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Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

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Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

My son wants to attend a computer camp at UMichigan in late July/early August 2008. I'm thinking it might be fun for the family (parents and son) to go for the week and stay in a suite/b&b so we can explore the area while our son is learning about computers.

Is there enough to do in Ann Arbor to sustain us for a week? What are the day trips to take? Where are the charming b&b's? My guess is don't want to be right next to campus, but in the summer, who knows?

Is there another town we should consider staying in? We could always drive to UM for the camp if there are more charming areas to stay.

Thanks for your input!

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1. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a decent sized city so there is plenty to do. Just walking around campus and checking out downtown would probably occupy your week. There are a lot of unique restaurants and shops. I don't know of any bed and breakfasts there. There are lots of hotels. I usually stay at the Holiday Inn Express just off the State St. exit. For a B&B you most likely would have to look in the smaller towns around Ann Arbor. Maybe Chelsea, Manchester, Dexter, or somewhere like that would have one. These small towns would all be fun day trips. Chelsea is the home of Jiffy Mix. They do tours around the factory. They have a charming little downtown and The Common Grille is a great restaurant. The Hungry Wolf in Manchester is another nice restaurant. You could also catch a hockey game or basketball game. Sports are a pretty big deal at UofM. Of course Detroit is not far either and you could do a day trip there to The Henry Ford Museum just outside Detroit.

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2. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

You could make a lot of day trips to the Detroit area. The Detroit Zoo, all the Henry Ford attractions (museum, Greenfield Village, Ford's Home, Ford car plant tours), Detroit Art Museum, casinos, maybe a Tigers baseball game. Lots of smaller museums in Ann Arbor, the arboretum, country drives, fishing in Huron River, lots of parks for picnics. Jackson has a few attractions also, and the Irish Hills area isn't far either. That is more antique shops, little towns, pretty drives, Hidden Gardens..just a thought.

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3. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

B&B locations to search are Plymouth, AA, and Dexter. Being near campus is just fine in summer.

Det Institute of Arts is worth a long afternoon, Henry Ford museum and Village 2 xhalf day, or one whole day

Walking through the campus area, restaurants, bars, etc is comfortable and fun, evenings in downtown Ann Arbor.

There is a nice picnic, hiking, and lake-swimming State Park west of AA/Dexter..Silver Lake state park. Canoe rental available, clean water, grass beach.

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4. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

A good starting point for your b&b search is www.michigan.org. Ann Arbor has several listings, as do surrounding towns mentioned by other posters. Click on the Lodging tab to start a B&B search.

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5. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

The computer camp is probably on North Campus, but most B&Bs are in the Central Campus area. North & Central campus aren't too far apart (just a mile or two or three), but the Central Campus area is definitely more interesting for the non-camp-attending parental units. TripAdvisor lists 9 B&Bs in Ann Arbor:

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Summer is a fine time to stay in the campus area - it's much less frenetic than September to April.

If you like books, you could spend days just in the second-hand book stores! UM has a handful of smallish museums (archaeology, art, natural history, musical instruments collection, etc). There are also lots of interesting art galleries, boutiques, one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, etc.

On Wednesday or Saturday morning, go to the Farmer's Market downtown (Sunday there is an artisan's market in the same location). You could combine it with a trip to Zingerman's, if you're a foodie.

And yes, if you get bored in AA there are plenty of interesting day trips - arts, history, nature, the works. The Henry Ford (Museum or Greenfield Village, depending on the weather) is fascinating, but kind of expensive. Kensington Metropark (north of Ann Arbor) has a good mix of amenities.

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6. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

There are tons of things right in Ann Arbor, depending on your interests. The University has many museums and libraries that are fascinating. The Clements Library has a letter written from Christopher Columbus to Ferdinand and Isabella telling them that he had discovered America. Also, the stenographic notes taken at Lincoln's bedside as he lay dying and hundreds of letters from British generals describing their view of the American Revolution. That's just the beginning. Schembechler Hall has a large exhibit of Michigan sports memorabilia. The archeology museum has some fascinating objects (but may be closed for construction). The Gerald Ford Library has some interesting exhibits. So does the Hatcher (graduate) library. There also are lots of lectures, plays, concerts, etc. (although things do slow down during the summer). Check out the Power Center, Hil Auditorium and the Arthur Miller Theater. The Ann Arbor Art Fair, the largest in the country, takes place in July.

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7. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

Exhibit museum of natural history..UMH,

dino bones, all kinds of bones, prehistoric displays, taxidermy of modern wildlife. Dioramas of native Americans, and mineral displays

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8. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

Great suggestions from everyone so far. I would add that you consider a day in downtown Detroit. Last summer my family took a Detroit river cruise (Diamond Jack) which was really neat, then we walked through the GM Winter Garden and GM World (mini auto show atmosphere) to the People Mover which we rode to the Campus Martius area and ate at the Hard Rock Cafe. My kids (then 11 and 15) really liked it. Detroit is not as bad as portrayed especially in the revitalized areas.

There is also a really nice Washtenaw county water park called "Rolling Hills". Certainly not a Disneyworld type of park but has several water slides, lazy river and wave pool.

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9. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

Thanks for all the great comments. We are looking forward to the trip.

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10. Re: Advice needed for week long summer stay in Ann Arbor

I love Ann Arbor, but I wouldn't call it a vacation mecca. I live here, and there are nice book stores, restaurants and coffee shops and local parks. (BTW, the Kelsey archaeology museum is closed as is the U-M art museum). But they aren't the stuff of exciting vacations. I would suggest taking perhaps an overnight or even a long day trip and head west for 2.5 hours for Lake Michigan. Saugatuck Beach is lovely, as is the town of Saugatuck. Great swimming and sunbathing and reading on the beach. There's a super little restaurant in the tiny town of Fennville called the Journeyman. It's pricey, but their pizza is the best on earth and is more reasonable than the rest of the menu. If you want to take two days, driver 4 hours north to Sleeping Bear Dunes. Here you will find the stuff of great vacations. To the south of Ann Arbor, you could go to see a Toledo Mudhens baseball game. It's an hour away. I second a trip to the Detroit Institute of Art if your interested in museums. If you're going to walk around campus, don't miss the Law Quad. It's the prettiest spot on campus. You can also rent kayaks and canoes at Gallup Park and take a spin down the Huron River. It's nice, but certainly not great. Another nice - but not great - place to walk is the Arb. Good luck.

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