Makers of happiness
Every land has its makers. Crafters of furniture. Forgers of steel. Tillers of earth. Ours are masters of making wine, beer, cider and spirits. More and more of these makers are putting down stakes near our Lake Michigan shore where they handcraft award-winning beverages. You’re just minutes from each one in Southwest Michigan.
Just follow the Makers Trail. What a welcome you’ll receive at each stop along the way in Berrien County as we pop wine corks, tap beer kegs and whiskey barrels, and pour flights for you and your friends. Drink in our makers’ art and bring home your favorites. Along the trail, enjoy your choices with pairings of savory cheeses, smoky grilled meats, crisp vegetables and hand-dipped, creamy chocolates. Most of our maker's foods are made with locally sourced ingredients. Pause for a moment in the whirl of life. These are the makers of happiness.
Makers of good times all year-round
When is the best time to travel the Makers Trail? Spring, summer, fall and winter! Each of our makers has his or her own unique gathering places to taste their craft. Many throw crazy-fun festivals at their sites or on the beach. Others have spaces to celebrate your weddings and special events. You’ll find makers along the Trail who offer delicious full menus for lunch and dinner. Some give food pairing, yoga or art classes, show films, discuss books or invite artists and music makers to share their talents, too. And yes, there are also dog-friendly stops. All have makers and staff that are passionate about their craft and like nothing better than to answer your questions, share their stories and make recommendations of what to try next. Laugh and enjoy life with us!
Makers Trail Blog
Spend a day around the Galien River Marsh at this spooky-good brewery
Ghost Isle Brewery opened at 17684 US Hwy 12, New Buffalo in April 2019, bringing together locals, visitors, an onsite brewery and Ghost Island’s hauntings. When its one-year anniversary rolled around, the brewery was closed due to Michigan's COVID-19 lockdown and was unable to celebrate its first milestone together. After everything they’ve been through in the last year, owner Elizabeth Sima says the Ghost Isle staff and customers both deserve a great party. Here’s what she had to share about the brewery’s story and the impact COVID had on it.Read more
Gather with good spirits at this Niles distillery
Did you know that there’s a business in Niles that brings together people, good food, great cocktails and the legend of St. Dunstan? If not, you must visit Iron Shoe Distillery.Read more
Southwest Michigan Staycation Guide: How to vacation at home
Oftentimes, we all need a breather. It can take many forms — a wine tasting with friends, a meal out with family, a 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?Read more
Dine indoors in Southwest Michigan again
If it’s getting old viewing your favorite Southwest Michigan restaurants from the curbside pick-up spot, hop out of your car and dine inside! Michigan restaurants reopened indoor dining to 50% capacity on March 5. Be sure to check their hours and offerings — many are new. There’s no need to eat up your time searching online. You can catch up on who is open when below.Read more
@swmichigan ⧫ River Saint Joe @saulgoodyo ⧫ Transient Artisan Ales @dablonvineyards ⧫ Dablon Vineyards - Winery & Tasting Room @scottglenn61 ⧫ Watermark Brewing Company @northpierbrew ⧫ North Pier Brewing Company @beer_berg ⧫ Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant @joshua.nowicki ⧫ The Livery @makerstrail ⧫ Iron Shoe Distillery
⧫ River Saint Joe
⧫ Transient Artisan Ales
⧫ Dablon Vineyards - Winery & Tasting Room
⧫ Watermark Brewing Company
⧫ North Pier Brewing Company
⧫ Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
⧫ The Livery
⧫ Iron Shoe Distillery