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Lighthouses are the irresistible superstars of the Great Lakes. We are drawn to them in every season and in any type of weather. We enjoy seeing, touring, listening to stories about and photographing them. Every day is a good day to enjoy the lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

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Everyone loves to go on vacation, but if you’re like me you hate leaving your pets behind. It can be difficult (and expensive) to travel with animals but luckily Southwest Michigan is a very pet-friendly place. You can find many hotels, restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, trails, beaches, farms, campgrounds and shops that will welcome your pets as they would any other member of your family. To help plan your pet-friendly vacation, here are some places I would recommend staying and visiting while you’re here. You can also download the pet-friendly guide for more information.

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Silver Beach Carousel’s Haunted SCAREousel Family Fun Night

From the gorgeous fall colors to the bountiful harvest that fills our Lake Michigan coast, fall is one of the best times to travel to Southwest Michigan. It is also a more affordable and calmer time of year to visit since our busy summer season has come to an end. You will find plenty of free activities in and around St. Joseph that are perfect for anyone on a budget.

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Fab Lab

The Fab Lab at Lake Michigan College is an awesome resource for Southwest Michigan community members and tourists who want to get creative. However, many people don’t understand what they can do at the lab. So, we talked with Chad Dee, the director of Hanson Tech Center at Lake Michigan College to learn more.

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Firkin at the Livery

With so many festivals, parties, special releases and live music, fall is the perfect time to tour the Makers Trail! Here are some of the top upcoming parties of the season at our wineries, breweries and distilleries.

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