The Southwestern Michigan region is a truly historic area. Four different nations possessed and fought over the territory surrounding Fort St. Joseph and what is now the city of Niles (also known as the "City of Four Flags")during the past three hundred years. Each of those four nations unfurled their flag and made their mark, both physically and culturally on this area. Today you can experience this rich history by visiting our museums and historical sites.
Our history is the perfect backdrop for some of Michigan's finest antiquing. Our area has an amazing array of antique and collectible shops featuring everything from primitives to Victorian, from fine furniture to china, stoneware, and toys. We're an antique collector's paradise!
The sandy clay soil and cool temperate breezes from nearby Lake Michigan makes the Southwestern Michigan climate similar to the climate of the great vineyards of France and Germany. This area is home to many award-winning wineries. All offer winery tours, wine tastings, and breathtaking views of thousands of acres of vineyards.
The ideal growing climate also aids area fruit and vegetable farmers, who harvest a rich bounty from spring to late fall. You can taste the freshness yourself at many local fruit stands and farm markets. There are also numerous U-Pick farms in the area at which you can gather your own apples, peaches, pumpkins, strawberries, and cherries. Several of these farms have added unique attractions for the whole family.
The communities in our region offer a wide range of entertaining and educational events, festivals, fairs, and activities. Whether you prefer outdoor or indoor activities, there is always something fun to do in Southwestern Michigan.