Well, actually I didn't think it was worth writing about, but maybe someone will benefit from it...lol.
We spent one night and one full day in Ann Arbor, in early October. This consisted of just my DH and myself. Main point of visit was an appt at U of M hospital, with the appt very early in the AM, so that would leave us the rest of the day. And yes, everything is fine and it was a very minor medical issue in the first place. :)
We wanted a hotel that was close to the hospital and we didn't want to spend a lot of money. I thought that would be a difficult thing to find in AA, but using my TA skills (J/K), I picked out a good hotel and got a great rate at that. We chose Microtel Inn and Suites, located on Plymouth Road. Easy access to the university hospital for sure. The rooms here are quite small; if you want "extra room-be it a chair, luggage storage, or room for kids jumping around," forget this hotel. We had a queen sized bed, a lovely full size windowseat to stretch out on, a small desk, a very comfortable desk chair, WIFI, and a decent bathroom. That is all we needed. The TV is older and sits way up on top of the wardrobe/closet, and you must use a remote to use it. It was very clean and the people working there very friendly and helpful. Only complaint I had was the fact of Housekeeping entering our room around 11 AM, where I was sound asleep, with a Do Not Disturb sign on the door. I never heard a knock, but then, I was sleeping! When she realized I was in the bed sleeping, she never apologized, in fact, never said a word, just walked back out the door. NO reason for this to occur. We planned on staying until the noon checkout (another reason we picked out this hotel), and I had no plans on getting up until 11:45 AM....
We decided to have dinner at Gratzi, on Main Street in downtown AA. Another TA member recommended the place to me and I was very glad she did. Though this restaurant gets a wide variety of reviews, we had an excellent dinner here. We gave it a 5 rating. The service, decor, location and food were top notch in our book. I had the Penne con Pollo e Pumate-a chicken based pasta dish. My DH had the Orecchiette alla Rustica-a spicy, Italian sausage based pasta dish. For dessert, we shared the Crespelle di Cioccolato-a chocolate crepe filled with white chocolate mousse. We couldn't have had a nicer meal. I highly recommend the place.
Afterwards, we took a drive around downtown Ann Arbor, getting lost a few times, but you eventually come back to the same area. We also drove over to Ypsilanti, where we once lived, a millenia or so back. :)
After my doctor's appt, and we had checked out of our hotel, we headed for Zingermann's Deli for lunch. Ya know, you just can't beat this place. They have all the marks of excellence all over the place. We have been here a few times before, and we enjoy coming back very much. It is expensive for lunch but worth every darn dime. We had two of their 99 sandwiches you can get, and it comes with their famous pickle. We also bought bread and cheese. And to think we were going for ice cream later in the day at their Dairy Store!
After that, we walked all over Kerrytown, an older neighborhood in AA, right near Zingermann's. We loved the brick streets, historical but hip vibe, the bell tower that realized we were standing right there and began to play just for us ( ;) ), and the Farmer's Market! I didn't know the Farmer's Market would be open and was delighted to see such. Though it was much smaller than during the summer, we still got a couple of treats and enjoyed chatting up an artist and some of the other vendors. I would love to return in the summer, sometime. The shops in Kerrytown are quite eclectic and offer some interesting goods, some of which you might say, "What is that?" We saw two items and wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.....
Now a daytime ride around the university and downtown Ann Arbor and some neighborhoods off of Geddes Road, one of our very favorite drives way back when. Well, we had planned on parking and getting out and walking thru the Quadrangle at the university, but that was impossible, since there is nowhere to park. Though we did a circle tour via street, twice, around the Quad, the only thing we encountered was people, walking right in front of your car, at cross walks, corners and in the middle of the street! They never even look up or at traffic. They do not stop at all! I guess they are invincible! Off to Geddes Road, enjoyed some lovely neighborhoods (one van followed us thru the curvy streets, I think they thought we were casing the place). We went down to park near the Huron River and took a short stroll right next to it on the lovely paths they have built for such use. Very nice. Seen: geese, ducks, squirrels, one hawk.
We decided, regrettably, to skip the Diary Store and head over to Hell. The drive up to Hell (I said UP, not DOWN-LOL) is a scenic one, lots of farmland, meadows, trees and well, lots of new housing and suburban sprawl. We stopped at Screams Ice Cream/Halloween Store and got a great ice cream (Hershey's) cone and managed to spend some $$ on Halloween decorations. I knew that would happen, so was prepared for it. The DH knew this, too, of course. We enjoyed talking to the owner, and though I did not ask, I am thinking it has new owners. They have improved the place quite a bit, added a putt-putt golf course, some new games out back, more picnic tables etc. You can also visit the convenience store, where there is an official US Post Office counter. You can mail anything from here, and they postmark it Hell, MI. From what I understand, it is quite popular to mail certain things from here, such as child support checks, divorce correspondence, bills, and such, because they will "slightly burn/singe" the outer edges of the envelope for you, by request. I was told that by the person working there. They also have some cute postcards that you can mail from there-such as-"When Hell freezes over..."
And that concludes my short trip report. Maybe I instill the suggestion to a new visitor to go to Hell! :)