My husband heads back to his alma mater each year for a guys football weekend and this time I tagged along. No, I didn’t crash the festivities, but I did make the most of my alone time (which was only for 24 hours during the customary guys bar crawl, tailgating and game watching). Ann Arbor has been on my list for some time, so I was very excited to explore. It didn’t disappoint!
College campuses strike a chord with me. The energy and activity that you see and feel being on campus is electrifying. A flood of memories come at you (even if not your school). And, I’m not going to lie, there’s a tiny bit of envy towards those living it right now. What can I say, but those were the days! Plus, you can people watch for hours and many campuses are incredibly picturesque.
University of Michigan has this beating pulse that I speak of and something that I have never seen before quite at the same level…team spirit. I’m not just talking the kids getting rowdy on game day. What I’m describing here is an entire community, young, old and in between, embracing the traditions, showing ownership and pride, supporting their community. Not only was everyone in their Michigan garb, but there was a distinct buzz in the air, all around town, beginning at the Saturday morning farmer’s market in Kerrytown. I’ve since got my blue and maize tshirt, but let’s just say I was clearly the bahumbug around town in my gray tshirt that day.
I showed my spirit in other ways that weekend, namely by eating, drinking and walking my way through campus and town. Here are some highlights…
So, the moral of the pictures is that Ann Arbor is worth a trip to Michigan! Ok – we were blessed with some fantastic weather, so I’d suggest a summer or fall visit if you can swing it. No guarantees on winter tours.
One other note, Jerusalem Gardens has one of the best falafel I’ve ever had! With cute outdoor seating area, you must stop by!! A few other places worth a visit: Ashley’s Underground (for a beer), Comet Coffee (if you’re a coffee snob), Zingerman’s Roadhouse (for some down home cookin’), The cupcake station (carrot cake was yummy), DQ (ahem…), anywhere on Main Street or State Street is sure to be a good place for a drink, people watching or pretending like you are a student all over again (come with laptop in hand).