Chelsea (population: 4,900), one hour west of Detroit, is full of local pride. Independent businesses line the main drag, restaurants serve locally raised food, and its signature Purple Rose Theatre was founded by a hometown celebrity.

March 27, 2013
Banana Cream Tart at Common Grill
Banana Cream Tart at Common Grill

What to do

Purple Rose Theatre Founded by Chelsea native and actor Jeff Daniels, the 168-seat venue provides an intimate, affordable theater experience (tickets usually run $27 to $42). (734) 433-7673;

Where to eat

Common Grill Fresh, seasonal and (often) local ingredients go into options such as pear and Gorgonzola salad or seafood risotto. Arrive early when a show is on at the Purple Rose Theatre, or if you have a group of six or more, make reservations. (734) 475-0470;

Where to stay

Chelsea House Victorian Inn This B&B in a converted 1880s Queen Anne offers cozy rooms, free Wi-Fi and private baths. (877) 618-4935;

For information: Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (734) 483-4444;