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Related Member: Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, Warren Dunes State Park, Grand Mere State Park, Van Buren Trail State Park, Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park, Fred Russ Forest Park, Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

Once it snows in Southwest Michigan, it’s time to get out and have fun! Three silent sports — cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking — are great ways for kids and adults to get exercise, see the beauty of this season and do it at their own pace.

Related Member: Madeline Bertrand County Park

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This winter, as you look for things to keep yourself, your friends and the kids from going stir crazy, go where you have several options to burn off your energy! Madeline Bertrand County Park at 3038 Adams Road #4115, Niles, is a winter wonderland full of activities that will keep you busy this chilly season. Not to mention, this oak and pine paradise lines the St. Joseph River for stunning views while you play to your heart’s content. We spoke with Kate Blanchard, assistant manager at Madeline Bertrand Country Park to find everything you need to know before visiting. Here’s what she had to say.

Related Member: Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park

Scott Wyman Dr TK Lawless Cnty ParkDr. T.K. Lawless International Dark Sky Park and Michigan Dark Sky Preserve | 15122 Monkey Run St., Vandalia | $2 per car

Are you looking for an amazing tourism experience? Go stargazing at one of Michigan’s three International Dark Sky Parks and an official Michigan Dark Sky Preserve. With no light pollution from cities or neighborhoods, you will see a spellbinding vista of our universe and its stars, planets, moons and nebulae. This is an inspiring date night, family activity or personal enrichment. You will want to stargaze at Dr. T.K. Lawless International Dark Sky Park again and again.

Picturesque Michigan vacation spot, the bluff view of Silver Beach, Silver Beach Carousel and Whirlpool Centennial Park

Vacation may be the last thing on your mind right now but it’s actually the best time to get a head start planning! Not only is it a nice distraction while getting into your post-holiday routine, but National Plan For Vacation Day is Jan. 25 — so it’s timely, too. Doing so early in 2022 means you’ll have better luck getting the hotel location, amenities and dates you want for your Michigan vacation before they begin to fill up.

Related Member: Gravity

Gravity Winery Exterior

Everyday life is a juggling act — your family, job, sports, volunteer commitments. For 10 years, Gravity Vineyards and Winery has focused on creating a place for you to escape your everyday routines and truly relax. We asked owners Allison and Rockie Rick to share more about their winery, its first decade and plans for the coming year. Here’s what they had to say:

Related Member: Niles Brewing Company

Craft Flight Club photo by @craftflightclub

In December 2020, Niles native Brandon Townsley took his homebrewing expertise and opened a brewery with his wife, Alyssa, during a pandemic. On Dec. 12, Niles Brewing Company celebrates their first anniversary after a year of navigating business ownership, partnership, creating community and setting new goals. 

Related Member: The Livery, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Free Run Cellars, Grape and Grain Tours, LLC, Gravity, Hickory Creek Winery, Journeyman Distillery, Round Barn Winery & Estate, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, Tapistry Brewing Company, White Pine Winery, Arclight Brewing Company, Iron Shoe Distillery, River Saint Joe

Gift Shopping at White Pine Winery

Looking for gift ideas for the cider, spirit, beer and wine lovers on your holiday shopping list? Travel the Southwest Michigan’s Makers Trail. What makes this shopping trip extra fun is that each craft winery, brewery, cidery and distillery lets you taste most of the gifts before you buy them. This is an easy way to find sure-to-please presents to bring to parties or deliver on your gift-giving holiday AND pick up your favorite craft beverages to bring home to enjoy, too.

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