Or, if you’re of a slightly morbid bent, visit the graves of some of Ann Arbor’s most illustrious citizens, including the town’s co-founder Elisha Rumsey and legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, at the picturesque Forest Hill Cemetery.
The Ann Arbor area is brimming with museums, and whether you like looking at quaint architecture, old skeletons, stimulating paintings and sculptures, or mechanical contraptions of a bygone age, there’s something for everyone.
Two of the state’s first brewpubs, Arbor Brewing and Grizzly Peak, are still going strong more than two decades after they opened.
Locally brewed beer isn’t all that Ann Arborites get to enjoy.We love beer from everywhere, and with the venerable Ashley’s, a 72-tap bar that’s been expanding beer horizons for more than three decades, and Hop Cat, which recently added another 100 taps to the mix, you’re sure to find whatever beer your heart desires. Try a hand-pulled Old Fashioned at The Ravens Club, dig a barrel-aged Negroni at the Alley Bar, or get the Detroit-invented namesake of The Last Word -- or have nationally recognized bartender Robyn Cleveland mix you up another perfectly balanced potion.); and the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, our town’s answer to Mardi Gras (in the city-takeover sense, not the flash-for-beads sense).In the fall, discover local food and drink at the Homegrown Festival or cutting-edge musical grooves at Edgefest. Yep, we still fest here: Check out the traditional holiday market at December’s Kindle Fest, or get the folk out at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival in January. Lucky for you, Michigan has the fifth (or sixth, depending on the day) most breweries of any state in the union, and Ann Arbor has its share of them.Even better, take that posse and BYOB to Whirlyball of Ann Arbor, which combines the joys of dodge ’em cars and jai alai (yes, you read that right).
When it comes to enjoying everything from first-run films to midnight cult classics, you can always rely on the Michigan Theater, a lovingly restored 1920s movie palace, and the State Theatre, an Art Deco-inspired cinema house just steps away.
West of Downtown, there’s Wolverine State Brewing, makers of award-winning craft lagers; Glasshouse Brewing; and Ann Arbor’s newest brewery, HOMES, whose hoppy beers get drained as fast as they can make them.
And by the time you read this, another two breweries may have opened up.
Or head down the road just a bit for the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville or the Michigan Firehouse and Automotive Heritage museums in Ypsilanti.
Because not everyone is an avid outdoorsman, and/or because sometimes the weather just completely sucks, the Good Lord invented indoor gaming.
Enjoy the Ethiopian offerings of the The Blue Nile.