Whether you’re a died-in-the-wool Wolverine or not, fall is a fantastic time to visit Ann Arbor, Michigan. Even without football tickets, you can tour the “Big House,” the University of Michigan’s football stadium which is the largest stadium in the United States, the third largest stadium in the world and the 36th largest sports venue. Its official capacity is 109,901, but it seems like whenever I’m there they have at least 110,000. No matter how well the team plays, there’s nothing like walking into this stadium on game day and I always enjoy walking to the stadium behind the marching band.
As long as you’re on the campus of my alma mater, be sure to stroll
the “Diag,” the heart of the central campus for some great people watching, pop into the law school’s Hogwarts-like reading room, and spend some time in the terrific art museum on campus. The museum’s new modern wing, with its Tisch Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, offers a look at some very important works by Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti and Max Beckman, to name a few.
Hungry? Head to an Ann Arbor classic, Angelo’s, for a breakfast that will fill you up for the rest of the day. Calorie counts don’t usually slow me down, so despite my gigantic breakfast, I like to stop by Dominick’s for beer, sangria, pizza or subs. Need something to wash all the down? I’ve always been partial to the milkshakes at Pizza Bob’s. Finally, you’ll want to round out your Ann Arbor pig-out weekend with a stop at Zingerman’s Deli or Zingerman’s Roadhouse, or both.
Wait! Don’t pick up another pastrami sandwich or you’ll burst. Instead, pick up a feast that will be easier on your arteries, Charles Baxter’s novel, The Feast of Love. It’s set set in Ann Arbor where Baxter was an English professor (he’s now at the University of Minnesota). This terrific book as nominated for the National Book Award.