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Two paddleboarders passing under the sunset on Lake Michigan.
Related Member: Third Coast Surf Shop

Whether you are an avid stand-up paddle boarder or want to try it, few places surpass Southwest Michigan. If you are new to the sport, it’s easy to learn and build your confidence on our quieter waters. Live for a challenge? Our water trails stretch your endurance, strengthen your core and give you a cardio workout, all while relieving stress.

Related Member: Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, Harbor Shores Golf Course, Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, Madeline Bertrand County Park, Warren Dunes State Park, Galien River County Park, Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park, Fred Russ Forest Park, Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

Fernwood Botanical Garden

The snow is melting and the sun is shining. Soon enough, that extra bit of daylight will make fitting in a hike much easier! All over Southwest Michigan, you’ll find peaceful paths and trek-worthy trails with beautiful views. Whether you like sinking your feet into the sand, steep dune climbs, paved walkways or an easy dirt course, you’re sure to find the perfect route here. Here are the best spring hikes in Southwest Michigan:

Families enjoying the exhibits at Curious Kids Discovery Zone
Related Member: Curious Kids' Museum, Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, Madeline Bertrand County Park, Silver Beach Carousel, Water Street Glassworks, JLN Studio, The Little Things Play Cafe

Families enjoying the exhibits at Curious Kids Discovery Zone

Although Spring hasn’t officially sprung, it’s close enough to start planning for its arrival. And there’s no better way to celebrate the return of warmer weather than a spring break trip. If you’re searching for the best spring break destination for families, look no further than Southwest Michigan. An area known for hospitality and outdoor adventure, this piece of paradise on the sunset coast is brimming with family-friendly fun.

Related Member: Journeyman Distillery, Round Barn Winery & Estate, Iron Shoe Distillery

Man drinking whiskey in front of the whiskey flag at Journeyman Distillery

International Whiskey Day is just around the corner! We have good news and better news for you whiskey lovers.

Related Member: Journeyman Distillery, Lazy Ballerina Winery: Saint Joseph Tasting Room, North Pier Brewing Company, Watermark Brewing Company, Arclight Brewing Company, Chill Hill

A Group of People Enjoying St Patricks Day at North Pier Brewing Company

Looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We may not have a green river, but we do have a Makers Trail full of Irish spirit! Whether you are looking to go out or grab something to take home, you can pay a visit to these local wineries and breweries for some St. Paddy’s-themed grub.

Related Member: St. Joseph Today

March Mannequins Window at Perennial Accents

If you’ve ever wished your favorite childhood storybooks could come to life, we’re here to tell you it is possible! Local business owners, their friends and families will once again take center stage at your favorite storefronts in downtown St. Joseph for this year’s March Mannequins event. The mannequin’s task? To set a scene and pose, then keep it for the next hour and a half.

Related Member: The Livery, ARS Gallery, Arts and Culture Center, Citadel Dance & Music Center, Harbor Shores Golf Course, Benton Harbor Arts Association, North Pier Brewing Company, Mason Jar Cafe, The Oak Room at the Citadel, Water Street Glassworks, The GhostLight Theatre, Houndstooth, NOBO, Anemel, Souls Ground Cafe

Arts District

There is always something new to see, experience, learn and taste in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Located in the heart of Benton Harbor, Michigan the Arts District has been at the forefront of the revival of the city center. The arts have been an integral part of the growing appeal of Benton Harbor, and new businesses and restaurants keep adding to the burgeoning excitement.

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