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Pumpkin Patch

Do you still need to carve your jack-o-lantern for Halloween? Are you planning to decorate your porch or lawn with various sizes of pumpkins? Do you need funny-shaped gourds for each of your Halloween party attendees to paint? Come to Southwest Michigan! There are several patches and farm markets listed below where you can still find locally grown pumpkins. Here are 10 tips to help you pick the best one:

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Lighthouses are the irresistible superstars of the Great Lakes. We are drawn to them in every season and in any type of weather. We enjoy seeing, touring, listening to stories about and photographing them. Every day is a good day to enjoy the lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

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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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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.

Silver Beach Carousel’s Haunted SCAREousel Family Fun Night

From the gorgeous fall colors to the bountiful harvest that fills our Lake Michigan coast, fall is one of the best times to travel to Southwest Michigan. It is also a more affordable and calmer time of year to visit since our busy summer season has come to an end. You will find plenty of free activities in and around St. Joseph that are perfect for anyone on a budget.

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