Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Destination of the Week: Berrien County, MI-Coloma & Watervliet

Destination of the Week: Berrien County, MI-Coloma & Watervliet

Agritourism is alive and well in Coloma.  “The Emerald Avenue” (centered on Friday Road, south of Coloma off of I-94) has a number of agricultural businesses open to the public, including wineries, fruit stands, orchards, and (my favorite) Grandpa’s Cider Mill.  A small local history museum provides a glimpse into the area’s long history as a vacation destination.




Attractions include:
-The Emerald Avenue (3401 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI 49038, www.theemeraldavenue.com)

-North Berrien Historical Society Museum (300 Coloma Ave, Coloma, MI 49038, www.northberrienhistory.org)


-Karma Vista Vineyards & Winery (6991 Ryno Rd, Coloma, MI 49038, www.karmavista.com)

-Jollay Market (3401 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI 49038, www.jollayorchards.com)

-Vineyards Gourmet (3251 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI 49038, www.vineyardsgourmet.com)

-Contessa Wine Cellars Winery (3235 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI 49038, www.contessawinecellars.com)

-Grandpa's Cider Mill and Bainbridge Beverage Co (2941 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI 49038, www.grandpascidermill.com)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Destination of the Week: Berrien County, MI-Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor

Destination of the Week: Berrien County, MI-Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor

Two small twin cities could not be more different than Saint Joseph and Benton Harbor.  Saint Joseph’s beach access, busy downtown shopping district, attractions, and perceived safety easily overshadows Benton Harbor.  Fortunately community, business, and state leaders are helping Benton Harbor slowly improve.  The twin cities offer the widest range of hotels in the county.




Attractions include:
-Krasl Art Center (707 Lake Blvd, St Joseph, MI 49085, www.krasl.org)

-Box Factory for the Arts (1101 Broad St, St Joseph, MI 49085, www.boxfactoryforthearts.org)

-Heritage Museum & Cultural Center (601 Main St, St. Joseph, MI 49085, www.theheritagemcc.org)

-Silver Beach Center (333 Broad St, St. Joseph, MI 49085, www.silverbeachcarousel.com)

-The Livery (190 5th St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022, www.liverybrew.com)

-Harbor Shores Golf Course (201 Graham Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022, www.harborshoresgolf.com)

Destination of the Week: Berrien County, MI-New Buffalo

Destination of the Week: Berrien County, MI-New Buffalo

For many New Buffalo IS Berrien County. This tiny little town has a lot to offer – great casual restaurants, boutiques, boating, beaches, and one major casino resort.


Attractions include:
-New Buffalo Railroad Museum/Harbor County Visitors Center (www.harborcountry.org)

-Four Winds Casino Resort (www.fourwindscasino.com)

-Round Barn Winery Tasting Room (www.roundbarnwinery.com/)


-St Julian Tasting Room (www.stjulian.com)


-Warner Vineyards Tasting Room (www.warnerwines.com)


-Redamak's Tavern (closed for the season, www.redamaks.com)



Destination of the Week: Berrien County, MI

Destination of the Week: Berrien County, MI

Summary: 
Southwest Michigan’s Berrien County has matured to a great little day trip or weekend getaway destination.  While no Traverse City or Door County, Berrien County has plenty to offer – sandy beaches, wineries, casinos (including one in nearby Michigan City, IN), and very quiet small towns.  The inland parts of the county (Niles, Berrien Springs) are not as tourist friendly, but still worth the drive.



Principle Cities:
-St. Joseph/Benton Harbor
-New Buffalo
-Niles

Go if you like:
-Wineries
-Beaches
-Orchards

Distance (Driving):
-Chicago: 96.5 miles/1h 38m
-Indianapolis: 183 miles/3h 10m
-Fort Wayne:  150 miles/2h 27m
-Detroit: 192 miles/2h 52m
-Grand Rapids: 80.7 miles/1h 19m

Also serviced by:
-Amtrak (Niles, New Buffalo, St. Joseph)
-Air (South Bend Airport)

Link:
http://www.berriencounty.org/




Friday, October 17, 2014

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "This Weekend, Explore Off-Limits Architecture At Open House Chicago" from Chicagoist

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "This Weekend, Explore Off-Limits Architecture At Open House Chicago" from Chicagoist

Dates: 18-19 October 2014

Have you ever walked by a building and thought, I wish I could see what’s inside? Now you can. The Chicago Architecture Foundation presents the fourth-annual Open House Chicago, a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome.

On October 18-19, you can explore Chicago’s hidden gems from Rogers Park to Pullman and everything in between. Tour Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, repurposed mansions, stunning skyscrapers, vacant theaters, exclusive private clubs and more.
Open House Chicago: a free citywide architecture festival
Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, 2014 from 9am - 5pm

Link:
http://chicagoist.com/2014/10/15/explore_the_citys_off-limits_archit.php

Event Link:
www.openhousechicago.org

Destination: Aurora, Illinois, USA (EXPANDED)

Destination: Aurora, Illinois, USA (EXPANDED)

Link: https://picasaweb.google.com/100945938672227812551/AuroraIllinoisUSA?noredirect=1