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
Makers Trail tips from a 2021 Passport grand prize winner
Michael Miller of Hazel Crest, Illinois, was thrilled when he learned he was one of five winners in the 2021 Makers Trail Flight Crew Passport Grand Prize Drawing. His reward was a two-night, all-inclusive stay at a Southwest Michigan hotel. He immediately offered to share his story with others so they could discover how much fun they would have participating in the 2021/2022 program that ends May 31. We called Michael, and here are some of his tips:Read more
Celebrate a centennial of winemaking with St. Julian Wine Co.
When people stop by one of St. Julian Wine Co.’s six locations to taste and purchase their creations while on their Michigan wine tours, what they may not know is that their pours are part of Michigan history and a family’s heritage.Read more
An “Incider’s” look at Peat’s Cider Social
Peat’s Cider Social is a family-friendly taproom in a retro bowling alley in Stevensville, Mich., specializing in unique hard ciders and seltzers. How did this interesting combination of family fun and craft beverages come to be? We got the inside scoop from Co-Founder and CMO Leah Peat.Read more
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
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⧫ Transient Artisan Ales
⧫ Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
⧫ Iron Shoe Distillery
⧫ Staymaker Restaurant at Journeyman Distillery
⧫ Lehman's Brewery & Farmhouse
⧫ Round Barn Estate
⧫ River Saint Joe
⧫ Dablon Vineyards - Winery & Tasting Room