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Related Member: DeGrandchamp Farms, Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick, Jollay Orchards, Lehman's Orchard, JW Morlock & Girls LLC, The Blueberry Patch, Watervliet Fruit Exchange


July is our “eat more just-picked fruits and vegetables” month in Southwest Michigan. Our pick-your-own farms, farmers markets and stands are brimming with goodness. Cherries (sweet and tart) and blueberries are already coming in from the orchards and fields, but soon there will be the juiciest, sun-ripened peaches, too. Also, if you hurry, you may be able to grab up strawberries as well. They have so much more flavor than trucked-across-the-country berries.

Related Member: Curious Kids' Museum, Eden Springs Park & Campground, Hidden Pointe, Kilwins Ice Cream-Fudge-Chocolate Shoppe, Silver Beach Carousel, Third Coast Surf Shop, Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals

Silver Beach County Park Summer View

Summer in our corner of paradise always goes by so much faster than we want it to. Like a sunset over Lake Michigan or a cone of hard-packed ice cream, we enjoy every last second of it but are always anticipating the next one the moment it is done. Feeling nostalgic? So are we!

Kayaking Lake Michigan

Amy Perkins has kayaked on Lake Titicaca in Peru, the largest freshwater lake in South America, and was awed by the majesty of the Andes Mountains. She has paddled through massive chunks of glacial ice in Alaska. But many of her hours on the water are spent paddling in Southwest Michigan. We asked her to share why you would want to dip an oar into our waters.

Related Member: The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Jean Klock Park

Jean Klock Park

While it may look like just another beach along the shoreline, Jean Klock Park offers more than just family fun. It’s a tribute to a family that once cared deeply about Lake Michigan and wanted to share it with children for generations to come.

Related Member: Weko Beach Campground, Warren Dunes State Park

I Love Weko Sign

Weko Beach may be smaller than its big neighbor to the south, Warren Dunes State Park, but it scores high marks from beachgoers. Located at 5239 Lake St. off Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman, this city park has many amenities that make it a family-friendly place to splash and build castles.

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