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For nearly five years, Mike Nadolski has been the Pied Piper of Southwest Michigan leading thousands of tourists here. They pour in from across the state and from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and beyond. As executive director of The Mendel Center, he attracts them with national acts, popular events and business meetings he and his staff host each year. Here’s what he shared from behind the scenes:

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Bridge Winter Wedding 2

The best thing about a winter wedding is how unpredictably magical your photos can be. There’s nothing quite as beautiful as snow falling around a couple on a wooded path or lights twinkling in the background. Even the lakeshore is transformed as the ice builds up around the pier and off the beach. Southwest Michigan provides unlimited opportunities for capturing these naturally beautiful winter scenes by the lake, in the woods, or even along the twinkling paths of the many quaint downtown cities.

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Downtown St. Joseph, MI

Still have shopping to do before your December holiday celebrations? Chances are if you order online now, your gifts won’t arrive on time. But there’s no need to panic. You can pick up great gifts any day this coming week when you shop locally in downtown St. Joseph, Mich. Here is your Week Before Christmas and Hanukkah Presents List.

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Happy New Year!

This year is coming to a fast close but there’s still time to plan a Southwest Michigan New Year’s Getaway. Here’s how to celebrate the start of 2017 your way!

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Lighthouse in Saint Joseph, MI

As I previously wrote in the post “The Allure of the Lighthouse,” people are drawn to lighthouses making them the epitome of photographic subjects in the Great Lakes region. Of these, the lighthouse in Saint Joseph, Michigan is among the most photographed. Photos of crashing waves in the fall and layers of ice in the winter annually make national, and at times international, news.

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