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Dexter (Michigan)

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Dexter [1] is a village of 2,338 people (as of 2000) in Washtenaw County, southeast Michigan. Named for local judge Samuel William Dexter, the village was first settled in 1825; today, it's a popular destination for its quaint downtown surrounding the village green, and the locally-renowned Dexter Cider Mill.

Get in[edit]

Dexter is located just north of I-94, between Ann Arbor and Jackson. The nearest airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), about 40 minutes east on I-94.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Dexter Community Band, Center for Performing Arts at Dexter High School (2200 North Parker Road), +1 734 426–2734, [2]. Volunteer band performing four concerts a year of traditional and popular music, marches, and newly published band music.
  • Dexter Community Orchestra, Center for Performing Arts at Dexter High School (2200 North Parker Road), [3]. Volunteer orchestra performing four classical music concerts a year as well as chamber concerts at Dexter Public Library.
  • Dexter Community Players, +1 734 426–5060, [4]. Local non-profit community theatre, putting on a summer musical and winter play each year.
  • Dexter Museum, 3443 Inverness Street, +1 734 426-2519, [5]. Maintained by the Dexter Area Historical Society and the Dexter Heritage Guild, the museum contains displays on furniture, clothing, toys, medical equipment, a compete dentist's office, farm implements, school materials, a model railroad, and military artefacts from the Civil War through World War II. On-site gift shop.
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, LLC, 3115 Broad Street, +1 734 426-4962, [6]. Open 12PM-6PM Friday and Saturday. Brewery producing 10 traditional rustic oak-aged country-style beers. On-site store.
  • Spring Valley Trout Farm, 12190 Island Lake Road, +1 734 426-4772, [7]. Open 9AM-5PM Saturdays and Sundays during spring and fall, and 9AM-6PM Wednesday through Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day; closed during winter, until early May. Catch your own rainbow trout or channel catfish from spring-fed, pollution-free ponds that are stocked weekly with fish grown right on the farm. 20 acres of parkland with 9 spring-fed ponds up to an acre large, two pavillions, picnic area, children's play area, log cabin, fishing lodge. Admission $4, or $3 for non-fishermen. Rainbow trout are $5.09 / lb, channel catfish are $4.49 / lb; cleaning and de-boning services available.

Orchards, Berries and Cider Mills[edit]

  • Dexter Cider Mill, 3685 Central Street, +1 734 426-8531, [8]. Open 9AM-5PM Wednesday through Sunday, from late August to mid-November. The oldest continuously-operating cider mill in Michigan, since 1886, located on the banks of the Huron River. Their cider has been made the same way for 120 years, using an oak rack press and a blend of three to five locally grown varieties of apple. Their on-site store offers fresh natural apple cider, fresh apples, freshly-baked doughnuts, apple nut bread and caramel apples, as well as apple-related products like apple butter, boiled cider, sauces, books and locally-grown products. On weekends, homemade apple pies, apple strudel, apple turnovers and hand-rolled gingersnaps are also available.
  • Jenny's Farm Market, 8366 Island Lake Road, +1 734 424–3431. Open seasonally. Cider mill, produce, hayrides and petting farm.
  • Lesser Farms and Orchard, 12651 Island Lake Road, +1 734 426-0606. Apples, cider, eggs, jam, jelly, honey, plums, firewood, pumpkins, beeswax candles, and homemade soaps.
  • Dexter Blueberry Farm [9], 11024 Beach Road, +1 734 426-2900. Open 8AM-7:30PM Monday through Saturday, and 12PM-6PM on Sundays, Mid-July through August. U-pick blueberries.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Take a scenic drive to Ann Arbor, following Huron River Drive along the banks of the Huron River.
  • Dexter Blueberry Farm [10], 11024 Beach Road, +1 734 426-2900. Open 8AM-7:30PM Monday through Saturday, and 12PM-6PM on Sundays, Mid-July through August. U-pick blueberries.
  • Dexter-Huron Metropark, 6535 Huron River Drive, +1 734 426-8211, [11]. 122 acres, three picnic shelters, play equipment, baseball diamond, hiking trails.
  • Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N Territorial Road, +1 734 426-8211, [12]. 1,549 acres, 18-hole golf course, disc golf courses, picnic areas, swings and slides, softball diamond, hiking and biking trails, nature trails, river fishing, canoe rental.
  • Mona Lisa Salon & Spa, 3225 Central Street, +1 734 268-6585, Full service salon and spa featuring hair styling, nail services, waxing, facials and massage in a relaxing Italian country side setting. This salon is set back from the road in an old carriage house.

Events[edit]

  • Dexter Daze, Monument Park, [13]. Held for two days in early August from 9AM-8PM. Arts and crafts booths, Dexter's largest parade, live entertainment, kiddie rides, and food.
  • Apple Daze, Monument Park. Held the first Saturday in October from 10AM-5PM. Apples, caramel apples and apple cider for sale, apple pie eating contest, craft booths, hayride.
  • Victorian Christmas, Monument Park. Held for three days in early December from 11AM-4PM. Christmas tree lighting, community sing, holiday parade, craft demonstrations, carolers, musicians, free cocoa and cookies.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Christine's, 8107 Main Street, +1 734 426–0571. Decorated glassware, jewelry, dolls, stuffed animals, toys, candles, gifts, and home accents.
  • Dexter Mill, 3515 Central Street, +1 734 426–4621. Feed store with Carhartt work clothes, riding gear, wool blankets, hand-tooled leather belts, and hand-carved walking sticks.
  • Frivolities, 7011 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road, +1 734 424–GIFT (4438), [14]. Open 11AM-7PM Monday through Thursday, and 12PM-5PM Saturday and Sunday; closed on Fridays. Jewellery, garden statuary, glassware, vintage china and fine English bone china, prints and original arts, floral arrangements, holiday decor.
  • Mary Ann's Country Store, 3212 Alpine Street, +1 734 426–8614. Gifts, crafts and collectibles.
  • The Purple Ribbon, 8118 Main Street, +1 734 426–8117. Shabby chic, cottage, and vintage-style home decor, silk flowers and refurbished furniture.
  • Shade of the Olive, 3207 Central Street suite 1, +1 734 424–9404. Home decor, gifts, and garden items with a European flair.
  • Susannah Keith Gallery, 8099 Main Street, +1 734 426–0236, [15]. Sculpture and painting gallery.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • A&W Root Beer Drive-In, 8220 Dexter Chelsea Road, +1 734 426-4427, [16]. Open 11AM-9PM Monday through Saturday, and 12PM-8PM on Sunday, March to mid-November. A&W restaurant offering drive-in service, with root beer floats, hot dogs and french fries.
  • Argiero's, 7049 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road, +1 734 424-0000. Open 11AM-9:30PM Monday through Thursday, 11AM-10PM on Friday, 4PM-10PM on Saturday, and 4PM-9PM on Sunday. Homemade pasta and pizza.
  • Classic Pizza, 8015 Huron Street, +1 734 426-1900, [17]. Open 11AM-10PM Sunday through Thursday, and 11AM-11PM Friday and Saturday. Pizzas, subs, subzones, calzones, wraps, salads, breadsticks, penguin wings, chicken fryz and desserts.
  • The Cookie MOMster, 8050 Main Street, +1 734 424-3002, [18]. Over 50 varieties of cookies, bar cookies and brownies, as well as muffins, biscotti, coffee, coffee drinks, frozen drinks and more, housed in the original 1820s-era post office building. $1.25 - $2.
  • Dexter Bakery, 8101 Main Street, +1 734 426-3848. Open 5AM-5PM Tuesday through Saturday, and 7AM-2PM on Sunday; closed Mondays. Home-baked goods.
  • Dexter's Pub, 8114 Main Street, +1 734 426-1234. Open 11AM-10:45PM Monday through Thursday, 11AM-11:45PM Friday and Saturday, and 12PM-10:45PM on Sunday. Sandwiches, fish, steaks, ribs, pizza and pasta.
  • Katie's Bar and Grill, 2830 Baker Road, +1 734 426-4707. Open 11AM-2AM Monday through Saturday, and 4PM-10PM on Sunday. Steak, fish, burgers, pasta and pizza. Karaoke Tuesdays and Thursdays, live music Fridays, and a DJ on Saturdays.
  • The Lighthouse Cafe, 8124 Main Street, +1 734 426-2255. Open 6AM-2PM Monday and Tuesday, 6AM-8PM Wednesday and Thursday, 6AM-9PM on Friday, 6:3OAM-9PM on Saturday, and 7:30AM-? on Sunday. Home cooked breakfasts and lunches, and popular for their smoked meats.
  • Terry B's Restaurant and Grill, 7954 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road, +1 734 426-3727, [19]. Appetizers, soups, salads, flatbread pizzas, meats, poultry and seafood. $9 - $25.
  • Wings N Things, 3220 Broad Street, +1 734 426-WING (9464), [20]. Pizzas, chicken wings, appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, subs, pitas, fried chicken, and dinners. $4 - $14.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Bearclaw Coffee Co., 8074 Main Street, +1 734 426-8002. Open 6AM-6PM Monday through Friday, 7AM-7 PM on Saturday, and 7AM-6PM on Sunday. Premium gourmet coffees, teas, smoothies, blended drinks, pastries, soups and sandwiches.
  • Foggy Bottom Coffee House, 7065 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road, +1 734 424-9630. Open 7AM-6PM Monday through Friday, 8 AM-4 PM Saturday and Sunday. All coffee and espresso craft-roasted on-site using a variety of fresh, premium beans; hot and iced loose-leaf tea; large vegetarian and gluten-free friendly sandwich menu; made to order fresh-fruit smoothies; locally-baked pastries (delivered each morning); spacious, mountain-themed dining room with a stage for performances.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There actually aren't any hotels or bed-and-breakfasts within the Dexter city limits yet; the nearest are in Chelsea and Pinckney, or you can think about staying in Ann Arbor if you want a broader selection.

Get out[edit]

  • Hell is about 15 minutes north on Dexter-Pinckney Road / D-19.
  • Ann Arbor is about 10 minutes southeast on Dexter Ann Arbor Rd.


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