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Related Member: Pinecrest Christmas Tree Farm

A Person Carrying a Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year again where we are scrambling online to search for a “Christmas tree farm near me” in hopes of a quick answer for U-cut and pre-cut options. This year, look no further.

Related Member: Crystal Springs Florist & Greenhouses, Inc., Froehlich's, FuzzyButz Pet Bakery & Boutique, Kilwins Ice Cream-Fudge-Chocolate Shoppe, Silver Beach Carousel, Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area, Third Coast Surf Shop, Watervliet Fruit Exchange

Shopping in downtown St. Joseph Michigan

Holiday shopping days are flying by “like the down of a thistle,” but there’s no need to panic. There is still time to get your last-minute holiday shopping done. The local shops in Southwest Michigan are here to help. Our festively decorated towns along Lake Michigan and scattered throughout our countryside make present gathering fun. There are so many advantages to making this your holiday gift-buying destination: 

Related Member: The Livery, Howard Johnson, ARS Gallery, Arts and Culture Center, Best Western, Comfort Suites - Benton Harbor, Comfort Suites - Stevensville, Curious Kids' Museum, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Inn at Harbor Shores, Krasl Art Center, Benton Harbor Arts Association, Silver Beach Carousel, SpringHill Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park, tru by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites

Winter in Downtown St Joseph

Oftentimes, we all need a breather. It can take many forms — a wine tasting with friends, meal out with family, solo walk along the beach and so on. These little breaks allow us to return to our daily lives refreshed after some self-care. Why should that time only last a few hours?

Related Member: Froehlich's, Inn at Harbor Shores, Journeyman Distillery, Round Barn Winery & Estate, Mason Jar Cafe, Mark III Grille & Bar

a bowl of froehlichs pumpkin chili

As we near Thanksgiving in Southwest Michigan, it’s the best time to grab some pumpkin-flavored foods before peppermint sweeps in for the season. Luckily, some places are still serving pumpkin desserts, pumpkin chili, pumpkin coffees, pumpkin spice lattes and boozy pumpkin drinks. Here’s where you can get your last tastes of fall from in Southwest Michigan.

Related Member: Silver Beach Carousel, Tiscornia Park

Moon & Whitcomb photo by Joshua Nowicki

The moon appears to be a simple thing to photograph, it looks so big and bright when viewing it in the night sky. Unfortunately, in photos, it often ends up looking like a small overexposed dot surrounded by darkness. This can be quite frustrating but it doesn't have to be. With the proper equipment, some planning and practice, you can create wonderful photos of the moon.

Related Member: The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Lest We Forget

a photo of southwest michigan veteran Larry Wozniak

Every year on November 11, our nation pays tribute to those who bravely served or sacrificed their lives in the U.S. military. Originally, this federal holiday was known as Armistice Day, marking the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day in order to honor American veterans of all wars. 

Related Member: Chartreuse

Chartreuse Gallery

It’s that time of year when we look for ways to freshen the paintings on our walls, the decor on our tables and shelves and our wardrobe and accessories. Plus, there’s the heightened desire to find special gifts for our parents, in-laws, siblings, significant others, co-workers, clients and friends — and we want to do it in-person, not online.

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