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There is something about college towns that I always enjoy and look forward to, even though I'm not well past the point of being a college student. Regardless, there's a certain vibe, a certain aura that I notice whenever I'm in iconic college towns such as Berkeley, California or Madison, Wisconsin. I have been traveling to college towns for work for a long time, but by some fluke I had never been to Ann Arbor, Michigan even once. I was thrilled to find out that I'd be ending that streak recently, as I had meeting scheduled for a few days there late last spring, while school was still in session. I was so excited I found it hard to plan anything. I was even more excited when I found out that my last day of meetings had been canceled. I asked the home office to keep my original flight, but they would only do so if I found my own lodging that night. That wouldn't be a problem – I travel with the HotelTonight app, so booking an Ann Arbor hotel room would be a snap. I'd get one when I was ready to grab some sleep.
My first stop, naturally, was on the campus of the University of Michigan. This is an enormous school that is unique in that it actually looks and feels more like a smaller, liberal arts college. It's world-renowned for a lot of different disciplines, but the people I spoke to in some of the common areas all talked about how the university was quite welcoming, quite calm and very friendly to just about anyone who came to study or visit there. The students here were all happy and busy, and I made sure to buy some things at the bookstore.
I wasn't expecting to be able to walk around outside so near the campus, but there were parks all over the place. I walked through one for a couple of hours, as a trail took me right past several ponds where ducks sat and quacked at each other. It was a beautiful day, and students and other locals were making the most of it by walking around in shorts and t-shirts. I took dozens of photographs of wildlife with campus buildings in the background, and before I knew it the day was almost over.
You can always expect to see a little bit of everything when it's time to eat dinner in a college town. I had heard about a barbecue place that was extremely popular, so that's where I went. It looked like a nice brew pub when I got there, and they do brew their own beer. They also make some of the best ribs I've ever tasted. I had them along with some macaroni and cheese and cornbread that was fantastic. I washed it down with a local pilsner and life was very good.
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I was full and quite happy with my experience that day. I opened my HotelTonight app and booked an Ann Arbor hotel room in seconds. It was just up the road, and I was soon in my bed, satisfied that I had finally gotten to experience what I now knew was a special college town.