Community Tourism Action Plan - Completed Projects 2016
Dec 16, 2016
The CTAP program is a community-oriented tourism marketing and development investment program initiated by the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Up to a $10,000 funding level may be allocated to each Washtenaw County community to support new and/or enhanced visitor-based programming focused ... Read more and see comments!
Throughout the Ann Arbor area, the first snow has blanketed the city streets and rolling hillsides. It's been an amazing four seasons — and we at Visit Ann Arbor want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. However, before we hang that new calendar, reminisce with us and celebrate a memorable 2016.
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7 Ways to Geek-Out on Greek Revival in Washtenaw County
Dec 02, 2016
Washtenaw County's Driving Tour of 19th Century historic homes gives you the backstory on places you’ve likely noticed – and maybe some you’ve not yet discovered. You can take a driving tour for yourself, check out an individual site, or visit the tour virtually by clicking ... Read more and see comments!
11 Reasons the Ann Arbor Area is a Craft Beer Destination
Nov 18, 2016
Ann Arbor, located 30 minutes west of Detroit in southeastern Michigan, is completely unique in the beer scene – with a brewery that creates solely sour beer, to a kombucha beer brewery, and everything in between. Below is a run-down of what Ann Arbor has to offer beer lovers – and also links ... Read more and see comments!
As the winter approaches, Michiganders are preparing for the cold months ahead. But we are here to tell you the Ann Arbor area has so much to offer visitors in the months ahead. From one of the area’s best music festivals, shopping expenditures, holiday home tours, foodie events, glee clubs, and ... Read more and see comments!
11 Ann Arbor Made Products for Tailgating at the Big House
Nov 04, 2016
Tailgating is a lifestyle in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hundreds of diehard Wolverine fans begin to show their team spirit hours before the game. If you're not familiar with tailgating at Michigan Stadium, check out another blog on the top 10 things you need to know. In this blog, you can learn to ... Read more and see comments!
Saline is a Beautiful Place for Your Pure Michigan Wedding!
Nov 01, 2016
Are you planning for your special day? Nestled in the heart of Saline, Michigan are a few of the most beautiful venues, complete with attentive staff and breathtaking scenery.
If you’re looking start checking things off your to-do list, Wellers Inc. offers a detail oriented staff ... Read more and see comments!
One of the best ways to enjoy winter in Michigan is by planning a post-holiday, relaxing getaway to Chelsea, Mich. This picturesque community just west of Ann Arbor is a resplendent mid-winter escape, complete with renowned restaurants, award-winning theatre, and downtown shopping. Take a weekend to ... Read more and see comments!
Manchester, Michigan may just be one of the most charming historic towns in the Midwest - with a rich history, enchanting architecture, lovely parks, exciting outdoor recreational opportunities, and family-friendly events.
Historical societies all over the country are seeing a boost in interest from ... Read more and see comments!
Dexter, Michigan: A Perfect Destination for Creative Outdoor Enthusiasts!
Oct 31, 2016
Monet, Van Gogh, and O’Keeffe (just to name a few) found their deepest inspiration among rolling hills, calming streams, and vast meadows. Dexter, Michigan is the perfect getaway for people who enjoy bringing art and nature together. The city's beautiful landscape is accompanied by a strong ... Read more and see comments!
Eight Ways Milan Is Going Through A Remarkable Renaissance
Oct 27, 2016
If you’re looking for a quaint town that has history, a charming downtown with unique shops and beautiful parks, Milan might be the place you want to visit. Milan is a small town with home-style restaurants, unique shops, and more than 200 acres of parks.
Here are eight ways that Milan ... Read more and see comments!
18 of Your Best Fall Photos in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Oct 27, 2016
Chicago Tribune recently hailed Ann Arbor as a perfect destination for a Midwest Fall getaway. The area is packed with parks to view the beautiful fall colors, as well as orchards, mills, and corn mazes to get in the spirit of the brightly colored season! As we prepare for Halloween activities, ... Read more and see comments!
Whether you love Halloween for the costumes, treats, or the scares — there are plenty of events throughout the area where you can celebrate your way! Who says that costume is only good one day a year?
ypsiGLOW is going to turn Ypsilanti streets luminescent! Kicking-off it's inaugural year ... Read more and see comments!
15 Photos of the Big House to Kickoff Your Weekend
Oct 14, 2016
Ann Arbor is painted Blue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enjoy these amazing photos of the Big House, and be sure to check out our other blog about 4 Ways to Go Blue After the Game.
1. Hail to the Victors as you walk though the gates of the Big House.
It's ... Read more and see comments!
Starting on October 4, 2016 - you can enter to win the amazing HGTV Urban Oasis home in Ann Arbor, Michigan! We were lucky enough to tour this amazing home, and realized HGTV totally gets Ann Arbor. Here’s what we mean:
1. HGTV picked a house in the Water Hill Area
A beautiful neighborhood just ... Read more and see comments!
10 Surprising Facts About Historic Barns in Washtenaw County
Sep 23, 2016
Washtenaw County's Driving Tour of 19th and 20th Century Barns opens your eyes to beautiful structures that have stood the test of time. You can take a driving tour for yourself, or visit the tour virtually by clicking here. Keep reading to learn more about Washtenaw County's Historic Barns.
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Ann Arbor is known for many things. A year doesn't go by without Tree Town ranking in the top 20 of at least a dozen "Best of” lists: it's one of the best cities to live in Michigan, in America, for millennials, for entrepreneurs, for women in the work force, for college grads and ... Read more and see comments!
4 Ways to Go Blue After the Game in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Aug 30, 2016
Football Season has officially begun in Ann Arbor, Michigan! You probably have your coolers packed, your maize and blue gear ironed and starched, but have you planned your post-game activities? Check out this list to get started!
1. Go Eat!
It's getting near that time ... Read more and see comments!
POP-X is a 10-day festival of pop-up art pavilions in Liberty Square in Downtown Ann Arbor. Featuring nine national artists, POP-X is a unique opportunity to explore art amongst the fall colors in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
I. It is free and open to the public.
Enjoy this unique event, free of charge! Attending ... Read more and see comments!
7 things to experience during the Ann Arbor Art Fair
Jun 13, 2016
Spanning four exhilarating days, from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24, The Ann Arbor Art Fair is an art lover’s destination filled with original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of shops featuring sidewalk sales. Art enthusiasts by the hundreds of thousands ... Read more and see comments!
Quick. Let’s do a little word association. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear: Michigan Stadium? Is it Ann Arbor, The Big House, Wolverine Football or Coach Jim Harbaugh? Well, there’s a new tradition forming in this sacred house which is proving to be a very popular ... Read more and see comments!
Hello from Alison and Bryan of VLD Events, a husband and wife wedding planning team based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We absolutely love A2 and are so grateful to have been in business here the last 8 years, showcasing what makes this city so vibrant and great.
Approximately 90% of our clients come into ... Read more and see comments!
The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. That means it’s time to celebrate spring in the Ann Arbor area! Here are six ways to experience the season.
Get your geek on.
Plan your next visit to coincide with Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7 hosted by Vault of Midnight. ... Read more and see comments!
There are a number of fun factoids about Ann Arbor. One of my favorites is that Ann Arbor has more bookstores per capita than any other U.S. city. And I’m not talking about your traditional large chain booksellers. These are the treasured, independent and specialty stores with dedicated customers. ... Read more and see comments!
Artini, an annual martini crawl and fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Arts Center, crowned The Ravens Club its 2016 winner. We are thrilled to share the recipe for this incredibly imaginative beverage, giving a nod to classic flip cocktails.
1.5oz pistachio infused Two James 28 Island Vodka
.5oz ... Read more and see comments!
The Portage Lake 'Chain of Lakes' located in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties is comprised of seven lakes connected by the Huron River. Each lake has its own beauty and is an excellent destination for boaters and anglers.
First in the chain – located in Washtenaw County within the Waterloo ... Read more and see comments!
The First-Timer’s Guide to Attending the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Mar 02, 2016
Six days of exciting film viewing are about to launch as the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival returns March 15 – 20 to the Michigan Theater. The world famous avant-garde festival presents the work of filmmakers who are more artist than Hollywood mogul.
For a first timer, going to the festival can ... Read more and see comments!
Coined by a 2016 travel industry report, the “Bourdain Effect” refers to the rise of attracting visitors to destinations by prominently featuring local culinary gems. The goal is to appeal to a visitor’s sense of adventure by presenting unique culinary experiences, similar to those ... Read more and see comments!
We love Valentine’s Day here in the Ann Arbor area. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, married or anywhere in-between, there’s a surplus of unique and fun things to do in mid-February.
Single and ready to mingle? Join the party at Necto’s second annual University of Michigan ... Read more and see comments!