Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a vibrant city whose economy feeds on education, healthcare, life sciences, technology and innovation. Too many startup companies to mention have launched in Ann Arbor, and many more companies have relocated here to tap into the wealth of talent that exists.
A picturesque little town located northwest of Ann Arbor, Dexter is just about as small-town America as it gets. From Memorial Park in the heart of town where numerous events are held annually to shopping and dining on Main Street., there is always something going on. Dexter loves a parade, and they seem to have one just about every holiday.
In Saline you’ll find upscale shops, restaurants, and services – in and around the quaint, intimate downtown and surrounding clean, safe neighborhoods – while enjoying natural beauty and room to roam on the city’s rural edges.
Chelsea is a thriving small city west of Ann Arbor with an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment, and local activities. Over the years, Chelsea has evolved into a diverse community, embracing its agricultural heritage, maintaining an active manufacturing base, and cultivating a vibrant art scene.
Located on the northern edge of the Huron River Chain of Lakes are the towns of Pinckney, Hamburg, and yes, Hell. These towns are part of Putnam and Hamburg Townships.
Located in Northfield Township, Whitmore Lake is located halfway between Ann Arbor and Brighton off of U.S. 23. Northfield Township boasts extreme beauty, with rolling countryside, centennial farms, and a rural character that feels miles away but only minutes from the City.
Further north up U.S. 23 lies the town of South Lyon. South Lyon is located near the crossroads of Interstate 96 and US 23, in the southwest corner of Oakland County, Michigan. Lansing, the capital of Michigan is located less than an hour drive west, and Detroit is just 45 miles to the east.
Despite Ann Arbor’s reputation in the region as a bohemian cultural center, many creative people have been driven out of the city to Ypsilanti due to these changes. A vibrant, underground arts scene has begun to emerge as a result.
Thirty minutes north of Ann Arbor is Brighton, a vibrant downtown community where neighbors and visitors still wave to one another. Brighton is an exciting dining and nightlife destination with over 25 unique restaurants and bars. My favorite place for a great steak is Stillwater Grill. Of course, if sushi is more your thing, Sushi Zen is wildly popular.
Just west of Brighton lies Howell. Separated from Brighton by the incredible Lake Chemung, Howell offers a great downtown with 200-year-old historical buildings. Downtown has a unique mix of independent dining, entertainment, and shopping.