2633 W. Marquette Woods Road
Stevensville, MI 49127
Phone: (269) 428-4888
Fax: (269) 428-9888
Spanning 985 acres (3.99 square kilometers), Grand Mere State Park is a natural paradise characterized by unique topography, not generally associated with the state. Majestic sand dunes skirt the western edge of the park that borders Lake Michigan while the rest of the park boasts of lush tree cover. The park's unique ecosystem supports a rich array of exotic plant life. Visitors to the park can explore the Grand Mere Nature Trail and spend the day relaxing at the beach. Cross-country skiing and hunting are other activities available at the park. Call ahead for more information.
If fresh fruit is what you are looking for then look no further than Nye’s Apple Barn. This family-owned and operated market has been offering its customers fresh vegetables and fruit, alongside potted plants, Take'n'Bake pies, jellies and jams, maple syrup, honey, salad dressings, and cooking tools, for over four decades. All of the produce on offer is either grown at Nye’s own farm or are sourced from other local farmers. For fresher than fresh fruit, venture into Nye's fruit orchards and pick your own fruit right off the bushes and trees. The U-pick option is a great way to get your hands on the freshest fruits and enjoy a fun day out with the family while you're at it. Call ahead to learn about what's in season before planning your fruit picking adventure. Nye’s Apple Barn is conveniently located just off the I-94.
Located just about 3 miles from southwest of Benton Harbor, St. Joseph is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, and is thus a part of the glorious "Riviera of the Midwest". The resort town boasts of pretty sand dunes on one side and lively, green countryside on the other. Benton Harbor and this quiet little port town are together, colloquially called 'Twin Cities'. Thanks to its pristine lakeshore beaches, Saint Joseph welcomes thousands of tourists every year.
Turquoise waters, soft white sand and clear blue skies define a summer day at the Lions Park Beach. A perfect spot for enjoying a day in the sun with your family and friends, the water at Lions Park Beach is safe for a swim, for kayaking and for fishing. For those who wish to spend time in solitude, the beach allows you to relax on a mat with a good book for company. Walk your dog, come for an evening jog or help kids with their sand castles, this family-friendly beach is one of the must-visit attractions because of all the excitement it has to offer. There are many picnic areas here where you can have a bbq party while the kids can spend time on slides and swing sets.
Located on the M-139, Skellville is a spook house cum garden decoration retailer cum museum. The museum is actually just a random collection of old and new oddities, of which the Robot Elvis takes the cake. The robotic 'King of Rock and Roll' dances, sings and even does the iconic lip-curl. The place is strewn with numerous skeletons posing to depict various bizarre scenes. Step into this mad, mad world and buddy up with the living dead of Skellville! With only a meager admission price, this weird attraction makes for a thoroughly entertaining visit.
Founders Wine Cellar, located in the heart of Berrien County with its gently rolling hills and lakes forming a lovely back drop to any visit to the town of Baroda, is a locally owned and operated winery. A part of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail wineries, Founders Wine Cellar makes for a pleasant stop to explore the nuances of Michigan produced wine. The tasting room and wine bar offers a casual tasting experience that is honest and unpretentious. Visitors can sample their wine like the Baroda Antique Ruthie's Delightful Cranberry, 2010 Lake Michigan Shore Riesling and Baroda Antique Peach. From light fruity flavors to full bodied wines, their selection offers a choice for every palate. Visitors can purchase bottles to carry with them on premises. For information on tasting sessions and events, visit the website or call the winery.
Located close to other notable buildings like the city library, the Heritage Museum and Culture Center, Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Peters Church, Krasl Art Center is a valuable addition to the cultural hub in the small town of St. Joseph. With frequently updated art and sculpture exhibitions and art and heritage tours being given everyday, the center is a very popular spot, both for locals as well as for tourists. The center also holds regular art classes and camps for all ages. The gallery hosts an annual art fair every autumn. With 38 permanent sculptures, public galleries, art making studios, a black and white wet darkroom and a gift shop, this is definitely a landmark you should visit when in the area.
Located next to the Silver Beach Carousel, the Whirlpool Compass Fountain is a fun installation for kids of all ages. The huge setup has 28 jets and eight canons that send synchronized water sprays as much as 35 feet (10.67 meters) into the air. Walking into the expansive 'spray zone' is allowed, and makes for a fun respite from the summer heat.
White Pine Winery produces a variety of luscious wines using grapes sourced from some of the finest vineyards of Southwest Michigan. From elegant whites to tart reds, this charming winery has something for everyone. The winery's tasting room at State Street is a warm and inviting place that is delightfully free of pretension and pomp. Apart from offerings a stellar collection of wines for sale, the tasting room also offers wine tastings for individuals and groups. Sample, savor and explore the wondrous world of wine at the White Pine Winery Tasting Room.
Delighting young and old, the Silver Beach Carousel is a whirling wonder of bright colors, twinkling lights, music and laughter that will transport you to a magical land of joy and surprise. Mounted upon the carousel are 48 figures and two chariots, each hand-carved and unique. The marvelous figures include several horses, an ostrich, a panda, a praying mantis, a flamingo and many other fantastic, unusual and mythical creatures. See if you can spot the horses that are replicas of the original carousel's figures amongst the newer designs. As hard is as may be, be sure to pull your eyes away from these majestic works of art for a few moments and take a gander at the historic photographs that adorn the top of the carousel. Through these photographs and themed figures like the MSU and Coloma horses, the carousel chronicles the region's history and heritage. While the Silver Beach Carousel is certainly an artistic triumph, it is first and foremost a place where moments of simple joy and wonder transform into treasured memories that you will cherish for many years to come.
Located off Broad Street, towards the north end of St. Joseph, MI, Silver Beach County Park makes for a great beachfront location for fun outdoor activities with the entire family. The beach, a part of Lake Michigan shoreline, offers a wide range of of family and team-oriented activities such as beach volleyball, picnicking, playgrounds and much more. Apart from that, they also have facilities for swimming and fishing. Open between May and September, from 5a onward daily, the Silver Beach County Park features restrooms, showers and even a rental facility that can be booked for private events.
Overlooking the gorgeous shoreline of Lake Michigan, Lake Bluff Park is located at the very edge of St. Joseph, MI, near attractions such as Silver Beach County Park and Whirlpool Centennial. The downtown, urban park features a small but pretty green area that is highlighted by an impressive fountain, a war memorial and many such elements. The park is also home to Bandshell which regularly hosts concerts and live music events. Apart from that the park itself is used as the site for The Krasl Art Fair and Concours d'Elegance of Southwest Michigan every year.