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 Strata - David Barr - Silver Beach, St. Joseph, Michigan

What do Despicable Duck, Abundant Happiness and And You, Seas have in common? They are all part of the impressive outdoor art collection you can admire while walking in flip flops around Southwest Michigan. Casual wear is definitely acceptable as most of this area's art venues are in tree-lined parks and along sandy beaches. And don't mistake this for adult-only fare. There's lots of art to spark children's imaginations and you're never far from a sweets shop to reward your family's cultural adventuring.

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If we had a big ol' brass farm bell to ring, we'd clang it now! This is come-and-get-it time in Southwest Michigan. Area pick-your-own farms, roadside stands and downtown community markets are abounding in fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheeses, eggs and flowers. There are shelves of colorful jams, jellies and salsas. Bags of fresh-baked breads and donuts covered in cinnamon-sugar. The farm market freezers are stocked with ready-to-bake fruit pies and bags of berries for smoothies. Of course, reading about this bounty doesn't compare to plucking a plump, sun-ripened peach from the tree and taking a juicy bite. So c'mon! Bring the family for a fun (and delicious) time in the country!

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When the weather turns chilly, the tendency for a lot of us is to burrow inside.  But the crisp air of late autumn and early winter is perfect for getting out and stretching your legs at one of many hiking locations in southwestern Michigan.

golf

As we say hello to October and welcome a new season, the crisp autumn air and fiery hues of turning leaves create the perfect backdrop for golf in southwestern Michigan. Just because the hot days of summer have retreated doesn't mean that one of summer's favorite pastimes has left with it. In fact, many golfers say this is their favorite time to get out on the links.

sunset

As you look at the calendar and realize it's the middle of August, you may be wondering how you can I make the most of these last weeks of summer. Here are eight great southwest Michigan activities to do before the autumn leaves begin to fall.

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