iTinerary: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

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Day 1

Ann Arbor in the great State of Michigan, is more than just a college town. Yes, it is home to the University of Michigan—big in the research world, but it’s also home to impressive global initiatives within their research programs, and a Museum of Natural History, featuring antiquities from Egypt. Due to all of these programs, UoM brings in professors from all over the planet, and because of this, there’s an incredible foodie community with options from Indian to Asian inspired restaurants visitors can choose from.

I dropped in for a few days to explore all great things Ann Arbor, and here’s how I paced out my iTinerary.

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Lunch at Ayse’s

Literally a “mom n pop” Turkish restaurant in an unassuming shopping center and run by a couple from Turkey. Family recipes include lam dishes b, chicken options and plenty of vegan dishes for vegetarians. Address: 1703 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Afternoon Activity

Visit University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology & Gerald Ford Library for a look at antiquities from Egypt and step back in to time in President Ford’s office as he left it.

Dinner at Dessous

312 S Main St Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Dessous’ Chef Eve Aronoff boasts a seasonal menu with globally-inspired delicacies such as her famed Indian-spice braised lamb shank.

Late Night

Ann Arbor is bubbling with live music options and the talent rivals many large cities. Drop in at the Ark for hand muddled cocktails and a songster or band of the night.

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Day 2

You must be hungry?

Lunch

Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina is like having gone to Italy and back for lunchtime. Their specialty is Neapolitan cuisine, to-die-for wood-fired pizzas and homemade gelato. Address: 3050 Washtenaw Ave Suite 112, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Afternoon

Ann Arbor Distilling Co. is a place to check out artisanal spirits made from scratch. They source all of their ingredients from Michigan farms and create their own gins and vodkas. Call and book a tasting lesson ahead of time.

Address: 220 FELCH ST. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Dinner

Miss Kim

415 N 5th Ave

Miss Kim’s is a lively place serving family-style Korean food. Don’t miss: the dahk-jook/chicken in a rice porridge and the chili butter monkfish, the banh mi and pork buns.

After Dinner

Cocktails at The Last Word is a place for classic libationsand late-night munchies. It’s intimate and stylish and a place to sit back and enjoy the scene.

Address: 301 W Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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Morning Activity!

Eat a light breakfast and then head out to the Willow Run Bomber Plant to take a ride in a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber from WW2. Willow Run was known as Air Force Plant 31. It was built by the Ford Motor Company to produce aircraft, especially the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. An American workforce of more than 40,000 workers built more than 8,600 bombers.

After your ride in the sky, drop in at the Yankee Air Aviation Museum.

Day 3

You must be hungry?

Morning

Breakfast at your hotel, then head over to spend some time at the Nichols Arboretum & Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Wander around the botanical gardens or hike their nature trails to enjoy the outdoors at its best.

Lunch

Casablanca Restaurant is another family run foodie must-do. Homestyle cooking preparing Moroccan & Middle Eastern recipes along with smoothies & desserts.

Address: 2333 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Afternoon

Collectibles hunters rejoice! A handful of antique shops from the “everything place” to the carefully curated is here. Visit Muse Atelier, The Rocket, The Eyrie, Treasure Mart & Dear Golden Vintage to seek and find those hidden treasures you’ve been looking for!

Dinner

Taste Kitchen

521 E Liberty St

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Taste Kitchen, located in downtown, boasts French and Asian cuisine. Menu favorites include shrimp resort, grilled Berkshire pork and scrumptious duck tacos.

Cocktails

NightCap

220 SOUTH MAIN STREET ANN ARBOR, MI

Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Nightcap is all about the art of cocktailing. Hand muddled specialties, old fashions with a twist, this is a perfect place to wind down and have a “nightcap”.

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