Weekend Getaways

World-Class Food and Culture in Ann Arbor, MI

1 Zingerman's Roadhouse

You can't miss it: the rooftop vintage neon sign brightly spells out REALLY GOOD AMERICAN FOOD and the menu reads like a national registry; Mississippi catfish, New Mexico green chiles, Apalachicola oysters, Minnesota wild rice. The burgers are made with Niman Ranch beef from pasture-raised heritage-breed stock; macaroni and cheese is thick with raw-milk Vermont-cheddar sauce; corn dogs are all-beef wieners dipped in a batter of Anson Mills stone-milled cornmeal; the doughnut sundae is composed of Zingerman's own vanilla gelato topped with roasted Virginia runner peanuts sitting in a freshly fried buttermilk-and-molasses doughnut made according to a centuries-old recipe. Chef Alex Young turns out geographic-inspired dishes that capture the cullinary history of their region of origin. As a company, Zingerman's struggles to balance the reality of nonlocal ingredients with strongly held values about sustainable agriculture and economics. In season, the Roadhouse kitchen sources two-thirds of its produce from the Ann Arbor area, with Young's own farm contributing about 15 percent.

2 The Dahlmann Campus Inn

A newly renovated 208-room property just blocks from the neighborhood favorite, Zingerman's Delicatessen.

3 Zingerman's Delicatessen

In 1982 Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig cofounded this iconic deli, serving authentic traditionally made food. Even in their sandwiches, the two were committed to quality ingredients: chopped chicken liver following a family recipe, but with free-range chicken; farm, rather than factory cheese; smokehouse bacon instead of the mass-market variety. Of the 15 Zingerman's coffees, 12 are single-origin, like the thick and chocolaty Papua New Guinea. The remaining three are blends, including Roadhouse Joe, a slightly nutty mix with lots of body and no bite.

4 University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Walk University of Michigan’s central campus to admire the mid-1800s architecture. Stargaze together at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History Planetarium, home to a state-of-the-art, digital, all-dome projection system for “Star Talksâ€

5 University of Michigan

Walk the school’s central campus to admire the mid-1800s architecture.

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