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South Haven, MI 49090
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Spanning 400 acres (161.87 hectares) of spectacular natural landscapes, Van Buren State Park is haven for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking in the wooded trails to swimming and lazing around on the beach, the park has something for everyone. The picturesque sand dunes are one of the most prominent features of this park. Excellent camping facilities on site make it possible to experience nature at its best.
This 32 acre (12.94 hectares) facility is a conservation sanctuary for exotic animals. Most of the inmates here are adopted by the management from people who aren't equipped to take care of them. Regular, educational tours are arranged to benefit those interested in learning about these rare beauties. Overlooking the scenic Paw Paw Lake, the well maintained sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
The VFW Post 6803 is located on the Red Arrow Highway in Watervilet. Apart from housing interesting war ephemera, it is also home to one of the rarest pieces of World War II artillery. Installed in its yard is the rare 1918 cannon used in the World War II. Manufactured in the United States, when most of the arms and ammunition were of French make, these 1906-design beauties are extremely rare as only 200 of them were produced. The almost-a-century old cannon now sits proudly reminding people of its contribution in the war that changed the world forever.
If you want to know all about wineries right from the source, this is the place to come to. This hillside in Coloma, Michigan has been a family owned farmland for more than 150 years. A little more than 20 years ago, the family went into the wine business and Karma Vista Vineyards was born. The owners are very hands on, always present during tastings to give you tips and information about wines and the vineyard. They have many varieties of wines including whites, reds and dessert wines of which their sweet white wine called Starry Starry White is famous. The vineyards spreads across a considerable stretch of land, creating a beautiful view which you can soak in while you sip on wines and check out their gift shop. If you are a group of more than six people, be sure to make a prior reservation.
The future home of the Society's Discovery Center, the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society's historic 1866 Old School House is "the oldest multi-classroom school building in Michigan and one of the finest examples of 19th century school architecture in America." In cooperation with the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library and the Saugatuck Public Schools, the Douglas Union School features a row of school lockers containing artifacts of school life from different points of time since 1866, the Discovery Room, a workshop and exhibition factory, designated area for researching family genealogy, collection of historically important objects, paper, memorabilia, artwork and photographs and much more.
Amidst rolling hills and lush vineyards, Contessa Wine Cellars is a mecca of sorts for wine lovers delving into Southwest Michigan's thriving wine scene. The tasting room is housed within a splendid villa, replete with comfy nooks and terraces that overlook the verdant beauty of Coloma valley. Bold, rich and aromatic, Contessa Wine Cellars' distinctive creations are sure to delight connoisseurs, enthusiasts and casual tasters alike. Despite its location just off the I-94, this charming winery is an oasis of tranquility surrounded by nature's bounty on all sides. While walk-ins are always welcome, groups of 10 or more must call ahead to make reservations.
This u-pick farm is located on Friday Road, just off Highway 94 in Coloma. About 10 miles (16.09 kilometers) northeast of Benton Harbor, Fruit Acres is home to a brilliant, farm-fresh produce that includes apples, peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, sweet corn and lots more. Apart from that, the place also features a retail market where they sell an assortment of products such as caramel apples, apple ciders, jams and honey, to name a few. The family-owned farm is spread over 200 acres (80.94 hectares) and makes for a rustic, country-style fun day out with the entire.
When in Saugatuck, the Saugatuck Chain Ferry is a must-visit! The only hand-propelled ferry of its kind in the United States, it traces its roots way back to 1838. The ferry used presently, built in 1930, gets you across the Kalamazoo River with the help of a hand-driven crank. Providing breathtaking views of the harbor, it makes for a great visit.
Take a break from visiting amusement parks and head to Jollay Orchards to show your kids a glimpse of the country life. Every summer at Jollay Orchards is packed with energy as their calender is bustling with activities like Super Maze, Hayrides, Pond Fishing, Ferris Wheel and more. Septembers at Jollay Orchards see their popular Harvest Festival, when visitors can involve themselves in picking apples, peaches, pumpkins, and other fresh fruits. After a long and tiring day, families should not miss out on strolling through Jollay Orchard's farmers market, where fresh jams, jellies, and baked goodies like pies and cookies await the attention of your palate. They also serve freshly made ice cream here. Buy ripe fruits and other farm-fresh produce, and then head home to relish the loot.
The 100 acres (404 hectares) of land, that this wonderful facility covers, is home to some of the most distinctive flora and fauna that Southwestern Michigan has to offer. The trails organized by the Sarett Nature Center takes visitors through the natural habitat of animals and also educates them about the significance of marches, wetlands, and other environmental factors. Their observation decks let you see rabbits, turtles, owls, snakes, and other creatures without disturbing them a bit. In addition, the Butterfly House which is a seasonal attraction comes highly recommended for kids. An informative and very interesting peek into nature's best kept secrets, Sarett Nature Center is worth a visit for every family.
Covering about 211 acres (85.38 hectares), Christie Lake is located in Lawrence Township of Michigan. As such, the lake is a private property owned by the peripheral community who maintains it. Although the boating isn't encouraged, to improve its water quality, Lake Christie does offer recreational activities such as fishing. The lake's shoreline is often the site of several community events such as the Fourth of July Parade.
Six miles north of Saugatuck, the Felt Estate was once the luxurious summer home and hobby of self-made millionaire and inventor Dorr E. Felt. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites, the Felt Estate is adjacent to the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Tours and rentals of the 17,000 square foot mansion and gardens are available.