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Eden Springs - Train

For 4-year-old Jamie, this miniature train ride was the thrill of a lifetime. Sitting beside his grandpa, in the open-air coach, he could hear the clacking of the wheels and watch the steam billow from the engine’s stack. This was like being pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine!

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Chalk The Block

Come to see this amazing street art before it disappears! Chalk the Block returns to downtown St. Joseph for its 22nd year. Because chalk art isn’t permanent, it’s a this-weekend-only chance to see creations by regional artists before traffic and rain erases them away. So slip on your slides or flip-flops, apply sunscreen and embrace summer in Southwest Michigan:

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Art Fair on the Bluff

In July, summer festival fun comes on fast and furious in and around St. Joseph. This is an easy month to pile on happy memories whether with family, friends or solo. The best way to ensure you won’t miss out on any of the good times is to make plans now to stay over in one of our lodgings along Lake Michigan. Below are a few must-do suggestions; you’ll find more here. Hope we’ll see you often this summer:

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Chalk The Block

Renowned chalk artist Nate Baranowski is returning to St. Joseph this year for Chalk the Block, Aug. 3-5. This past spring, he was a featured artist at the KitchenAid Senior PGA where he painted a 3-D “Hang 10” scene of kiteboarding over the Harbor Shores Golf Course and Lake Michigan. The former Floridian bases from a studio in Chicago, but his wife Jill has family in South Bend, Ind. and St. Joseph.

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Lemon Creek Winery

When Cathy Lemon, winery manager at Lemon Creek Winery and Farm Market, says, “Farming is in our blood,” it’s true. Her husband, Jeff, is part of the family’s sixth generation to work the land located six miles to the east of Lake Michigan in Berrien Springs. Its high-point vantage escapes most spring and fall frosts making it one of the best places to grow fruit in the U.S. That’s something Eli Lemon discovered when he bought the original 65 acres in 1837, the same year Michigan became a state.

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