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The owner and brewer at Seedz Brewery holding beers.
Related Member: The Livery, Haymarket Taproom, Lehman's Farmhouse, North Pier Brewing Company, Round Barn Estate, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, Tapistry Brewing Company, Transient Artisan Ales, Watermark Brewing Company, Arclight Brewing Company, Ghost Isle Brewery, Niles Brewing Company, River Saint Joe, Seedz Brewery

“Good people drink good beer,” journalist Hunter S. Thompson famously opined. We couldn’t agree more. Fortunately, here in Southwest Michigan, there is no shortage of phenomenal craft beer.

A group of friends at the Makers Trail Festival
Related Member: Weko Beach Campground, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

Do you like trying new craft beers, wines, ciders and spirits? Are you a fan of beach parties? Then you won’t want to miss out on Southwest Michigan’s biggest beach party — the Makers Trail Festival!

A glass of Tabor Hill cranberry wine
Related Member: Baroda Founders Wine Cellar, Contessa Wine Cellars, Dablon Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Free Run Cellars, Gravity, Hickory Creek Winery, Karma Vista Vineyards, Lake Michigan Vintners, Lazy Ballerina Winery: Saint Joseph Tasting Room, Lehman's Farmhouse, Lehman's Orchard, Lemon Creek Winery, Red Top Winery, Round Barn Estate, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, 12 Corners Vineyards, Vineyard 2121, White Pine Winery, Moonrise, Chill Hill, St. Julian - Tastings & Retail Store

So you love wine.

Red, white, blush. Sweet, dry, sparkling. You enjoy it all. Chances are you'd be a sommelier if you didn't have to go back to school. You're also a huge fan of the winery experience. From tastings to tours to simply kicking back with a glass of your favorite vino, wineries are your happy place.

View of Silver Beach and the Whirlpool Compass Fountain
Related Member: ARS Gallery, Arts and Culture Center, Box Factory for the Arts, Siegfried H. Horn Museum, Krasl Art Center, North Berrien Historical Museum, Berrien County Historical Association, Weko Beach Campground, Jean Klock Park, Rocky Gap Park, Silver Beach County Park, Galien River County Park, Paw Paw River County Park, Roadside Park, Andrews Trails, Lookout Park

One of the simple joys of visiting Southwest Michigan is that you don’t have to empty your wallet to have a relaxing, fun-filled time while you are here. Since we are a tank of gas or less away from most major cities in the Midwest, what happens at the gas pumps won’t deter you from getting away, either. Here are the top free things you can do when you are in and around St. Joseph.

View from the bluff of a music event in St. Joseph.
Related Member: St. Joseph Today, The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Whirlpool Compass Fountain

Summer fun kicks off with the Compass Music Fest on Saturday, May 21, in St. Joseph, Michigan. Read below for the inside scoop on how to make the most of the day from St. Joseph Today!

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