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. Visiting Lakeshore Harvest Country is a real family affair. In today’s fast-paced, technologically-focused world, it is more important than ever for families to spend quality time together reconnecting and making memories.
Previously hosted in the fall season, this family-friendly traveling scavenger hunt departs from Barden’s Farm Market in South Haven at 1pm. The clues make everyone pay attention while traveling the backroads to see what the Lakeshore Harvest Country farms, studios, wineries and cideries have to offer during the summer season. Tour the farms, visit the animals, purchase fresh produce, sample wine and cider and discover the delights found along the Lakeshore Harvest Country trail. The rally ends at 5pm with a celebration the surprise finale location, where over 20 door prizes will be presented, along with give-aways for the kids and of course the trophy for the Rally Champion. The cost is $20 per vehicle ($15 in advance).
In addition to its trail events (see below), 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.
Enjoy a countryside bicycle ride to fruit farms, wineries and cideries in and around South Haven, Fennville and Saugatuck as the fall color season begins to take shape. Four routes ranging in length from 15 to 62 miles are available to accommodate riders of varying abilities, starting 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 event starts at 8am. Advanced registration is required at LHCBT.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