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Saline is a city of 9,300 people (as of 2019) in Washtenaw County, Southeast Michigan. In 1996, Money magazine named it one of the most attractive small cities in America.

Get in[edit]

Map of Saline (Michigan)

Saline is just southwest of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti on MI-12 (Michigan Avenue).

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Joseph Annin House
  • Bixby Marionette Exhibit, Saline District Library, 55 N Maple Saline, +1 734 429-5450. Collection of handcrafted marionettes from longtime Saline resident Meredith Bixby, who traveled throughout the Midwest and South putting on over 20,000 performances for over 40 years.
  • 1 [formerly dead link] Rentschler Farm, 1265 E Michigan Avenue, +1 734 769-2219. Open 11AM-3PM on Saturdays, and by appointment, between mid-May to mid-October. A frame house and 11 outbuildings from 1901, used as a working farm until 1998. Tours of the farmhouse and outbuildings, live animals on the farmstead. Rentschler Farm Museum (Q14716266) on Wikidata Rentschler Farm Museum on Wikipedia
Union Block Saline

Do[edit]

Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Take two self-guided walking tours of historic Saline. Leaflets are available at the Saline City Hall, 100 N Harris Street, +1 734 429-4907.
  • Main Street, Saline. Free music on Summer Thursdays, 7-9PM on Main Street and Rt 12. Free.

Events[edit]

  • [formerly dead link] Spring Time, +1 734 769-2219. Rentschler Farm Museum. Held the first Saturday in May that the farm museum opens to the public, from 11AM to 4PM. Guided tours, petting farm, antique phonograph exhibit, basket weaving, beekeeping, spinning and weaving, gardening, blacksmithing, tractor restoration, barn repairs and children's activities. $1 admission for adults; children free.
  • Saline Celtic Festival, +1 734 944-2810. Mill Pond Park. Held the second Saturday in July. Established in 1996, inspired by Saline's sister-city partnership with Brecon, Wales. Features Highland athletics (stone, hammer and caber throws), bagpipe and drum bands, music and dance performances, living history enactments, Highland cattle and sheepdog demonstrations, merchant booths, food vendors (including Welsh cakes, Irish shortbread and Michigan pasties) and children's activities. The week of the Celtic Festival is marked by golf tournaments, rugby matches, and music and dance workshops. Shuttle buses are available to the fair, with park-and-ride lots around Saline. Admission $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
  • Spring Fest, +1 734 429-3502. Saline Recreation Center. Held the first Saturday in April. Egg scavenger hunt, lunch with the Easter Bunny, and an egg dive in the swimming pools. Admission $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Brecon Grille, 101 W Michigan Avenue, +1 734 429-4868. Bar and grille featuring soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and Celtic fare. Broad selection of wines, beers and ales. Fried pickles were excellent.
  • Jasmine Thai & China Bistro, 447 E Michigan Avenue, +1 734 429-9798. Family-run Thai and Chinese restaurant. Try the basil shrimp and choo chee catfish.
  • Mac's Acadian Seafood Shack, 102 E Michigan Avenue, +1 734 944-6227. M-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa noon-11PM, Su 4-8:30PM. Emphasis on seafood (including alligator, crawfish and catfish) and Cajun cuisine, with appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, Cajun specialties, beef, chicken and pasta. $8.50-30.
  • My Favorite Cafe, 101 S Ann Arbor Street #107, +1 734 944-4054. Coffee, tea, pastries, salads and sandwiches.
  • Pasties & More, 131 E Michigan Avenue, +1 734 844-3212. Offers traditional beef, chicken and vegetarian Michigan-style pasties.

Drink[edit]

  • Bridgewater Bank Tavern, 8452 Boettner Road, +1 734 429-5875. Pub food and sandwiches.
  • Dan's Downtown Tavern, 103 E Michigan Avenue, +1 734 429-3159. Over 90 varieties of beer, and daily specials. Live music, darts, video games, and Friday-night karaoke.

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Go next[edit]

  • Ann Arbor is about 10 minutes north on Ann Arbor Rd.
  • The other towns and villages of Washtenaw County are a short drive away.
  • Detroit is about 45 minutes east on I-94.
Routes through Saline
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