By Shaina Amienyi
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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Ann Arbor is a vibrant college town in the southeast of Michigan. The University of Michigan’s influence is felt everywhere in the city, especially on football Saturdays. Golfing, hiking, listening to live music—these are just some of the activities that await vacationers in Ann Arbor.

The closest airport to Ann Arbor is half an hour away in Detroit. Vacationers can fly into Detroit Wayne Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and take the Michigan Flyer shuttle to Ann Arbor. To book our flight to DTW, click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to the EscapeWizard.com booking engine. Ann Arbor provides budget and family-friendly hotels, and to assist you with choosing accommodations, EscapeWizard.com offers our selections of top hotels. To access this information, visit the hotel portion of our website using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Ann Arbor has something that you will not find anywhere else—the urban fairy doors. These tiny doors on the front of certain downtown businesses are said to open up to reveal fairy homes. EscapeWizard.com suggests seeing for yourself what lies behind the fairy doors. Another unique attraction is ArTrain, a mobile art museum inside railcars. ArTrain features cultural art exhibits, some of which have includes the world’s most recognized artists.

For a fun activity that the whole family can participate in, visit Planet Rock, one of the largest climbing gyms in the country. If looking for outdoor activities, look no further than Gallup Park. This park provides outdoor activities that EscapeWizard.com believes vacationers will enjoy. You can rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboat, or rowboat and take them out on the water. The park also includes coffee shops, hiking trails, fishing sites, playgrounds, pavilions, and nature areas for your convenience and pleasure.

When shopping in Ann Arbor, we at EscapeWizard.com recommend starting at one of the city’s popular shopping neighborhoods. The Main Street Area downtown is a great place to find eclectic clothing boutiques or art galleries featuring unique imports and original pieces. The area is also popular with those wanting a sample of Ann Arbor nightlife. Go a few blocks north of downtown to Kerrytown, where you can find Ann Arbor’s Saturday Farmer’s Market and Sunday Artisan’s Market as well as specialty shops selling clothing, wine, and more. The State Street area provides a mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is also home to Nickels Arcade, one of the first indoor malls in Michigan. The other shopping malls in Ann Arbor are Briarwood Mall and Arborland Shopping Center.

When it is time to go out on the town, EscapeWizard.com recommends making downtown your night time destination. Vacationers can enjoy a taste of local beer and food at local breweries, play pool, darts, or other games at bars, or dance to DJ music at nightclubs. The city has a wide selection of saloons, pubs, sports bars, lounges, and nightclubs that are ready to please vacationers with a variety of personalities.

There is never a dull time of year in Ann Arbor because there are always special events. For example, EscapeWizard.com guarantees vacationers will enjoy the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, a three-week June festival that celebrates theater, dance, music, and comedy. Vacationers can enjoy performances, food stands, and nighttime movie screenings. Other interesting festivals include the Ann Arbor Folk Festival (January), the Ann Arbor Film Festival (March), and the Ann Arbor Book Festival (May). There are also numerous festivals that take place in nearby Ypsilanti.

Vacationers are drawn to Ann Arbor because of its family activities, spectacular scenery, action-packed sporting events (many of which come courtesy of the University of Michigan), and friendly atmosphere. To book your next vacation to this sophisticated, urban college town, follow the above link to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Ann Arbor
By Penny Pepperstein
Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor
1401 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI
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Just two miles off the I-94 interstate and 4 miles away from University of Michigan's “Big House” football stadium. The Hilton Garden Inn is the place to stay when visiting Ann Arbor, the city is buzzing with places to eat, shop and enjoy. The hotel check in is at 3 p.m., valet is available and complimentary parking as well.

Each room is equipped with a 42-inch-flat screen TV, WiFi connection as well as a small fridge, microwave and coffee maker. The Guest Room comes with a king size bed or two queen size beds. With comfortable mattresses and a ergonomic Mirra chair by Herman Miller, your room was designed with relaxation in mind. The Accessible Rooms also with a king or double queens availability. Audio doorbells, vibration and strobe alerts for assisting in alerts. Roll in showers and bathtubs are a few amenities some of these rooms offer.

The Hilton Garden Inn has a vast array of amenities for your stay to be entertaining as well as comfortable. The pool (with volley ball net and basketball hoop) a fitness room and whirlpool to name a few are always good for enjoyment or fitness needs. There are two restuarants available in the hotel for you to chose from. The Great American Grill® has every kind of breakfast, lunch and dinner you could ask for. The Pavilion Pantry® has ready to cook meals as well as a full bar. Room service is available until usually late in the evening.

If you're in town for a football game, business trip or just visiting family, let EscapeWizard.com help make your hotel booking experience simple and fun. The hotel has a check out time of 12 p.m., giving you plenty time to wake at your leisure, get some breakfast and be checked out in due time. EscapeWizard.com is ready to help make this visit one you will never forget (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Ann Arbor
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
3200 Boardwalk Street, Ann Arbor, MI
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The newly renovated Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel is conveniently located on the south side of Ann Arbor, close to the University of Michigan. Downtown Ann Arbor awaits you just two miles away, and a complimentary shuttle can take you to the Briarwood Shopping Mall for any shopping needs. Many of the largest corporations in the area are also located nearby. The central location and upgraded amenities make this a great choice for the duration of your stay.

All of the guest rooms are designed for comfort and feature the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. You can stay entertained with in-room movies, an iPod docking station and a variety of cable channels. If you have work to do, you will enjoy the ergonomic desk chair, desk with data port, and complimentary high speed internet access. You will also receive a free national newspaper on weekdays. Sheraton Club Rooms are available with additional amenities, such as free bottled water and access to the Sheraton Club Lounge which provides complimentary breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, and beverage options in the evening.

The Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel also offers wonderful dining options for guests and locals. With a focus on wine and diverse, fresh dishes, the Share Wine Lounge is the perfect place to meet and enjoy delicious food in a casual atmosphere. There is also the Share Small Plate Bistro, open for breakfast as well as dinner. Room service is also available from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This smoke-free hotel has several ways for you to stay healthy and relax during your visit. Take advantage of the beautiful fitness facility, or take a dip in the indoor/outdoor heated pool. There is also a whirlpool available. For your convenience, there is a gift shop on-site, free self-parking, and a shuttle to take you to local destinations.

EscapeWizard.com can help you book your trip today by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).