As we gear up for spring here in Michigan’s Great Southwest, we encourage you to play tourist in your own hometown! It’s not only a great way to get out and explore new places, but you’ll head into the summer season with some serious local knowledge on all the best places to take visiting family and friends. 

  1. Pack your bags for the weekend! Check out these area hotel packages for the month of March:
    • The Inn at Harbor Shores: March Madness Package - stay two nights in a harbor view guest room, late check-out, complete their bracket by purchasing items from local businesses to receive a Michigan gift basket!
    • The Boulevard Inn & Bistro: Two Night Savings - buy one night at a regular rate, get the second night 50% off, online booking code 2NIGHT; 3rd Night Bonus Special - buy two nights at a regular rate, get the third night free, online booking code 3NIGHT.
  1. Show your artsy side! JLN Studio offers Adult and Kid Take-Home Art Kits for those wishing to get a little creative. These kits are perfect for a night in and are available for curbside pickup!

  2. Support SWMI businesses and restaurants! EAT, SHOP, STAY, PLAY for a chance to win weekly prizes during Countdown to Summer! To enter, spend $25 (one time or cumulative purchases) at any SJT member business and turn in your receipts at the Welcome Center for one entry! Every $25 spent = one entry (qualifying purchases, now through May 26). Turn in your stay-cation receipts! Visit for more info!

  3. Let someone else cook for the night! Try Silver Beach Pizza’s March Pizza of the Month - Chili Mac Attack! This delicious creation is available for the whole month and features chili con carne, beans, red onion, sweet pepper, macaroni and cheese, a four cheese blend topped with crushed saltine crackers.

  4. Enjoy a night on the town! March Mannequins returns on Friday, March 12 from 7-8:30pm! Watch storefronts of participating businesses come alive during March Mannequins in downtown St. Joe. Windows will display community volunteers as they pose perfectly still, like mannequins. Vote for your favorite window at!

  5. Explore the local nature trails! Sarett Nature Center offers a five-mile trail system that includes boardwalks, observation platforms and a barrier-free walkway. Trails are open from dawn to dusk!

  6. Meet local makers! Explore Southwest Michigan’s local wines and craft beers on the Makers Trail. Featuring pet-friendly locations, unique tasting experiences and seasonal events - there’s something for everyone on the Makers Trail!


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