(FENNVILLE, Mich)—Lakeshore Harvest Country and Friends of the Blue Star Trail are gearing up for the 7th Annual Bicycle Tour on Saturday, September 15. This countryside bicycle ride takes participants not only along the rolling backroads of Van Buren and Allegan Counties, but also encourages stops at the fruit farms, wineries, cideries, artist studios and other member sites in the towns of South Haven, Fennville, Douglas and Saugatuck.
Four routes ranging in length from 15 to 62 miles are available to accommodate riders of varying abilities, starting at 8am in Douglas or South Haven. Rest stops, snacks, lunch and even shopping are offered along the route—with concierge service to transport purchases (such as produce, artwork and other goodies) back to the starting point, for riders to pick up after the event.
The advanced online registration cost is $50 per individual or $70 per family (living at the same address) if done so by September 9 (plus applicable service fees): www.lhride.com. The fee increases by $5 on September 10, whether registering to participate online or manually at the starting point on September 15.
For information about lodging, restaurants and other events (including the 2nd Annual South Haven Jazz Festival) during the weekend of the Ride, click on the links below. Please note there are some B&B’s and hotels offering special discounts to the riders:
In addition to its trail events, Lakeshore Harvest Country publishes a brochure and map which identifies its members and provides additional information about the activities found at each. The map is available at any of the member locations, as well as at the Visitor Bureau offices in Saugatuck and South Haven and Welcome Centers around the state. It can also be downloaded online at LakeshoreHarvestCountry.com.
Members of Lakeshore Harvest Country Include:
- Barden’s Farm Market
- Bumbleberry Acres
- Cogdal Vineyards
- Dee’s Lakeshore Farm
- DeGrandchamp Farms
- Evergreen Lane Artisan Cheese
- Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery
- Hungry Village Tours
- Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm
- Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum
- McIntosh Apple Orchards & Winery
- Overhiser Orchards
- Riverbend Raspberries
- Salt of the Earth
- The Sugarhouse at Ridley Family Sugar Farm
- Virtue Cider
Lakeshore Harvest Country was launched with a grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture in 2006 and in 2009 the trail was awarded the “Community Vision” award by the Greater South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce.
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