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Related Member: The Livery, Dablon Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, FuzzyButz Pet Bakery & Boutique, Grande Mere Inn, Kilwins Ice Cream-Fudge-Chocolate Shoppe, Benton Harbor Arts Association

A Couple Drinking Wine at Dablon

With a reputation for being "Michigan's Most Romantic City" (thanks to the Detroit Free Press), St. Joseph is the perfect place for a weekend with your sweetie. Here are six of our favorite things to do with the one you love:

Related Member: Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, Warren Dunes State Park, Grand Mere State Park, Van Buren Trail State Park, Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park, Fred Russ Forest Park, Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

Once it snows in Southwest Michigan, it’s time to get out and have fun! Three silent sports — cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking — are great ways for kids and adults to get exercise, see the beauty of this season and do it at their own pace.

Related Member: Madeline Bertrand County Park


This winter, as you look for things to keep yourself, your friends and the kids from going stir crazy, go where you have several options to burn off your energy! Madeline Bertrand County Park at 3038 Adams Road #4115, Niles, is a winter wonderland full of activities that will keep you busy this chilly season. Not to mention, this oak and pine paradise lines the St. Joseph River for stunning views while you play to your heart’s content. We spoke with Kate Blanchard, assistant manager at Madeline Bertrand Country Park to find everything you need to know before visiting. Here’s what she had to say.

Related Member: Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park

Scott Wyman Dr TK Lawless Cnty ParkDr. T.K. Lawless International Dark Sky Park and Michigan Dark Sky Preserve | 15122 Monkey Run St., Vandalia | $2 per car

Are you looking for an amazing tourism experience? Go stargazing at one of Michigan’s three International Dark Sky Parks and an official Michigan Dark Sky Preserve. With no light pollution from cities or neighborhoods, you will see a spellbinding vista of our universe and its stars, planets, moons and nebulae. This is an inspiring date night, family activity or personal enrichment. You will want to stargaze at Dr. T.K. Lawless International Dark Sky Park again and again.

Picturesque Michigan vacation spot, the bluff view of Silver Beach, Silver Beach Carousel and Whirlpool Centennial Park

Vacation may be the last thing on your mind right now but it’s actually the best time to get a head start planning! Not only is it a nice distraction while getting into your post-holiday routine, but National Plan For Vacation Day is Jan. 25 — so it’s timely, too. Doing so early in 2022 means you’ll have better luck getting the hotel location, amenities and dates you want for your Michigan vacation before they begin to fill up.

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