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Indulge your senses from your head down to your toes in beautiful Southwestern Michigan.

Breathe in the perfume of springtime blossoms and in the fall, pick pink juicy peaches and sip award-winning wines. Wiggle your toes in Lake Michigan’s warm soft sands or reel in a feisty salmon aboard an area charter. Tee off at lush green golf courses, scramble to the top of a climbing wall, or race down the face of a towering dune. Attend musical and theatrical performances and browse art studios, galleries, and quaint antiques and collectibles shops. Watch fireworks light up the night sky and ride a hand-carved carousel horse beneath a thousand twinkling lights. Learn how to cook or take a thrilling snowmobile ride over scenic wooded trails. Just follow your senses – and your sense of adventure – in Southwestern Michigan.

St. Jospeph Beach Map

St. Joseph
Beaches

Many of the beaches of St. Joseph are known for free parking, men’s and women’s bathhouses, pavilion, bike racks, playground equipment, volleyball nets, and ample beach for swimmers and sun bathers.

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Our Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, and Stevensville hotels offer many amenities to meet your needs.

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Southwest Michigan’s boutiques, galleries and shops are filled with must-have ideas.

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Dine

Southwest Michigan grows a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

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Things to Do

Some places naturally inspire us. Southwest Michigan is one of them.

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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

fall colors lake

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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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

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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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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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

Beach glass in waves on shore

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

Warren Dunes road in fall

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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Few places in America offer the gorgeous scenery, farm-fresh deliciousness and hours upon hours of affordable, family fun you’ll find in Southwest Michigan. From the moment you arrive, you’ll make wonderful memories that will bring you back again and again all four seasons.

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