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The U.S. might designate May 12 Mother’s Day, but in Southwest Michigan, we can celebrate our favorite women every day in May. It won’t take much effort to win Mom’s heart here:

Related Member: Box Factory for the Arts

Just down the Broad Street hill, three blocks east of downtown St. Joseph, stands a large two-story brick building emblazoned with Williams Bros. Paper Box Mfgs. From 1905 to the late 1980s, the factory made fancy boxes for perfumes, fishing reels, lures and game boards. The building stood empty ‘til 1995 when the Berrien Artists Guild saw a gem in the rough. Here’s the story of how thinking IN the Box created an exciting multi-art venue like no other in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana.

Related Member: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

Yes, you can go inside the lighthouse! St. Joseph’s North Pier lighthouses have been beacons of safety for boats and ships entering and leaving the St. Joseph Harbor for more than a century. They have been photographed millions of times, have starred in artists’ paintings and have been featured on a U.S. postage stamp.

But it wasn’t until a $2 million renovation was completed in 2016 that you could go inside the inner lighthouse, climb to the lantern house and look out for miles across Lake Michigan and the cities of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Starting Mother’s Day there will be more opportunities to do just that!

Southwest Michigan is an outdoor paradise all four seasons. But April is a favorite time to hike or bike our wooded paths, towering dunes and lakeside trails in search of wildflower blossoms, tasty morel mushrooms and a dozen shades of green.

Ready to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring? We definitely are! Think daffodils and make plans now to spend some family-focused days in Southwest Michigan. We have a slew of ways to rejuvenate your kids during the fast-approaching spring break season. Plus some even faster-coming marvelous March activities described in the four articles below.

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