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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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Fall in St. Joseph, MI

Summer is definitely the most popular time to visit southwest Michigan, however, I feel that there is even more to enjoy in the fall. Here are some of my fall favorites:

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Play Creative Pursuit in Southwest Michigan

Southwest Michigan’s beauty and vibrancy have been inspiring artists, writers, performers and history makers for centuries. That is why there are so many galleries, theaters, museums and cultural spots here.

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While there isn’t much that compares to a sunny day in Southwest Michigan, occasionally Mother Nature doesn’t want to cooperate. But don’t let a little rain stop you from experiencing the beauty of the region’s changing fall landscape and all the fun it has to offer. Below is a list of activities that will keep the whole family dry and smiling on a rainy day. 

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No trip to St. Joseph is complete without riding the Silver Beach Carousel, open year-round and just a short walk from the shores of Lake Michigan. Before you plan your trip, here are 10 tips for making the most of your visit to the Carousel:

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