Nestled along the banks of the Huron River and located 45 miles west of downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor offers a unique blend of city sophistication and small-town charm that appeals to students and professionals, singles and families. It is an ethnically diverse and culturally rich Midwestern enclave that attracts visitors and residents from all over the world.
As a four-season city, residents participate in the many outdoor recreation options available, like taking in the fall splendor of changing leaves while canoeing on the Huron River, cross-country skiing at a local park, browsing the Ann Arbor Antiques market in the fresh spring air, and hitting a round at one of the many golf courses in the area.
Great schools, charming neighborhoods and enriching activities make Ann Arbor an inviting place for families to grow. Kiplinger has ranked Ann Arbor as No. 2 among the “10 Great Cities for Raising Families.” Within a short drive, there are several small towns that offer shopping, restaurants and fun places to play. Chelsea, Dexter, Dixboro, Milan, Plymouth, Saline and Tecumseh are perfect destinations for an afternoon of exploring.
In addition to more than 300 restaurants that feature cuisine from around the world, Ann Arbor offers an abundance of extracurricular diversions year-round with its multitude of local festivals and events, performing arts and collegiate sports.
Whether you are coming here for medical care, considering attending the U-M Medical School, or thinking about living in the area or working for the university, the resources below provide a closer look at what Ann Arbor has to offer.
Savoring Ann Arbor
From unique ethnic eateries and locally sourced fine dining to lively brew pubs and late-night clubs, here are a few recommendations for when you go out on the town:
Bab’s Underground Lounge
Bill’s Beer Garden
Black Pearl Seafood & Martini Bar
Blank Slate Creamery
Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
The Chop House
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company
Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery
La Dolce Vita
The Last Word
Mani Osteria & Bar
Pacific Rim by Kana
Vinology Wine Bar & Restaurant