This two-day trip highlights all things creative and artistic in Berrien County. Explore these stops at local art galleries, performance venues and fun museums. But creativity isn’t just about the arts. Our local makers have added their own creative twists to their wineries, breweries and distilleries, too. Grab a bite to eat, sample some beverages along the way and let your right brain play in the creative Southwest Michigan.
Make sure to bring along your Makers Trail Passport and Creative Connections brochure to collect stamps! If you don’t have one, you can ask for one as you visit these destinations.
Peruse the Whitlow and Williams Galleries at Box Factory for the Arts and view local artists' work, including some student work. Select pieces are available for purchase!
1101 Broad St., St. Joseph
Grab lunch and try some of the 16 handcrafted brews on tap at this Southwest Michigan Maker. You can’t go wrong with the cheese curds or flatbreads. Silver Harbor Brewing Company is located in a 100+ year old building in downtown St. Joseph.
Optional: You can ask for a tour of the brewhouse if you’re interested in staying longer!
721 Pleasant St., St. Joseph
Taste some small batch wines inspired by family recipes in a fun, relaxed environment at Lazy Ballerina Winery’s tasting room. This is Southwest Michigan’s only women-owned winery!
315 State St., St. Joseph
Did you know there used to be an amusement park where Silver Beach is now? Learn more about its history, see artifacts from Silver Beach Amusement Park and, of course, ride one of the 48 unique carousel figures around and around!
333 Broad St., St. Joseph
Stop in the shop to purchase a glass blown creation made on site. If you want to spend more time at Water Street Glassworks, take a tour, view glass blowing in real time on the catwalk or take a class to learn the trade for yourself.
140 Water St., Benton Harbor
End day 1 of your trip with a locally-sourced meal — The Livery is known for its spent-grain pizza. Sample some of this Southwest Michigan maker’s “hand-forged” craft beer. They have 16 taps total, including two nitro and two Real Ale taps.
190 5th St., Benton Harbor
Start the day’s activities with a meal at River Saint Joe. This farmstead brewery creates organic and farm-focused beers and delightful seasonal dishes. It’s located in an organic farm and hop yard in Southwest Michigan.
15475 Walton Road, Buchanan
Buchanan Art Center focuses on nurturing the arts by supporting local artists and exploring art’s power in positive social change. Stop in to see the rotating gallery exhibits and make sure to peruse the shop, which features art made by local artists.
117 W. Front St., Buchanan
More information about Berrien County Historical Association
Here, guests of all ages are invited to dive deep into the past. Home to Michigan’s oldest courthouse, explore the1839 Courthouse, the 1870s Sheriff's House, and the 1860s County Records building — as well as two additions to the grounds in the late 1970s — Bennett's Forge and the Murdock Cabin.
313 N. Cass St., Berrien Springs
Taste the award-winning, 160-year Lemon family tradition that is Lemon Creek Winery’s creations. While you’re there, visit the fruit market which has produce grown on site, seven days a week during fruit season.
533 East Lemon Creek Road, Berrien Springs
Grab dinner at Journeyman Distillery’s Staymaker Restaurant, where the menu includes creative twists on classic dishes and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. If you have extra time, go behind the scenes at the historic Featherbone Corset Factory and learn how distilled spirits are made with a knowledgeable Journeyman's guide. A tasting is included in the tour!
109 Generations Dr., Three Oaks
Housed in the same turn-of-the-century former corset factory, this beautiful building is also a venue for performers of incomparable talent who delight patrons with audience proximity and outstanding acoustics. Get tickets to an evening show, or see one of their outdoor performances in Southwest Michigan.
107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks
From art galleries and glass blowing demonstrations to locally-sourced pours and eats, you'll end the day with a full stomach and inspired mind.
Transport yourself back in time to an 1800s courthouse and Featherbone Corset Factory. See a show and explore the history of the area.
We hope you enjoyed your travels throughout Southwest Michigan. Check out other trips that you can take on our itineraries page. Happy trails!
There are more colorful roads to travel after sunrise tomorrow.