Ann Arbor is bold, vibrant, and one of MONEY magazine’s “Best in Travel” locations. Recently named the #1 small college town by WalletHub, Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas offer a unique and inclusive range of experiences for everyone in your family, young and old. Everyone in your ... Read more and see comments!
Get Excited for these New Restaurants in the Ann Arbor Area!
Feb 12, 2019
George Bernard Shaw famously wrote, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food,” so Washtenaw County foodies probably felt their hearts racing many times this past year, as yet another crop of enticing new restaurants opened their doors.
And while Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti’s ... Read more and see comments!
In a city like Ypsilanti that works hard and plays hard, and is full to the brim with learners, professionals, entrepreneurs and adventurers, it ought to come as no surprise that the entire system runs on lots and lots of coffee. That's why, no matter which part of the city you're in, there's ... Read more and see comments!
During our year-long partnership with The Epicurean Traveler (a fabulous blog from Erin Klema, a Grand Rapids-based foodie), we've done our best to show her the most exciting, quirky, wonderful, unique, and impressive things happening in the Ann Arbor area. With this quest in mind, we knew that she ... Read more and see comments!
February is a celebration of all things winter here in the Ann Arbor area. From curling to ice carving and hot cocoa to chili cook-offs, you'll find plenty of reasons to toast to winter this year. Below are just a few events happening during the month, though you can click here for an exhaustive ... Read more and see comments!
6 Little Gems That Will Take You Back in Time in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Dec 27, 2018
Blast the Buddy Holly on your radio and take a delicious trip down memory lane! Ypsilanti, Michigan takes pride in its history and you can see that by visiting one (or all) of these six little gems that will take you back in time.
These Ypsi gems are 100% authentic, local and ... Read more and see comments!
January is a month of new beginnings, and the Ann Arbor area is a great place to start the new year. It can be so much fun to try different things and have fresh experiences, and Restaurant Week provides a chance to do that - with many restaurants offerings discounts and three-course ... Read more and see comments!
Well, Ypsilantians, you've done it again. 2018 was an epic year for your Instagram feed, and we're honored and grateful that you used #ypsireal to share your shots with us! We sure do have plenty to share - art, natural beauty, tasty eats, interesting people... it's all here in Ypsilanti. Here's ... Read more and see comments!
When Erin Klema from The Epicurean Traveler comes to town, we like to take her to visit places throughout Washtenaw County that are doing really special stuff. Luckily, Ann Arbor is a #CatalystofCreativity and tons of culinarians, artists, and entrepreneurs are doing groundbreaking, innovative, ... Read more and see comments!
Local shops are bright and glowing, holiday parades are full of much cheer, and we here in Ann Arbor know it is certainly the most wonderful time of the year. Be sure to see the Insta-worthy holiday lights and decorations in Nickels Arcade, throughout the Main Street Ann Arbor area, in Ypsilanti’s ... Read more and see comments!
10 Ways to Enjoy Thanksgiving and Not Cook a Thing!
Nov 05, 2018
Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. Every year I look forward to getting together with my family, enjoying a delicious and calorically-dense feast, and pausing to be grateful for the time we share together.
I also look forward to eating an otherwise socially unacceptable amount of pie, and ... Read more and see comments!
We love The Epicurean Traveler's taste for great food - so when she began planning her trip to Ann Arbor, we recommended Miss Kim.
Zingerman's newest restaurant, Miss Kim is rooted in Korean tradition, but inspired by local Michigan produce. Managing Partner Ji Hye Kim is a culinary ... Read more and see comments!
14 Fall Activities in the Ann Arbor Area to Add to Your Calendar Immediately
Oct 07, 2018
It’s almost unfair to other places how stunning Washtenaw County is in the fall. We all know that our little part of the world is gorgeous year round but, in the humble opinion of the author, fall is when our area really shines. The warm colors of the foliage smack you right in the face with their ... Read more and see comments!
If there was an award for best-smelling local event, the prize would likely go to Chelsea’s annual Smoke & Ale Fall Festival, happening October 12-13.
For not only will more than 40 serious barbecuers from different parts of the region gather to compete in SAFF’s Professional Masters ... Read more and see comments!
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Well Anne, we couldn’t agree more. In the Ann Arbor area, October means cider and donuts and apple picking, and it means hot coffee and cooler temperatures and brightly colored leaves. ... Read more and see comments!
The Epicurean Traveler is back! Erin Klema, one of our favorite food and travel bloggers, published another post about her time in the Ann Arbor area earlier this year - specifically about her jaw-dropping, delectable dinner at Ollie Food + Spirits in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
Here's her ... Read more and see comments!
Destination Ann Arbor is ecstatic to partner with Erin Klema from The Epicurean Traveler this year! Erin will visit Ann Arbor and the surrounding area periodically in 2018 and 2019 and share with us some photos and blogs inspired by her visits. Follow along with us here, and also on social media with ... Read more and see comments!
Ah, September… the last days of glorious Michigan summer, and a peek into the colorful season of autumn. Here in Ann Arbor, September is all about enjoying time outdoors, welcoming students back to the city, and of course, Michigan Football! Check out our events listing below for some other highlights ... Read more and see comments!
I have small kids. My new job as a parent has caused me to look back on my own childhood, now aware of the intense planning that must have gone into the seemingly effortless way that my mom raised us. We had no shortage of creative and educational activities to do, and we had many adventures to local ... Read more and see comments!
When August rolls around in #DestinationAnnArbor, you know that you’re in for a treat. Events are everywhere throughout the month, throughout the county. Long days and warm temperatures mean loads of summer fun - whether it’s enjoying outdoor music, celebrating LGBTQ+ pride, creating art, ... Read more and see comments!
July is arguably the peak of summer in Ann Arbor. One of the warmest months of the year, July is also one of the most action-packed, and offers everything from world-class arts events to the best craft beer around, and from sheep-herding to chicken broiling, all right here in the Ann Arbor area. When ... Read more and see comments!
The Ann Arbor area has much to be grateful for — thriving businesses, beautiful landscapes and a booming cultural scene. So, it’s only right that we give back to the community. As you look around our neighborhoods, you’ll see an undaunted commitment to sharing all that we have.
In ... Read more and see comments!
They say that adversity reveals character – so Milan Coffee Works’ recent, good-humored response to a coffee-batch-gone-wrong just might make the quirky, little, off-the-beaten-path cafe your new favorite hang.
“We bagged (the coffee) up and sold it at a discount, calling ... Read more and see comments!
Haven’t heard about the great food scene in the Ann Arbor area? Well, get ready to eat your heart out. It’s nearly impossible to explore our region without finding some of the most delectable eats around. And the best part? All of this fantastic cuisine is totally unique and hyper local – ... Read more and see comments!
Gone are the days when eating vegan meant you could only go to that one salad bar where they make you take off your shoes and cleanse your aura before you eat. Veganism is on the rise, with one report from research firm GlobalData indicating a 600% increase in people identifying as vegan in the U.S. ... Read more and see comments!
Ask any local or University of Michigan alum - you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more exciting, beautiful place to spend summer days and nights than the Ann Arbor area. In June, you’ll enjoy celebrations of books, culinary delights, music, African-American heritage, film, environmental stewardship, ... Read more and see comments!
They don’t call Ann Arbor “Tree Town” for nothing! In May, you’ll see arboreal beauty all over the city - and many fabulous opportunities to explore stunning parks and outdoor areas throughout the Ann Arbor area this month. Additionally, the summer festival season accelerates ... Read more and see comments!
The Date that Does Good - 6 Ways to Make a Romantic Weekend a Community Affair
Apr 11, 2018
Ypsilanti is not only a hub for fantastic food, beautiful recreational opportunities, and quirky local attractions, it’s also a tight-knit company of people with a deep attention to community betterment. Around every corner is an opportunity to learn something new, invest in a good cause, or support ... Read more and see comments!
It’s no secret that Ann Arbor is a culinary oasis. Thanks to our James Beard award-nominated establishments and fan favorite restaurants, we’ve gotten quite a bit of attention on the national level. The praise is well-deserved, as our food landscape is rich with both hyperlocal and global ... Read more and see comments!
Spring has sprung, and April marks the beginning of the warmer months in the Ann Arbor area. You’ll see tulips popping up along Main Street and State Street, fools frolicking through the downtown area, and adventurous eaters dining al fresco around town. The list of events for April is seemingly ... Read more and see comments!
March! Winter is waning and spring is right around the corner. We’re pumped for March Madness, the Ann Arbor Marathon, St. Patrick’s Day, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Women’s Day, and… well, National Puppy Day is pretty exciting, too. We hope you’ll join us ... Read more and see comments!
February… what a month to celebrate! With Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Presidents’ Day and more, Ann Arbor is spellbound in the second month of 2018 with a blizzard of events for visitors to enjoy. Here are a few we’re particularly enthusiastic to see on our calendar.
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Some people know it simply as Valentine’s Day. V-Day. Lover’s Day. Day of love. Others know it simply as the day of ice cream, gourmet chocolate sales, and comfort. Whatever you think of the day (and no matter your relationship status), there are plenty of things to do in Ypsilanti and on ... Read more and see comments!
The food scene in Ann Arbor is massive, and the huge variety of restaurants options can feel overwhelming if you’re not sure where to begin your culinary journey! Luckily, we at the State Street District have created food itineraries for you, making your next restaurant decision easy as pie.
The ... Read more and see comments!
We're jazzed to present our ideas for 18 things to experience in 2018, right here in Ypsilanti, Michigan!
1. Hit up the Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market! Year-round, local food producers gather downtown to flaunt their pretty produce. Ypsiplanti is also based at the Farmer’s Market - where ... Read more and see comments!
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!
Your Most Delectable Foodie Photos in #VisitAnnArbor
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!
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! We're excited to promote a #VisitAnnArbor gem, the University Musical Society, as well as lots of fun events and activities that highlight the fall colors and all the coziness that autumn brings.Whether you're a die-hard Wolverine Football ... Read more and see comments!
Explore Culinary History Tours in Washtenaw County
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!
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!
Welcome back students! I know you’re excited to see your friends and get settled into your home-away-from-home. Whether this is your first year or last semester as an EMU Eagle, U-M Wolverine, or a member of the WCC Wolfpack, Ypsi holds new adventures, great coffee, and college-budget friendly ... Read more and see comments!
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!
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!
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!
Year Round Farmers Market Hopes To Revitalize Downtown Ypsilanti
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!
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!
11 Reasons the Ann Arbor Area is a Craft Beer Destination
Nov 18, 2016
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Ann Arbor! For updated event dates, click HERE.
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 ... 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!
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Ann Arbor! For updated event dates, click HERE.
Coined by a 2016 travel industry report, the “Bourdain Effect” refers to the rise of attracting visitors to destinations by prominently featuring local ... Read more and see comments!
Over easy puns aside … there is something delightful about breaking the yolk on an immaculately prepared egg. From sunny-side up to perfectly poached — order one of these delicious culinary works of art during your next visit to Ann Arbor.
FRITA (CUBAN BURGER): Frita Batidos
Inspired ... Read more and see comments!