Yes, Virginia: there is life after Labor Day. Summer may be aiming for fall, but that only signals new beginnings for Pure Michigan fun.
Let’s plan a post-Labor Day Southwest region weekend getaway. Let’s start by making reservations at a Michigan Lake to Lake-Member Bed and Breakfast Inn, quality assured for your peace of mind. Wherever there’s fun to be had, there’s a Lake to Lake B&B nearby.
Take Paw Paw’s “grapest” weekend of the year. Its Wine and Harvest Festival, billed as “a “grape” time for everyone,” sprawls all across downtown Paw Paw and the vineyard-strewn countryside from Friday through Sunday, September 10 – 12. Taste the finest wines Southwest Michigan wineries have to offer. Stomp grapes to win cash prizes. Tour area wineries. Watch fireworks. Race in a 5K. Enjoy music to satisfy every taste on three stages. Shop a craft show. Thrill to carnival rides. Have plain Pure Michigan fun!
At the end of the day, retire to your welcoming bed and breakfast inn. Perhaps you’ve made reservations in nearby Kalamazoo. Choose from the elegantly-Victorian Kalamazoo House or the Georgian Revival-styled Hall House. You’ll sleep in luxury at affordable rates and awaken refreshed to a piping-hot homemade breakfast.
It’s okay to be pampered. Really.
Or make the Paw Paw festival a day trip from the lakeshore. South Haven to the northwest and Saint Joseph, Stevensville and Union Pier to the southwest are all no more than a 45-minute drive. Together, they offer dozens of unique bed and breakfast experiences. What a way to get-away!
Let’s plan another get-away — this time to the Southeast region of the state. After reserving your stay at a local or nearby Lake to Lake bed and breakfast inn, explore Marshall and its 47th annual Historic Home Tour, September 11 – 12. Called the “Grandaddy of Midwest Home Tours,” it also features the Madison Green Street Art Faire, DAR Antique Show, Kalamazoo Big Band Concert, Dueling Pianos, a Civil War Ball and a Civil War Encampment.
Once you’ve exhausted the nearly endless stream of events, refresh yourself in the historic ambience of National House Inn or the quiet, country comfort of The Olde Farmhouse B&B. Nearby, enjoy the elegant comfort of The Munro House B&B and Spa in Jonesville or the country hospitality of Hankerd Inn in Pleasant Lake, the luxurious Albion Heritage in Albion, the Victorian Gothic Rose Trellis B&B in Jackson or Dewey Lake Manor, overlooking the lake in Brooklyn.
Over the next month, we’ll plan getaways to the northwestern and northeastern regions as well as to the untamed Upper Peninsula. Remember, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Pure Michigan after Labor Day! Stay tuned. We’ll prove it.