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By @ 07/18/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Verdirame, Travel

ann arbor sign low resWhen thinking about Michigan cities, it’s safe to say that Ann Arbor—and the neighboring town of Ypsilanti—would likely not even make the top 5, which is all the more reason it is so surprising to find not only a substantial gay community, but one that has been thriving for several decades thanks in part to the prominence of the University of Michigan. Many in Ann Arbor believe the city of approximately 200,000 to be so open, that dedicated gay venues are almost unnecessary because gays are welcomed everywhere (even though there are still several gay bars and gay-owned businesses).

Ypsilanti even elected an openly gay mayor, Amanda Edmonds, below, who will happily tell you that AmandaEdmonds-228x300being a lesbian had very little effect on her campaign. All of these things make Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti (or Ypsi, as the locals call it) a great place to spend a few days, especially in the summer. Story and photos by By Michael Verdirame. Read on for our top recommendations for when to go and where to play, eat and more. Click here for a FREE three-month offer to subscribe to ManAboutWorld.

When we go: The upcoming annual gay pride celebration, called OutFest (August 5-7) is hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center. Named after one of the most notable figures in the gay community in Michigan, the center promises a weekend that celebrates “queer identities, community, and allyship.” It won’t be the biggest pride celebration you attend this year, but it makes this weekend the perfect time to schedule a trip to Ann Arbor to discover everything it has to offer.

Where we stay: Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti aren’t huge sprawling metropolises, so you won’t be overwhelmed with all the hotel options. Much of the visitor infrastructure centers around the UM campus, so if you are inclined to stay in your favorite chain hotel, we can guarantee you will find it here. There are, however, a few notable choices in the downtown area of Ann Arbor that are worth checking out, if for no other reason than their convenient centralized location.

Weber’s Boutique Hotel is a charming option that includes a full service hotel and restaurant and an low res ivyindoor pool, making this an attractive choice year-round. There are walking and jogging paths in the adjacent park, and it is located only a short Uber ride away from the dining and shopping downtown.

The Graduate is located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance to shopping and the gay nightlife of Ann Arbor. Catering to out-of-towners eager to take in a football game at the University of Michigan’s famous “Big House,” this hotel offers football weekend packages in addition to boasting its authentic, intellectual vibe. The Graduate is probably the best choice for those looking to combine a convenient location with a unique hotel experience.

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