26 Reasons We Love Ann Arbor | Midwest Living

26 Reasons We Love Ann Arbor

Here's an A to Z list of why we love Ann Arbor, Michigan, from its casually arty Attitude to ... well, you'll Z!

Ann Arbor highlights: G to J

Glass cherries Selo/Shevel Gallery's cheerful bowls of glass fruit make great Michigan souvenirs. (734) 761-4620; www.seloshevelgallery.com

Haute pub grub (pictured) Oven-dried-tomato pizza. Truffle-oil fries. The Jolly Pumpkin turns a pint into a food adventure. See Midwest Living's review. (734) 913-2730; jollypumpkin.com

Intriguing jewelry The tempting selection at 16 Hands Gallery includes watches made from silver spoons. (734) 761-1110; 16handsgallery.com

Juicy steaks Weber's Restaurant and Hotel serves the most tender prime rib in town. (The rooms are comfy, too; from $150.) See Midwest Living's review. (800) 443-3050; webersinn.com


Ann Arbor highlights: K to O

Kneading bread Zingerman's Bakehouse (see Z), hosts hands-on classes where you can learn to make doughnuts, croissants and more. (734) 761-7255; bakewithzing.com

Louis Comfort Tiffany collection The glitzy University of Michigan Museum of Art displays a stunning array of Tiffany glass. Free. See Midwest Living's review. (734) 764-0395; umma.umich.edu

Morning food Cafe Zola's French-inspired brunch menu includes 13 omelets. Our pick: goat cheese and asparagus. (734) 769-2020; cafezola.com

Napoleons Custard-filled pastries cap off an old-world feast of kielbasa and paprikash at Amadeus Cafe and Restaurant. See Midwest Living's review. (734) 665-8767; amadeusrestaurant.com

Open-air art (pictured) Ann Arbor hosts four art fairs at the same time each summer. (800) 888-9487; artfairs.visitannarbor.org


Ann Arbor highlights: P to S

Premieres The tiny Performance Network Theatre stages one new play each year, plus old faves. See Midwest Living's review. (734) 663-0681; performancenetwork.org

Quixotic gifts Shop for decorative papers, bookbinding materials, stationery and more at Hollanders. (734) 741-7531; hollanders.com

Railroad rumble Trains rattle past the Gandy Dancer restaurant, offering a thrillingly gritty backdrop to steak and seafood dinners. See Midwest Living's review. (734) 769-0592; muer.com

Sidewalk cafes (pictured) Spring in Ann Arbor means dusting off the tables and umbrellas for another season of alfresco dining. Ethnic fare, smoothies or subs—you name it, someone's eating it while basking in the sun and smiling.


Ann Arbor highlights: T to X

Taramousalata This addictive, garlicky potato-caviar spread with the texture of whipped butter starts every meal at Mediterrano. See Midwest Living's review. (734) 332-9700; mediterrano.com

Upscale Italian food Forget red sauce. Paesano Restaurant-Wine Bar serves innovative dishes such as chestnut risotto. See Midwest Living's review. (734) 971-0484; paesanosannarbor.com

Vibrant art The nonprofit Ann Arbor Art Center (pictured) has a colorful gallery and hosts lots of classes. (734) 994-8004; annarborartcenter.org

Wind chimes Spruce up your nest with outdoor music-makers from Downtown Home and Garden. (734) 662-8122; downtownhomeandgarden.com

Xtra calories Indulge in a midday truffle at Schakolad Chocolate Factory. (734) 213-1700; schakolad.com


Ann Arbor highlights: Y and Z

Youthful vibe College towns have a sneaky way of making you yearn for pre-responsibility days. Wallow in the nostalgia (maybe over a slice of pizza) before checking back into reality.

Zingerman's (pictured) Not just a name, but an institution, this family of businesses includes the original deli, a bakery, a creamery and, our latest obsession, the Roadhouse restaurant. Together, they form the backbone of the city's culinary scene. Zingerman's also shares the foodie love via mail-order, so even if you can't visit Ann Arbor, at least you can taste it at home. See Midwest Living's reviews of Zingerman's Bakehouse, Zingerman's Deli and Zingerman's Roadhouse. (888) 636-8162; zingermans.com

(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® March/April 2011. Prices and other details can change; please check specifics before making travel plans.)


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