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Related Member: Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area, Warren Dunes State Park, Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park


Winter is here in Southwest Michigan, and it’s time to get outside, get fresh air, and take in some frosty fun. Here are five ideas for getting out this winter:

Related Member: Tiscornia Park, Silver Beach County Park

Lake Michigan Winter

Winter is my favorite time to be outside. I love the crisp air, the way that the snow blankets everything, the otherworldly ice formations along the lakeshore and the delicate beauty of individual snowflakes. Walking along the lake, hiking a trail, climbing a snow-covered dune, or driving along a quiet country road I delight in discovering places to photograph the beauty of winter in Southwest Michigan.

Related Member: The Livery, Dablon Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, Haymarket Taproom, Hickory Creek Winery, Lehman's Farmhouse, North Pier Brewing Company, Round Barn Estate, Vineyard 2121, Arclight Brewing Company, River St. Joe

Winter on the Makers Trail will be even cooler this year! Many of our wineries, breweries and distilleries are creating unique seasonal outdoor experiences. With firepits, heated patios, private greenhouses or domes you can rent, rewards programs and more your winter tasting tour will be unlike any other. Read on for a list of all of the fun new things you’ll find on the trail this winter that will allow you to enjoy it safely.

Related Member: Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park, John and Dede Howard Family Recreational Trail, Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park, Andrews Trails

Fat Tire Bike AX9A0069Fat tire bikes allow you to ride the trails all year long. Roam immaculate snowy forested paths, traverse the pristine snow-blanketed lakeshore and glide for down miles down scenic trails. Fat tire biking will make you happier, healthier and more relaxed.

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

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

One of the hottest tourism trends is stargazing. And whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or someone looking for a new date-night idea or a fun, family activity, Southwest Michigan is your destination for some of the best night-sky viewings. We are home to Cass County’s Dr. T.K. Lawless Park, one of only two designated International Dark Sky Parks in Michigan and also an official Michigan Dark Sky Preserve.

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