“Michigan’s Ghostly Beacons” Scheduled Throughout the Fall Season at Libraries Statewide

For nearly 20 years, Dianna Stampfler has been speaking about Michigan’s lighthouses, their keepers and their ghosts. This fall, she will present a series of free programs called “Michigan’s Ghostly Beacons” at libraries around the state.

Read more

Take Your Fall Color Tour Along West Michigan’s Lakeshore Harvest Country

As the fall color tour season begins to emerge, you’re invited to bring the family out to explore the back-country roads along the Lake Michigan shoreline stretching throughout Van Buren and Allegan Counties.

Read more

7th Annual Fall Bicycle Tour Planned for Saturday, September 15 Between Lakeshore Communities of South Haven-Fennville-Saugatuck

(FENNVILLE, Mich)—Lakeshore Harvest Country and Friends of the Blue Star Trail are gearing up for the 7th Annual Bicycle Tour

Read more

Lakeshore Harvest Country Hosts Annual Road Rally – Saturday, July 21

Nestled along a 30-mile stretch of Michigan’s “Fruit Belt” region lies a collection of orchards, farms and vineyards known as Lakeshore Harvest Country. This weekend, you’re invited to experience all this region has to offer during the 12th Annual Road Rally on Saturday, July 21.

Read more

Tall Ship Manitou Sets Sail with Multi-Day Great Lakes Windjammers out of Traverse City, Michigan

One of the most unique hands-on Pure Michigan experiences is to spend several days sailing the freshwaters aboard a dual-masted tall ship. You’re invited to board one of the largest sailing vessels in the Great Lakes during one of these autumn windjammer cruises aboard the Tall Ship Manitou with the Traverse Tall Ship Company. These trips combine nature, history and education in a fun and relaxing environment, free from the stress and worries of today’s busy lifestyle.

Read more

Lakeshore Harvest Country Celebrates Family Friendly Pure Michigan Agri-Tourism Experiences

Nestled along a 30-mile stretch of Michigan’s “Fruit Belt” region lies a collection of orchards, farms and vineyards known as Lakeshore Harvest Country. Taking full advantage of the “lake effect” climate delivered by the Great Lakes and Lake Michigan specifically, this shoreline area is rooted in agricultural and tourism heritage.

Read more

Touring the Newest Pure Michigan Byway™

Last summer [2016], a 184-mile stretch of the West Michigan Pike, from St. Joseph to Silver Lake, became the state’s latest Pure Michigan Byway™ during a public ceremony at Muskegon’s Heritage Landing. The Michigan Beachtowns Association, which represents more than a dozen shoreline communities, collaborated with Travel Michigan and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to develop the byway.

Read more

Shedding Light on Michigan’s Historic Female Keepers

Serving as a lighthouse keeper was the only “non-clerical” government job that women were allowed to have in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Michigan had more than 60 women documented as lighthouse keepers at these historic beacons, often serving as assistant keepers with their husbands, fathers or brothers—and in the case of tragedy, many were promoted to the role of head keeper.

Read more

Lakeshore Harvest Country Hosts 6th Annual Fall Bicycle Tour: Saturday, September 9

Lakeshore Harvest Country is gearing up for its 6th Annual Bicycle Tour on Saturday, September 9 – a leisurely countryside bicycle ride to the fruit farms, wineries and cideries in and around South Haven, Fennville and Saugatuck at the onset of the fall color season.

Read more

Throw Caution to the Wind During 6-Day Windjammer Sail Aboard Tall Ship Manitou

You’re invited to set sail aboard the Tall Ship Manitou – one of the largest sailing ships on the Great Lakes – during a 6-Day Windjammer Cruise, September 17-23. Guided by the passionate, skilled and entertaining crew of the Traverse Tall Ship Company, this voyage sets sail out of Grand Traverse Bay aboard a replication of an 1800s “coasting” cargo schooner.

Read more

Lakeshore Harvest Country Hosts 11th Annual Family-Friendly Road Rally Scavenger Hunt – July 22

Lakeshore Harvest Country is gearing up for its 11th Annual Road Rally, July 22. Previously hosted in the fall season, this family-friendly traveling scavenger hunt takes participants from clue to clue along the backroads of Michigan’s “Fruit Belt” region—visiting the orchards, vineyards, farms and studios along the way.

Read more

Great Lakes, Great Times – in Pure Michigan

Michigan has been welcoming travelers since the 1800s who arrived by steamer ships, trains and later personal automobiles to escape the city heat in Chicago, St. Louis and other locales. They were drawn to the sugar sand beaches, the cool waters and the often allergy-free environment.

Read more