This busy college town has it all.
World-Class Food and Culture in Ann Arbor, MI
Credit: Hannah Metler

Restaurants emphasizing artisanal foods, great shopping, and a beautiful campus make Ann Arbor an easy choice for a getaway. There’s also a vibrant cultural scene, with indie theaters, art museums, and live music venues. It all adds up to a romantic weekend for couples of practically every taste.

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.

The Dahlmann Campus Inn

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

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.

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 Talks” and special shows, including breathtaking images taken from the Hubble telescope.

University of Michigan

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