cafe Cortina Wedding Amber Marie Photography

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This Italian countryside setting is ideal for intimate, outdoor and indoor events. Amidst the warmth of the courtyard fireplace and surrounded by gardens, you and up to 185 guests can dance in the outdoor space or relax inside in front of another fireplace and a cozy interior.

 

 

Where did you get married?

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The Top Five Ann Arbor Neighborhoods with the Best Walk Scores

The best neighborhoods to live in Ann Arbor walkable Walk Score

Ann Arbor is the hub of Washtenaw County and the sixth largest city in Michigan. While it’s one of the state’s bustling urban centers, the city maintains its charm and small town feel through communities of historic homes, tree-lined streets, park spaces, local businesses and so much more.

Because of that small town atmosphere, the heart of Ann Arbor is home to several neighborhoods with top-ranking walk scores. Using Walk Score, a website that can calculate walk scores, transit scores and bike scores for any address, we rounded up Ann Arbor’s most commuter-friendly neighborhoods and included a few of the must-visit attractions within walking distance!

 

1. Downtown

Walk score: 94 | Bike score: 98

Downtown Ann Arbor is the headquarters of culture, small business and local events in town, so it makes sense that it would snag the highest ranking Walk Score. And the Bike Score is even higher! Bordered by the University of Michigan campus, West Park and Kerrytown, this neighborhood isn’t just for foodies and event attendees. It’s also suited for families, shoppers, students, socialites and anyone who likes to spend time outside. There are countless destinations in the neighborhood, but we’ve rounded up a few of the must-visits below. Enjoy!

 

Eat + Drink

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company | Ann Arbor’s landmark brewpub, this downtown eatery offers craft beers made in-house alongside a seasonal menu.

Vinology | This neighborhood wine bar boasts a chic atmosphere, 150 wines and a New American menu.

Logan | Specializing in New American cuisine, Logan is an upscale dining option in Downtown with seasonally rotating menus and an exclusive wine list.

Fleetwood Diner | Open 24 hours a day, Fleetwood Diner is a retro-style venue dishing American classics including the signature hippie hash.

Comet Coffee | Located inside Nickel’s Arcade, this local favorite serves outstanding espresso beverages and locally made pastries.

Sava’s | This modern, bi-level restaurant serves eclectic, locally sourced fare and a large Sunday brunch buffet.

 

Attractions

University of Michigan | At the heart of Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is a top-ranked public university with a tradition of excellence in research, learning and teaching, sports and the arts.

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum | Interactive, hands-on exhibits help children and adults of all ages discover their inner scientist.

University of Michigan Museum of Art | UMMA holds collections representing 150 years of art collecting and hosts frequent community events.

Michigan Theater | This historic theater shows indie films, stage productions and live concerts.

Nickel’s Arcade | This covered shopping district in downtown Ann Arbor was built in 1918 and is home to several local shops, restaurants and cafes.

Kerrytown | Kerrytown is a historic district in Ann Arbor home to distinctive, one-of-a-kind stores, stunning courtyards and a few of A2’s essential eateries.

 

2. South Main

Walk score: 76 | Bike score: 86

South Main is a neighborhood centered around South Main Street which goes from the heart of Downtown Ann Arbor all the way down to Eisenhower Pkwy and Briarwood Mall. In the center of the neighborhood, you’ll be within walking distance of Pioneer High School to the west, Michigan Stadium to the north and University of Michigan Golf Course to the east.

 

Eat + Drink

Sushi Town | This no-frills sushi house is a local fave for its varied roll selection and authentic Japanese fare.

Craft Breww City | Home to the largest beer selection in town, Craft Breww City also offers delicious pub cuisine.

Grillcheezerie | As Ann Arbor’s headquarters of gourmet grilled cheese, this casual spot serves all-natural, handcrafted, made to order sandwiches.

Baba Dari Mediterranean Grill | This casual Middle Eastern restaurant has outdoor seating, authentic foods, catering and delivery.

Mr Spots | The champion of wings and cheesesteaks in town, Mr Spots suits students, townies and locals alike.  

 

Attractions

Michigan Stadium | The Big House is the football stadium for the University of Michigan; it’s the largest stadium in the United States, the second largest stadium in the world and the 34th largest sports venue.

University of Michigan Golf Course | Designed by one of golf’s all-time great architects, this seasonal course is gorgeous.

Crisler Center | This is the indoor home arena for the University of Michigan’s men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the women’s gymnastics team.

Yost Ice Arena | This indoor arena has served as the home of Michigan hockey since 1973.

 

3. West Park

Walk score: 73 | Bike score: 84

Just northeast of Downtown Ann Arbor, this neighborhood is centered around West Park itself. The expansive community space offers acres of greenery, family fun and some of the most beautiful oak trees in town. The park also offers a historic archway entry and a bandshell for fair weather concerts which puts residents at the heart of the local, outdoor music scene! In nearby neighborhoods, you’ll find plenty of local businesses, restaurants and attractions within walking distance as well.

 

Eat + Drink

Tasty Bakery | Tasty offers high-quality, gluten-free artisan baked goods that are indiscernible from any glutinous treat.

Heidelberg Restaurant | The Heidelberg Restaurant has been serving fine German food since 1961 and offers three floors of fun.

Mighty Good | Mighty Good roasts their own coffee and serves it up in four different Ann Arbor locations.

Big City Small World Bakery | Espresso drinks, generous slices of pie and homemade baked goods — count us in!

Ann Arbor Distilling Company | At Ann Arbor Distilling, they manage the distillation process from grain and all the way to your glass.

 

Attractions

West Park | This neighborhood park offers a bandshell for concerts, a picnic shelter and restrooms, a playground, spray fountain, softball field, basketball court, tennis courts, volleyball posts and a walking path.

Ann Arbor School of Yoga | This Iyengar yoga studio and school provides a welcoming environment for yogis of every skill level.

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre | This neighborhood performance venue presents theatrical productions, educational programs and workshops.

 

4. Lower Burns Park

Walk score: 72 | Bike score: 96

Burns Park itself used to be the County Fair Grounds and now serves as a community destination for students, kids, parents and everyone who calls Ann Arbor home. With Burns Park Elementary right next door, both the park and the neighborhood are fantastic choices for families. Lower Burns Park is situated southwest of the park between Burns Park and the expansive University of Michigan Golf Course which also puts you within walking distance of all the attractions in South Main: Michigan Stadium, Yost Ice Arena, Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex and more!

 

Eat + Drink

Mi Compadre | Inside a bright, casual and welcoming atmosphere, you can get delicious homestyle Mexican dishes.

Black Diesel Coffee | This cozy coffee shop is a local go-to for good reason.

Toarminas Pizza | This Michigan chain is the home of the 24-inch pizza.

RoosRoast Coffee | This hyper-local Ann Arbor coffee roaster is home of the famous Lobster Butter Love.

Anthony’s Gourmet Pizza | Anthony’s Gourmet Pizza specializes in Chicago-style Deep Dish.

 

Attractions

Revel and Roll | Ann Arbor’s only bowling entertainment destination, this family-friendly spot offers 27 lanes, pool tables, video games and chef-inspired dining options.

Burns Park | This 15-acre neighborhood park is home to a shelter with restrooms, five tennis courts and a practice court, a basketball court, a sledding hill, a small parking lot and play equipment.

Frisinger Park | This small, 3.6-acre park is a favorite for families.

Rose and White Park | This unique, 1.12-acre park has a play area, swings, and landscaped islands.

 

5. Old West Side

Walk score: 71 | Bike score: 85

Most of the Old West Side is located in a historic district which serves to maintain the character and the architecture of the neighborhood. The north side of the neighborhood overlaps with Downtown Ann Arbor and the south end puts you within walking distance of Allmendinger Park and Michigan Stadium! But inside the borders of Old West Side, you’ll also find plenty of charm, gorgeous homes and tree-lined streets as well as local businesses and attractions for residents, families and children of all ages.

 

Eat + Drink

Washtenaw Dairy | This longtime favorite specializes in ice cream, homemade donuts and a family-friendly atmosphere we love.

Jefferson Market | The team behind Mighty Good opened this cafe as a food playground for chef Nic Sims.

Blank Slate Creamery | This hip, snug shop features clever flavors of gourmet ice cream served in homemade waffle cones.

Frita Batidos | Inside a bright space with picnic table seating, this eatery serves fast casual, colorful Cuban street food and tropical cocktails.

Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery | The Ann Arbor brewpub of this Michigan brewery is known for truffle fries, upscale pub fare and pints of rustic craft beer.

Black Pearl Ann Arbor | This sleek seafood restaurant offers a unique lounge atmosphere with cocktails, music and mouth-watering cuisine.

 

Attractions

Waterworks Park | This 1.48-acre park has picnic tables, a small play area, benches and an asphalt walking path.

Argus Museum | Located on the second floor of 525 West William, this museum features products manufactured by the Argus camera company.

Wurster Park | At over 5.5 acres, this park offers an asphalt path, play equipment, an open field, a sledding hill, horseshoes, a picnic grill and tables, benches and an oak tree that’s on the natural registry of historic trees!

Sweet Gem Confections | Starting with the best cacao, this local shop offers premium hand-crafted chocolates and confections.

 

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The 14 Essential Wineries to Visit Near Ann Arbor

Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

You’ve heard of California wine country, but have you heard of Michigan wine country? We assure you, it exists and it is flourishing! In fact, different regions of the state have organized their own wine trails to highlight local wines. You can explore the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail near Grand Rapids, the Bay View Wine Trail in Northwest Michigan, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail around Grand Traverse Bay, and the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail which goes right through our backyard.

We’re adding a few stops to the local winery itinerary by showcasing our favorite vineyards and tasting rooms near Ann Arbor. Each one is worth the sip — or bottle.

 

Black Fire Winery | Tecumseh

1261 E Munger Rd | Facebook

Black Fire Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries

Photos courtesy of Black Fire Winery

Owner Michael Wells went from a Fire Department Lieutenant with a dream to an outstanding grape grower and winemaker. Today, his picturesque vineyard offers a cozy tasting room and a covered deck with a lineup of handcrafted wines, a menu of mouth-watering appetizers, and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays!

 

Chateau Aeronautique Winery | Jackson + Onsted

Jackson + Onsted | Facebook

Chateau Aeronautique has two venues to taste their wines and attend special events. The original Airpark Tasting Room in Jackson features airplane decor, including paintings of vintage airplanes and a grass runway. The Irish Hills in Onsted sits on 26-acres of vineyard landscape and has a 1976 German glider wing for a bar top, vintage destination posters and airliner seats for seating. Both locations host private events, wine tastings and public celebrations! See the upcoming events here.

 

Burgdorf’s Winery | Haslett

5635 Shoeman Rd | Facebook

Burgdorf's Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries

Photo courtesy of Burgdorf’s Winery

Deb and Dave Burgdorf have been making wine for over 30 years. Combined, they boast a Master of Science degree in Microbiology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, over 15 years of experience in fermentation, and 30 years of experience working with plants and conservation planning. This all results in award-winning fruit and grape wines which you can taste on-site at the gift shop and tasting room nestled on a 5-acre countryside estate.

 

Cherry Creek Winery | Brooklyn

11500 Silver Lake Hwy | Facebook

Nestled in the Irish Hills, this family-owned winery celebrates over 100 years of winemaking knowledge passed down through four generations. Inside the historic 1870 schoolhouse tasting room and seasonal café, you can sip award-winning grape wines, fruit wines and ciders, sample freshly made butter fudge, taste their Michigan Cherry Preserves, and more! Bring the whole family along for events, including holiday celebrations, dinners and pairings.

 

DeAngelis Cantina del Vino Winery | Ann Arbor

7879 Jackson Rd D | Facebook

Made right in the heart of 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 updates on events and tastings.

 

Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery | Adrian

3402 Chase Rd | Facebook

Flying Otter Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries

Photo courtesy of Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery

Though the work never stops inside the winery, the Flying Otter outdoor tasting room is only open seasonally. However, their charming atmosphere, live music events and award-winning wines have landed them multiple honors in the Daily Telegram’s Best of Lenawee competition: first place in the Best Winery category and second in Best Wine for 2017! They use cold climate hybrid wine grapes grown on the estate to create each of their must-try wines.

 

J. Trees Cellars Cidery & Winery | Tecumseh

703 E Chicago Blvd | Facebook

Located in the Historic Hayden-Ford Mill, J. Trees Cellars has created a cozy environment for tastings where they’ve paired their handcrafted beverages with a menu of cheese and meat platters and delicious sandwiches. Open for visits Friday through Sunday, you can stop in to sample their wines and ciders made from both estate-grown fruits and other fruits sourced from around the state.

 

Lone Oak Vineyard Estate | Grass Lake

8400 Ann Arbor Rd | Facebook

Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

Lone Oak is Southeast Michigan’s oldest and largest commercial vineyard. Over the years, they’ve developed 12 world-class European grape varieties which cover their picturesque 25-acre vineyard. Using these grapes, they craft Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and other outstanding European varietals — from dry to semi-dry and even dessert wines! In addition to chef’s wine dinners, special occasion concerts and annual celebrations, they host live music on the deck every Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. with fresh baked bread, cheeses and other appetizers available for purchase.

 

Northville Winery and Brewing Company | Northville

630 Baseline Rd | Facebook

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. And it functions as a music venue with shows from both 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.

 

Pentamere Winery | Tecumseh

131 E Chicago Blvd | Facebook

Pentamere Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Pentamere Winery

This family-owned and operated winery is nestled in Downtown Tecumseh. They use grapes sourced from Michigan and the Great Lakes region to create wines in-house which means you can take a peek into the winemaking process and witness the beautiful transformation from grape to wine right in the tasting room. You can preview the wines and order online here, but we definitely recommend stopping in to visit this hyper-local spot!

 

Sandhill Crane Vineyards | Jackson + Dexter

Jackson + Dexter | Facebook

Sandhill Crane operates a year-round tasting room in Jackson and the Cider Mill Tasting Room in Dexter during apple season. Made in small batches right on the premises, the tasting lineup includes well-balanced acidic white wines, rich reds, flavorful fruit wines and delicious dessert wines. Upon visiting, you’ll soon find a second home at this casual, welcoming, family-friendly wine destination.

 

Sleeping Bear Winery at Grand River Brewery | Jackson

117 W Louis Glick Hwy | Facebook

This drinking destination and eatery is a must-visit in Jackson. Operating under the name Grand River Brewery, they feature a brewery, Sleeping Bear Winery, a craft distillery and a farm-to-table restaurant. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! In the brewery, they create beverages using only Michigan hops and Midwestern malted barley. In the winery, they showcase the same love for local by using locally grown grapes, as well as apples in their hard ciders.

 

Villa Del Vino Winery | Napoleon

10175 Austin Rd | Facebook

Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

Owners and wine lovers Hermin Rahimi and Dan Harris have always dreamed of opening their own winery. Due to its rustic nature and proximity to the vineyards of Southwest Michigan, they chose Napoleon as the home of Villa Del Vino and have been building that home for years. Today, they have a developing vineyard of their own and also work with domestic wines out of California. Stop in the tasting room on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to taste the blends for yourself and learn more!

 

Vine2Wine Custom Winery | Northville

446 S Main St | Facebook

Owners and winemakers Mark and Sherrie Zucker found their passion for winemaking after they received a homemade bottle of wine as a gift. And today, Vine2Wine has been open for nearly two decades! Through the years, they’ve been crafting small batch wines made in the heart of Northville with the best juices sourced from around the world. 

 

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