In an ideal location, Ann Arbor is the hub of Washtenaw County. Less than an hour from Ann Arbor is all of the big city advantages Detroit has to offer. Detroit is home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, numerous museums, extraordinary shopping and several succulent restaurants. Detroit, voted one of the best cities for sports, is home to professional sports teams including the Detroit Lions, Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons.
Take a 25-minute drive to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and the world is at your fingertips. One of the busiest airports in the United States, DTW is among the world’s largest transportation hubs. DTW is the primary Asian gateway for Delta, the world’s largest airline and a major base of operations for ultra low cost carrier Sprint Airlines. Detroit’s airlines and regional partners offer service to more than 160 non-stop destinations around the globe.
Within a four-hour drive of Ann Arbor are Chicago and Toronto. Travel faster to destinations across the country by train. Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, operates more than 300 trains each day connecting passengers to over 450 locations across the country, with a station in Ann Arbor. In addition to traveling, Ann Arbor is a perfect location for working professionals. Many people who live in Ann Arbor also work in the Ann Arbor region. Other residents commute less than an hour to the greater Detroit or greater Lansing area.
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Ann Arbor is known for having an eclectic collection of delectable restaurants. Below are the top restaurants in the Ann Arbor region that we recommend to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The Earle Restaurant Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, The Earle serves award-winning French and Italian country cuisine. With a wine list of over 1,000 selections, The Earle has received the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for 20 consecutive years. Call (734) 994-0211 or visit their website for more information or to make a reservation.
The West End Grill
Known for serving up a variety of dishes from around the world, The West End Grill offers what they refer to as “New American” cuisine. The West End Grill is an upscale, intimate environment on Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor. Call (734) 747-6260 or visit their website for more information or to make a reservation.
A unique Pan-Asian restaurant, Pacific Rim serves delicious dishes inspired by the Chef’s own Asian-American roots. Excellent service, a warm ambiance, and a large wine list make Pacific Rim a great restaurant for date night. Call (734) 662-9303 or visit their website for more information or to make a reservation.
Located in the former Orpheum Theatre in downtown Ann Arbor, Gratzi is an upscale restaurant serving Italian cuisine. The dramatic history, still preserved today, in addition to the restaurant’s elegant décor and ambience, make Gratzi the prefect place to dine on Valentine’s Day. Call (734) 663-5555 or visit their website for more information or to make a reservation.
La Dolce Vita
Skip dinner and go straight to dessert. La Dolce Vita offers the finest gourmet desserts, expertly prepared by their pastry chef. In addition to desserts, their menu includes coffee drinks, wine, specialty cocktails, beer, and fine cigars.
The Common Grill
An upscale American Bistro restaurant, The Common Grill has earned praise from Gourmet, Bon-Appetit, AnnArbor.com, The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, which proclaimed it “uncommonly grand.” Located in downtown Chelsea, The Common Grill continues to present fresh, imaginative American dishes and provide outstanding service. Call (734) 475-0470 or visit their website for more information or to make a reservation.
RedBrick Kitchen & Bar
Beautifully exposed brick throughout the restaurant adds to the unique and contemporary setting. Dexter’s newest destination, RedBrick offers upscale American cuisine. Call (734) 424-0420 or visit their website for more information or to make a reservation.
Mac’s Acadian Seafood and Shack
Located in Murphy’s Crossing, a restored historical Saline landmark, Mac’s has been in business since 1996. Their menu has been inspired by the Nova Scotia heritage, combining spicy Cajun cuisine with old world English charm. Freshly made gumbo, spicy Cajun shrimp, and hearty jambalaya are just some of the delicious entrees on their menu. Call (734) 944-6227 or visit their website for more information or to make a reservation.
Today we are featuring the Ewing Professionals Dexter Listing – 3838 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48130.
What distinctive features set this home apart?
A classic example of a solid 2-story Michigan farmhouse, this home visually dominates with its hilltop location and fresh coat of barn-red paint. Inside, the hardwood flooring and generous-sized rooms promise timeless comfort. The screened sun porch, with swing-up windows, is perfect for relaxing conversations or enjoying warm weather. The cozy fireplace and warm wood paneling make the library/living room an ideal retreat. The spacious front room/family room has plenty of room for couches and a big-screen TV.
What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Views of the surrounding 4 acres of grassland and trees include rare and valuable black walnut trees and a strand of several hundred white pine trees. Colorful wild birds and rabbits are plentiful, and it is not unusual to see deer in the back pasture.
What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Located mid-way between Ann Arbor and Dexter, and within less than 5 miles of major expressways I-94 and M-14, this home provides the quietness and seclusion of true country living as well as the convenience of quick, easy access to urban amenities. Detroit and its suburbs are approximately one hour away.
Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Close by, the village of Dexter is a prosperous and growing community with shopping, supermarkets, restaurants, banking, a cider mill and a post office. Dexter High School, Mill Creek Middle School and the Elementary Schools are fairly new, to serve the growing population.
There is a buzz in the sports community surrounding Michigan’s beloved sports teams. The Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers last night to keep their play-off dreams alive. The Detroit Lions, hosting their first Monday Night Football game in a decade this past Monday, beat the Chicago Bears to become 5 – 0 for the first time since 1956. The Detroit Red Wings, who began the regular season earlier this month, remain undefeated.
Saturday, the undefeated University of Michigan Wolverines travel to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans in an epic battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Michigan State University, who will take the field in their Pro Combat jerseys, will fight to keep the Paul Bunyan Trophy for the fourth consecutive year. The Wolverines hope to remain undefeated and bring the Paul Bunyan Trophy back to Ann Arbor.