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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 Southwestern Michigan is a very pet-friendly place. You can find many hotels, restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, trails, beaches, farms, campgrounds 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. You can also download the pet-friendly guide for more information.

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With fall here and the holidays right around the corner, talk at the office turned to our favorite events, traditions and local spots to enjoy with our pets. Read on to discover why our region gets a five-paw rating from those in the know. Southwest Michigan Tourist Council staff Vicki Dunlop and Snowman, Brandi Tucker and Zelda, and Marcy Simpson and Lola share their tips on the best of the Southwest for pets and their people.

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With so many festivals, parties, special releases and live music, fall is the perfect time to tour the Makers Trail! Here are some of the top upcoming parties of the season at our wineries, breweries and distilleries.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan is a wonderful place for children.  Museums, beaches, camps, ice cream and treats, along with a variety of additional indoor and outdoor entertainment await you during your next visit.

Related Member: Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, Weko Beach Campground, Warren Dunes State Park, Grand Mere State Park, Galien River County Park

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The days are shorter, the air is cooler, and that can only mean one thing…fall has arrived! Nature has begun its yearly transformation and will soon be ablaze in bright shades of red, orange and yellow. Fall colors in Southwest Michigan typically start to make an appearance in mid-September and peak around the second week in October. The best way to get up close and personal with nature’s beauty is by hiking one of the area’s many trails - each with their own unique landscape.

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