I have other things that I want to/should be doing, but since there are a lot of folks coming to town in the next few days for the Computers and Writing Conference, I thought I’d put together a map of a few highlights of things that anyone coming to Ann Arbor ought to think about trying to do (with a heavy emphasis on food and drink). I tried to embed it here, but it didn’t work. Oh well.
Anyway, a couple of general sort of thoughts about Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti for the uninitiated:
- Believe it or not, Ypsilanti (and Eastern Michigan University) is right next to Ann Arbor on the east side of Highway 23 toward Detroit. And for folks flying in: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti is probably closer to Detroit Metro Airport than most of Detroit itself. In any event, we’re kind of on the far suburban edge of Detroit-city, so Detroit stuff is in range if you are into that sort of thing.
- The easiest way to describe Ann Arbor is it is a very large “college town” with at least three main areas: South University, the “Diag” area/State Street & Liberty area (this is closest to the conference), and Main street. I tagged a few things on my map outside of that area– notably some attractions in Ypsilanti for those inclined– but most of this stuff is within walking distance from the North Quad.
- Needless to say, I didn’t include everything– just places I thought were good, and a few places I’d strongly encourage you to avoid. That said, if you only have a little bit of time to get out and about, I’d recommend going down to Main street to eat, drink, and shop (and, if you are into comics and that sort of thing, go to the Vault of Midnight) and try to make time for lunch or dinner at what is probably Ann Arbor’s best known eatery, Zingerman’s Deli.