Around Hillsdale, MI

The town of Hillsdale, Michigan, serves as the county seat of Hillsdale County and lies just miles away from the borders of Ohio and Indiana. Distinctively rural in character, the area provides abundant recreational opportunities for the outdoors lover with its numerous lakes, rivers and nature areas, including the College’s own Slayton Arboretum. Quaint shops, antique stores and local restaurants dot the town of Hillsdale and the surrounding villages. For specific information about upcoming events and offerings in Hillsdale County, please visit the Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce Web site.

For those who want to experience what a larger city has to offer, several cities are within reasonable driving distance of Hillsdale. Jackson (35 minutes) offers additional dining, shopping and entertainment venues, along with numerous golf courses and other recreational opportunities. East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo (75 minutes), home to Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University, respectively, offer the cultural attractions of university cities, along with eclectic shops and restaurants and concert and sporting venues. For a bigger urban experience, Toledo, Ohio, is approximately a 70-minute drive, while Detroit is a 90-minute drive. Even a trip to Chicago, Illinois, is possible on the weekend at a distance of about three hours.