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    Get ready for some frosty fun in St. Joseph! The 15th Annual Magical Ice Fest looks to be bigger and better than ever and packed with family fun, ice competitions and even some frozen fish. The event, which runs from February 1st through February 3rd, is a great way to explore this charming lakeside and celebrate the winter season.

    Whether you're a first timer or a frequent ice fest attendee, check out this guide for everything you need to know!


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    It's a weekend of family fun in Michigan's Great Southwest! The first full weekend of December brings lights on the bluff, Santa, holiday windows, Reindeer Rottweilers, holiday shopping, and more! Check out all of the festive family fun and holiday happenings, starting Thursday, December 6th through Sunday, December 9th, 2018!


  • In the height of summer, it's easy to forget about the cold winds and snow that inhabit Michigan's Great Southwest. However, the winter greatly impacts the wine we are able to enjoy year round!

    Dr. Dave Miller from White Pine Winery shares how the winters of the last few years have shaped our region's wines.


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    (L) White Pine Winery Vineyards in fall of 2013
    (R) Dave Miller PhD, author, Owner / Winemaker at White Pine Winery and Vineyards, LLC

    I read a blog I wrote about this time in 2014 just after some of the coldest weather we’ve had in decades. I knew we were in for little to no crop on Vitis vinifera grapevines that year and I was right.  I had no idea that we would have similar weather again in 2015 with a similar result – little to no crop on Vitis vinifera varieties (e.g. Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet franc, Merlot).  Having two years in a row with little to no crop on those vines is unprecedented in Michigan.