Serving Allegan, Berrien, Cass, & Van Buren Counties
It’s great to live in Southwest Michigan!
Southwest Michigan’s marquee feature is, of course, its 55 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Residents and visitors can be found soaking up the sun, swimming in the fresh water, scaling the vertiginous sand dunes, and watching Mother Nature’s nightly show—a blaze of fiery oranges, pearly pinks, and dusky purples that paint the clouds before disappearing into the lake.
Opportunities abound to explore Southwest Michigan’s natural splendor in every season. Drop a line in one of the many inland lakes, paddle your way through the waterways from spring thaw through fall, tee off at variety of routing golf courses, lace up your hiking boots, or strap on your helmet and pedal the abundance of trails that are accessible year-round.
Close proximity to a spoil of farms means that Southwest Michigan boasts a variety of both rustic and refined dining spots that have been doing the locavore thing long before it became a buzzword. Let your taste buds be your guide as you explore menus created by the Midwest’s top culinary talents that change in rhythm with the seasons.
Southwest Michigan has homegrown libations in spades. Wander Southwest Michigan’s plethora of picturesque vineyards, traverse the Maker’s Trail or Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, linger in tasting rooms and taprooms, and revel in the many festivals that showcase the best of Southwest Michigan’s award-winning wines, craft beers, and spirits.
Southwest Michigan has eclectic shopping opportunities aplenty. Spend a day ducking in and out of artisan markets and home goods stores doling out high-octane charm, treasure hunting at antique stores, or perusing dirt-dusted displays of rainbow-colored heirloom tomatoes as well as other produce and homemade fares at local farmers markets.
Arts & Culture
Southwest Michigan’s burgeoning arts scene is replete with theaters and live music venues. Whether watching local bands cut their teeth on stage or scoring tickets to a nationally touring show, there is nothing like a live performance. And while some of Southwest Michigan’s art galleries are for viewing only, many offer opportunities to craft your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.