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When we think of summer in Southwest Michigan, often there is an image of boats on the water. For many of us, we leave our kayak racks on the car roof — just in case there’s time to squeeze in a few hours of paddling. Locals and tourists alike often plan a morning or afternoon to cruise down the river with a rental, too.

Related Member: Journeyman Distillery, Village of Three Oaks

Journeyman Distillery

Over the past decade, from refurbishing the breathtaking 1883 EK Warren Featherbone Factory building to handcrafting a wide selection of sought-after liquors, Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks has become a renowned staple of Southwest Michigan’s craft spirit experience.

Related Member: The Livery, Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Lehman's Farmhouse, Lemon Creek Winery, Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, North Pier Brewing Company, Round Barn Estate, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, Warren Dunes State Park, Arclight Brewing Company, Iron Shoe Distillery, Galien River County Park, Paw Paw River County Park, Ghost Isle Brewery, John and Dede Howard Family Recreational Trail, Niles Brewing Company, River Saint Joe

Wine And Leaves

Many places in Michigan focus their fall color experiences on the dramatic changes in leaf colors. But in Southwest Michigan, you can also see and taste another autumn color show on our Makers Trail — glasses filled with amber, russet, garnet, deep purple, straw yellow and rosé wines, beers, ciders and cocktails. Stay for one or more of our Lake Michigan fiery red, orange, yellow and lavender sunsets and you will see why this is an extraordinary fall color destination. 

Related Member: Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick, Stovers Farm Market & U-Pic, Lehman's Orchard, Watervliet Fruit Exchange, Chill Hill, Peat's Cider Social

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It’s that time of year again where the color palette changes, and we contemplate if it’s too soon to pack away our favorite summer clothes in exchange for fall flannels, sweatshirts and sweaters.

Related Member: Stovers Farm Market & U-Pic

Look for Brussels sprouts and cauliflower in our markets this fall

If you had suggested a decade ago to Kenny Stover that Brussels sprouts and cauliflower would be the vegetable darlings of home cooks and Michelin-star chefs, he would have laughed. But the owner of Stover’s Farm Market and U-Pic knows better now.

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