As you walk along Main Street, taking in the historic downtown Chelsea architecture, you can’t help but be reminded of a simpler time. But the Chelsea, Michigan of today is no mere nostalgia trip. It’s a thriving cultural, dining, and entertainment hub that offers something special for literally everyone – especially retirees. Conveniently located just 15 miles west of Ann Arbor, living in Chelsea puts a world of possibilities within reach. Spend some time with us and we’ll share a few of our favorite reasons that make Chelsea such a wonderful place to enjoy your retirement years.
Rich Cultural Experiences
Perhaps nothing sums up Chelsea better than its motto: “A city of history, a city of pride.” With origins dating back to the early 1830s, Chelsea retains much of its historic charm, most notably along Main Street, which is punctuated by an iconic clock tower built in 1907. For history buffs, or anyone who enjoys being transported to another time, the Chelsea Area Historical Society Museum is a place you’ll want to explore time and time again. Here, you’ll experience a variety of fascinating exhibits that tell the story of Chelsea and the surrounding areas in stunning detail.
For a more contemporary cultural experience, you’ll love the Purple Rose Theater Company, which is dedicated to bringing the New American Play to audiences in the Midwest. Started in 1991 by actor Jeff Daniels, the Purple Rose was founded upon the belief that quality theater is to be enjoyed by all, not just the privileged few. Nearly 20 years after its inception, ticket prices remain affordable, ensuring you’ll have access to a nationally acclaimed theater company for years to come.
Every Day is Delicious
By the latter half of the 19th century, Chelsea rose to fame as the leading produce market of the entire county. Chelsea’s Farmers Market, which has been located in a variety of city lots over the years, now has a permanent home in the newly established Palmer Commons, right downtown! Chelsea’s roots in agriculture mean you may be buying your tomatoes from a family farm that’s been around for generations, though there’s room for the newer farmers, too! It’s never been easier to pick up seasonal and local fruits and veggies to really make your meals pop!
If you’d rather let someone else do the meal prep for you, Chelsea’s restaurant scene offers a full menu, ranging from casual fair to upscale dining experiences that rival the best in the country. Conveniently located near the Purple Rose Theater, the Common Grill is your go-to spot for a tasty bite before the show. The menu is an eclectic mix of local favorites, American cuisine, and seafood, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. For something with a little more of that Midwestern flair, there’s Smokehouse 52 BBQ, featuring delicious smoked meats and friendly customer service.
Fun & Fulfillment Around Every Corner
When Cyrus Beckwith, an early settler of the Chelsea region, established his farm in 1830, the land was described as having “clear plentiful lakes, valleys and hills and having abundant trees, marshy fertile soil and lush blue grass.” In other words, it was the perfect backdrop for enjoying the splendor of nature. Almost 200 years later, this still holds true. Nature-lovers can look forward to immersing themselves in Chelsea’s park system which includes Pierce Park, Veteran’s Park, and Timbertown Park.
Of course, one of the most fulfilling aspects of living in Chelsea is the close-knit, small-town feel that you’ll experience from the moment you arrive. This is a town where people of all ages come together to enjoy one another’s contributions to the fabric of the community. In the epicenter of the community is Chelsea’s Chamber of Commerce, but you don’t have to visit their offices to feel the connection! The Chamber actively works to foster connections between Chelsea’s businesses and citizens, maintaining Chelsea’s sense of community while continuing to find new, fun ways to engage visitors.
Learn More About Chelsea, One of the Best Places to Retire in Michigan
For even more great reasons to retire in Chelsea, Michigan, don’t miss our previous blog post, “Why Chelsea is the Right Choice for Seniors.” In this article we explore Chelsea’s wide range of senior living options, including Silver Maples Retirement Neighborhood, Chelsea Retirement Community, and The Pines Senior Apartments. You’ll also learn about our convenient access to quality health and wellness services thanks to the Chelsea Wellness Center and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea – one of the top hospitals nationwide for patient satisfaction.
Come Visit Us at Silver Maples
If you’re a bit further along in your search for a retirement community you’ll love and haven’t found the perfect fit, we invite you to join us for a tour – you won’t regret it. We’re just a short drive from Ann Arbor, and getting here is easy no matter which direction you’re coming from. Not quite ready for a visit? Get to know us from afar by exploring our website. You’ll find enlightening personal stories, and testimonials from residents, their families, and our staff, video tours and so much more. You can also request more information to receive our brochure packet full of great information. Or, feel free to connect with us through social media to get a peek at daily life at Silver Maples. Contact us when you’re ready to learn more. We’re eager to discuss options and help you enjoy a lifestyle and support system you and your family will love.