November 15, 2010
Having fun in Ann Arbor
This past weekend I had my first official visitor to Ann Arbor! One of my best friends came to stay for the weekend, and as I was planning our weekend I realized that I have been so busy with school that I had failed to spend much time doing fun things off of campus. Lest you get in that same rut in Ann Arbor, here are some fun things my friend and I did this weekend. With the caveat that we love food, so if you are not as into food our activities will probably not be as interesting.
We started out on Saturday morning with a trip to the Farmer's Market. Ann Arbor has a great Farmer's Market, and there happened to be a lot of great samples this week. We tried herb infused olive oil, locally made yogurt, and some amazing locally made chocolate. After the Market we headed over to State St. for the obligatory tour of campus – I had forgotten how huge and impressive the University of Michigan is, and it was a fun reminder. We then shopped around campus at State St. and South University, where there are some cute little shops that I never had time to get to before. After that we headed over to Main St. where there is slightly fancier shopping. There are two fin chocolate shops downtown, so we treated ourselves a little bit. For dinner we went to a great Korean restaurant that was very reasonable. Ann Arbor is full of day. great restaurants, and although I don't indulge in eating out very often, you can find places where it's not too expensive. We also had a fun walk around Ann Arbor at night – at least until we got cold.
Sunday we continued our food theme by touring the Zingerman's Creamery. Zingerman's, for those who aren't local, is this amazing (and swanky) local food empire. They have a great deli, a bakery, a coffee roastery, and a creamery, where they make cheese and gelato. The tour was great – for $5 you get a bunch of cheese samples, plus a tour and samples of fresh mozzarella and gelato, and a coupon for $5 off any purchase you make there. We were so excited about that experience that we decided to go to the Zingerman's deli for lunch the next day. Granted all we really did was eat and walk around, but it was great to spend a weekend showing Ann Arbor to someone who had never been here, and great to spend a weekend being reminded that there is a life outside of school. If you end up at SI, try not to forget that the rest of the town exists and to take advantage of it from time to time – it's worth it.
Posted by abbysmi at November 15, 2010 04:32 PM