Sometimes you don’t have a whole week for your Ann Arbor vacation. Sometimes you only have a few days before you have to return back home to your daily life. That doesn’t mean your vacation has to be any less interesting. If you strategize, you can do everything you need to do in a weekend. Here are a few of our recommendations if you’re sitting in your hotel looking for something to do for the weekend:

Check Out Local Shops

Ann Arbor is the kind of city that likes to be “kept weird.” It’s full of charming independent businesses, whether restaurants, boutiques or bookstores. Take a day to stroll through Ann Arbor and check out some of the shops throughout town. If you’re a bookworm, check out Literati Bookstore for a new read and a cup of coffee. Looking for something quirkier? Check out Unicorn Feed & Supply in nearby Ypsilanti for cute stickers, terrariums, fairy gardens and more weirdness fix. You can find craft supplies at Ten Thousand Villages or go thrifting at Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop.

Search for Fairy Doors

The Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor are among our most whimsical attractions. You can find them all over town if you look — tiny doors built into much larger walls or doors themselves. Often, you’ll find tiny baubles on the stoop of the doors. The artist and self-proclaimed “certified fairyologist” who “discovered” the doors, Jonathan B. Wright, runs a website called Urban Fairies, where he has a tour map guiding visitors to each fairy door. There’s even a “goblin door,” although Wright doesn’t list its location on the website: “because it does not seem wise to encourage people to be monkeying about a goblin door.” Our recommendation? Search for all the fairy doors and then make a game of finding the goblin door.

Visit a College Campus

Thinking about enrolling in one of the nearby colleges? You can spend your weekend in Ann Arbor checking out the University of Michigan or Eastern Michigan University college campus. While classes might not be going on at the moment, visitors are often still welcome to tour the campus and ask any questions they might need from staff or faculty. And your accommodations may even be able to help you out there. When you stay at University Inn, for instance, you’ll not only be conveniently located near the campuses, but we offer a 10% discount to students and family visiting the University of Michigan campus.

Hear Some Live Music

You might not be in town in time for a major concert, but there’s a good chance that if you’re here for a weekend, you’ll find live music somewhere. The Blind Pig hosts music shows just about every night, and Ann Arbor Distilling Co. often has live performances from local indie or jazz bands. We have a blog post about the music scene in Ann Arbor for more information about where to find music while you’re here.


Planning your weekend in Ann Arbor and need a place to stay? Contact University Inn Ann Arbor today for more information.

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