What's more fun than a college town, a place that's dependent on the local university and looks to it for life while entertaining students who need to get off campus? Ann Arbor kicks off HuffPost College's "Favorite Things" series -- a nationwide, Christmastime tour through all that the best college towns have to offer -- because the University of Michigan and the city have been linked for so long. Ann Arbor was founded in 1824, and the university came a short time later in 1839 from Detroit.
The partnership has worked. Ann Arbor is the sixth largest city in Michigan now and the state's hub for liberal politics, supporting the civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam movement and the student movement. In 2010, Forbes named the city named for its founders' wives one of the most livable cities in America. Forbes' methodology was likely complicated, but we're almost certain several of our favorite things swayed judges even then.