22
JUL
2015

Featured Home Town: Hastings MI

I am often asked what is my favorite town in the area and often my first response is Hastings. It is the largest city and the county seat in Barry County. Hastings is a real up and coming area while keeping its small town appeal. There is a new hospital going in and it’s...
20
JUL
2015
blueberries

Blueberry Festival and other Great Michigan Events

For 52 years South Haven has been hosting the National Blueberry Festival! And the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is celebrating 100 years of blueberries from farm to table. The National Blueberry Festival is not just about the berry. The celebration includes heritage of South...
29
MAY
2015

Local Activities & Events – Even More Reasons to Live in Michigan!

We are gearing up for some summer fun as the kids have less than 2 weeks left of school and June is just around the corner! Here are some area attractions, events, and good things to know about living in southwest Michigan. Farmers Markets – these are my favorite activities...
13
APR
2015
michigan spring

Michigan Springs to Life

Spring brings out the best in Michigan! I think we are all feeling the relief from the cold, frosty snow in last weekends sunny and warmer days. The grass is green and the spring bulbs are showing their heads. Our ‘snowdrops’ have already bloomed and later this week...
17
MAR
2015
kayak

Buying a Lake Home

Dreaming of warm weather, sitting on the boat with a book or a cool cocktail, or the grandchildren coming over and playing the water? Likely, you have been spending months on the internet looking at lakefront property online. Studying the photos but can’t tell how many steps down...
10
MAR
2015

Featured Home Town: Athens MI

The first settlers of Athens, MI (Calhoun County) came in 1831 from Athens, NY. The village of Athens is primarily a farming community with a population of about 1000. Athens is a unique small town to say the least. How many small towns can say they have an Alligator Sanctuary?...
25
FEB
2015
craft beers

Southwest Michigan Craft Beers & Wines

From my first tastes of home brewed beers and aged wine at college (where pasties, pickled eggs and beer were tradition), I am pleased with the direction of the tourism industry in southwest Michigan. Michigan brewer’s blossom in this ingenious and fast growing industry bringing...
16
FEB
2015
Log Homes

Log Home and Cabin Real Estate Market – Southwest Michigan 2014

For many interested in log home or log cabin living there is nothing closer to nature than living in a full log home. From the moment you walk into a cedar home you can smell that fantastic smell that brings thoughts of holidays sitting by the fireplace. And it’s good to see the...
10
FEB
2015
sandhill crane

Featured Home Town – Bellevue, MI

Bellevue Michigan, tucked quietly away in the southwest corner of Eaton County. Community pride is apparent as you drive through the well maintained historic homes or visit the newly renovated Washington Park. This community believes and strives to make Bellevue “a great place to...
03
FEB
2015
michigan lakefront property

Searching for Lake Homes Online

On snowy days like these I can imagine there are a fair amount of you dreaming of summer vacations, boating on the clear blue water or sitting on your lakeside deck enjoying a cocktail and the summer breeze. Now that we are drenched in a couple feet of snow you can take this...