Spring is here in SWMI and we’re ready to get out and celebrate! Read on for our top 8 things to do this month. Featuring everything from local business anniversaries and outdoor trail/water adventures to hotel deals and new art exhibits!


  1. Celebrate small businesses! This month brings two big anniversaries to downtown St. Joseph.
    • Forever Books celebrates their 22nd year on April 1 - stop in to receive a free book (Advance Reader’s Copy) with every $20 purchase. They have a lot to celebrate, as this month also marks Independent Bookstore Day on April 24!
    • The Candlestick Maker celebrates their 10th year on April 6 - Chief Fragrance Officer Judi Benninghoff has offered a mix of locally made crafts from over 30 artists, as well as home decor. The Candlestick Maker would like to thank all of their wonderful visitors, vendors and the regular “Shop Dogs” that have stopped in over the years. Judi and her son Ed look forward to serving the community for years to come!

  2.  Explore the great outdoors! Wanderlust Outfitters wants to share their favorite spots to hike in SWMI. Join them on April 11 for their latest adventure at Sarett Nature Center! Wanderlust provides guides that will lead the hike and share their outdoor knowledge.

  3. Support local wineries! Lazy Ballerina Winery, Lake Michigan Vintners and Lemon Creek Winery join wineries throughout the U.S. for the #OpenLocalWine Deal on April 10. Wine lovers will enjoy special wine bundles for this one-day event! Check out their awesome deals -

  4. Stay the night at area hotels! Looking to get away for Spring Break? Or just want a stay-cation? Check out these area hotel packages for the month of April:
    • The Inn at Harbor Shores: April Getaway - book two nights to receive 20% off each night, book three or more nights to receive 30% off each night.
    • 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.

  5. Book your water adventure! Hit the water with The Harbor Hopper for an experience like no other in SWMI. Southwest Michigan Cycleboat is here to host your bachelorette party, team outing, birthday bash, and more!

  6. Take an outdoor yoga class! Enjoy yoga in the gardens at Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve with an outdoor class led on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

  7. Sip some tasty brews! This month marks the 5th year anniversary of Silver Harbor Brewing! Celebrate with a delicious lunch or dinner, and pair it with one of their 14+ beers and ciders on tap, local wines or spirits. Keep an eye out for new seasonal menu items!

  8. Check out the latest art exhibit! ARS Gallery hosts an Opening Reception on April 30 for “Animali e Natura”. This exhibit will feature two artists Susan Henshaw, oil painter, and Martha Cares, sculptor.

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