Follow winding roads through Michigan’s fruit belt to U-Pick orchards, stop at roadside markets for a farm fresh taste of the region, or visit the dozen wineries along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. No passport is required to sample Dutch heritage in Holland, known for cultural attractions and a charming downtown near Lake Michigan. The Saugatuck-Douglas area, called “Michigan’s Art Coast,” is filled with artful experiences and top beaches and Bed & Breakfast inns.
Stroll the “singing sands” and climb amazing dunes, browse the many art galleries, explore the maritime heritage, have a picnic and watch the spectacular sunsets in any of the nine communities that make up the Lake Michigan Beachtowns, stretching from the state’s southern border to Ludington. Hit the Kal-Haven Trail on foot or bicycle. The 34-mile linear state park traverses the countryside, small towns and woods between South Haven and Kalamazoo. While in the area don’t miss the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Air Zoo; admission to most exhibits is free!
Paddle your canoe or kayak the River Country Heritage Water Trail, which follows three waterways in Southwest Michigan, or go on safari in Battle Creek at Binder Park Zoo’s Wild Africa. Put on the PJs and take in first-run flick at the Capri Drive-In in Coldwater, and visit the Sauk Trail Trading Post to choose comfy footwear from the “Largest Minnetonka Moccasin Store in the Country.”