Our Instagram followers are seriously talented! We're constantly impressed by the fabulous photos we see pop up in our feed, taken by our very own followers. This is a run-down of some posts that we found particularly inspiring in 2017.
In Ypsilanti, there's plenty of life to capture on ... Read more and see comments!
Mittenfest is the most incredible annual end-of-year music festival in Michigan. Some have even called it the best annual music festival in the midwest, but you’re encouraged to be that judge this year yourself. It exists to showcase the most dynamic Mitten-made bands and artists, as they donate ... Read more and see comments!
Eastern Michigan University is gearing up for a thrilling homecoming week which concludes with a Homecoming Fall Festival in Depot Town. Follow the Green & White Road first to Rynearson Stadium for the game and then down Cross Street for this autumnal celebration.
The day begins with a great in-state ... Read more and see comments!
The Border-to-Border Trail: Expansion and Destinations
Sep 29, 2017
One of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s (WCPARC) main initiatives is connectivity, with the emphasis on the Border-to-Border Trail (B2B). All trail users, bicyclists, walkers, runners, joggers, rollerbladers, and stroller pushers are welcome throughout autumn on this non-motorized, ... Read more and see comments!
EMU and Ypsi Real Create Video To Welcome Visitors to Ypsilanti
Sep 22, 2017
The Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau announces its partnership with Eastern Michigan University to welcome people to Ypsilanti. Together, the two organizations have evoked the national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign in a new video produced in Ypsilanti, highlighting the diversity and inclusivity ... Read more and see comments!
Welcome back students! I know you’re excited to see your friends and get settled into your home-away-from-home. Whether this is your first year or last semester as an EMU Eagle, U-M Wolverine, or a member of the WCC Wolfpack, Ypsi holds new adventures, great coffee, and college-budget friendly ... Read more and see comments!
Ypsilanti is a hotbed of nationally-known antique markets. Looking for that perfect vintage piece? You’re likely to find it here in historic, charming Ypsilanti.
Last summer, we had the privilege of meeting Mary Moore of Raising Dick & Jane, and showing her around the retro shops in ... Read more and see comments!
12 Ways to Enjoy Winter Fun in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Dec 16, 2016
The temperature is dropping in Ypsilanti, Michigan – but our spirits aren’t! Ypsilanti is still beautiful this time of year, even under several feet of snow. We wanted to share the picturesque winter scenes that our followers have been sending to us by using the hashtag #YpsiReal. Enjoy these ... Read more and see comments!
7 Things For Non-EMU Students to Do On EMU’s Campus
Dec 09, 2016
Ypsilanti isn’t an amazing city just because we are home to one of the most uniquely-shaped water towers in the world. Ypsi has the greatest community, great destinations like Depot Town and Downtown, and of course, Eastern Michigan University. Not enough people take advantage of the great things ... Read more and see comments!
‘Tis the season for winter events! From the Downtown Tree Lighting to New Year’s Eve, there’s always something happening in Ypsilanti. Put on your festive garb, and head out on the town to any of these wonderful events.
If you haven’t started your holiday shopping, DIYpsi Holiday ... Read more and see comments!
So it’s November and the realization that you have finals coming up finally hits you. There’s some sweating involved, maybe even some stress eating. How do cram in studying for all the information you’ve learned (or let’s face it, pretended to learn) over the past few months? ... Read more and see comments!
As our favorite restaurants close up their patios for the season, crisp air and fall foliage fill the streets. November brings bright colors, cozy sweaters, and a number of events to the Ypsilanti area. Read more to find out about performances, shopping, restaurants, and more in Ypsilanti, Michigan!
On ... Read more and see comments!
10 Things Eastern Michigan University Students Love About Ypsilanti
Oct 07, 2016
Ypsilanti holds such a special place in my heart. Ever since I moved here for college I have fallen in love with everything about the city and everything Ypsi-related. I have interviewed students from Eastern Michigan University and had them share what they love about Ypsi!
1. “This is my hometown, ... Read more and see comments!
NOTE: For 2017 dates and details, please visit the Events Calendar here for Ypsilanti and the surrounding communities.
October is a month for warm apple cider, u-pick apples, cozy sweaters, and fun in Ypsilanti. The cool breeze and warm sun are the perfect accompaniment to these exciting events!
Pour ... Read more and see comments!
Double Rainbow All The Way Across the Sky in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Sep 09, 2016
On August 21st, 2016, the people in Ypsilanti looked up to the sky and saw something truly remarkable: two vibrant rainbows side-by-side spanning the entire town. Photos of the “double rainbow” started popping up all over social media, and we started to wonder, “what does it mean?”
Posting ... Read more and see comments!
As the summer winds down, we realize there are two kinds of people: those who long for two more months of summer, and those who are ready for a break from the heat. Whichever group you identify with, we have you covered for all of the events Ypsilanti has to offer this September. (Don’t worry, ... Read more and see comments!
May is quickly approaching, and the event season is picking up! If we missed an event happening in Ypsi during the month of May, leave a comment, or submit the event to our calendar. Here are your Ypsi Events for May 2016.
Ypsi Area Show and Shine Car Show | May 1
The Ypsi Area Street Rods host the ... Read more and see comments!
Summer is in its home stretch and right around the corner is fall. The best way to enjoy the last few days of summer is to sip on a drink or snack on some of the coolest patios around Ypsi. I went on a scavenger hunt around town to find the best restaurant patios, and here is my list of the top hippest ... Read more and see comments!
With the sun shining, and the river rolling – it’s no wonder the month of August is packed with events in Ypsilanti, Michigan. From warbird shows to indie art festivals, there’s something everyone (and every age) this month.
Largely due to the close proximity to Canada, the Ypsilanti-Ann ... Read more and see comments!
This summer in Ypsi, everyone’s been trapped in a heat wave. Take it from me, living in the classic college summer housing: a small apartment sitting directly under the sun with no A/C and zero air flow. All I can say is that it is essential to know your summer “cooling down” resources ... Read more and see comments!
Two major universities and a community college are within a 10 mile radius of Ypsilanti, making education a top priority. As you travel throughout the city, it’s hard to miss what seems to be adorable tiny houses filled with books…FREE books! Little Free Libraries is an international organization ... Read more and see comments!
How to Have Fun While Playing Pokémon Go in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Area
Jul 19, 2016
Pokémon Go is a free location-based augmented reality game that is taking the world by storm. While you are walking about you can catch, train, and battle Pokémon on the new smartphone app.
We have compiled a list of some of the most exciting Pokémon gyms and PokéStops in ... Read more and see comments!
6 Ways to Have Summer Family Fun in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Jun 28, 2016
Ypsilanti, Michigan is the perfect destination for family fun! Cool down at the water park, enjoy arts and culture, and roam throughout the beautiful parks. Keep reading for more ideas the whole family will love!
1. Rolling Hills Water Park
From a three-story-high water slide, to a calming lazy river ... Read more and see comments!
It’s summertime, and the living is easy. If you’re looking for Ypsilanti events to attend this July, look no further. Keep reading to learn about some of Ypsilanti’s biggest events of the season!
The 87th Annual Ypsilanti Independence Parade will be held in Depot Town on ... Read more and see comments!
Ypsilanti is full of sights to see and people to meet. We’ve been sharing original Ypsilanti GIFs on our Twitter, but we wanted to share the love on our blog. Check out 9 GIFs that perfectly capture Ypsilanti, Michigan.
1. This hostess welcoming you into Ypsilanti’s favorite restaurant.
Let’s ... Read more and see comments!
13 Ways to Show Your Love for the Ypsilanti Water Tower
Jun 14, 2016
The Ypsilanti Water Tower is easily one of the most iconic structures in the city since 1890, when it was constructed. Near and far, people travel down Summit Street to marvel at the tower and all its glory. But don’t take it from us – here are 14 Ways to Show Your Love for the Ypsilanti ... Read more and see comments!
June in Ypsi is the perfect month: the start of summer, sunny days that aren’t too hot, and the carefree attitude of everyone because they know they have three more months to procrastinate on things that aren’t due until the fall. The only problem with summer is the illusion that there will ... Read more and see comments!
It’s summer time in Ypsilanti. Can you believe it? Seems like yesterday we had our ice scraper and winter coats at our finger tips. Now it’s all about events in the park, swimming at Rolling Hills Water Park, and strolling around Ford Lake. Keep reading to find out what’s happening ... Read more and see comments!
Take the time to stop and look at the expert craftsmanship on these signs in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
1) Terry Bakery
This giant neon sign on Michigan Avenue indicates the home of one of the tastiest bakeries in Ypsilanti. This sign was refurbished in 2013, and the city rejoiced upon its return. Terry ... Read more and see comments!
5 Commonly Mispronounced Destinations in Ypsilanti, Michigan
May 13, 2016
The original name of our fair city was Woodruff’s Grove. In 1825 the founders switched the name to Ypsilanti, and people have struggled to pronounce it ever since. Truth be told, there are a few attractions in Ypsilanti that are commonly mispronounced. We are here to clear the air. Keep reading ... Read more and see comments!
17 Ways to Pose on The Ypsi Real Big Chair in Riverside Park
May 06, 2016
Have you seen The Ypsi Real Big Chair in Riverside Park? It’s a great place to lounge and strike a pose. Here’s some inspiration for your next selfie while taking a jaunt through the historic park. Be sure to share YOUR photo of The Ypsi Real Big Chair on Instagram using the #ypsireal hashtag.
1) ... Read more and see comments!
Ypsilanti, Michigan has a rich history of production and manufacturing. The city resides along the banks of the Huron River, which once fueled manufacturing and industry. Now known for kayaking and plethora of small mouth bass, the Huron River propelled mills and manufacturers during the height of ... Read more and see comments!
We asked our social media audience to write haikus about one of the best cities around. Thanks for all of your submissions! If you feel motivated to write one of your own after reading this blog, send us your haikus in the comments section. We’d love to read them!
by Sebastian Rataezyk
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13 Photos of Dogs Living It up in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Apr 12, 2016
Ypsilanti is a small city with a big heart in Southeast, Michigan. As the warm weather approaches, it’s typical to see more and more pups walking down the historic streets of Ypsilanti with their faithful owners. Check out this blog with these local pooches, and consider bringing your furry friend ... Read more and see comments!
8 Incredible Antique Stores in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Apr 08, 2016
Ypsilanti is known for its juxtaposition between the old and the new. Students from Eastern Michigan University ignite excitement in the community, while historical architecture and museums line the streets. While Ypsilanti is making a name for itself as a home for young entrepreneurs and artists, there ... Read more and see comments!
Late Night Weekend Guide: Downtown in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Apr 01, 2016
Raise your glass for this late-night guide to Downtown Ypsilanti. This area is located on Michigan Avenue roughly between Huron and Hamilton, and the surrounding blocks. Beer, barbecue, and quintessential Ypsi is on the menu for an evening in this area. We’ve already covered how to party-on in ... Read more and see comments!
Spring has sprung, everybody! And it’s time to add all of these amazing events to your Ypsitastic calendar. If we missed an event happening in Ypsi during the month of April, let us know by leaving a comment, or submit the event to our calendar. Without further adieu, here are your Ypsi Events ... Read more and see comments!
Healthy Living in Ypsilanti, MI – Part Three: Relaxation
Mar 25, 2016
Everyone is always complaining that they don’t have enough time. After all the work and the school and the social obligations and the errands are done, what do you do for yourself? For me, I need to do something relaxing, or I will spontaneously combust. The way the world works nowadays, everyone ... Read more and see comments!
The final school bell was just a formality. At this point I was already sweating under my puffy coat and itching under my wool hat while lined up with the rest of the kids for dismissal.
“Have a good weekend everyone,” Mrs. Sipp sweetly yelled above our chatter and rustling. She received ... Read more and see comments!
5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Mar 08, 2016
It’s that time of year again, so get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s day in Ypsilanti with style. With amazing beer and authentic food all over town, it’ll be hard to choose just one spot to camp out for the night. Don’t fret, Ypsi Real is here to help. Here are 5 ways to celebrate ... Read more and see comments!
Late Night Weekend Guide: Depot Town in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Mar 04, 2016
Are you ready to party? We have all the tips for you. A few weeks ago, we covered night life in the Campus Town area. Now, it’s time to explore Depot Town – the historic, yet bustling district in the downtown Ypsi area.
Aubree’s | 9pm-10pm
Feta February is almost over! ... Read more and see comments!
Late Night Weekend Guide: Campus Town in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Feb 04, 2016
Ypsilanti, Michigan knows how to party. There was so much night life to cover, it didn’t fit in one blog! We decided to split to up based on the three distinct downtown areas in Ypsilanti. Although you can walk from Downtown to Depot Town to Campus Town – you can spend more time partying ... Read more and see comments!
Being a sophomore in college and staying healthy is hard. Every one of your friends is always hungry. And by hungry I mean, every one of your friends is always trying to get you to go out with them to Steak and Shake or IHOP and order three plates of fries, two milkshakes with a side of a whole pizza. ... Read more and see comments!
Four Brand New Ypsilanti Businesses to visit in 2016
Jan 15, 2016
If your new year’s resolution is to try new things, Ypsilanti has got you covered. Over the holiday season, four new businesses opened in the downtown area. Keep reading to find out more!
Wagon Trail Home Decor
Ypsi has been home to high end fashion boutiques such as mix, Puffer Red’s, ... Read more and see comments!
5 Ways to Celebrate National Bacon Day in Ypsilanti, MI
Dec 29, 2015
That’s right everybody. National Bacon Day is on December 30, and we want to help you celebrate! We take bacon very seriously in Ypsilanti. So here, is a very serious blog about bacon.
1) Put it on a burger.
There is no shortage of burgers in Ypsi. We recommend adding bacon to just about any ... Read more and see comments!
It’s making its way around town! We’ve been following the #ypsireal hashtag on Instagram, and we’re LOVING everyone’s posts with their Ypsi Real swag. Check out these awesome pictures, and stop by our office (at 106 W. Michigan Ave) to pick up Ypsi Real stickers, buttons, pens, ... Read more and see comments!
Ypsilanti postcard. 1950’s.
Everyone knows the Water Tower, the butt of innumerable jokes and the most recognizable Ypsi landmark. Much has been written about the tower, finished in 1890, that stands at the highest point in the city on the corner of the appropriately named Summit and Cross Streets ... Read more and see comments!
When Visit Ypsi asked me to film a video about our museums in Ypsilanti, I didn’t know where to begin. Our town has such a rich history, so there is a lot to cover! After thinking over some strategies, I figured the best option would be to learn from an expert. So I sent out the MannSignal to our ... Read more and see comments!
There’s a people watcher in all of us, waiting to be unleashed and tapped into.
A barista tapping her water bottle on her knee as she taps her feet to the rhythm of last night’s loudest song; a student eying the sun as it peers over the Ypsilanti water tower; a local strolling up Cross ... Read more and see comments!
1. The Color Run Michigan Eastside
It’s fun, colorful, and a great excuse to be active! The Color Run is one of the largest summer events, drawing upwards of 15,000 runners each year. Mark your calendars for June 27 and get ready to SHINE. Learn more about prepping for The Color Run by clicking ... Read more and see comments!
Ypsi’s Hidden Gems #3 | A Little Something for Everyone
Apr 24, 2015
Around half of the world’s population lives in cities. In the U.S. many young professionals and recent grads spend their time analyzing and assessing which cities are most conducive to their desired lifestyles and future aspirations. Profitable and blossoming cities are romanticized as centers ... Read more and see comments!
A Small Town’s Hidden Gems | Eastern Michigan University
Mar 26, 2015
A post shared by Ypsi Real (@ypsireal) on Jan 9, 2015 at 9:48am PST
If you stopped for an early morning coffee at any one of the cafes surrounding Eastern Michigan’s campus, you would find yourself surrounded by an eclectic array of persons. Each person traverses Michigan in the ... Read more and see comments!
Sometime in early 2014, Ypsilantians began noticing a special type of street art emerging throughout the city. Those special-somethings were “yarn bombs” by our very own Friendly Neighborhood Yarn Bomber (FNYB). The FNYB was known for accentuating Ypsilanti’s creative environment by ... Read more and see comments!
Two years ago I spent three weeks camping from California to Michigan. When I finally crossed Michigan’s lake lined borders, my eyes were affronted with a mosaic of autumnal colors that were absent in the rest of the country. Fresh memories of dreamy Spanish moss dangling from trees in Montana ... Read more and see comments!
Four Epic Outdoor Winter Activities in the Ypsi Area
Feb 04, 2015
Four Epic Outdoor Winter Activities in the Ypsi Area
We want to inspire you to get outside and have fun – so you won’t find “snow shoveling” on this list! Read our picks, comment with your favorite activities, and get outside!
1. Take a weekly bike ride with Bike Ypsi
Is ... Read more and see comments!
9 Ways to Show Your #YpsiLove this Valentine’s Day
Jan 20, 2015
1. Pick out an adorable gift at The Rocket’s Valentine selection
Skip the generic box of chocolates, and find something unique at The Rocket. Is your secret-admirer all stocked up on Valentine-themed-rubber-duckies? No worries. The Rocket is packed with Doctor Who, Star Wars, Firefly, and alt-entertainment ... Read more and see comments!
Millennials are moving miles from home to soak in the California dreams, New York City lights, and that Portland pulse that even the extreme wanderlust-infused hipster secretly drools after. Small Midwestern towns are left to take the bench. As wanderlust sweeps the nation, hundreds of Midwest towns ... Read more and see comments!
1. The Food
Ypsilanti is what you crave with lattes, burgers, burritos, and craft beers galore. Visitors and locals find themselves immersed in award winning burgers, artisan beverages, and simple, honest food.
We could go on and on about the bratwursts at the Wurst Bar, or the lattes at the Ugly ... Read more and see comments!