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Autumn excursion to Chelsea, Michigan

–by Jennifer Ruple

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Jennifer Ruple








Autumn brings colorful foliage, crisp air and cozy sweaters; the perfect seasonal mix for strolling around the quaint, historic district in Chelsea, Mich. Located on State Route 52 between Jackson and Ann Arbor, Chelsea offers a myriad of shopping opportunities, world-class theatre, hip eateries and the 20,000-acre Waterloo State Recreation Area.

Begin the day by perusing the many gift shops and boutiques in the area. The Potting Shed features an eclectic mix of vintage and new items, including tableware, linens and holiday décor. Step outside into the shop’s courtyard and check out the assortment of art and decorative items for your garden. Violet and Moss are two women’s boutiques offering unique clothing, jewelry and accessories. For industrial-style furniture and home décor, visit La Maison. The shop also carries Annie Sloan® Chalk Paint®, brushes and other supplies. For a good read, visit the charming Serendipity Books. Find a relaxing chair, grab a complimentary cup of coffee or tea, and explore their vast selection of gently used books.

The courtyard at The Potting Shed offers garden art and plants.

The courtyard at The Potting Shed offers garden art and plants.

When hunger calls, look no further than Zou Zou’s Café and Coffee Bar, an intimate and artsy French-themed café offering gourmet coffees, crepes, salads and sandwiches. The café’s exposed brick walls are adorned with historic photos and local art. Breakfast sandwiches are available any time of the day as are five varieties of quiche. Before you leave, pick up a homemade raspberry white chocolate scone to go. Trust me.

While in town, don’t miss the opportunity to take in a play at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, which is located downtown at 137 Park Street. Founded in 1991 by actor, playwright and Chelsea native Jeff Daniels, the award-winning venue offers original American theatre performances. The 168-seat theatre’s interior is reminiscent of the 1930s and features art deco design touches throughout its lobby. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 3 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Ticket prices range from $22-$46
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The Purple Rose Theatre Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary!

There is no better time than fall to head outdoors. Just a few miles from town is Waterloo State Recreation Area, the largest park in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The park features several campgrounds, beaches, picnic sites, mountain biking trails and 47 miles of hiking trails, many of which can be accessed from the Gerald E. Eddy Discover Center located at 17030 Bush Road. Unfortunately, heavy rains the day we visited kept us from the trails and from getting any decent pictures. However, we’re keeping the park on our list for future hikes.

There’s so much to experience in Chelsea, make it part of your fall bucket list.

 Jennifer Ruple is the author of the blog


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