Nebraska fans are en route to Ann Arbor, Michigan. That means a lot of people in red will be looking for things to do around town.
In 2014 and 2015, I put together a series of travel guides for the Hail Varsity Yearbook. I set out to understand what I believed to be the top three most important things in every city or town: must see, must eat and must drink.
I plan to publish those travel guides online for the first time this season. The catch? I never wrote one for Michigan. The Huskers last faced the Wolverines in 2013, the year before the travel guides were created.
To be sure Hail Varsity readers know what to eat, drink and see in Ann Arbor, I've created a brand new travel guide for Michigan. Enjoy.
Must See: Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Michigan Theater is a non-profit center for film and performing arts. It hosts stage productions, independent films and concerts. You don't have to see a show (although you could if you want) to go and marvel at the marquee of the Michigan Theater. There's plenty to do nearby, so try to stop by after the sun has set for the full marquee experience.
There's also the Matthaei Botanical Garden and Nichols Arboretum. It's operated by the University of Michigan and is located on the eastern edge of Central Campus. Even if it's just a morning stroll on game day, it's a great spot to get lost for a little while.
And if you're out and about in downtown Ann Arbor, keep an eye out for the fairy doors. Seriously.
Must Eat: The Pizza House
618 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI. 48104
The Pizza House calls itself "Ann Arbor's No. 1 game day destination place." It's Chicago-style pizza, but there's more than deep dish on the menu. With over 500 seats, The Pizza House boasts one of the shortest wait times for a table in town. That's a good selling point.
Prefer a burrito? Big Ten Burrito is your spot. They're called "Ann Arbor's favorite burrito" and they're open late. Perfect for something post-game.
And of course, there's Zingerman's Delicatessen if a sandwich is what you're looking for. There's a lot more than sandwiches on the menu, too.
Must Drink: The Brown Jug Restaurant
1204 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Brown Jug Restaurant has been a staple in Ann Arbor since 1936. The restaurant and bar is named after the oldest trophy in college football (and arguably one of the best): the Michigan versus Minnesota football trophy.
The Brown Jug opens at 9 a.m. for noon kick-offs, so it's the perfect stop for Nebraska fans looking for some drinks and a quick bite before heading to the stadium.
If you stop by The Brown Jug after the game, you may notice a long line at a bar just around the corner. That's Rick’s American Cafe. Alumni have been known to pay $100 just to skip the line to get in on a Saturday night.
If a brewery or distillery is more your scene, there's a number of options that are popualr with Michigan residents.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.