This two-day trip highlights the Makers Trail pioneers of wine, beer and spirits. These makers were among the first in their area of expertise in Southwest Michigan and blazed the trail for dozens of others to follow. While delighting in their handcrafted, award-winning beverages, engage with the history of Berrien County and experience some of the area’s best restaurants along the way.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast and view the sunrise over the St. Joseph River at Plank’s Tavern, located inside The Inn at Harbor Shores.
800 Whitwam Drive, Saint Joseph
Constructed in the early 1900's and restored in 2016, the range lights are a popular destination year round. Frequently featured on the news, especially in the winter when the spray from crashing waves adorns them with ice, these lights are undoubtedly the most visited and photographed structures in Southwest Michigan. There are a variety of ways to enjoy the lights, a stroll along the beach at Tiscornia Park provides a scenic view, a walk on the pier takes you up close to them, and seasonally you can even take a tour and climb the tower of the inner light.
80 Ridgeway St, St. Joseph
This studio, gallery and school is dedicated to glass and metal arts. It is housed in the restored Hinkley Block (circa 1898) and is one of the pioneer sites that revitalized this section now known as the Benton Harbor Arts District. Visitors are invited to overlook the school's “hot shop” and watch students and artists glassblowing and casting. Check online the Glassworks’ seasonal catalogs for a wide range of classes and workshops.
140 Water Street, Benton Harbor
This former, early-1900s horse stable opened as Berrien County’s oldest dedicated brewery in 2005. It serves ~80 different beers annually. The Livery has a growing reputation for its barrel-aged and sour beers, delicious pizza and sandwiches.
190 5th St., Benton Harbor
This museum complex offers a fascinating glimpse into the origins of this region’s development as an agricultural community and resort destination. Long before that, Native Americans called the area home, and still do to this day. Permanent and rotating exhibits bring to life rural schools, resident life and businesses. Check the museum’s website for special children’s programs, seasonal events and musical entertainment.
300 Coloma Ave., Coloma
St. Julian is Michigan's oldest, largest and most awarded winery. This family-owned winery, founded by Mariano Meconi in 1921, is nestled in the picturesque fruit-growing region along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan.
716 South Kalamazoo, Paw Paw
Houndstooth is a New American restaurant and bar situated in the heart of the Benton Harbor Arts District. Sibling-chef team James and Cheyenne Galbraith offer to an area longing for something new and fun a restaurant that is casual but elevated. Houndstooth provides a vibrant alternative to your typical dining experience with an open-kitchen concept and delicious shareable and big plates.
132 Pipestone Road, Benton Harbor
Popular with visitors, locals, foodies and families, The Mason Jar Cafe will please any palate. Everything is made from scratch with an emphasis on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. With an extensive menu to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free tastes this funky cafe is not to be missed.
210 Water Street, Benton Harbor
This park was designed by Jens Jensen, a Danish-American architect who played a big role in the Chicago Renaissance. His work focused on conservationalism. Jensen’s priority was to protect the dunes at Jean Klock Park. This is one of the most beautiful, lesser-used beaches in Southwest Michigan. It includes swimming, an observation trail up the dunes, marsh and interdunal wetlands.
Jean Klock Boulevard, Benton Harbor
This was the first Michigan winery to commercially plant and harvest European-style grapes, a decision that transformed our state’s wine industry. Take a guided tour of the winery and vineyards while tasting wines along the way. Lunch overlooking the vineyards is a must. Chef-crafted menus feature the freshest, seasonal ingredients, many from local farms.
185 Mount Tabor Road, Buchanan
This unique tasting room is located in a round post-and-beam bank barn (circa 1912). It was disassembled at its original site in northern Indiana and reconstructed on its current site in Baroda. Here you can enjoy samples of their handcrafted wines, beers or spirits and bring back a logo glass to add to your collection.
10983 Hills Road, Baroda
Shawnee Road Antiques features thousands of antiques within three big buildings to explore.
638 E. Shawnee Road, Baroda
Journeyman Distillery's full-service, family-friendly, restaurant offers an inventive twist on classic dishes and served in the artfully restored, historic Featherbone Factory (circa 1883) in Three Oaks. The adjacent Journeyman Distillery is a Southwest Michigan pioneer in handcrafting artisan whiskey, gin, rum, vodka and brandy. Be sure to book a tour of Journeyman’s grain-to-glass process and tasting.
109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks
We hope you enjoyed your travels throughout Southwest Michigan. Check out other trips that you can take on our itineraries page. Happy trails!
There are more colorful roads to travel after sunrise tomorrow.