(269) COOL THINGS
TO DO IN AREA CODE 269
Welcome! The 269 area code is code for an area that effortlessly combines energy
and innovation with friendliness and an easygoing attitude. Whether you’re a native or new to the area,
there are hundreds — two hundred and sixty-nine to get you started — of cool things to do.
In area code 269, you’re never far from lakes and other outdoor recreation, festivals and world-class
attractions. These great local and area treasures were submitted by friends, near and far, just like you. By the way, the
number ranking is not important. No. 269 is just as cool as No. 1, but we had to start somewhere. Enjoy!
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Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort Tempo Vino Winery beautiful countryside, while enjoying people
Augusta Kalamazoo who choose a live/work lifestyle in a profession
(269) 731-2090 (269) 342-9463 they love. – Kelly C.
Enjoy a beverage on the patio overlooking the Great wine, and you can have a winemaking
18th green. – John B. party to have your own blend! – Carleen B. Leduc Blueberries
Big Joe’s Pizza and Deli
Kalamazoo Picking blueberries at Leducs. – Kelly S.
Pizza at Big Joe’s and a movie at the Rave!
How much more fun can a family have?
– Peyton W.
Al Sabo Land Preserve
Love to stroll along the trails of the picturesque Al
Sabo Nature Preserve in Texas Township. Lots of Civic Theatre
marked trails for those who want to know where Kalamazoo
they are going, as well as unmarked trails for (269) 343-1313
those who would rather lose themselves in
Radisson Plaza Hotel Theater! There are so many wonderful local
natural splendor. Biking trails and cross-country theaters in Southwest Michigan. Even high
skiing are available as well. – Annika H. school theater is amazing here!
– Amanda M.
Check out the ﬁsh tank in the basement
– Deb K. The Strutt
(269) 492-7200 Kalamazoo County
Old Allegan Canoe Rentals
Going to the Jazz Brunch on Saturdays from
11-2, is a very cool thing to do. There is food to Go to any greenhouse in the Comstock or
be enjoyed by young and old. A very relaxing Galesburg area. Buy some annual or perennial
Canoe on the Kalamazoo River; then head over time after you’ve hit the Bank Street farmers’ plants for your garden, patio or containers. Go
to the Grill House (in Allegan) for cold Oberons market. – Stephanie H. home, plant them, get all hot and sweaty. Feel
sitting in the cool outdoor booth gliders. full of accomplishment. – Heidi S.
– Mary R.
Celery Flats Interpretative
Center and Historical Area Farmers’ Market
Ramona Park Portage Kalamazoo
Portage (269) 329-4518 (269) 337-8899
Visit the Celery Flats Historical Area in Portage. Shop at one of our many farmers’ markets on
Going swimming at Ramona Park on Long Lake. – William D. Saturday mornings! – Nicki P.
– Sean S.
Concerts in the Park
Downtown Festivals Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo (269) 342-5059
The festivals in the summer in downtown
Kalamazoo (Taste of Kalamazoo, Island Fest, South Haven Beaches
Ribfest, Blues Fest...) are the best. – Anne L. South Haven
Going to the beach. – Kim S.
Blue Coast Artists Tour
South Haven to Saugatuck
Fandango Tapas Bistro
A behind-the-scenes look into the lifestyles
Did the snake eat the bunny? Who knows, but
of professional artists situated throughout the
the Rattlesnake Rabbit Sausage is scrumptious!
rural countryside. Visit u-pick farm markets and
– Ken F.
wineries along the way. Unwind and enjoy the
Historic Village Bishop’s Bog Preserve
(269) 649-1733 (269) 329-4522
See the Depot Museum, print shop and One of the coolest things in the world is
authentic one-room school. going out to the Bishop’s Bog and walking the
boardwalk. – Kathy J.
Kalamazoo U.P. North Sandwich & Pasty
(269) 388-2830 Allegan
A new restaurant, fast becoming our favorite!
– Jane R.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
US 131 Motorsports Park
Shop for handmade gifts. – Randi A. (269) 672-7800
Most Friday nights anyone can go and drag
Water Street Coffee Joint race down “The Fastest Track in Michigan!”
Kalamazoo Every other Wednesday night anyone can drag
(269) 373-2840 race, and it’s only $5 to watch and $15 to race
(269) 488-0018 all night! – Stephanie P.
Grab a coffee, chocolate espresso shake or eat Kalamazoo
a fresh wafﬂe for breakfast. – Lucy B. (269) 382-6555 Regent Theater
Parade of Homes
Kalamazoo County See a movie at a restored art deco movie house
(269) 375-4225 — walking into the theater is like stepping back
in time! – Craig P.
Going to the Parade of Homes in the spring
and fall is a great way to see the new trends in
home design. It’s fun thing to do with a friend, or Nature Connection of
make it a date. – Jean H. Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Nature Center Visit the Nature Connection store – it’s all about
Kalamazoo Michigan, and there’s something for everyone!
(269) 381-1574 – Elaine R.
Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Café
Visit any time of the year. It’s awesome for kids of Kalamazoo
all ages, and inexpensive as well! – Carol D. (269) 382-2332 Old Jail Museum
Oberon Day at Bell’s Eccentric Café. – Jennie B. Allegan
Southern Exposure Herb Farm
Battle Creek Visit on a Friday or Saturday in downtown
Redneck Willy’s Allegan. And it is free. – Brad F.
They have amazing food, and it is just plain Asylum Lake Preserve
Firekeepers Casino fun! – Rob D. Kalamazoo
Battle Creek www.wmich.edu/asylumlake
(877) FKC-8777 Run the Asylum Lake trails...off Drake Road and
WIDR FM Parkview. – Nate B.
West Lake Drive-In
Listen to 89.1 WIDR FM (student-run non-
commercial radio station of Western Michigan
University). – Todd O.
Olive burgers and vanilla malts overlooking
the lake at sunset.
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Tillers International Fort St. Joseph Museum Lakeview Park
Scotts (269) 683-4702 Portage
(269) 626-0223 Niles (269) 329-4518
There are many classes available and some fall Such an unexpected (We) enjoy talking a walk with our dogs along
festivals. Tillers is a very special place to learn delight. This Victorian the trails at Celery Flats or at Lakeview Park and
about sustainable farming. – Heidi S. carriage house then hanging out and looking at the lake; great
contains such an in the fall with all the leaves on the trails as well.
eclectic mix of “stuff.” – Jennifer W.
Richmond Center for Fascinating history
Visual Arts of the “City of Four
Western Michigan University Flags,” pictographs Fire & The Loft
(269) 387-2455 by Chief Sitting Bull, Kalamazoo
Go to the art gallery on Western Michigan Underground Railroad www.thisisﬁre.com
University’s campus. – William D. stories from the area Visit Fire for any of the arts events. They are a
... and last, but not social justice and environmentally focused arts
least, the two-headed non-proﬁt that supports local food, arts and
Louie’s Trophy House Grill lamb. Who knew? culture. – Lee
Kalamazoo – Cam P.
Eating garbage burgers (the beer and live Lady Gull Diva
Historical Society Augusta
bands are great, too). – Jennie B.
Schoolcraft (269) 806-5481
A fun way to spend an afternoon. – Rick T.
City Parks The Dr. Nathan Thomas Home in Schoolcraft
Allegan was a station on the Underground Railroad.
(269) 686-1115 During the 20 years that the station was in Historic Home Tour
Inviting parks: Jaycee Park on the river, and the operation, 1,000 to 1,500 fugitives from slavery Marshall
Hanson Park near the boardwalk. – Jane R. were given food, shelter, medical aid and (269) 781-5163
encouragement. The volunteers who provide Not to be missed! – Deb S.
these tours are lovely folks, and very dedicated
Liquid Therapy Canoe & to preserving this historic landmark.
Kayak Rentals – Annika H. Van Buren State Park
Three Rivers South Haven
(269) 273-9000 (269) 637-2788
Taste of Heaven
Canoe or kayak the St. Joseph, or Portage or Kalamazoo The campground is just a short walk through
Rocky Rivers in Three Rivers area. Livery right (269) 349-0849 the dunes to the beaches of Lake Michigan,
downtown at Conservation Park! – Deb H. and in the fall you have the place practically
The chocolate drizzled caramel popcorn is to yourself. – Richard C.
one of the items I always make sure visitors to
Kalamazoo enjoy! – Megan M.
Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
Shawarma King (269) 983-0271
(269) 226-9700 Really talented artists with Lake Michigan serving
as a gorgeous backdrop. – Shelly V.
People come from all over the state to eat here.
We had family Christmas here! – Lynne V.
Fisher Lake Inn (269) 381-9771
(269) 279-7984 O’Duffy’s on Vine Street offers a laid back,
neighborhood vibe and has a really awesome
Enjoy a great meal on the waterfront. – Deb H. ornate bar. – Cherri
Veni’s Sweet Shop
(269) 684-1323 Gilmore Car Museum
Niles Hickory Corners
The best chocolate in the region. I should
know — I have been a Veni’s customer since the Attend the Annual Red Barn Spectacular
1960s! Another satisﬁed customer recommends at the Gilmore Car Museum every
the homemade candy canes at Christmas. August. – Steve R.
– Garry A.
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Little Theatre The Point
www.wmich.edu/littletheatre (269) 350-5496
Kal-Haven Trail Great venue for indie ﬂicks, documentaries and Hang out at The Point community center in
Kalamazoo County ﬁlm festival favorites you won’t necessarily see at Kalamazoo. Great people! Great coffee &
Van Buren County the big theater chains. pastries! Great times! – Andrea C.
When I have a
whole day free, I Gazelle Sports Papa Pete’s
enjoy biking the Kalamazoo Kalamazoo
33.5 miles of the (269) 342-5996 (269) 388-2196
Kal-Haven Trail, Gazelle Sports historic walking tours. Pizza and a few games of pool at Papa Pete’s
a serene trail – Henry W. Tavern. – Jeremy
spanning two counties. Then, after working up
a sweat during the three-hour trip, I can unwind
and cool down in the waters at South Haven. SkyDeck The Union Cabaret & Grille
It’s the perfect way to refresh before starting the Kalamazoo Kalamazoo
three-hour trip back home. (269) 384-6044 (269) 384-6756
— Jeremy B. Overlooking downtown Kalamazoo’s Savor the delicious Portobello mushroom fennel-
entertainment district. – Enrique M. seeded fries with mustard sauce dip while
Heritage Museum & listening to great local music talent at the Union
Cultural Center Restaurant on the Kalamazoo Mall downtown.
Klassic Arcade – Ken F.
St. Joseph Gobles
(269) 983-1191 (269) 628-4628
Truly hidden gem. – Annika H. You can be a pinball wizard. – Tom Ace’s Cycle
Boys Tennis Tournament
Chocolate Garden Check out the area’s only dedicated scooter
www.ustaboys.com store. – Allison M.
USTA Championships (in August) ... they take The phone number says it all! – Sally T.
over the city! – Laura K. Five Mile Drive-In Theater
Gun Lake Casino (269) 782-7879
Wayland Packing up the station wagon and going to
(269) 792-7777 Five Mile Drive-In Theater on M-152 near
Take exit 61 off U.S. 131 to try your luck. Dowagiac. Great memories and more to come.
Hiking... – Steve E. – Kathleen P.
Dining and local bands also part of the draw.
Redamak’s Tavern Treat Street
New Buffalo Kalamazoo
(269) 469-4522 (269) 388-5505
Growing up in Indiana, it was always a treat Get an ice cream cone at Treat Street on
to “cross the state line” and enjoy a Redamak Oakland Drive. – Bill R.
burger. – Scott H.
Harvey’s on the Mall
Bellevue (269) 492-7506
(269) 763-3090 St. Patrick’s Day at Harvey’s on the Mall.
Going to see the Sandhill cranes gather at – Rob C.
CraneFest is one of the all-time coolest things in
Art Hop the world. – Kathy J.
Western Michigan Wine Tours
ART HOPPIN’ in Kalamazoo and then heading
Go on a wine tasting tour! – Lyndsi
to your favorite downtown restaurant for after-art
drinks. – Daisy R.
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Zooroona Silver Beach Carousel
Kalamazoo St. Joseph
(269) 382-4444 (269) 982-8500
Eat at one of the many ethnic restaurants in
the area, whether Middle Eastern, Indian,
Malaysian, Greek, Mexican… – Kelly S. Michigan Maritime Museum
Martell’s in Parkview Hills
(269) 375-2105 Antique Car Festival
Check out weeknight specials and enjoy a drink Kalamazoo Blues Festival www.vicksburgoldcarfestival.com
on the patio after work. Kalamazoo
A Mermaid Affair Cool blues on a hot summer night. – Sue B.
Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery
A celebration of water. – Michelle F.
Linear Park Big League
Battle Creek Softball World Series
(269) 966-3431 Kalamazoo
Ride the Battle Creek linear path! – Alastair T. www.softballworldseries.org
Gull Lake View Golf Club
Augusta Allegan High School
(269) 731-4149 Aquatic Center
Playing golf on any of Gull Lake View’s courses. West Michigan
(269) 673-7002 x5504
– Eric R. Glass Art Center
Kalamazoo It has a lazy river, a zero depth area, slide
(269) 552-9802 and fountains, not to mention an eight-lane
St. Joseph County Trails competition pool. – Jane R.
West Michigan Glass Art Center allows
Three Rivers visitors to create their own glass art, from
glass paperweights to fused glass pieces to Third Coast Surf Shop
parks/rcta.htm lampworking. – Megan M. New Buffalo
Bike the many bike paths in St. Joseph County’s (269) 932-4575
River Country (Three Rivers and surrounding Rave Motion Pictures
areas). Go surﬁng on Lake Michigan. – Dianna S.
(269) 381-5732 Bookbug
Heilman’s Nuts & Confections
(269) 383-1188 (269) 385-2847
Kindleberger Park Take the kids to Bookbug, a quirky and
Parchment innovative independent bookstore especially for
www.kindleberger.org kids, but every grown-up seems to love it, too!
Disc Golf courses – Joanna P.
Kalamazoo County A great summer concert series and
festival. Bring your lawn chairs.
Some are even free. (Oshtemo, Coldbrook,
Robert Morris, Western Michigan University.)
Scotts Corner Café Red Arrow Golf Course
(269) 626-0116 (269) 345-8329
Eat at the Scotts Café in downtown Scotts. Sit at For lunch. – Steve E.
a bistro table on the porch and watch the trains
go through town. (Kids love this.) – Phyllis B.
Olde Peninsula Brewpub
Binder Park Zoo Kalamazoo
Battle Creek (269) 343-2739
(269) 979-1351 Olde Peninsula’s Wednesday night euchre
Such a great zoo for the size of the community. tournaments are a great place for friends and
– Pamela P. yummy local ales. – Laura K.
Versluis Field Softball
Kalamazoo Curious Kids’ Museum Comstock Township
(269) 337-8191 St. Joseph (269) 324-1600
(269) 983-2543 Chipman Preserve is cool to visit because you
The children’s museum in St. Joseph (has) great can walk trails in the summer and cross-country
activities for kids and adults alike! – Sam N. ski in the winter. It’s also nice knowing that
Chocolatea someone thought enough of the good people of
Portage Kalamazoo to donate their land to the Southwest
(269) 903-2447 Michigan Land Conservancy. – Wynn J.
A great place for the family to visit. They Kalamazoo Public Library
have entertainment, games, great desserts, Kalamazoo
chocolates, candies, smoothies, teas and (269) 342-9837
coffees. – Lisa S.
Gaze at the holographic rainbow shining
through the downtown library. – Randi A.
One of the coolest things to do in Southwest
Michigan. – Keith J.
Fort Custer State Park
This park offers it all, from moderately difﬁcult
Kalamazoo terrain that allows the novice rider to cruise the
beautiful southwest Michigan backwoods while Cosmo’s Cucina
providing a few challenging hills, to crazy-difﬁcult Kalamazoo
trails that give the best rider all the thrills that he/ (269) 344-5666
she will ever need. Give Fort Custer State Park Fruited wafﬂes at Cosmo’s on the deck on
Open curling Monday nights in the Cube at mountain bike trails a try when you’re looking a sunny Sunday. – Kelly S.
Wings Stadium. – Michele F. to add a little shot of adrenalin to your day. Just
watch out for turtles that insist on sunbathing in
the middle of the trails. – Doug W. Michigan News Agency
Prairie View Dog Park
Browsing as long as you like through the
This is Kalamazoo County’s ﬁrst dog park
Michigan News’ huge collection of magazines
(located at Prairie View County Park) and
and books, with its old-timey atmosphere and
features seven acres of off-leash area for dogs
cool music. – Dean H.
and their owners to socialize! – Mandy E.
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Waterfront Film Festival W. K. Kellogg
Saugatuck Manor House
(269) 857-8351 Gull Lake
In what has quickly become a tradition, the (269) 671-2400
resort village of Saugatuck comes alive each Sitting on the veranda at Kellogg Manor House
June with ﬁlmgoers, actors, producers and enjoying the beautiful views and the peaceful
directors sharing the excitement as independent surroundings. – Christine W.
ﬁlms from all over the United States are screened
in casual, intimate settings. – Steve R.
Gallagher’s Eatery & Pub
Lexington-Green Park (269) 372-7177
Portage Celebrate summer on the patio. – Randi A.
The 411 Club
Discover the world of Pickleball. – Barry B. Kalamazoo
Dogs With Style Open jam night every Thursday night.
Kalamazoo – Renee M.
Best...cheese...fries...ever... – Simon T. Dairy Center
Kellogg Biological Station
Warren Dunes State Park (269) 671-2510
(269) 426-4013 Watch the cows get milked by robots — and
love it (both you and the cows)! – Mason M.
Hit Warren Dunes Park for great cardio exercise
while running the dunes; cool off in the water
when you’re done. – Jared M. Bay Pointe Inn
Saugatuck Dune Rides (269) 672-8111
(269) 857-2253 Music on the deck at Bay Pointe Inn, great
bands and a wonderful way to spend a summer
Take a cruise, it’s a blast! – Cori K.
evening. – Jeff M.
East Hall, Western
Michigan University Gull Lake Ministries
Kalamazoo Family Camp
www.wmich.edu/foec/history.htm Hickory Corners
The best Bloody Mary. – Heather R. (269) 671-5155
For Western Michigan University, it all began
at East Hall — the ﬁrst building on the new Family Camp! From ziplining, boating, glow-
Sweetwater’s Donut Mill campus. Perched atop Prospect Hill overlooking bowling, bike riding, campﬁres, amazing
Kalamazoo Kalamazoo, the building once had an electric lakefront accommodations, great Bible teachers
(269) 388-4613 trolley carrying collegians up and down the and a laugh-out-loud program. Gull Lake Family
(269) 372-3636 steep grade. Students like to watch sunsets and Camp is incredible! – Jeremy H.
rainstorms from the steps, enjoying the lofty view.
Saturday morning donuts at Sweetwater’s Donut
Mill. My brother-in-law from New York insists on Salt of the Earth
visiting every time he’s in town. – Linda M. Friends Good Will Fennville
South Haven (269) 561-SALT (7258)
Plainwell Coffee Mill This restaurant has a seasonal menu of house-
michiganmaritimemuseum.org made entrées, shared plates, wood-ﬁred oven
(269) 685-9411 Sail Lake Michigan aboard this tall ship. pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and creative
– Jodie B. desserts. They have an impressive selection of
A neat little coffee, wine and breakfast/lunch worldwide wines and craft beers. Salt of the
spot in a renovated old feed mill. The mill’s huge Earth also has live music with no cover charge
car-size weight scale still works, too. The mill Crane Park every Friday night at 8:30 p.m., and hosts
also houses a metalworks art gallery and an Kalamazoo special Sunday house concerts on a regular
events hall. – Ann K. (269) 337-8191 basis. – Steve M.
Visit Crane Park and its beautiful gardens.
We were married there. – Linda M.
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London Grill Caruso’s Candy Kitchen Plainwell Ice Cream
Plainwell Dowagiac Plainwell
(269) 685-1877 (269) 782-6001 (269) 685-8586
Sit outside on the patio and enjoy a pint of It’s a step back in time with its tin ceiling, soda They serve what is probably the best ice cream.
imported draft while listening to live music. fountain and candy counter. All the chocolates Well worth the wait in line. – Karen C.
– Ann K. and candies are handmade. – Kathleen P.
UKC Premier Dog Show
Bell’s Beer Garden Bands Barodafest Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Baroda (269) 343-9020
(269) 382-2332 (269) 422-1779
Bell’s patrons can savor their favorite libations Barodafest, held annually the Saturday after
with a side of sound. Live entertainment can Labor Day, features a full day of family-friendly Allegan County
be found at Kalamazoo’s own craft beer activities in this Berrien County village, kicked Heritage Trail
establishment every Thursday, Friday and off by a pancake breakfast. A small-town, www.allegancounty.org/
Saturday. The atmosphere is electric. – Brian R. homey festival. heritagetrail
Lots of beautiful scenery (including Lake
Michigan), historic landmarks and unique little
stops along the way. – Ann K.
Great family fun. You can enjoy lots and lots Parkwyn Village
of blueberries! – Mary R. Kalamazoo
Take a stroll through the neighborhood featuring
period and Frank Lloyd Wright homes near the
(269) 382-0377 Kalamazoo Valley
Kalamazoo The Wine Loft
Cooper Café (269) 373-7990
Kalamazoo You can learn about forensic science from a
(269) 383-2960 2,300-year-old mummy and explore the universe Sharing a yummy piece of lava cake with
in the planetarium. – Elizabeth B. friends. One dessert, four spoons. – Diane V.
Having a great breakfast while watching the
Lonesome Moonlight Trio play. – Steve E.
VerHage Fruit Farms K-Wings
Long Lake Roller Rink Kalamazoo
(269) 375-0153 (269) 345-1125
(269) 327-0407 Go near Halloween for apple cider and My now-boyfriend took me to
pumpkins. – Jeff P. a K-Wings game on our
This is a cool rink with a nostalgic feel.
ﬁrst date. I loved the
– Austin C.
Ghost Hunting in the hockey! – Karen L.
Virtual Velocity Purgatory
Gaming Center Constantine
Portage Crane’s Pie Pantry
Rumor has it that Al Capone once owned a
(269) 978-7022 Fennville
My kids, ages 7 and 13, and their friends love
to go. – Lisa S. The apple pie tastes just like what my grandma
Clementine’s used to make! – Suzie N.
Main Street Café (269) 637-4755
The Hawaiian omelet is the best thing after a Cody Kresta
late night! – Laura K. Vineyard and Winery
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Milham Park Golf Course
Public Art Project Murals Tubing in the winter.
St. Joseph Kalamazoo
Check out the statues on display in downtown It’s fun to wander Kalamazoo and look for the Lawton Ridge Winery
St. Joe. Each year they feature statues painted Conrad Kaufman murals, like those on the side Kalamazoo
by local artists – Ken S. of Sticks & Stones, the old Hoover store, etc. (269) 372-9463
Their Sweetheart Red wine label reads
Black Arts Festival Stray Dog Bar & Grill “sweetest gal in Kalamazoo.” – now that’s
Kalamazoo New Buffalo cool! – Brenda H.
(269) 349-1035 (269) 469-2727
Gilmore International Kalamazoo
Keyboard Festival (269) 344-1474
A festival for dogs and dog lovers.
Kalamazoo Go for the paninis, pizza, muffuletta
www.kmrhs.org sandwiches, Kung Pao tofu and caramel
Love the annual train show and sale.
Wicks Apple House All Ears Theatre
(269) 782-7306 South Haven Lighthouse (269) 342-5059
South Haven See radio come to life.
Wine and Harvest The best time to visit is when the winds are high
enough to send the waves crashing over the Fenn Valley Vineyards
Paw Paw tower and catwalk. – Derek S. and Wine Cellar
A wagon tour takes you into the vineyard.
Gun Lake Winterfest Water Festival
Shelbyville Three Rivers
Centreville Antique Fair US Postal Museum
Marshall Hit them for happy hour specials.
www.centrevillefair.info (269) 979-2719
Be prepared to be overwhelmed! Wear
comfortable shoes and sunscreen; you’ll be there
all day. – Pam K.
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Lillian Anderson Weko Beach Scooter’s Malt Shoppe
Arboretum Concert Series Scotts
Oshtemo Township Bridgman (269) 626-8860
(269) 337-7012 (269) 465-5144 Go for the most refreshing and tasty ice cream
It’s magical. You just have to ﬁnd it. Concerts are held select Sundays through the soda or real malt made the old-fashioned way.
summer at 7 p.m. The best part — besides – Heidi S.
the entertainment — it’s free.
The Round Barn Winery
Baroda US-12 Garage Sale Saugatuck
www.roundbarnwinery.com www.us12heritagetrail.org (269) 857-4400
Annual harvest party! Stretching from New Buffalo Pizza! – Kelly S.
to Detroit, the road becomes one giant garage
sale! – Patty S.
Arts and Crafts Fair Benton Harbor
Texas Township Arts District
(269) 375-1591 Hole in the Wall Paintball Benton Harbor
Bangor (269) 926-1926
This is a great up-and-coming arts community,
Her Way Designs putting on such events as The Fall Festival of the
New Buffalo Arts, the New Territory Arts Association Mural
(269) 469-0565 Project and the Benton Harbor City Market.
This store is fun to check out and pick up
something unusual. – Julie H.
Riviera Theatre Bravo! Restaurant
Three Rivers & Café
(269) 278-8068 Portage
Take a tour or see a concert. (269) 344-7700
Austin Lake Indulge in the white
Catamaran Regatta chocolate mousse.
Horrocks Farm Market Portage – Randi A.
Battle Creek www.portagemi.gov
Catamaran regatta every Tuesday from Barn Theatre
May to September. Augusta
Be sure to go to the cabaret show after the
W.K. Kellogg performance.
The different variety of birds they have on
display is amazing. We saw older couples,
younger families with kids in strollers; it’s just a
great place for anyone.
Echo Valley Winter – Sheila A.
(269) 349-3291 Sharkless Boardsports
NSRA Street Rod (269) 639-7873
Nationals North Try paddleboarding on the Black River, or learn
Kalamazoo to kiteboard by signing up for a lesson.
(269) 488-9000 The Heritage Company
Features thousands of cars. – Mandy E. Fresh on Q (269) 385-1004
Farmer’s Market Shop for oddball items. – Steve
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4th of July Parade Bilbo’s Pizza in a Pan Vine Neighborhood
Schoolcraft Kalamazoo Kalamazoo
(269) 679-4896 (269) 382-5544 (269) 349-8463
This is small- town Americana at its best! I love strolling past all the old homes. – Lauren
Sample local beer and whole-wheat crust pizza.
Pears Mill – Randi Acorn Theatre
Buchanan Three Oaks
(269) 695-3844 (269) 756-3879
A restored 1857 ﬂour mill, open and usually House of David Museum Listen to the rare Barton Organ.
operating on Saturdays through Labor Day Benton Harbor
weekend; features occasional demonstrations (269) 325-0039
of historic trades. The tour is a one-of-a-kind experience. Kalamazoo Beer
– Kathleen Exchange
Root Beer Stand (269) 532-1188
Kalamazoo Allegan Sports Center
(269) 349-7361 & Wellness Complex
Portage Allegan Great Lakes
(269) 345-4418 (269) 673-5511 Adventure Club
They have a paved track for walking, running Portage
or biking. – Jane greatlakesadventureclub.com
Markin Glen Park Gene the Pumpkin Man
(269) 381-7570 (269) 668-2952
Walking the paths. – Kathy This guy is an institution in and of himself. Gotta
love a man in orange!! – Diane
KVCC Center for
New Media Bronson Park
(269) 373-7800 (269) 341-6328
They always have some cool student art The decorated trees at Christmastime are very
exhibited on their main ﬂoor. – Sandy special. – Kathy
Historic Stuart Manor
Attend a themed tea. – Barry
Beach and Attractions
Shore Wine Festival
You can’t get much cooler than being voted Weko Beach, Bridgman
one of the top four “Coolest Small Towns in (269) 925-6301
America.” Saugatuck celebrated that honor
The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival
following a nationwide voting campaign
has to be at the top of any list in southwest
sponsored by Budget Travel. Coolness factors:
Michigan. We had a blast tasting the excellent
Oval Beach, food and shopping.
wines, talking with the
Saffron in Lake Michigan and
Kalamazoo enjoying the beach. Our
(269) 381-9898 most popular topic of
discussion was probably
Best lunch buffet in town. The palak paneer and who we were going to
gobhi kaju are the best I’ve ever eaten. bring with us next year.
– Yvonne Z. — Nick N.
Schuler’s Jumpin’ Smallie
Restaurant & Pub Guide Service
(269) 781-0600 (269) 330-2958
Dark Horse Brewing Co. Garden & Nature
Timber Ridge ski resort Bittersweet Ski Resort
Gobles RedBud MX Track Otsego
(269) 694-9449 Buchanan (269) 694-2032
It’s great to have a ski resort so close. If the
weather cooperates, I can be there in no time
Riverside Elementary ﬂat. – Harry
loop walk Fricano’s of Alamo
Battle Creek Kalamazoo
(269) 342-0808 Mattawan Artisan
Marathon K-Zoo Skate Zoo (269) 668-4218
Kalamazoo Skatepark Their cheese is fabulous! -– Gary
Miles: 26.2 (half that for some; 5K for others).
The Old Rugged Cross
Runners: thousands. Community involvement,
excitement and fun: untold. Kalamazoo’s ﬁrst Venetian Festival Pokagon
marathon event is one for the record books. Saint Joseph (269) 683-4540
Sarkozy Bakery I’ve always enjoyed their musical acts. My
Kalamazoo brother and I make it a habit to attend one Hummingbird Festival
(269) 342-1952 concert a year during the festival. – David M. Colon
From bread to pizza, Judy and her friendly staff (269) 432-2626
offer up the tastiest treats around. – Keith C. Holly Jolly Trolley
(269) 337-8222 Chocolate Café
Central City Tap House South Haven
Kalamazoo We meet friends then board the Trolley for a (269) 637-1700
(269) 492-0100 tour of downtown. If we’re lucky enough to get
snow, it’s a magical evening. – Pete
(Try) the fried, smoked gouda cheeseburger
... and the open-air seating is fun for people- Friends of the Library
watching. – Curt S. Color Tours Kalamazoo
Southwest Michigan (269) 553-7820
Waldo’s Campus Tavern Visit their used bookstore in the basement of the
Kalamazoo Southwest Michigan is the perfect place for library. – Steve
(269) 349-8674 fall color tours. With all the great restaurants
and cute towns, it’s easy to make a weekend
Thursday pitcher nights — a pitcher of Long adventure. – Jane Silver Leaf
Island iced tea for $7! – Aileen Renaissance Faire
Derby Darlins They have entertainers, jousting, tea with the
Kalamazoo queen and more. – Patty
PA G E S
COOL THINGS TO DO IN A R EA C ODE 2 6 9
241 249 257
Lest We Forget Our Vets The Great Winter Brewery &
Saint Joseph Adventure and Brewpub Tour
(269) 925-7176 Chili Cook-Off Southwest Michigan
World War II Reenactment. Because we should Kalamazoo www.michiganbeerguide.com
never forget. – Shannon (269) 344-0795 We keep a copy of the Michigan Beer Guide
Yummy samples! – Pat D. in our car so we can ﬁnd local beer wherever
we are in the state. There are close to a dozen
Lake Allegan breweries and brewpubs in area code 269.
Pontoon Festival Skydive Plainwell – Derek T.
www.allegancounty.org (269) 998-7747
A fun summer tradition. Skydiving! – Chuck S. Letterboxing
Kalamazoo My kids and I have been letterboxing since
Book Arts Center 2007. Letterboxing is similar to Geocaching,
Kalamazoo but it’s geared more toward families with
Kalamazoo (269) 373-4938 younger kids and without portable GPS
State Theatre Take a class in papermaking. – Jeanne A. devices. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes
Kalamazoo — many in parks and nature trails — by
(269) 345-6500 cracking codes and following clues. They are
Shows at the State Theatre. – Kelly S. Glad-Peach Festival like little adventures for us each time we do one.
Coloma – Jodie V.
Carnegie Center A festival celebrating gladiolus and peaches the
for the Arts Grill House &
ﬁrst full weekend in August.
Three Rivers Rock Bottom
(269) 273-8882 Allegan
Moss Funnel Farms (269) 686-9192
Bangor Eat a great steak and see if the ghost “Jack”
Bank Street Flea Market (269) 206-2926 comes out to play. – Yolanda P.
Kalamazoo Go to the annual summer blues music and berry-
(269) 337-8792 picking weekend in July. – Patty S.
The Museum at
Field of Flight Air Show
and Balloon Festival Southwestern
Battle Creek Michigan College
(269) 962-0592 Dowagiac
The Round Oak Stove exhibit is cool. – Carol B.
You can watch the trains come and go while Battle Creek
enjoying lunch. (269) 965-3000
Learn about the Adventists who settled in Battle Kalamazoo
Western Michigan Creek 150 years ago (open through Labor Day; (269) 344-0795
University Athletics by appointment after that).
Giant balloons, marching bands and, of course,
Kalamazoo Santa! – Chase J.
(269) 387-8092 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg
Love the start of college football season at Discovery Center
WMU. Catch CommUniversity night at Waldo
Western Michigan University
Stadium. No other campus has this unique (269) 965-3000
event with their community and campus. Go A little-known museum that tells the story of the www.wmich.edu/broncobash
to a Western Michigan University football Battle Creek Sanitarium (on the grounds of
game, cheer for the Broncos AND stay for the Free swag and lots of bands. – Kevin N.
Historic Adventist Village).
post-game concert presented by the awesome
WMU Marching Band!
ALPHABETICAL INDEX 81 A Mermaid Affair 214 Great Lakes Adventure Club 107 Prairie View Dog Park
74 Ace’s Cycle 14 Greenhouses 156 Public Art Project
212 Acorn Theatre 259 Grill House & Rock Bottom 2 Radisson Plaza Hotel
28 Air Zoo 132 Gull Lake Ministries Camp 247 Railroad Cafe
8 Al Sabo Land Preserve 83 Gull Lake View Golf Club 4 Ramona Park
175 All Ears Theatre 265 Gull Meadow Farms 92 Rave Cityplace
98 Allegan HS Aquatic Center 68 Gun Lake Casino 108 Red Arrow Golf Course
42 Allegan Parks 162 Gun Lake Winterfest 69 Redamak’s Tavern
206 Allegan Sports Center 77 Harvey’s on the Mall 228 RedBud MX Track
Leila Arboretum Society 269 Allegan State Game Area 85 Heilman’s Nuts & Confections 30 Redneck Willy’s
95 Antique Car Festival 181 Her Way Designs 35 Regent Theater
Battle Creek 62 Art Hop 198 Heritage Company 40 Richmond Center
(269) 969-0270 38 Asylum Lake Preserve 59 Heritage Museum 220 Riverside Elementary Trail
189 Austin Lake Regatta 151 Heritage Trail 182 Riviera Theatre
My kids love exploring in the 245 Bank Street Flea Market 255 Historic Adventist Village 201 Root Beer Stand
Children’s Garden. – Grace T. 197 Barn Theatre 54 Historic Marshall Home Tour 179 Round Barn Winery
143 Barodafest 209 Historic Stuart Manor 203 Saffron
131 Bay Pointe Inn 188 Hole in the Wall Paintball 133 Salt of the Earth
135 Bell’s Beer Garden Bands 232 Holly Jolly Trolley 222 Sarkozy Bakery
29 Bell’s Eccentric Café 183 Horrocks Farm Market 202 Saugatuck
Ghosts of Kalamazoo 195 Benton Harbor Arts District 205 House of David Museum 120 Saugatuck Dune Rides
Historic Tours 7 Big Joe’s Pizza and Deli 237 Hummingbird Festival 46 Schoolcraft Historical Society
Kalamazoo 204 Bilbo’s Pizza 174 Irving’s Market 199 Schoolcraft July 4 Parade
www.ghostsofkalamazoo.com Siegfried H. Horn Museum 102 Binder Park Zoo 226 Jumpin’ Smallie Guide Service 217 Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub
Berrien Springs 32 Bishop’s Bog Preserve 213 Kalamazoo Beer Exchange 193 Scooter’s Malt Shoppe
Tiptoeing through the tombstones 234 Bittersweet Ski Resort 90 Kalamazoo Blues Festival 101 Scotts Corner Café
(269) 471-3273 157 Black Arts Festival 251 Kalamazoo Book Arts Center 191 Sharkless Boardsports
at Mountain Home Cemetery 11 Blue Coast Artists Tour 106 Kalamazoo Curling Club 48 Shawarma King
while enjoying the views of the Part of the Institute of Archaeology 136 Blueberry Festival 260 Kalamazoo Holiday Parade 210 Shore Wine Festival
county. at Andrews University, the 100 Bookbug 19 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 267 Siegfried H. Horn Museum
museum has more than 3,000 60 Boys Tennis Tournament 221 Kalamazoo Marathon 88 Silver Beach Carousel
196 Bravo! Restaurant & Café 22 Kalamazoo Nature Center 240 Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire
clay tablets dating back to 257 Brewery & Brewpub Tour 113 Kalamazoo Public Library 65 SkyDeck
neo-Babylonian times. 121 Brewster’s Junction 243 Kalamazoo State Theatre 250 Skydive Plainwell
261 Bronco Bash 87 Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra 97 Softball World Series
216 Bronson Park 144 Kalamazoo Valley Museum 177 Sonic
244 Carnegie Center for the Arts 58 Kal-Haven Trail 17 South Haven Beaches
Wood Fire Italian Trattoria 142 Caruso’s Candy Kitchen 268 Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa 166 South Haven Lighthouse
Dowagiac 10 Celery Flats 190 Kellogg Bird Sanctuary 23 Southern Exposure Herb Farm
223 Central City Tap House 130 Kellogg Dairy Center 84 St. Joseph County Trails
(269) 782-0007 163 Centreville Antique Fair 256 Kellogg Discovery Center 165 Stray Dog Bar & Grill
Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa 249 Chili Cook-Off 61 Kellogg Forest 254 SW Michigan College Museum
The fennel sausage on their wood- Pow Wow 112 Chipman Preserve 225 Killamazoo Derby Darlins 122 Sweetwater’s Donut Mill
ﬁred pizza is great! – Dwayne A. Dowagiac 238 Chocolate Café 93 Kindleberger Park 47 Taste of Heaven
67 Chocolate Garden 66 Klassic Arcade 6 Tempo Vino Winery
www.pokagonpowwow.com 104 Chocolatea 56 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff 180 Texas Arts and Crafts Fair
The literal translation means “I 13 Civic Theatre 208 KVCC New Media Center 129 The 411 Club
147 Clementine’s 154 K-Wings 71 The Point
have quit picking huckleberries.” 148 Cody Kresta Winery 230 K-Zoo Skate Zoo 9 The Strutt
This is a celebration of a good 105 Colon Magic Festival 53 Lady Gull Diva 73 The Union
harvest, family and friends. 233 Color Tours 242 Lake Allegan Pontoon Festival 99 Third Coast Surf Shop
Transformations 16 Concerts in the Park 51 Lakeview Park 167 Three Rivers Water Festival
Spirituality Center – Audrey P. 137 Coney Island 172 Lawton Ridge Winery 39 Tillers International
Nazareth 138 Cooper Café 12 Leduc Blueberries 219 Timber Ridge
94 Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA 266 Leila Arboretum Society 264 Transformations Center
114 Cosmo’s Cucina 241 Lest We Forget Our Vets 76 Treat Street
128 Crane Park 258 Letterboxing 150 UKC Premier Dog Show
A walk in the reconciliation 155 Crane’s Pie Pantry 117 Lexington-Green Park 33 Up North Sandwich & Pasty
labyrinth clears my mind. 70 CraneFest 178 Lillian Anderson Arboretum 187 US 12 Garage Sale
– Katrina D. Allegan State Game Area 110 Curious Kids’ Museum 82 Linear Park 34 US 131 Motorsports Park
218 Dark Horse Brewing Co. 43 Liquid Therapy 168 US Postal Museum
Allegan 86 Disc Golf courses 63 Little Theatre 55 Van Buren State Park
(269) 673-2430 27 Do-Dah Parade 134 London Grill
231 Venetian Festival
118 Dogs With Style 139 Long Lake Roller Rink 44 Veni’s Sweet Shop
Toss away that remote control and 5 Downtown Kalamazoo 41 Louie’s Trophy House 145 VerHage Fruit Farms
hike (or cross-country ski) trails on 184 Echo Valley 141 Main Street Café 103 Versluis Field Softball
169 Entertainment District 207 Markin Glen Park 26 Vicksburg Historic Village
Gull Meadow Farms both sides of Swan Creek and 18 Fandango Tapas Bistro 80 Martell’s 211 Vine Neighborhood
Richland Swan Creek Pond at the Allegan 15 Farmers’ Market 170 Martini’s Pizza 140 Virtual Velocity Gaming
State Game Area. Take binoculars 176 Fenn Valley Vineyards 235 Mattawan Artisan Creamery 124 W.K. Kellogg Manor House
(269) 629-4214 227 Fernwood Botanical Garden 89 Michigan Maritime Museum 224 Waldo’s Campus Tavern
to spot ducks, geese, kingﬁshers, 246 Field of Flight Air Show 115 Michigan News Agency 119 Warren Dunes State Park
Wagon rides, a play area for kids orioles and many other kinds of 52 Fire & The Loft 171 Milham Park Golf Course 20 Water Street Coffee Joint
and one of the best corn mazes in birds and wildlife. – Ed A. 24 Firekeepers Casino 159 Model Railroad Show 116 Waterfront Film Festival
the state. – Rob K. 49 Fisher Lake Inn 253 Moss Funnel Farms 186 Weko Beach Concerts
75 Five Mile Drive-In 164 Murals 25 West Lake Drive-In
111 Fort Custer State Park 36 Nature Connection 91 West Michigan Glass Art Center
45 Fort St. Joseph Museum 185 NSRA Street Rod Show 160 Wicks Apple House
192 Fresh on Q Farmers Market 57 O’Duffy’s Pub 31 WIDR FM
229 Fricano’s of Alamo 3 Old Allegan Canoe Rentals 161 Wine and Harvest
Discover Kalamazoo 127 Friends Good Will 37 Old Jail Museum 153 Wine Loft
239 Friends of the Library 236 Old Rugged Cross Garden 78 Wine Tasting
141 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 100 125 Gallagher’s Eatery & Pub 109 Olde Peninsula 248 WMU Athletics
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 64 Gazelle Sports Tours 72 Papa Pete’s 126 WMU East Hall
(269) 488-9000 or Toll Free: 215 Gene the Pumpkin Man 21 Parade of Homes 96 Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery
146 Ghost Hunting Constantine 152 Parkwyn Village 263 Wood Fire Italian Trattoria
(800) 888-0509 262 Ghosts of Kalamazoo 200 Pears Mill 173 Woofstock Fest
www.DiscoverKalamazoo.com 50 Gilmore Car Museum 194 Pizza Mambo 1 Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort
158 Gilmore Keyboard Festival 123 Plainwell Coffee Mill 79 Zooroona
252 Glad-Peach Festival 149 Plainwell Ice Cream
PA G ES
To plan your next visit contact:
141 E. Michigan Ave. Suite 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Toll free: 1.800.888.0509