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1. Kerrytown Market & Shops

The Kerrytown neighbourhood, a 10-minute walk from the city centre, is Ann Arbor’s artistic hub, featuring a set of quaint artisans’ shops and a farmers’ market. Spend some time browsing antiques in historic wood-clad buildings, then head to the food vendors to pick up cold-smoked salmon at Durham’s Tracklements and Smokery, or sample freshly baked bread topped with the creamiest goat cheese you’ve ever tasted at White Lotus Farms.

407 N. 5th Ave., kerrytown.com

2. Graduate

For over 40 years, the University of Michigan’s football team has reportedly stayed at this downtown property the night before a big game. The hotel reopened last year as the Graduate, and school spirit lives on in the lobby with ceilings covered in book-print wall­paper and chalkboards scribbled with math equations. The rooms are as polished as principals’ offices in dark mahoganies and tartan prints, and cheeky artwork tells tales of school “scandals,” like the print of a woman clutching marshmallows – a nod to the 1980s, when students would smuggle marshmallows into Michigan Stadium and start “snowball fights” during games.

615 E. Huron St., 734-769-2200, graduatehotels.com

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Photo: Mark Gjukich

3. University of Michigan Museum of Art

Book a tour at the campus museum, where Linda, an enthusiastic docent whose storytelling is as captivating as the art, guides you through 94,000 square feet. Begin in the 1910 Alumni Memorial Hall (where she’ll swoon over her favourite sculpture, a blind flower girl named Nydia), then check out the corridor of glimmering stained glass – and don’t miss the dramatic purple wisteria-covered windows.

525 State St., 734-764-0395, umma.umich.edu

4. The Last Word

Visit this moody, often crowded speakeasy on a Thursday when the Pheretones fill the place with their unique New-Orleans-folk-meets-jazz sound. Bob your head along while sipping an Osborn cocktail made with smooth Fords gin, pineapple, jalapeño, lime juice and ginger beer. The pro bartenders also teach mixology classes with an emphasis on Michigan-made ingredients.

301 W. Huron St., thelastwordbar.com

5. Fleetwood Diner

This beloved greasy spoon opened in 1947, after the original owner ordered the tiny aluminum building from a Montgomery Ward catalogue. Today, the place feels like a throwback, from the Nintendo controller on a server’s T-shirt to the walls plastered with vintage stickers. Order the Hippie Hash, a savoury mountain of eggs, veggies, golden-fried hash browns and feta that’s been on the menu for nearly 70 years.

300 S. Ashley St., 734-995-5502

mac ’n’ cheese

3 spots to eat like a champ

At Aventura tapas bar, order seconds of the bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with spicy chorizo and funky valdeón blue cheese.

216 E. Washington St., 734-369-3153, aventuraannarbor.com

 

Dig into the expertly selected ploughman’s cheese and charcuterie plate at Spencer wine bar, but leave room for the heavenly strawberry-rhubarb galette with lavender ice cream.

113 E. Liberty St., 734-369-3979, spencerannarbor.com

 

For a gloriously rib-sticking lunch, try the mac ’n’ cheese made with béchamel and caramelized Cabot cheddar at the James-Beard-award-winning Zingerman’s Roadhouse.

2501 Jackson Ave., 734-663-3663, zingermansroadhouse.com

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