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Are you … or someone you know … thinking about getting married? Do you have a special occasion to celebrate? A family reunion? A meet-up weekend with your college sorority or fraternity? A significant anniversary or retirement?
Summer is a natural time for people to hold their celebrations, but in Southwest Michigan there are definite advantages to planning your wedding or special event in the shoulder season months - January to April and September to December. Here's why:

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icefest

With a reputation for being "Michigan's Most Romantic City," a title the Detroit Free Press fittingly gave to St. Joseph, this area creates a lot of magical moments for couples in February.

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Makers Trail Flight Crew

When friends Steve and Vickie Baker and Elaine and Jim Potter saw the passport on the Makers Trail site, they made plans to spend a few days visiting wineries in Southwest Michigan. The couples from Southeast Indiana were no strangers to doing winery tours in Napa Valley and Sonoma, Cal. and Traverse City, Mich., but this tour had an added incentive to earn free stuff and they love a challenge! From Oct. 3-6, they visited 20 different destinations making them our pioneer flight crew to each earn a Makers Trail t-shirt and hoodie. Here’s what they had to say about their tour:

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White Pine Winery

Happy New Year! If our first week of January predicts whether there will be plenty of white flakes to play in, the fun is definitely piling up in and around St. Joseph!

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Roots Brews Hero 3

The autumn equinox is Sept. 22 and there’s a whole weekend of fall fun happening, including the new Roots & Brews festival, in and around St. Joseph. So, start off your fall by trying your favorite and new regional craft beers, wines and ciders paired with delicious local food and listening to roots music. Do it all with a fantastic view overlooking Lake Michigan.

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