Fall Color Tour
Southwest Michigan, the beautiful transitions from deep green leaves to brilliant yellows, oranges, reds and browns typically begin in mid September and peak the first two weeks of October. Companioned with our gorgeous autumn sunsets along our Lake Michigan shore, you are never far from breathtaking views from dawn to dusk. Take a day, a weekend or week to welcome this colorful season by following these three favorite routes.
Arts & Food
From spectacular sunsets that kiss our vineyards goodnight to the simplicity of a perfect heirloom tomato, the natural beauty of Southwest Michigan inspires creativity. Centennial farms rooted in tradition combine with communities transformed by artistic vision. Whether in a kitchen or a glass studio, artists infuse the textures, colors and moods of the seasons into their work. There is no better marriage than food and art - and Southwest Michigan has the best of both! Enjoy a two-day tour of our sister cities and get to know their distinct personalities.
Are you already wondering how you’ll make it through the week? Sounds like you could use a little getaway. Every once in a while, we all need to break away from our daily routines and responsibilities and just have a little fun! What better way to do that than to enjoy a day out with your girls? Relax at the spa; go wine tasting, catch up over dinner and dessert, or even splurge on some retail therapy. Sounds like fun, right? But who has the time to plan it?
Lucky for you, all you have to do is follow this itinerary to have a great girls’ day out in Southwest Michigan. And if you aren’t in a hurry to get back to your routine, carve out more catch-up time by staying over in our lodgings. There are more good times to enjoy tomorrow!
Beer-illiant Brewery Tour
Visiting breweries is a reason to travel, and Michigan harbors more than 150 craft breweries and counting. Nestled among Southwest Michigan's wineries, sand dunes, and hoppin' towns are this Lake Michigan-hugging region's contributions to the Great Beer State. Arm yourself with this itinerary and find your perfect pint.
While you can certainly do this tour a day-at-a-time, it's a lot more fun to pitch camp at one of these locally owned or national chain lodgings in Benton Harbor, St. Joseph or Stevensville. Most offer a complimentary breakfast and a solid launching pad to hit up some nearby breweries over an extended stay.
Want a designated driver? No problem! Check out Southwest Michigan's transportation services to ensure you can have your beer and drink it too before safely turning in for the night.
Heritage Wine Tour
Southwestern Michigan is one of the premier wine regions in the U.S. Lake Michigan tempers our climate, so it replicates the grape-growing areas of France and Germany. As a result, we attract winemakers, who are gaining national attention for their award-winning vintages. This day trip tells how it all started.
History & Architecture Tour
Southwestern Michiganhas proudly preserved many of its Victorian-era homes, downtown buildings and colorful past. This two-day tour will introduce you to the people and events that shaped what we are today.
Chocolate & Wine Tour
There are multiple ways in Southwestern Michigan to pair these two foodie pleasures, so check back here in the coming months for different destinations. Let’s get started.
Southwestern Michiganis a treat for your senses in the spring. All across our countryside verdant orchards and vineyards explode in pastel blossoms and sweet scents. Our markets reopen, with trays and baskets of ready-to-plant flowers in a brilliant array of colors. You'll find jars of tantalizing jams and jellies, bunches of just-snapped asparagus, creamy chocolates and palate-pleasing wines and cheeses along the way.
Finding blossoms is as easy as going east from Lake Michigan and exploring Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties. Here's one of our favorite routes:
Family Fun Days
Southwest Michigan is one of the most family-friendly destinations in Michigan. So turn off the television, put away the electronic devices and join us for hours of unforgettable time together!
Lakeshore Arts Tour
This area has a love affair with the arts. We are home to some of the region’s most talented artisans. Your tour starts in the bohemian Benton Harbor Arts District.