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A couple enjoying the sunset at a beach.
Related Member: Doe-Wah-Jack's Canoe Rental, The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Stovers Farm Market & U-Pic, Silver Beach Carousel, Third Coast Surf Shop, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Jean Klock Park, Arclight Brewing Company, Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals, Tiscornia Park, Lions Park Beach, Silver Beach County Park, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park, John and Dede Howard Family Recreational Trail, Lake Bluff Park

Most everyone is familiar with honeymoons — that post-wedding, romantic getaway for the bride and groom. But a Babymoon? Similar to a honeymoon, it is a special time for expectant parents to focus on each other before their bundle of joy arrives.

Thinking of taking one? Other Babymooner women say the second trimester is the best time to go. Those mid-three months are after your energy returns and before you're anchored by extra weight or keeping one eye on your due date.

Related Member: St. Joseph Today, City of St. Joseph, Eden Springs Park, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Warren Dunes State Park, Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals

Having lived in and around St. Joseph, we understand exactly why people flock to small towns like ours each summer. We don’t blame you! The charm of our downtown brick, shop-lined streets and the allure of Lake Michigan’s sandy beaches — there’s a reason we live here year-round. We understand that when you get away on your vacation, staycation and day trip adventures, you’re looking to find life’s simple joys. Simple doesn’t need to be redundant though. In Southwest Michigan, you’ll find so many unique summer activities that you can’t find anywhere else. Make it a part of your summer bucket list to see and do some of these activities while you’re here!

The owner and brewer at Seedz Brewery holding beers.
Related Member: The Livery, Haymarket Taproom, Lehman's Farmhouse, North Pier Brewing Company, Round Barn Estate, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, Tapistry Brewing Company, Transient Artisan Ales, Watermark Brewing Company, Arclight Brewing Company, Ghost Isle Brewery, Niles Brewing Company, River Saint Joe, Seedz Brewery

“Good people drink good beer,” journalist Hunter S. Thompson famously opined. We couldn’t agree more. Fortunately, here in Southwest Michigan, there is no shortage of phenomenal craft beer.

A group of friends at the Makers Trail Festival
Related Member: Weko Beach Campground, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

Do you like trying new craft beers, wines, ciders and spirits? Are you a fan of beach parties? Then you won’t want to miss out on Southwest Michigan’s biggest beach party — the Makers Trail Festival!

A glass of Tabor Hill cranberry wine
Related Member: Baroda Founders Wine Cellar, Contessa Wine Cellars, Dablon Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Free Run Cellars, Gravity, Hickory Creek Winery, Karma Vista Vineyards, Lake Michigan Vintners, Lazy Ballerina Winery: Saint Joseph Tasting Room, Lehman's Farmhouse, Lehman's Orchard, Lemon Creek Winery, Red Top Winery, Round Barn Estate, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, 12 Corners Vineyards, Vineyard 2121, White Pine Winery, Moonrise, Chill Hill, St. Julian - Tastings & Retail Store

So you love wine.

Red, white, blush. Sweet, dry, sparkling. You enjoy it all. Chances are you'd be a sommelier if you didn't have to go back to school. You're also a huge fan of the winery experience. From tastings to tours to simply kicking back with a glass of your favorite vino, wineries are your happy place.

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