Chelsea MI Hotel Area Guide
The community of Chelsea was founded in 1834 by two brothers. The community grew with the railroads making frequent stops in town, bringing settlers to the area and transporting goods from local farms. At one point, Chelsea was one of the largest export centers for wool in the country. Before the 20th century, Glazier Stove Works became the world's largest distributor of oil and wood burning stoves. In 1930 Mrs. Mabel Holmes created Jiffy Mix. The family owned business, Chelsea Milling, is still thriving.
In 1991, local resident turned professional actor Jeff Daniels returned home to Chelsea to open a Michigan based theatre and production company. The Purple Rose theatre has 168 seats and is regarded as one of the finest regional theatres in the nation. With four shows running over 40 weeks throughout the year, it is something not to be missed.
Get outside and enjoy the outdoors at the Waterloo Recreation Area. With over 20,000 acres and 11 lakes it is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. Activities include swimming, fishing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails and 47 miles of hiking trails.
The historic downtown has many multigenerational and eclectic new businesses. Well know for its vibrant arts community, Chelsea has several art galleries, antique shops and is home to the Chelsea Center the Arts. Saturday mornings from May through October, local growers, artists and crafters sell their goods at the Farmers Market. One of the highlights of these days is the "Chef at the Market" cooking demonstration.
Families and groups find plenty to do while in Chelsea. Two local companies offer tours of their operations. The Jiffy Mix plant has tours throughout each week and consists of a slide presentation, refreshment period and a walk through their packaging plant. The Teddy Bear Company also offers tours that let you step onto the production floor and see the design and delivery of teddy bears. Also, less then 30 minutes away is the Michigan International Speedway. There are three races throughout the year in June, July and August.
From the North:
M52 South to Chelsea, turn right onto Commerce Park Dr. Follow around the corner to the hotel.
From the South:
M52 North to Chelsea, turn left onto Commerce Park Dr. Follow around the corner to the hotel.
From the East:
I94 West to Chelsea exit 159. Turn left onto M52, turn left onto Commerce Park Dr. Follow around the corner to the hotel.
From the West:
I94 East to Chelsea exit 159. Merge right onto M52, turn left onto Commerce Park Dr. Follow around the corner to the hotel.
Chelsea/Ann Arbor Area Activities:
- Chelsea Milling Company Home of Jiffy Mix
- Purple Rose Theatre Company
- Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds
- Michigan Stadium - "The Big House"
- Michigan International Speedway
- Arctic Coliseum Ice Arena
- Sandhill Crane Vineyards
- Waterloo Recreation Area
- Pioneer Wine Trail
- Fire Keepers Casino
- Cascades at Sparks County Park
- Spring Valley Trout Farm
- Hell, Michigan - The Hysterical Town
- Pinckney Recreation Area
- Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
- Planet Rock
- Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center
- Yankee Air Museum
- The Henry Ford