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Winter Lake Michigan

A Winter Guide To Michigan Beachtowns

Plan your winter vacation in Western Michigan along Lake Michigan’s coast to enjoy beautiful scenery and exhilarating activities. Lake Michigan Beachtowns are full of wonder in winter. Marvel at natural ice sculptures as they form before your eyes along the shoreline, or cozy up inside a charming winery, restaurant, or boutique. Tour colorful Christmas lights… Continue reading

Halloween In Muskegon

How to Halloween in Muskegon!

Muskegon offers SO many unique ways to get your chills and thrills! We love this time of year; and know you will too! The chills and thrills range from historical to hysterical.  We have compiled a list of not too frightful fun for the little ones, eerie entertainment for the entire family, and ghostly good-times for… Continue reading

08/21/15 - South Haven, MI: Late summer in South Haven. Blueberries, peaches. © Chris McGuire Photography.

Celebrating the Harvest in South Haven, Michigan

Hot cider, pumpkin patches, apple picking and hayrides are the hot buttons that make us all think of the Fall harvest. The leaves are turning and creating a colorful backdrop, temperatures are cooler giving us the excuse to start bonfires, and whether or not you believe the spirits are among us, we are evoking earlier… Continue reading

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours

Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition. Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”. 🍁 For three Saturdays we invite you to celebrate the vibrant colors of our woods, dunes and water! Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon… Continue reading

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A Fall Guide To Michigan Beachtowns

Fall in West Michigan is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The West Michigan Lakeshore offers a wide range of fall activities, including extraordinary fall color tours through the natural landscape, apple picking, cider tours, hayrides and more. The robust red, orange, and yellow canopy over the fall trails and the historic… Continue reading

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The Arts Help Make Southwestern Michigan a Top Pick

Recently, Forbes magazine published an article about the 10 best places if you want to retire early in the U.S. In it, southwestern Michigan tied for second place nationally and leads the pack in the Midwest. MagnifyMoney, the source of the ranking, studied 217 metropolitan areas throughout the United States and scored each on cost… Continue reading

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World Class Fishing on Lake Michigan

Take a stroll along the Black River in downtown South Haven and you’re likely to encounter the serious fishing boats. If you’re already a fisherman (or fisherwoman), you may know what fishing on the big lake is all about. But if you’re like me, lake fishing invites curiosity and a certain mystique. I’m not a… Continue reading

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Southwest Michigan’s Best in Breakfast, Brunch and Bloody Marys

Vacation may be the only chance you get to make time for breakfast, and when in Southwest Michigan, you will be glad you did. Whether you live for breakfast food or you’d rather drink your breakfast you’ll definitely want to start your day at one of these amazing restaurants: Staymaker at Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks,… Continue reading

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Saugatuck Named One of the 25 Greatest Beach Towns in America

What do you see when you envision the perfect beach? For us, it’s pretty hard to beat Oval – the largest beach in Saugatuck/Douglas. Although our beaches are a beloved part of our community, our year-round attractions, local character, food scene and charm factor, all distinguished Saugatuck/Douglas from the rest when Thrillist Travel chose the… Continue reading

Exploring Public Art in St. Joseph

Exploring Public Art in the Twin Cities

Southwest Michigan is home to the vibrant and artistic Twin Cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. Visiting the waterfronts of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River, walking along Lake Boulevard in St. Joseph or exploring the Arts District of Benton Harbor soon reveals that there is a wide range of artists and artworks… Continue reading

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Fun at Full Sail Onboard Friends Good Will

The ropes are untied and the boat embarks. You slowly steer through the Black River channel and into the blue sprawl of Lake Michigan, which reflects the diamond chips cast by the sun. Once you’re on the lake, the strengthening air begins to cool: You pull on a sweatshirt. Crew members dressed as 1800s merchant… Continue reading

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Silver Lake Summer Food Tour

No matter what your taste buds are after, Silver Lake offers a wide range of dining options to please every palate. Choose from delicious local flavors, fresh-off-the-grill burgers and dogs, mouthwatering chicken wings and pizza, Mexican fare, and cold sweet treats for those late-night cravings — we’ve got everything! Here’s a bit more about what… Continue reading

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Find Your Sensory Feast at the South Haven Farm Market

Farm-to-table produce and meat. Freshly picked berries and nuts. All-natural Amish cheese. Herbs and spices. Artisan woodwork. Whimsical jewelry. Candles and soaps. Leather wraps. You’re not in the middle of an exotic bazaar – you’re among the 80 vendors at the South Haven Farm Market at the Huron St. Pavilion, an annual highlight of downtown… Continue reading

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Top 5 Autumn Activities in Saugatuck/Douglas

There’s lots to do in Saugatuck/Douglas all year round, but fall is an especially special time to visit. From traditional autumn activities like apple picking and color tours to more creative ones like gallery walks and beverage tours – spending time in Saugatuck/Douglas in the fall is an experience you’re sure to enjoy. 1. Fall… Continue reading

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Planning a Beach Day in SWMI

Sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand. It’s an iconic image of summer – and frankly, no summer feels complete without at least one beach day (at least to me). If you’re looking to spend a day at the beach in Southwest Michigan, consider these tips while planning your trip. Choose your… Continue reading

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8 Super Ideas for Summer Fun in Silver Lake

Whether you’ve been planning your trip to Silver Lake for months or have just decided to stop by on a whim, we’ve got the perfect summer-fun ideas for your visit! Summer Amusement at the Dunes… How could we not put the Silver Lake Sand Dunes first on the list? This extraordinary landmark remains the main… Continue reading

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Summer Fun in Holland, Michigan

The Beach Arguably the best place to be in Holland, Michigan during the summer months, the sandy shores are a favorite getaway.  Stroll the white sandy beaches at Laketown, camp out at Holland State Park and enjoy the sun setting over Lake Michigan before retreating back to your campfire, or, walk through a concrete tunnel… Continue reading

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Visiting Muskegon, MI on a Budget

Visiting Muskegon, MI on a budget Traveling on a budget can be hard, with transportation and accommodations taking up a chunk of the budget, it can be hard to find interesting places and activities to visit while on a trip. Muskegon, MI, however, plays host to a range of activities that will satisfy all travelers,… Continue reading

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Early Industry and Community Beginnings in South Haven, Michigan

South Haven is a vacation destination with a rich history of progress and expansion, making it one of the favorite stops on the West Michigan Pike by adventure-seeking travelers. Industrial innovations and circumstances have shaped the area over time, leading to the charming city we know today. 2019 marks one hundred and fifty years since… Continue reading

St. Joseph Beach

Last Days of Summer Checklist

Southwest Michigan is one of the best places to visit during the summer because there are so many ways to relax, play, and get outside. As summer rushes by, you may wonder “what’s the best way to enjoy it before it’s gone?” Here are 10 things to add to your “Last Days of Summer” checklist… Continue reading

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Think Dunes Starting April 1

As winter fades away, we find our sweet reward for surviving another frigid season: the opening of Silver Lake Sand Dunes. While you may recognize four seasons, around here we only know two: Silver Lake Sand Dunes Season and its offseason. On April 1st, the only true fools are the ones not at the Silver… Continue reading

Mt. Baldhead Beach

A History of the Mount Baldhead Radar Tower

One of the most iconic sights along the Saugatuck shore is the moonlike sphere of the Mount Baldhead radar tower. This Cold War relic dates back to the 1950s, when the escalating arms race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union had many Americans living in fear of an atomic bomb attack. In 1949, the… Continue reading

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Make Muskegon Your Maritime Stop!

Make Muskegon Your Maritime Stop! Known for their abundant history in lumber, manufacturing and shipping, Muskegon is also home to two, very important, World War II maritime vessels. The USS Silversides is a historic Gato class (built for the US Navy launched between 1941–1943) submarine. During her service, she received 12 battle stars and was… Continue reading

Windmill Island Gardens

Visit Windmill Island Gardens

Visit Windmill Island Gardens, one of Holland’s must-see attractions and our very own “treasure island”! Spend an afternoon wandering through 36 acres of beautifully manicured lawns and gardens filled with over 122,000 tulips during our annual Tulip Time Festival; the tulips are replaced with breathtaking annuals and perennials for the summer months. In a nod… Continue reading

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Collecting Beach Glass

By Joshua Nowicki Like collecting fossils, stones and driftwood, searching Lake Michigan’s shoreline for beach glass is a relaxing hobby that beachgoers of every age can enjoy. Over the years, when I have been out taking photos along the lake, I would pick up the occasional piece of beach glass bring it home and put… Continue reading

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View Big Red Lighthouse

Holland’s beloved and popular “Big Red” lighthouse, which stands proudly at the south side of the Holland Channel, has a long and rich history dating back to the first structure built on that site in 1870. Currently the lighthouse is owned and maintained by a non-profit lighthouse commission and is Michigan’s most photographed lighthouse. For… Continue reading

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Top 10 Places for Families

Finding the perfect place for family fun isn’t hard to do in Holland, Michigan. Whether you are looking for fun outdoor recreation, traditional Dutch activities, or indoor play, there are plenty of options for fun and adventure! Dutch Village One of Holland’s favorite attractions, Dutch Village offers an authentic Dutch experience for the whole family…. Continue reading

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The Magic of Ice Cream

‘Come sit with me, both of you,’ she said. ‘We’ll talk of strange ice creams and such things as we seem to have a bent for.” ~  Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine Dandelion Wine is the enchanting American novel of a young, Midwestern boy’s magical summer. Naturally it includes ice cream…because what is summer without this delicious,… Continue reading

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Josh’s Fall Favorites

By Joshua Nowicki Summer is definitely the most popular time to visit southwest Michigan, however, I feel that there is even more to enjoy in the fall. Here are some of my fall favorites: Enjoying the Fall Color: Whether on foot, by bike, stand-up paddle board, kayak, or in the car, enjoying the colors of… Continue reading

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Best Pizza Places in Southwest Michigan

By Erika Peterson Looking for the best pizza places in Southwest Michigan? Check out what these local guest bloggers had to say about their favorite pizza places in this corner of the mitten. Some of them may surprise you. Josh Nowicki The Livery & Haymarket Taproom Two of my favorite pizzas in Southwest Michigan are… Continue reading

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The Fish Monger’s Wife

The winter ice has melted from the lakes of Muskegon County. There will soon be blooming daffodils, robin sightings…and a lot more fishing! Another welcome sign of Spring is the anticipated re-opening of The Fish Monger’s Wife. The Fish Monger’s Wife celebrates the tradition of America’s First Industry – Commercial Fishing. Owners Amber Mae and… Continue reading

West Michigan Pike Sheild

West Michigan Pike Named State’s Newest Pure Michigan Bywaytm

Muskegon, MI – State and local officials and tourism organizations will gather Monday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. at Muskegon’s Heritage Landing to celebrate the designation of the West Michigan Pike as the state’s newest Pure Michigan Byway™. Speakers at the designation event include State Senator Goeff Hansen (34th), MDOT Director Kirk T. Steudle, Travel… Continue reading

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