March is National Craft Month... and that means it's time to wash off your paint brushes, gather up those quilting scraps, and get ready to throw some clay, as you sculpt, paint, and play all the way to your most creative self.  Luckily, the Great Lakes Bay Region is bursting with some of the most vibrant, and original ways to express yourself, and we're sharing 3 of our absolute favorite ways to get the creative juices flowing this National Craft Month when you Go Great Lakes Bay!


1) Scrapbook & Quilt In Style On A Cozy Retreat 

Creative Passions Crop & Quilt Retreat 

Gather up your best gals and get to the cozy village of Chesaning, where not one but five Crop & Quilt Retreats await you at Creative Passions.  With workspace and overnight accommodations for groups of 4 to 24, Creative Passions Crop & Quilt Retreats are the ultimate creative escape.

No matter which of the 5 retreat locations you choose and whether you're planning a scrapbooking retreat or a quilting retreat, Creative Passions provides the workspace, a fully-stocked kitchen, lounge area for breaks between your projects, and comfortable on-site accommodations - all you need to bring is your creativity!  Be sure to check out the available Weekday Getaway Dates and available Weekend Getaway Dates - these retreats are a craft lover's dream and they fill up fast! 

2) Paint Your Own Pottery

Painterly Pottery 

At Painterly Pottery (now with 2 locations, in Bay City and Saginaw) you can choose the perfect blank canvas from over 1,000 unfinished ceramic pieces.  Then, head over to the color bar and experiment with more than 80 glaze colors to personalize your pottery experience!  No matter what you want to create, you can pop in during regular hours to paint your signature piece, or sign up for one of Painterly Pottery's hands-on workshop sessions for a lesson in creative expression!

Can't get enough of crafting your own take-home masterpieces?  Head on over to Saginaw's You Do The Dishes, where you can custom-paint and glaze everything from dishes and serving platters to picture frames and coffee mugs!  The only limit is your imagination!  

3) Spend Some Time In The Studio

Space Studios - Woman Throwing Clay 

From the moment you set foot into Midland's Space Studios, you'll be greeted by a million different ways to craft and create.  Whether you pop in on a whim and pick a pottery item to paint at the Glaze Bar, sign up for a series of pottery sessions to learn the art of throwing clay, or even join the Clay Club for unlimited access to the pottery studio, you'll leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and inspired (and even have some take-home art to show for it!)

Whether you love to paint, sculpt, sew, or just plain create, we know you'll find plenty of ways to craft the perfect creative escape when you Go Great Lakes Bay this March during National Craft Month.  Scope out the perfect place to stay during your getaway, and be sure to share your adventure on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter using #gogreat and #nationalcraftmonth!