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Lake Michigan Winter

Winter is my favorite time to be outside. I love the cold crisp air, the way that the snow blankets everything, the otherworldly ice formations along the lake and the delicate beauty of individual snowflakes. If you are prepared and enjoy the cold, Southwest Michigan is a photographer’s paradise 24 hours a day in the winter.

Photo: David Knight Photography

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Not us! You may be too old to go trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t dress up and join in on the fun. You’ll find plenty of Halloween activities in Southwest Michigan that are made just for adults. Here’s a list of local, can’t-miss festivities that will raise your spirits (and your glass) this Halloween season.

Related Member: Ben Pancoast Photography

Ben Pancoast Fall 10

Q: What makes SWMI special for fall weddings?
A:The diversity of the area is what makes SWMI so special in the fall. You can take pictures at the beach and then within 5 or 10 minutes you can be on a wooded path surrounded by beautiful fall foliage, or out in a vineyard with golden vines, or an apple orchard. There are just so many options that it makes it incredibly easy to get beautiful unique fall photos without having to spend your day driving from one spot to another.

Makers Trail

Your road to craft beers, wines and spirits in Southwest Michigan.

When is the best time to tour the Makers Trail? Fall, winter, spring and summer! The Makers Trail is enjoyable year round, offering a different experience each season. With more than 30 members scattered across Southwest Michigan, you’ll have fun tasting new and long-time favorite handcrafted brews, wines and spirits. Come on your own or bring family and friends. The makers and their staffs look forward to your coming.

Fishing in Southwest Michigan

Located along Lake Michigan, Southwest Michigan is a prime fishing destination. However, when it comes to fishing, not many people are willing to share their favorite spots with you. So how do you know where to go to get that catch of the day? We’ll share a few places with you that are popular amongst locals.

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