4 ways to vent quarantine steam in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, me. – As Washtenaw County’s cases of COVID-19 increase, it is easy to get frustrated after a year of COVID-19 locked inside. Relax while supporting Ann Arbor businesses and organizations.

We can’t promise these will solve all of your problems, but they could make things a little easier.


Leave anonymous love letters, cheeky secrets or memories from COVID-19 on the literati Bookstore’s virtual typewriter. Like the actual public typewriter in downtown Ann Arbor, there is no way to go back or make changes, so typos will stick on your little note forever.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Void Quarantine Confessions page is still up and running. The site was created in early 2020 and is a collection of hidden confessions from workers, parents who are fed up with their children and who secretly celebrate their forced time alone. Read other anonymous confessions and make your own to blow off some steam.



Are you really feeling the quarantine cabin fever but are you avoiding public spaces? Work out at home with virtual classes offered by private gyms in the Ann Arbor area. Visit Vie Fitness & Spa for spinning and mat pilates or yoga with aUM Yoga and Mota Thai Yoga.

YMCA Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Community Education and Recreation also offer fitness classes for adults, including cardio drumming and weight training.

Read: Stay Active with Virtual Workouts and Classes at These Ann Arbor Gyms


If you’re not in the mood for a class, take a hike. With over 160 natural areas and parks, Ann Arbor is known as Tree Town for good reason. There are plenty of spaces to relax and relieve stress in nature while discovering less traveled paths.

Cozy with a book

Forget that during an ongoing pandemic, you are in 2021, transported to another time, place, and world.

Join a book club, search recommended reading lists, and order online from your favorite local stores. Order books online at BookBound, check out the Literati staff or attend a virtual authoring event about Nicolas books.

Not sure what you’re up to? The Ann Arbor District Library offers Quarantine Reads, a book review program hosted by one of their librarians on AADL TV. Watch some episodes here.



Sometimes all you need is ice. Feel your feelings as you head into town with three scoops of Blank Slate Creamery in a waffle bowl. Order a pint from Michigan Creamery or grab donuts from Washtenaw Dairy.

Skip the tedious process of planning, shopping, and cooking meals by ordering take-away from one of the city’s restaurants such as Chela’s, Everest Sherpa Restaurant, or Mani Osteria & Bar.

When you have lots of mouths to feed, order something pre-prepared and family-sized at Zola Bistro, Satchel’s BBQ and Seva.

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