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Related Member: Madeline Bertrand County Park

Snowshoes

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.

Related Member: Gravity

Gravity Winery Exterior

Everyday life is a juggling act — your family, job, sports, volunteer commitments. For 10 years, Gravity Vineyards and Winery has focused on creating a place for you to escape your everyday routines and truly relax. We asked owners Allison and Rockie Rick to share more about their winery, its first decade and plans for the coming year. Here’s what they had to say:

Related Member: Niles Brewing Company

Craft Flight Club photo by @craftflightclub

In December 2020, Niles native Brandon Townsley took his homebrewing expertise and opened a brewery with his wife, Alyssa, during a pandemic. On Dec. 12, Niles Brewing Company celebrates their first anniversary after a year of navigating business ownership, partnership, creating community and setting new goals. 

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