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Related Member: St. Joseph Today, Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, Silver Beach Carousel, Twin City Players

January can easily become couch month. It’s cold. It’s snowy. You often feel trapped inside and your couch becomes your go-to destination.

Derek Pelc, the new naturalist and park manager at Love Creek County Park in Berrien Center, says,  “Avoid your couch. Get outdoors. It is the best thing you can do physically and emotionally this time of year.”

Related Member: St. Joseph Today, The Acorn, Box Factory for the Arts, Eden Springs Park & Campground, Hilton Garden Inn - Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Inn at Harbor Shores, Journeyman Distillery, Krasl Art Center, The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Silver Beach Carousel, The Boulevard Inn, Twin City Players

If you are dreaming of a joy-filled holiday, make your wishes come true in Southwest Michigan. Unhurried and less crowded than bigger cities, you will find the merriest moments in and around St. Joseph. In this issue, we’ve listed 20 ways to make your holidays brighter. All of the suggestions are just a car or train ride away. Here are the first four family-friendly ideas:

Related Member: Forever Clean Soap Works

Lisa Miller is gearing up this week (as are many small business owners in Southwest Michigan) to offer sale-enticing prices on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. For nearly 20 years, Lisa has hand-made soaps and body products and now they are available in her new Forever Clean Soap Works shop located at 2603 S. Cleveland Ave., St. Joseph, Mich.

Related Member: The Golf Club at Harbor Shores

As the first snowflakes gently blanket Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Claire Fetters, PMP, is thinking spring. The 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which is held biennially on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Harbor Shores course, is only weeks away. As the marketing and promotions manager, Fetters is counting down the days until this international event tees off. “May 19 through 24 will be here before we know it,” she smiles. Which is why she wanted to talk with you about getting lodging reservations and tickets now.

Related Member: St. Joseph Today, The Acorn, Crystal Springs Florist & Greenhouses, Inc., Howard Performing Arts Center, Journeyman Distillery, Krasl Art Center, The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Silver Beach Carousel, Twin City Players, The GhostLight Theatre

Want a Stress-Free December? Here’s how!

Wouldn’t it be great if this December you could relax and enjoy the weeks leading up to the holidays? Attend the festivals and concerts? Not worry about what you still have to buy and whether it will arrive on time? You CAN enjoy a stress-free December! Come to Southwest Michigan this month and get a jump on your shopping. Create even more fun by staying a night or two with your spouse, your mom or sister, or best friends. There are plenty of ways to relax together after a successful day of gift hunting. Plus in November, our hotel rates are some of the best of the year!

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