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Fall Paddling on the Galien River

While some fair-weather paddlers pack up their kayaks and paddleboards after Labor Day, others know that September and October are the best months of the year to be on the rivers of Southwest Michigan. The bugs are gone, the temperatures are just right, and the fall colors are in full bloom.

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NorthLakePark Stevensville 

You may hear a lot about Southwest Michigan and our beautiful sunsets, towering sand dunes, picturesque beaches or the fun events that take place here, but what about the unique communities that make this area so special? Each one stands out with its own character and charm, which is why you’ll want to visit:

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The craft brewery scene is blazing in Southwest Michigan. New breweries are opening along our Makers Trail each year. One of the newest is Haymarket Taproom, 9301 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. It is the Michigan location for the much-acclaimed Haymarket Pub & Brewery, arguably the best brewpub in Chicago. We talked with award-winning Brewmaster Peter Crowley while he was on this side of the lake. Here’s what he shared:

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Three Oaks Against 

In honor of its Sesquicentennial, the heartwarming and entertaining history of Three Oaks comes to life through story and song on September 9 and 10. The Acorn Theater is host to this free event (reservations recommended).

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Pets

Everyone loves to go on vacation, but if you’re like me you hate leaving your pets behind. It can be difficult (and expensive) to travel with animals but luckily Southwest Michigan is a very pet-friendly place. You can find many hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, wineries, breweries, trails, beaches, farms, and shops that will welcome your pets as they would any other member of your family. To help plan your pet-friendly vacation, here are some places I would recommend staying and visiting while you’re here.

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