Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
2900 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: (734) 665-4444
Fax: (734) 665-5558
Fairies, are they for real or just a product of one's imagination? The answer is put to rest when you see these tiny yet gorgeous doors that are found all around Downtown Ann Arbor. The first, of these doors, was found in Jonathan and Kathleen Wright's home; it appeared near their fireplace. Following which four other doors were found in their house. Sweetwaters Cafe, was the Fairy Doors' first external location. This is believed to be an installation of Jonathan B. Wright. Other Fairy Doors are found in the Michigan Theater, Selo-Shewal Gallery, Found Gallery and many other places. Whether these fairies frequent their homes or not, their doors welcome everyone in their absence. The doors do open but visitors need to be very gentle with them and if you peek inside you can see fairy paraphernalia lying all around their tiny home.
Liberty Plaza is a small urban park in downtown Ann Arbor. This quaint paved spot is done up in myriad colors of concrete and slate and is bi-level with benches and plants dotting around it. There is also a drinking fountain and restroom. This plaza is a popular lunch place for office-goers in the area. Besides this Liberty Plaza is also famous for summertime concert, Sonic Lunch.
Alleys are infamous for being the center of anti-social activities but the Graffiti Alley begs to differ. With art at its heart, this small hideout on the East Liberty Street has been the center of attraction for many locals and tourists alike. The alley has visitors like photographers, dancers, musicians who come here to display their talent in the presence of this eccentric yet gorgeous art exhibition. Stand here and click pictures or just contemplate the inspirations behind the graffiti without any hindrances whatsoever. Graffiti Alley is definitely one of the must-visit attractions of the city.
Located a few miles from Detroit in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan stands tall and proud on South State Street. Its high quality education notwithstanding, this institution is widely known for imparting more than just theoretical knowledge. From sports facilities and the well-equipped Bentley Historic Library, to a Mental Health Resources Center and state-of-the-art museums, the Michigan University has always attempted to engage its students, faculty as well as outside visitors in its varied initiatives. Moreover, its emphasis on ecological interest and well-being is actively evident through the Matthaei Botanical Gardens as well as the Stinchfield Woods housed within, sets this place apart from most of its contemporaries. For more information on the University's curriculum and other activities, please check the website.
Designed in 1906 by noted landscape architect Ossian Cole Simonds, this beautiful 123 acre landscape features the historic Peony Garden and over 500 species of trees. A variety of creative art performances and events are held here.
University of Michigan - North Campus is a modern structure that houses the engineering, theater, arts and architecture faculties of the university. It is located on the outskirts of the city and is a world in itself. The campus is well known for its quality education and various cultural events take place here from time to time. One of the most enviable features of this campus is the opportunity that it offers to explore the woods and the countryside, with plenty of options for fun picnics.
The original files of President Ford as well as those of his White House staff and other government officials are housed in this archive. It is open Monday through Friday except for Federal holidays.
This research facility contains numerous University of Michigan archive records and manuscripts as well as the Michigan Historical Collections.
Located within the North Campus of University of Michigan is the Wave Field, a public art by architectural designer Maya Lin. The structure is basically earth that is shaped to look like waves at a sea. The artwork shows fifty waves divided by eight rows, spread over 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of grass-covered land. Installed in 1995, the Wave Field has become iconic and widely popular, not only in designer circuits but also with tourists.
This 52 acre park features a number of tennis courts, softball fields, picnic shelters, and playgrounds. There is also a one-and-a-half mile nature trail on site.
Gallup Park is one of the major recreational areas in Ann Arbor. Spread on an area of 69 acres (27.9233 hectares), it provides ample space for enjoying a picnic or party. The asphalt trails that are three miles long are used as tracks for biking, rollerblading and other such activities. The two drinking fountains and benches are for people who want to relax and unwind. The scenic Geddes Pond adds to the charm of this place. But that's not all, you can always enjoy canoeing and kayaking on the Huron River.
Bring the whole family for a fun and exciting game of Whirly Ball, a combination of basketball and Jai-Alai that is played from an electronic bumper car.