While things may look a little different this year, there's still plenty to do this holiday weekend in Michigan's Great Southwest! Explore the area with a surrey bike, take to the water on a paddleboard adventure, walk the local nature trails, be a beach bum for an afternoon, wind down the Maker's Trail and more. Join us in around St. Joseph! #MeetMeLocally
Enjoy the St. Joe Farmers Market every Saturday through October 10 from 9:00am-2:00pm in Lake Bluff Park. Market-goers will find jams, honey, hearth-baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables and so much more!
Soak up the summer days with Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals! They offer a variety of ways to explore St. Joseph - take a ride on a beach cruiser, surrey, electric bike or tandem. Guests can also rent kayaks/canoes at their Inn at Harbor Shores rental location in addition to pontoon boats, speed boats, dinghies and jet skies through a partnership with Blue Water Rentals!
Explore the local nature trails at Sarett Nature Center. Their five-mile trail system includes boardwalks, observation platforms and a barrier-free walkway. Trails are open from dawn to dusk!
INSIDER TIP: Check out their Nature Discovery Kits for some at-home nature exploration!
Downtown St. Joseph is home to many charming locally owned businesses. A couple of stores are geared towards families include: The Toy Company and Forever Books. Make your visit memorable - check out stjoetoday.com/shop for a full list!
Heading to the beautiful Southwest Michigan beaches? Take a look at the links below. There's a real-time update of the water temperatures as well as the swimming conditions, and the Silver Beach County Park Beach Cam.
Summer also brings live music, sometimes with a side of wine or craft beer! Check out these locations and even a virtual event this holiday weekend:
Sister Lakes Brewing:
Friday, July 3 - David O'Leary from 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, July 4 - Anna PS from 5:00pm-8:00pm
Plank's Tavern on the Water:
Friday, July 3 & Saturday, July 4 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday, July 5 from 4:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, July 3 - E-Man from 3:45pm-6:45pm
Sunday, July 5 - Matt Gabriel from 2:30pm-5:30pm
Saturday, July 4 - Mark Ficks from 6:00pm-10:00pm
Friday, July 3 - Karaoke by DJ Dale Owen at 6:00pm
Saturday, July 4 - High Vizz Live! at 6:00pm
Sunday, July 5 - Michael McIntosh Live! at 2:00pm
BEER, WINE & SPIRITS
Southwest Michigan Cycleboat and SWMI Brew Tours have partnered to create a unique SWMI experience - Lake & Land Tour! Guests will enjoy two hours on the water followed by three chauffeured stops to local wineries/breweries (approx. five hours total). Book your trip today!
Round Barn Estate presents their annual Red, Whites & Brews holiday event on Saturday, July 4. Guests will enjoy live music from 1:30pm-3:30pm feat. Pablos Great Revenge and from 4:00pm-6:30pm feat. Weekend Social (trio). Additionally, the first 100 attendees will receive a souvenir Reds, Whites & Brews growler with a purchased growler fill!
Journeyman Distillery hosts a Distillery Brunch every Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm through October 11. Attendees will enjoy donut, hot dog and taco bars, a brunch buffet featuring a wide variety, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and more! $20/adult, $15/children 5-12 years old, FREE for children under 5.
Explore Southwest Michigan's local wines and craft beers on the Maker's Trail! Featuring pet-friendly locations, unique tasting experiences and seasonal events - there's something for everyone on the Maker's Trail!
INSIDER TIP: The Maker's Trail passport program has been extended to July 15 so
there's still time to claim your prizes! Visit swmichigan.org/passport for more info.
Stay the weekend with us! Check out these summer offers below. Visit stjoetoday.com/stay for additional area lodging.
The Boulevard Inn - "Book One Night, Get The Second Night 50% Off" now through September 3! Enter discount code summer20 at theboulevardinn.com to receive this special offer!
The Inn at Harbor Shores - "Weekday Escape to Pure Michigan" for stays a minimum of three consecutive nights. Package includes 10% off spa services, shuttle to the beach, access to 12 miles of hiking/biking trails, on-site kayak rental. This offer is a limited time offer until August 31. Visit innatharborshores.com to book your stay!
Enter for the chance to win one of three St. Joseph Experience Gift Bags during the #MeetMeLocally giveaway! Visit our #MeetMeLocally Blog from prize information.
HOW TO ENTER:
- Must post a photo of location "in and around St. Joseph"
- Use hashtag #meetmelocally
- Tag St. Joseph Today
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