Blog Archive - 2017

Dec 22, 2017
Happy New Year! In honor of 2018, we're here to help you create your Ann Arbor area bucket list. Perfect for first-time visitors and seasoned tourists, our list covers popular favorites and hidden gems. For more information about these and other area attractions and events, sign up to get the Travel ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 21, 2017
The Ann Arbor area is home to some of the best winter festivals in Pure Michigan. With activities ranging from ice sculpting to sledding to cross country skiing, you will find a festival to enjoy in Washtenaw County. For more winter activities, view our events calendar. The Saline Main Street WinterFest Held ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Festivals & EventsOutdoor Recreation
Dec 11, 2017
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, and this month we’re excited to share some cold weather outdoor activity ideas with you — along with gear from one of our favorite outfitters; celebrate a winter ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 04, 2017
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week partners with local farmers to bring a fresh twist to the table in January. The benefits of eating locally grown foods abound and the number of restaurants sourcing local has grown exponentially over the last five years. Locally grown food is more flavorful, has more nutrients, ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: FoodThings to Do
Dec 04, 2017
Bundle (and buckle) up! Hard as it is to believe, December is already upon us – a cheerfully frenetic season of holidays, gift-giving, music, and family; and the Ann Arbor area is particularly well-equipped to provide for your holiday needs, thanks to local business sale events, winter art fairs, ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureEntertainmentFestivals & EventsThings to Do
Dec 04, 2017
The city of Ann Arbor is nearly 200 years old and since its founding, newspapers, historians, and Treetown townies have cataloged its growth and progress. The Ann Arbor District Library houses a massive archive of old newspaper articles, photos, and historical documents from the 1800s to present day. These ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureHistory
Dec 04, 2017
“The Museum is not finished. It never can be if it is to be a functioning unit of the University. My earnest hope is that it will grow and change with the times and serve science and the University with increasing effectiveness.” -- Alexander Ruthven, 1931 The Museum of Natural History ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 04, 2017
Mittenfest is the most incredible annual end-of-year music festival in Michigan. Some have even called it the best annual music festival in the midwest, but you’re encouraged to be that judge this year yourself. It exists to showcase the most dynamic Mitten-made bands and artists, as they donate ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureEntertainmentFestivals & EventsThings to Do
Nov 28, 2017
While many think of Ann Arbor as the home to the University of Michigan and it’s lively football Saturdays in the fall, we’re here to show you how much more Ann Arbor has to offer, even during the chilly winter months! Here at Bivouac, our goal is to outfit your life with everything you need ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Outdoor RecreationThings to Do
Nov 10, 2017
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, and this month we’re excited to welcome some new residents to the Leslie Science and Nature Center; announce the grand re-opening of a historic Ann Arbor theater; ... Read more and see comments!

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Nov 03, 2017
From the winter solstice to the spring equinox, the Ann Arbor area has an abundance of events to enjoy! Whether you bring the family or make it a romantic weekend for two, plan to shake off those winter doldrums and join us for a fun winter weekend getaway. January Ann Arbor is a vibrant area all year ... Read more and see comments!

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Nov 01, 2017
Look what landed at Leslie Science & Nature Center! Three new birds were recently acquired from a local rehabilitation facility: an american kestrel, red-tailed hawk, and a red phase eastern screech owl! We are excited to have these new educators on our team and are already working with them ... Read more and see comments!

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Nov 01, 2017
The Ann Arbor area is a beloved destination for lovers of great food and exquisite dining experiences. From eccentric Ethiopian cuisine to savory seafood restaurants, and from mainstays like Fleetwood Diner to new hotspots like Miss Kim, you will always find delicious eats in the Ann Arbor area. Our ... Read more and see comments!

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Oct 27, 2017
As the days grow shorter and a layer of frost greets us in the mornings, November launches us into the holiday season. Plan a visit to the Ann Arbor area to embrace the remaining days of autumn, join in the thrill of one of college football's greatest rivalries, and get a head start on your holiday ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureEntertainmentFestivals & EventsThings to Do
Oct 24, 2017
November officially kicks off the winter holiday season — and we've created this handy sing-along shopping guide to help inspire some original gift ideas, whether you're shopping for a loved one or yourself!               On ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Entertainment
Oct 18, 2017
In 2017, the University of Michigan celebrated its bicentennial through a series of events ranging from lectures to festivals, art exhibits to live performances. Each event focused on either one or more of the Bicentennial themes: Serving the People, Pursuing Ideas, Creating and Inventing, Teaching Powerfully, ... Read more and see comments!

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Oct 12, 2017
If you ask Ann Arbor locals about their favorite time of year in Tree Town, odds are that they’ll say autumn. Indeed, fall brings crisp air, blue skies, and of course, fall colors. Fall also brings several special events to our area, including a little something called Michigan football. But there’s ... Read more and see comments!

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Oct 03, 2017
After experiencing some dog days of Indian summer in September, fall in Michigan – with its emphasis on cider mills, colorful leaves, fleece, and football – will finally click into high gear when we reach October. The area always offers loads of opportunities to eat great food and ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureEntertainmentFestivals & EventsThings to Do
Sep 29, 2017
Are you an orchestral aficionado? Then surely you’ve heard of the New York Philharmonic, the country’s oldest symphony orchestra. Thanks to a groundbreaking partnership with Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society (UMS), the New York Philharmonic is returning to Ann Arbor for the second ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 29, 2017
One of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s (WCPARC) main initiatives is connectivity, with the emphasis on the Border-to-Border Trail (B2B). All trail users, bicyclists, walkers, runners, joggers, rollerbladers, and stroller pushers are welcome throughout autumn on this non-motorized, ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 26, 2017
In Ann Arbor, Fall is a time for beautifully colored trees, football, and historic orchards! Chicago Tribune recently covered the magic of an Ann Arbor autumn, and we wanted to provide an insider’s look on all the area has to offer! Without further adieu, here are five fabulous Fall attractions ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 25, 2017
Visit a local farmer’s market, broaden your palate, and taste some history! The new Washtenaw Heritage Foodways Story Map blends historical time periods with points of interest across the county and representative recipes of many cultural ethnic groups present in our community over time. Find ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 20, 2017
Harvest time is here! Come on out to Manchester, a lovely farming community on the River Raisin in the southwest corner of Washtenaw County. From corn mazes, to cider and donuts, to roadside pumpkin stands to a village-wide Halloween celebration, Manchester is packed with authentic fall fun in a ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureFoodOutdoor RecreationThings to Do
Sep 19, 2017
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, and this month we’re excited to feature two very fall-friendly events — the Smoke & Ale Festival in Chelsea and the University of Michigan Fall Festival. There's ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureFestivals & EventsThings to Do
Sep 04, 2017
You’ve probably heard of Rosie the Riveter, that iconic figure of American spirit. Many people may also know that Rose Will Monroe traveled from rural Kentucky to Ypsilanti, Michigan to work among thousands of others during World War II. But what about where she worked and what she made? Find ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 01, 2017
Mother Nature helps ease the transition between summer and winter by painting landscapes in such spectacular colors. Plan a trip to Ann Arbor this fall to experience what the Chicago Tribune calls the most charming college town in the Midwest. Ann Arbor gained the nickname “Tree Town” as ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Outdoor Recreation
Aug 31, 2017
September marks the start of fall, when school resumes, huge crowds pack Michigan Stadium on Saturdays, temperatures start to get cooler, and cultural events kick into high gear in Washtenaw County. While this is partly because students are back in town, it’s also because most arts organizations ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureEntertainmentFestivals & EventsThings to Do
Aug 09, 2017
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, year-round — and this week we’re excited to feature multiple area events including Thunder Over Michigan, Zingerman's Summer Street Fair, and the Ypsilanti Heritage ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 01, 2017
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been experiencing theatre in the Ann Arbor area. Growing up in neighboring Lenawee County, I was fortunate to have parents who recognized and encouraged my appreciation for music and theater, and who also looked forward to seeing new, classic, professional, and ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 01, 2017
Join us at Riverside Park, August 25-27, for the 38th annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival! The mantra for the 2017 Heritage Festival planners is “new and improved” — and, oh how we have delivered! We are devoted to making this year’s festival one that blends the best of past festivals ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 26, 2017
August is a gloriously beautiful time of year in the Ann Arbor area. With lots of sunshine and blossoming gardens, Tree Town is alive with color during the summer months. It's fitting that there are tons of events to take advantage of, as well. Indoor and out, art and culture, music and theatre, ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 14, 2017
This is a big year for Zingerman’s—we’re celebrating 35 years of being part of the Ann Arbor community! The festivities are going on all year long, and the most exciting event, our 35th Anniversary Street Fair Party, is happening August 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Ann Arbor Farmers ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 13, 2017
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, year-round — and this week we’re excited to provide inside tips for navigating the Art Fair, a taste for the best craft beer festival in Michigan, photos from the ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 10, 2017
Don’t let the fear of traffic congestion and parking challenges deter you from experiencing the Ann Arbor Art Fair, one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions. Here are six “getting here and around” tips that are sure to make the experience a work of art! Summer is Construction ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureFestivals & Events
Jul 10, 2017
This blog was published in 2017, but still has great information about the annual Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti! For this year's event dates, visit our events page.    Hey, everyone! Riverside Park here. Just wanted to give you all a heads up that the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 07, 2017
The Ann Arbor area is an urban oasis – perfect for the traveler that loves great food and arts and cultural activities, but also wants to explore the great outdoors. We’ve gathered this season’s best community-generated photos from our Instagram account, to illustrate the beauty and ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Outdoor Recreation
Jul 06, 2017
Ann Arbor is not only known for its world-renowned University of Michigan, but for its impeccable support and programs for the LGBTQ community. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of OUTFest — a pride celebration held August 4-6, hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center. The event’s goal is ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Festivals & EventsThings to Do
Jun 29, 2017
Four years ago, Shelley and Dave Brenner discovered chalk painting through a local chalk art competition in their hometown of Chelsea, Michigan. Since that time they have participated in a variety of chalk events throughout the United States and have enjoyed sharing their love of chalk art as a featured ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureFestivals & EventsMember Spotlight
Jun 28, 2017
July is the month for outdoor festivals and fairs in Washtenaw County, so whether you’re interested in cars or art or Elvis, there’s likely a local event just for you. Check out all that’s on offer here, so you can start making plans. Be sure to follow Visit Ann Arbor on Facebook, ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 22, 2017
Ann Arbor is, no doubt, a distinctive destination for all kinds of visitors — couples looking for a weekend getaway, groups in need of meeting space that is both functional and inspiring, solo travelers looking for an adventure, and brides and grooms searching for the perfect place to tie the knot. It’s ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 19, 2017
As Depot Town prepares to welcome Great Race participants and spectators, Ypsi Real connected with the organizers of this spectacular event to learn more about the passion behind the event.  Jeff Stumb, Director of Great Race, Tours & Events, took a moment to describe his experience with Great ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 08, 2017
If you’re new to our blog, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, year-round - and this week we’re excited to highlight two new food destinations, fun on the Huron River, young artists leaving their mark on the Art Fair, a one-of-a-kind celebration, and ... Read more and see comments!

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May 31, 2017
June may be one of the best months to be in Washtenaw County. The kids are in their last days of school, everyone’s excited to spend time outdoors, and lots of concerts, festivals, movies, and activities pop up across the county. So whether you love music, running, films, car shows, theater, or ... Read more and see comments!

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May 26, 2017
What’s a better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with some golf? At the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, the Ann Arbor Area’s premier golf resort, deserving dads and celebrating families will find an exquisite 18-hole golf course, delicious dining options, and more-than-comfortable ... Read more and see comments!

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May 25, 2017
Sharon Mills County Park is a historic, natural wonderland located near the village of Manchester - just a short drive from Ann Arbor. History buffs, outdoor adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts, picnickers, canoers and others enjoy this destination of historical significance, which is open each year from ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
May 25, 2017
The Ann Arbor Art Fair is regarded as one of the most prestigious art fairs by artists and collectors worldwide. As the event nears its 60th anniversary, a younger generation of both artists and attendees are starting to discover one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions. Here are 12 Millennial ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
May 21, 2017
Art-inspired summer festivals and events in the Ann Arbor area are as iconic as Wolverine football is in the fall. From grassroots events to one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions, be inspired in Ann Arbor! Sign up for our newsletter or follow Visit Ann Arbor on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureFestivals & Events
May 10, 2017
The Detroit Metro Times featured six Washtenaw County trails in the article, 30 Stellar Michigan Hiking Trails that You Have to Explore. We've couldn't agree more! Next time you're visitng the Ann Arbor area, be sure to pack your hiking boots and hit these trails! Excerpts from the Metro ... Read more and see comments!

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May 08, 2017
After nearly a week of traveling across the country, The Great Race contestants will arrive in Ypsilanti on Thursday, June 29. Join the racers in Depot Town and check out some of these rare vintage vehicles. The Great Race is an endurance rally designed to complement the capabilities and ... Read more and see comments!

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May 08, 2017
If you know anything about Ypsilanti, you know that the automobile industry is a big part of its history. Guest blogger Emma Schulte shares how you can experience the pivotal role Ypsilanti played in the automotive industry.  Ypsilanti has been home to many memorable automobiles from different ... Read more and see comments!

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May 01, 2017
To any foodie worth their chopsticks, it's no surprise that Ann Arbor was nominated by Midwest Living as one of the best Midwest Food Towns in the U.S. Honoring food-forward communities with a population less than 750,000, Ann Arbor was recognized as home of beloved Zingerman's Community of ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 25, 2017
Now that we’re all out and about, after a long winter of hibernation, and local college students are wrapping up another semester of classes, it’s time to take a breath and check out what cultural and community opportunities await you in May. Here’s a list of some upcoming local event ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 17, 2017
Ypsilanti is a hotbed of nationally-known antique markets. Looking for that perfect vintage piece? You’re likely to find it here in historic, charming Ypsilanti.   Last summer, we had the privilege of meeting Mary Moore of Raising Dick & Jane, and showing her around the retro shops in ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 10, 2017
Washtenaw County is a wonderful place to live and visit! Amazing events are happening every day, including many locals’ favorites that are accessible to visitors as well.  The libraries in Washtenaw County are special treasures in that regard, providing family entertainment and education as ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
Apr 07, 2017
This entry was written by Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of the Zingerman's Community of Businesses. Recently, Inc. Magazine named Weinzweig one of The World's 10 Top CEOs (They Lead in a Totally Unique Way) — and the newest Zingerman's venture is Miss Kim, a Korean restaurant located just ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 23, 2017
Spring has sprung in Ann Arbor and there's lots to do in the city and in our smaller communities, as well!   44th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow. This gathering of Native Americans from throughout the Great Lakes area includes social dancing and demonstrations of different ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 22, 2017
This article is from 2017, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Washtenaw County! For updated event dates, click HERE. Have you ever taken a drive out on the back roads of western Washtenaw County? They traverse some of the most picturesque rural landscapes in the region, and contain ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
Mar 16, 2017
What flows for 104 miles and draws more than 2.5 million people each year? Southeast Michigan’s own Huron River! For kayaking, canoeing, fishing on a fly, and other freshwater pursuits, the Huron River Water Trail is a Michigan treasure worth exploring. Meet the Huron River Water Trail--104 miles ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 16, 2017
This article is from 2017, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Ann Arbor! For updated event dates, click HERE.  The Huron River is one of the best places in Michigan for smallmouth bass fishing. Our guest blogger Emma Schulte interviews the owner of Schultz Outfitters in ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 02, 2017
Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival: In past years, this has been a sleeper hit event, so whether you’re a full-on boat nerd, or a person just getting her sea legs, consider checking out this daylong series of 1-hour presentations on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks, along with diving ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 16, 2017
This article is from 2017, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Ann Arbor! For updated event dates, click HERE.  Head west on Jackson Road about six miles out of downtown Ann Arbor, and you’ll find what is quickly becoming a national treasure right in our own backyard. ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureMember Spotlight
Feb 14, 2017
In honor of Michigan’s 180th birthday this year, below are six quick bits of knowledge about Washtenaw County’s early settlers you may not have known. For more information on the early pioneers, check out Washtenaw County’s newest Heritage Tour online.  Pioneering: Good Luck ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
Feb 09, 2017
If you’re new to our blog, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, year-round - and this week we’re excited to highlight two theatrical performances, events honoring Black History Month, the thriving dessert scene in Ypsilanti, and unique hidden ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 09, 2017
Growing Hope is an Ypsilanti nonprofit that has been serving the community since 1999. Their mission is to use locally grown, healthy food help develop the people, environment, and community at large in the city. Branching off of this wide mission, Growing Hope has recently implemented a grand new idea ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 03, 2017
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Ann Arbor! For updated event dates, click HERE.  Did you know that the Ann Arbor area is home to hundreds of Certified Tourism Ambassadors? Certified Tourism Ambassadors (“CTAs” for short) are official ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 01, 2017
I’m going to spend this Valentine’s Day with my latest crush … Ypsilanti. This stylish community just east of Ann Arbor is serving up all sorts of sweet treats this February — and all year long! Check out some of these great destinations and share with us your favorite place ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Food
Jan 27, 2017
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 the Ann Arbor Distilling Company for a performance ... Read more and see comments!

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Jan 26, 2017
The Ann Arbor area doesn't hibernate in the winter. Visit for yourself and check out these amazing events and more this February.  In addition to the full calendar of events to check out, the Ann Arbor area has countless restaurants to try and museums to visit. Be sure to follow Visit Ann Arbor ... Read more and see comments!

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Jan 18, 2017
This article is from 2017, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Dexter and Ann Arbor! For updated event dates, click HERE. Introduction to Cornman Farms As the only member of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses based in Dexter, we are fortunate to enjoy the best ... Read more and see comments!

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Jan 11, 2017
As we welcome a new year, we welcome new opportunities to discover the Ann Arbor area. Break bread with family and friends at one of the newest Ann Arbor restaurants, or venture out to one of our groundbreaking nature trails. The Ann Arbor area has a plethora of activities for every season and all ages. ... Read more and see comments!

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Jan 04, 2017
2017 is here! In honor of the New Year, we're here to help you create your first bucket list for the year. Check out our list of the top 17 things to do in Ann Arbor in 2017.   Eat at Zingerman's. Seriously, a stop in Ann Arbor is hardly complete without tasting a bit of Zingerman's ... Read more and see comments!

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