If you’re new to town or only here for a short visit, the Ann Arbor Highlights Tour is for you. You see the best of Ann Arbor in a couple of hours of walking, learn the city’s history, check out the crazy variety of architecture and explore the local food scene. This tour always includes a stroll through historic Kerrytown, which is particularly lively on Wednesday and Saturday when the Farmers Market is running (except when it’s REALLY cold) and on Sunday at the Artisan’s Market.
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market been in operation for over 95 years, and is managed by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The market offers an incredible choice of locally grown and produced everything. There’s even a vendor, Harvest Kitchen, who takes all of those fresh fruits and veggies at the market and turns them into delicious soups, meals and desserts that you can buy at the market, at their store in Ypsilanti or delivered to you. And now, there’s a farmer’s market every day at Argus Farm Stop, my newest favorite place to shop.
Heading towards campus, gaze at the variety of architecture and art along the way. Art is everywhere, from the funky paintings in our remarkably clean alleys to the historic Michigan Theater, which is an art and architectural legend inside and out. On campus, you can take advantage of a rare opportunity to touch and move a famous piece of art, stand on the steps where John Kennedy gave his famous Peace Corp speech, stomp on the Block “M” in the center of the Diag, wander through the Law Quad and Reading Room—the possibilities are endless.
The guided tour usually ends somewhere in the downtown area, where it’s easy to explore the shops and restaurants on your own. And this time of year is the prettiest at night, when all of the leaves on the trees have been replaced by twinkling white lights, and even the little fairy village on the corner of William and Fourth is filled with holiday bling.