Though dogs tend to lovingly follow their owners' lead, that's not where the name Me & My Shadow came from. The owners had a dog named Shadow, an american eskimo that began suffering from health problems, including blindness, at an early age. When Shadow became too skittish to take walks around the neighborhood, his owners decided to put a pool in the backyard. Shadow was delighted to swim in it, and for years afterward, it seemed he was happiest during the summer swimming season.
This inspired Me & My Shadow, an indoor pool and recreation center where dogs can exercise and learn to socialize throughout the year. By-appointment swimming sessions are kept private to ensure dogs and owners—who can take a dip, too—feel comfortable. Pet parents can also sign their dogs up for training sessions, which are led by Judy Hales, an experienced trainer who takes a gentle, positive approach to instruction, as opposed to just rolling her eyes at dogs that can't complete their given task.
A community staple for more than 70 years, Ann Arbor Country Club's 18-hole course roams undulating, tree-speckled terrain for a 6,420-yard, par 72 course. Rolling fairways give way to small greens, making it critical for golfers to approach the putting surface from advantageous angles. Mature trees and streams loom throughout the course, eager to ensnare errant balls or runaway golf carts.
A 1,201-seat auditorium that values acoustic excellence as much as visual grandeur, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center houses ornate wooden accents and intricate wall panels that soar over a sweeping balcony peppered with plush red seats. Ample wheelchair seating and elevators to all levels abound, ensuring audience members seated in the balcony won’t need to rely on the creaky wooden catapults still in use at many theaters.
Snooker's Pool & Pub's two locations pair the excitement of a billiard game with a menu of pub food and a fully stocked bar of liquors and beers. From pizza to sandwich platters, the menu nourishes billiard spectacles, and bartenders stir drinks such as rum and cokes or long island iced teas.
Try City Fitness welcomes exercisers to challenge themselves and meet their fitness goals with indoor and outdoor exercises. Programs offered include boot-camp fitness, yoga, and indoor cycling. Nutrition seminars and personal-training sessions are also available.
From Romulus Athletic Center's indoor track, runners and joggers can watch planes as they take off and land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The simple pleasure of an expansive view is a reminder that exercise can be enjoyable, not merely strenuous. This commitment to fulfillment through physical activity can be found across the sprawling facilities: the five-pool aquatics area features a 240-foot lazy river and a two-story waterslide, and the two gymnasiums host games of basketball and volleyball. The 6,000-square-foot fitness area houses ample equipment for sculpting physiques, including a 30-foot climbing wall and more than 10,000 pounds of weight plates, which is more than enough to challenge the world's strongest man or the world's weakest King Kong.