KICK BACK AND STAY AWHILE!

We are flattered that people come from all over the Midwest and Canada to paddle with us at our Quiet World Sports LLC. Some of you have driven considerable distances and stay over a night or two in the Jackson area and we have been remiss in pointing out things to see and places to EAT in our fair city.

Beware that when we travel, we look for the offbeat, non-franchised places to eat so we can pick up some local character. If this is your style, read on. If not, Jackson has all the usual food emporiums found in most metro areas. But here are a few more eclectic venues. Call them for their hours and all are in the 517 area code.

Places to Eat

The Bone Island Grille
Just up the road from QWS, "The Bone" has a broad menu and is sure to please everyone. Enjoy the deck out back or cool off in the air conditioned inside. 4614 Francis St Jackson, Michigan 49203 (517) 783-2144.

Chillango's
Amazing Mexican food in an intimate atmosphere! The mole is terrific. 1020 E Ganson St Jackson, MI 49201 (517) 795-1502.

Laughlin's Slice of Spice
If you are in a pizza mood, you canít beat the wood fired oven taste of Laughlin's. I personally recommend asking for extra sauce . . . it's that good! 7851 Spring Arbor Rd Spring Arbor Township, MI 49283 (517) 962-4311. Click here to visit their website.

Giglio's Italian Restaurant
The eggplant parm is glorious and the limoncello martini is refreshing! Good, homemade Italian. 2241 Brooklyn Rd Jackson, MI 49203 (517) 787-5025. Click here to visit their website.

Wineries
As part of the Pioneer Wine Trail, Jackson is home to several fine wineries.

Lone Oak Vineyard Estate
has terrific wines and offer food and entertainment on special occasions. Kip and Dennise will take good care of you. 8400 Ann Arbor Rd Grass Lake Charter Township, MI 49240 (517) 522-8167. Click here to visit their website.

Sandhill Crane Winery
has a café and a lovely assortment of wines. 4724 Walz Rd Jackson, MI 49201 (517) 764-0679. Click here to visit their website.

Things to do!

Bring or Rent a bike
We are only a couple of miles from one of the most scenic and sweetest rail-trails in the whole state. Jackson County has miles of country roads to enjoy, click here. The Fitness Council of Jackson can arrange for you to rent a bike and hook you up with an active living map to help you find your way around. Click here. P and T Fitness, click here, and On Two Wheels, click here, are a couple of the state's finest bike shops so check with them for some good road routes. For mountain bikers, try the Ella Sharp Parkís more than 12 miles of trails of challenging and well hidden single track.

Attractions

The Historic Michigan Theatre
in downtown Jackson has something happening all the time including movies, live shows and live telecasts of Detroit sports. Click here to visit their website.

Ella Sharp Park
has a quaint historical museum and art gallery and a nice planetarium with more than twelve miles of off road bike trails, a golf course and miniature golf. Click here to visit their website.

The Cascades
are illuminated waterfalls built right into a huge hill. These come on at dark and are right out of the 50's. And usually there is something going on most weekends in the park from hot air balloons to Civil War reenactments. But don't try kayaking in the lagoons! Click here to visit their website.

Golf
If you are a golfer, we hardly know where to start since there are so many nice courses. Just a couple of miles from us is the 36-hole Hickory Hills (750-3636) tract and it's got three distinctively different nines, Click here. The Cascades course has been nationally ranked among public courses, click here. There are 25 more courses in the County!!

Theater and arts
Jackson boasts a thriving arts community at 634 N. Mechanic Street in beautiful downtown Jackson. Art 643, click here, is a community of artists and there is always something going on.

Motor Racing
Of course there is the renowned Michigan International Speedway if you are into motor sports. During race weekends, it is impossible to get a motel room anywhere near Jackson so check out their schedule if you plan to stay over.

Places to stay

Camping
There are two lovely State Parks in our general vicinity, Hayes State Park in the beautiful Irish Hills just off of US 12 and Portage Lake State Park in the scenic Waterloo Recreation Area. Both can be accessed by clicking here.

Jackson motels
  • Baymont Inn 517-789-6000
  • Fairfield 800-228-2800
  • Holiday Inn 800-465-4329
  • Hampton Inn 517-789-5151
  • Comfort Inns 517-768-0088
  • Country Inn & Suites 517-788-6400
For more ideas and information click here.

Quiet World Sports LLC - 551 Avenue A, Vandercook Lake, Summit Township - Jackson, mi, 49203
t: 517.879.8981 - kayak@quietworldsports.com