Ann Arbor Michigan – A real summer experience

Ann Arbor Farmer's MarketVisiting Ann Arbor made this desert dweller remember the joys of a traditional summer. I found luscious locally grown vegetables, open air cafe’s and a vibrant life only to be found where people value the few months of summer that come each year. There was a special joy in Ann Arbor summer life. Now I finally understand why people leave Arizona each year to enjoy this special time in states where it snows in the winter and the people know what it’s like to look forward to spring and summer weather.

Here are some of the joys you can experience during an Ann Arbor summer and autumn:

University of Michigan Campus Public Art Walk
Take an art walk through the University of Michigan North Campus. Both the Museum of Art and the University North Campus have an outstanding collection of outdoor sculpture. We spent about an hour wandering through the grassy campus, up steps and even through buildings.

Be sure and see The Wave, by Maya Lin, who also designed the Viet Nam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington D.C. It’s an organic sculpture just waiting for a child, or the child in you, to walk in the undulating grass. Now that was a special joy of summer life!

Dates/Hours:  Dawn to Dusk
Sculpture Website

Join the Chefs at the Farmer’s Market
The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market is where the chefs go for their produce. The market, located in fascinating, eclectic Kerrytown, is where you’ll also be inspired to cook fresh and local. You might see chef Eve Aranaoff, shopping there. Ann Arbor has a farm-to-table tradition. One of the joys of summer is seeing the colorful fresh produce brought each morning to the market and then finding that same produce, later in the day, at  a local eaterie.

Once you have had your fill of the fresh tomatoes, lettuce and local delights such as cheeses,  head into the brick building for more shopping at the indoor Kerrytown Market and Shops. Find fresh fish, meats, spices, home décor and the amazing  Hollander’s papery and kitchenware store.

Dates/Hours:
May through December: Wednesday & Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
January through April: Saturday Only, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Farmer’s Market Website

Dine Outside at Ann Arbor’s Famous Zingerman’s Deli
In Ann Arbor, Zingerman’s is an institution. The deli also has become a destination for traveling foodies. Established in 1982, Zingerman’s has become known far and wide as THE place to go for such deli-delights as Ruben Sandwiches, specialty cheeses, coffees, teas and meats.

The deli is located a block from the Farmer’s Market and Kerrytown Shops at 422 Detroit St.

Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor

Enjoy amazing deli food at Zingerman's

Zingerman’s is an amazing place. They search far and wide for the best olive oil, coffees, and much more. Order a sandwich and a side dish and enjoy a meal outside on their spacious patio. You’ll be served by the friendliest servers I have ever experienced. Zingerman’s is like family. It’s evident the staff enjoys belonging to this hard-working family.

Zingerman’s also operates a creamery, known for excellent goat cheese, and their own bakery. For a taste of Zingerman offerings, you can order from their website. (I recommend the Ginger Jump-Ups cookies).

Hours: Open everyday 7am-10pm
Deli Website

Ann Arbor – Close Enough for a Long Weekend
If you find yourself weary of the dry heat in Arizona and yearn for the “real summer” of your childhood, you can easily fly to Ann Arbor for a long weekend. The closest airport is Detroit. Rent a car and drive an easy hour to Ann Arbor and stay just outside the city in one of the motels. You’ll enjoy daily forays to enjoy the farms, vibrant city life and culture of  an Ann Arbor summer.

When You Go
Ann Arbor Visitors Bureau
Places to Stay in Ann Arbor

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose

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