Chesaning Michigan: Best Things To Do | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
So, guys, if you are out touring Michigan, be sure to visit the quaint village of Chesaning MI.
You will love the historic inn we discovered with a nostalgic wrap around porch.
So come along as we find fun outdoor activities ... scenic walking trails and a bubbling fish ladder and warm homecooked meals recommended by the locals (hello, juicy broasted chicken!).
Chesaning to Saginaw: 25 miles, 32 minutes
Chesaning to Detroit: 98 miles, 1 hour, 45 minutes
From quilt retreats, to parks with scenic walking trails and disc golf, you will stay entertained while exploring Chesaning Michigan!
Do you love quilting or quilt retreats? What about pedicures and massages?
We recently met with the super friendly owner, Laura Greenfelder, for a fascinating tour of the main retreat building. I am a beginner quilter and my aunt is an expert quilter so Chris and I were excited to learn all about these creative retreats.
But first, a little history!
Above is a photo of Creative Passions before it was converted into a lovely quilt retreat. It used to be a grain elevator (photo from a post card given to me by Laura). The elevator was then transformed into a lovely Victorian bed and breakfast for several years.
Grain elevator --> bed and breakfast --> sprawling crop and quilt retreat!!
Laura's passion for creating a happy, sharing and relaxed atmosphere for ladies was palpable as she excitedly showed us each room during our tour.
She wishes to create a space for women to unwind, escape from stresses of everyday life, build relationships and have uninterrupted time to work on their artistic pursuits.
For the past few years, Laura has purchased, remodeled and updated several local buildings including former churches, a Victorian home and former mill as the demand for more spare arose. Since community is very important to her, she insisted on utilizing local resources and contractors to refurbish these new retreats.
Laura also believes in action over words when it comes to getting involved with the growth of local youth. Each year, she hires Chesaning high school students to help with gardening, customer service and housekeeping. Several local high schoolers even help guests bring in heavy sewing equipment at certain times.
We asked what the community thought about her Chesaning Michigan quilting retreats. Laura told us a funny story about a local farmer that stopped by asking what her business was all about.
Her perfect answer was, "It's a deer camp for women!"
Women love her retreats as they can feel at home during their stay.
Prefer not to cook? Meals can be catered in from Chesaning Michigan's Riverfront Grill or other local sources.
Laura even built a quilt shop where you can purchase fabric and notions for your projects.
She taught us all about her new "Grunge" line and precut coordinating fabric kits called Jellyrolls. Basically, there's something for everyone in her quilt shop so you will never hit a creative wall!
At this point, the majority of the weekday and weekend retreats are simply that, a time to sneak away for a few days and sew with family and friends.
Oh, and if you enjoy a little pampering while at the Crop and Quilt retreat in Chesaning MI, book an onsite pedicure and massage!
So, gather together some crafty friends (anywhere from 2 to 40 can be accommodated at the five different retreat centers) and start creating at the largest quilting retreat in Michigan!
Some spaces are small so groups of 2-4 women can have their own kitchen, bathroom, work space and bedroom. Overall, Laura's crafting retreat centers can accommodate 117 people, so see which location works best for your group!
Showboat Park: 805 S Front St, Chesaning, MI
If you are searching for things to do in Chesaning Michigan, check out Showboat Park! This beautiful park, located in the Great Lakes Bay region, is located right along the beautiful winding Shiawassee River. You can also play a game of baseball, basketball, or disc golf while enjoying the great outdoors.
We really liked the paved and gravel walking trail that winds along the Shiawassee river. There are so many scenic views and shade trees along the trail.
Showboat Park is undergoing a multi-year revitalization, so keep an eye on the changes.
Love camping? The Showboat Park is home to Tom Graham Memorial Campground. The campground has 70 lots with electrical hookups, restrooms and showers. This campground is so conveniently located along the pretty Shiawassee River in a shaded wooded area. There are also several primitive campsites situated along the river bank.
Cole Park, located in Chesaning Michigan, flanks the Shiawassee River. Parking is located along Canal Street.
This lovely park has a great playground for kids, picnic area, young tot play area and more!
Another neat thing to check out...
The recent river restoration project that took the remnants of the old dam and turned it into a rock rapids waterway/fish ladder. It's very relaxing to sit along the bank and listen to the rushing river!
There are restrooms and a drinking fountain.
A walking trail passes over a scenic pedestrian bridge crossing the Shiawassee River. Come check it out!
Add 18 holes to your getaway at the Twin Brooks Golf Club! There's a driving range, chipping green and putting green. Plus, there's a tee time every 8 minutes! If you need a break, there's a full bar and lounge!
While visiting Chesaning, we dined at the Showboat Restaurant and The Malt Shoppe as they came highly recommended by Go Great Lakes Bay and locals that we met while wandering around downtown.
Address; 242 W Broad St, Chesaning, MI
The Showboat Restaurant, located in Chesaning MI is a huge source of pride for the local community. If you are hungry first thing in the morning, this quaint restaurant offers homemade omelets, waffles, French toast, eggs, hash browns, oatmeal, bacon, sausage and the works!
We were there for dinner and I decided to try one of their specials for the evening: Broiled Cod. Their perch also came highly recommended. I also ordered a salad, green beans and baked potato.
Let me just say, my cod dinner was freakin' awesome. It was very fresh, tender and juicy.
SHOCKER: I might be so bold to say it was the best cod I have ever had. Yep, it was that good.
Chris ordered a bacon and blue cheese burger with homemade chips and ranch dip (shown above).
He enjoyed his dinner too. He's a homemade chip aficionado and he ate every last chip on his plate!
Other Showboat restaurant menu items to try include the Salmon BLT, grilled cheese, wraps, steak, chicken tenders and so much more. Our food came out fast and hot and our server was friendly and attentive.
So come on out and experience this family owned restaurant located in Chesaning Michigan! The Showboat Restaurant is one of our favorite Chesaning MI restaurants!
Address: 228 W Broad St, Chesaning, MI
The Malt Shoppe is a locally owned restaurant located in Chesaning Michigan. Bob Fish and Laura Stasek are the owners and they strive to bring a great experience to all those who join them for meals and comradery.
Their Specialty? The broasted chicken! Did we try it? Duh.
And let me tell you, it was incredible. Chris and I ordered the three piece broasted chicken meal with fries, cole slaw and a bun.
Our chicken was crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and very tender. We couldn't get enough. So we got more.
To the guy that broasted my chicken...you rock! (I'm not really sure what broasting is, but I dig it.)
The Malt Shoppe's large menu also offers burgers, hotdogs, onion rings, sandwiches and lots more.
Did you think we forgot about dessert?
Duh, not us.
Of course, The Malt Shoppe is known for their hand dipped ice cream sundaes (my weakness), slushies, malts, shakes and floats. I indulged in an ice cream sundae with fresh cut strawberries, hot fudge, nuts and whipped cream. mmmmm.
Chris got a chocolate shake...it took some silly effort to suck through the straw because it was so thick and creamy!
The Malt Shoppe is now one of our favorite Chesaning MI stops! The locals love it and so do we!
When visiting Chesaning Michigan, we recommend staying at the Stone House Inn located at 405 W Broad St, Chesaning, MI. We greatly enjoyed our stay as the owner and inn keeper were so friendly! We talked to them about things to do in the area and the history of the inn.
Top Perk: This Michigan Inn is located within walking distance of the downtown (which I love) as it's one of my favorite things to do in the evening...explore!
Watch the video above for a virtual tour of each of the lovely bedrooms except the Howard and Angela Suite on the third floor (it was inhabited by guests).
The Stone House Inn was built in 1909 for the Louis Perrot family. When you visit, you can see the beautiful original leaded glass windows, hardwood floors and oak woodwork.
This Tudor style home has a complete basement, two stories and full attic. The walls are 18" of solid stone and 2nd floor is constructed of Saginaw brick. You will love the oak beam ceiling work in the dining and entrances.
If you love reading, there is a lovely window seat on the landing of the oak staircase just begging for you to sit for a bit.
If you love fireplaces as much as the original owners, be sure to book either the Jonah Michael Room on the second floor and the Howard and Angela Suite on the third floor.
Oh, and get this, we loved that the kitchen is always open for late night complimentary beverages and snacks! I enjoyed a yogurt, banana and orange juice while I read my book in a comfy chair in the living room.
I also might have had a bit of chocolate ice cream too. Maybe.
In the morning, after a good night's rest, you can enjoy a continental breakfast which may include warm cinnamon croissants, breakfast sandwiches (from the freezer), hard boiled eggs and fruit. The cinnamon croissants were divine during our visit!
Of course, coffee, water and juice are always available.
The Stonehouse Inn has five nicely decorated rooms on the second floor and one on the third floor.
If the weather is nice during your stay, be sure to spend some time on the lovely front porch! There are several chairs and a swinging seat.