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Makers of happiness

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Every land has its makers. Crafters of furniture. Forgers of steel. Tillers of earth. Ours are masters of making wine, beer 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

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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

Fall Festivals Along the Makers Trail

With so many festivals, parties, special releases and live music, fall is the perfect time to tour the Makers Trail! Here are some of the top upcoming parties of the season at our wineries, breweries and distilleries.

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Josh’s Fall Favorites

Summer is definitely the most popular time to visit southwest Michigan, however, I feel that there is even more to enjoy in the fall. Here are some of my fall favorites:

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Makers Trail: Not Just for Beer, Wine & Spirits Lovers

If you’re not a fan of beer, wine or hand-crafted cocktails you might think that the Makers Trail isn’t for you. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are over 30 locations to choose from and each one brings something different to the table. Here’s why each one is worth a try.

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This year, take a Makers Trail Liquid Gold Tour

One of the rarest treats in Southwest Michigan is our ice wine and it can be found at several locations along the Makers Trail. Some describe this type of wine as liquid gold. Others dessert in a glass. All say it is mmm-marvelous!

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