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 — whether you’re embarking on your next adventure or getting dressed for a night out, we have everything you may need for your time here in Ann Arbor and beyond. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure (or a bit of both!), we want you to enjoy every moment of your visit. Since we have been in the neighborhood for a bit — 46 years to be exact — we wanted to share with you some of our favorite things to do in the colder months.
1. Get Outside
We know what you’re thinking — “Go outside?? In the winter?!” It might seem crazy at first but Ann Arbor has plenty of great places to enjoy the fun that winter has to offer.
Looking to get your heart rate up? Ann Arbor has many great parks that are open all year long. If you want to Trail Run, X-country ski, walk, some of our staff picks are Bird Hills or Nichols Arboretum (“The “Arb” as it’s affectionately known) which offer many different trail routes! Make sure you find the correct balance of layering to stay warm, but not too warm that you overheat! When dressing for these activities, keep the “10 Minute Rule” in mind. Dress so that you feel cold for the first ten minutes — because you don’t want to overheat after being in an aerobic state for a duration.
If you’re visiting and forgot your gear, Bivouac is the perfect place to stop in! Here’s what we suggest for these activities:
Fun fact: we also rent cross-country skis for snowier days!
2. Ice Skating
The Ice Cube and Yost Arena for some indoor skating. If you’re feeling brave, Veterans Memorial and Buhr Park have outdoor skating as well! Before showing off your skills on the ice, stop by to pick up last minute accessories to make sure you stay warm:
Veterans’ Park and The Arb are filled with hills that are perfect for family fun - just make sure you’re equipped with the correct gear so you don’t cut the trip short from being too cold and wet:
We even have gear for your little ones as well!
4. Exploring Downtown
After you’re done enjoying the great winter activities Ann Arbor has to offer, make sure to take some time to enjoy the amazing variety of shops and food downtown! For dinner plans, head over to one of our staff picks: Sava’s, Knights, or Mani for food and drinks with a great atmosphere.
If you aren’t satisfied with what you packed or need a quick fix don’t fret! Bivouac has a wide range of clothing options for whatever your time here in Ann Arbor throws at you. From Spanx and Fashion Tape to button downs or a new dress, you’ll head out on the town dressed to impress:
5. Last Minute Holiday Shopping
By now it is probably clear that Bivouac carries almost anything you can think of or need! From camping accessories to winter apparel, from hiking boots to fashion booties, we’ve got a wide variety of products that ensure the perfect gift for the whole family and all price ranges!
We hope you have an enjoyable time visiting Ann Arbor this winter!