After dropping Ellie off at her bar review class this morning*, I headed towards Druid Hill Park for a run. Along the way, though, I saw a sign for Cylburn Arboretum and, on a whim, decided to check it out, since the "Arb" in Ann Arbor was one of Ellie's favorite places to run last summer. Aside from the run itself**, the mansion house and nearby garden areas looked like a pretty spot for a wedding. I don't know anything about their rates or capacity, but it seems worth checking out if you're an outdoorsy, nature-y type. I think they've recently reopened (okay, very recently!) after doing some construction work - they have a new driveway and parking area, and a brand-new visitor center (which hadn't opened for the day yet when I was there).
My family will be in town next weekend (along with our photographer), and typically when we hang out we like to go somewhere for a walk, so I'll be suggesting the arboretum so Ellie (and Kiersten!) can get some photos and I can do some research while the visitor center is open. Has anybody been there / been to a wedding there / know anything more about the place?
* That's right, class on a Sunday - and Saturday too. Fortunately this class only runs for about a week; the class that will go all summer and keep her from posting as frequently as usual is "only" five nights a week.
** The run was slightly frustrating - their trails aren't that well signed, occasionally dwindle off into the brush, and could use some maintenance; I'm considering volunteering to provide that service.