Two-Day Getaway to Ann Arbor | Midwest Living

Two-Day Getaway to Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan’s cool hometown, supports a world tour of great restaurants, shopping and art.
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Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
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Day 1

Thousands of travelers come here to attend football games at the Big House, the largest stadium in college football (it holds 109,901).

The campus’ beautiful outdoor sculpture garden and newly renovated and expanded Museum of Art merit a couple of hours.

For lunch, hit up Mark’s Carts, a collection of ethnic food trucks and carts parked in a landscaped courtyard on Washington Street.

The walkable downtown has dozens of classy, independently owned shops, and there’s a weekend farmers market in the Kerrytown neighborhood.

Reasonable prices and impeccable preparation make Logan a solid fine-dining destination.

Located on campus, the Inn at the League provides affordable, comfortable lodging (from $135).

Day 2

Dig into the local food scene during a two-hour Savor Ann Arbor Tour—a flavor-packed, eye-and-button-popping odyssey. Or sign up for a wide array of dessert and baking classes at Zingerman’s Bakehouse.

For the ultimate in lunch decadence, try the killer mac and cheese at Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Work it off touring and shopping Motawi Tileworks, which produces Arts and Crafts-style tile that’s popular nationwide.

Founded by actor Jeff Daniels, the Purple Rose Theatre in neighboring Chelsea (17 miles away) stages entertaining shows that make for an intimate, affordable night out.

The Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor is a small company with big talent.

Plan on dinner at Cafe Zola, which has a menu of French-inspired options like filet mignon with a port glaze. 

More information: (800) 888-9487;

Day trip

Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth celebrates the holiday year-round in a 2.2-acre superstore packed with 50,000 ornaments, 500 Nativity scenes and a Christmas cookie cafe.

Traditional fried-chicken dinners draw crowds to nearby Zehnder’s, a family-style restaurant celebrating Frankenmuth’s heritage as Little Bavaria.

More information: (800) 386-8696;


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