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Related Member: Curious Kids' Museum, Silver Beach Carousel, Slackers Family Fun Center & Laser Tag

Curious Kids

Looking for fun ideas to plan with the kids while they’re off school this spring? Come to Southwest Michigan! It’s full of family-friendly spring break activities.

 Art of Beer

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is a traditional time to quaff a glass of beer with family and friends. It’s easy to do, and a whole lot more fun, at Southwest Michigan’s:

8th Annual Art of Beer Festival
March 18, 2017
5-9 p.m. EDT
The Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College
2755 E. Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Related Member: The Livery

The Livery - Firkin Friday

I recently sat down with Simon Rusk, owner of The Livery, to talk about Berrien County’s oldest operating craft brewery. The building, located in the Benton Harbor Arts District, is over 100 years old and was the site of the Palace Livery, a former horse livery. In the early 2000’s a group looking to help revive the downtown area embarked to restore the building and create a microbrewery. Simon, a former lawyer, held several positions at The Livery from bartending, to brewing and management before becoming the owner about one year ago. Under his leadership, and those before him, The Livery has become a staple in downtown Benton Harbor for great beer, delicious pizza and music. Find out what Simon had to say about this local craft brewery and why Southwest Michigan is becoming a popular brewery scene, below.

 Our craft breweries and wineries that are just minutes away

A few years ago, the City of St. Joseph was named “Michigan’s Most Romantic City” by the Detroit Free Press. Today, it’s a very popular destination not only for weddings and honeymoons, but for Valentine’s Day Weekend. With the 14th landing on a Tuesday this year, it opens bookend weekends (Feb. 10-12 and 17-19) to celebrate with your sweetie. Here are ways to share your love:

Related Member: The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

For nearly five years, Mike Nadolski has been the Pied Piper of Southwest Michigan leading thousands of tourists here. They pour in from across the state and from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and beyond. As executive director of The Mendel Center, he attracts them with national acts, popular events and business meetings he and his staff host each year. Here’s what he shared from behind the scenes:

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