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We’re glad you’re visiting our website! We hope you enjoy browsing these articles about West Michigan.

Activities & Attractions

Beaches & Parks

Before you make a splash in Lake Michigan, check out the water temperatures for beaches from Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.

Biking in West Michigan

Much of West Michigan is bicycle-friendly, and you’ll find many nice paths on which to ride. It’s great exercise with great scenery to enjoy.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is situated at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula within, about eight miles north of the town of Northport.

Lake Michigan Water Temperatures

Before you make a splash in Lake Michigan, check out the water temperatures for beaches from Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.

M-22 Benzie County

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in West Michigan. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

M-22 Manistee County

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in West Michigan. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

M-22 Scenic Drive

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in West Michigan. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

Manistee Fall Color Tour

Beautiful color emerges come Fall. Take it all in with an afternoon drive, or stroll, through the many forests of West Michigan.

Manistee National Forest

Manistee National Forest together with the Huron National Forest occupies almost a million acres of land in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

Manistee’s Riverwalk

The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.

Mason County Cultural Trails

A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.

North Country Trail

Created in 1980, this trail has 1,000 miles running through Michigan, which also runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.

Scottville Clown Band

The colorful attire and crazy antics of the Scottville Clown Band amuse people, but they also have extraordinary musical talent.

Silver Lake State Park

The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.

The Pentwater River

The Pentwater River provides opportunities to experience a paddle sport for the first time or take on a challenge for those more experienced.

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee

The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.

Traverse City Opera House

The Traverse City Opera House has a 700-seat theater which offers a place for quality arts and cultural entertainment.

Value of Sports Museum

Visit the new Value of Sports Museum located at Historic White Pine Village just a short drive from Ludington.

West Michigan Arts Scene

West Michigan is home to numerous artists with so many different talents. Groovy music, vivid paintings, gorgeous photography, and more!

West Michigan Lighthouses

A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.

West Michigan Museums

West Michigan boasts numerous museums to learn about the area’s rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.

West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay from high overlook of Old Mission Peninsula in the fall.

Wineries

West Michigan is home to wineries galore! Enjoy a wine tasting tour and sample award winning wines.

Winter in Manistee County

Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.

Current Events

Family Friendly Events

Current family-friendly events in West Michigan, great, fun, things to do for kids of all ages! Fun for the whole family!

Fishing Tournaments & Events

West Michigan fishing tournaments give anglers a chance to add a little money to their pocket in addition to the fish in their bucket.

Frankfort Arts & Crafts Fairs

The Frankfort-Elberta area is host to several arts and crafts fairs through the summer months as well as a holiday fair in late November.

Irons Flea Roast & Ox Market

Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market features amusement rides, music, tournaments, kids games, food tent, ox market, parade and fireworks.

Manistee Arts & Crafts Fairs

Summertime means outdoor arts and crafts fairs, and communities in Manistee County often include these fairs as part of their festivals.

National Cherry Festival

National Cherry Festival

This nationally renowned festival includes eight days of air shows, concerts, parades, food tastings, arts/crafts show, and fireworks.

Races in West Michigan

West Michigan is a popular location for various races and runs… including the Lakestride Half Marathon and the Lighthouse Triathlon.

Summer Music in West Michigan

After a busy day at the beach or at work, it’s time to kick back and relax a while. What better way than to listen to some music.

West Michigan Car Shows

West Michigan is the location for many Car Shows during the summer. Various awards and plaques are presented at these car shows.

West Shore Art Fair

The annual West Shore Art Fair is managed by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and is held each July at Rotary Park.

Family & Community Stories

Family Friendly Events

Current family-friendly events in West Michigan, great, fun, things to do for kids of all ages! Fun for the whole family!

Home & Garden Living

When it comes to beautifying your home and garden, look no further than these West Michigan businesses to help you make them amazing!

Beautiful home and garden

Home and Garden Information

Our home and garden information directory lists West Michigan businesses plus articles about home improvement – indoors and outdoors.

Lakeshore Family Guide

Your Guide to All Things Family in West Michigan. The communities along the lakeshore of West Michigan are ideal places to raise a family.

Pet Support Organizations

Mason County has numerous organizations that are dedicated to finding homes for stray animals, caring for animals, and supporting pet owners.

Featured West Michigan Businesses

Amber Elk Ranch

Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, elk cows, spikers, and calves up close.

Bela Floral

Bela Floral takes pride in choosing only the freshest, highest quality flowers, and your satisfaction is their number one priority.

Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort

Located within the Manistee National Forest, Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort specializes in relaxing vacations and great camping experiences.

Photo by Ann on Unsplash

Colonial Golf Course

Beautiful 27 hole, 6900 yard par 72 Colonial, and 9 hole, 1600 yard par 30 Heritage. Huge driving range, food & refreshments available.

Dune Side Auto Glass

Dune Side Auto Glass offers fast windshield replacement or chip repair with free estimates and direct insurance billing.

Dusty’s Auto Body and Detail

Dusty’s has over 30 years experience in state-of-the-art collision repair/detailing on vehicles of all sizes, including motorhomes and RV’s.

Elite Transport LLC

Anywhere you’d like to go, Elite Transport LLC will get you there comfortably and safely! Book your ride with Bob today!

Instrumental Music and Sound

Instrumental Music & Sound is your local source for instruments and music accessories, repairs, sound system installation, and music lessons.

Lie-A-Lot Charters

Lie-A-Lot Charters offers the finest charter boat fishing experience on Lake Michigan with captain Mike Darke.

Ludington Truck Tops

Ron Soberalski has built Ludington Truck Tops with hard work and honesty. From running boards to tonneau covers, Ron has you covered.

Mason County Democrats

The Mason County Democratic Party is an organization committed to supporting the Democratic Party efforts in Mason County and beyond.

MD Home Services

MD Home Services owner Mike Darke has 18 years of construction experience. Licensed/insured. Serving Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties.

North Country Cafe

You’ll find good home cooking at North Country Cafe. They offer large breakfast, lunch, dinner, and kids’ menus, and daily specials.

Oceana Golf Club

Since 1962, this is Oceana County’s original 18-hole public course. Oceana Golf Club is known for having the best greens in the area.

Petri Gallery

Nestled in the quaint harbor village of Pentwater, Petri Gallery is a feast for the art lover’s eyes. Now with 2 locations.

Pierrot Hair Design

Pierrot Hair Design in downtown Ludington specializes in hair cuts, color, highlighting, keratin hair-straightening, and perms.

Safari Sun of Ludington

Safari Sun in Ludington has everything you need under one roof. They offer tanning, all hair services, nails, facials, waxing, and more.

Scott Christopher Homes

Scott Christopher Homes- over 35 years of reliable new home/cottage builds, performing renovations/remodels, and providing home maintenance.

SOS Tree Service

Scott Peterson of SOS Tree Service is a professional chain saw safety instructor and tree cutting expert, offering training and directional tree felling services.

Spuller Concrete

Kevin Spuller has been in the business for over 40 years and is one of the best in West Michigan when it comes to working with concrete!

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Sunshine’s Candles, LLC

Sunshine’s Candles specializes in highly scented soy candles in a wide variety of scents. Let them handcraft the perfect candle for you.

Photo by Jonathan Pielmayer on unsplash

The Jam Farm

The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!

The Market

The Market is located at Stiles and US-10. It’s a one-stop shop for fresh produce, landscaping products, farmhouse decor, and more.

TJ’s Pub

Enjoy a drink or light meal at T.J.’s Pub, inside the lower level of the cozy and historic Ramsdell Inn, downtown Manistee.

Top-Rated Hotels

Stay at a top-rated hotel in Ludington. Hotel brands include Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Best Western Lakewinds, and Comfort Inn.

Ziehm L.P. Gas

Ziehm L.P. Gas has been serving customers of Mason and Oceana counties and surrounding areas for over 50 years with propane.

Featured Businesses - Lodging

Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort

Located within the Manistee National Forest, Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort specializes in relaxing vacations and great camping experiences.

Top-Rated Hotels

Stay at a top-rated hotel in Ludington. Hotel brands include Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Best Western Lakewinds, and Comfort Inn.

Featured Businesses - Food & Beverage

North Country Cafe

You’ll find good home cooking at North Country Cafe. They offer large breakfast, lunch, dinner, and kids’ menus, and daily specials.

Photo by Jonathan Pielmayer on unsplash

The Jam Farm

The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!

The Market

The Market is located at Stiles and US-10. It’s a one-stop shop for fresh produce, landscaping products, farmhouse decor, and more.

TJ’s Pub

Enjoy a drink or light meal at T.J.’s Pub, inside the lower level of the cozy and historic Ramsdell Inn, downtown Manistee.

Featured Businesses - Services

Bela Floral

Bela Floral takes pride in choosing only the freshest, highest quality flowers, and your satisfaction is their number one priority.

Dune Side Auto Glass

Dune Side Auto Glass offers fast windshield replacement or chip repair with free estimates and direct insurance billing.

Dusty’s Auto Body and Detail

Dusty’s has over 30 years experience in state-of-the-art collision repair/detailing on vehicles of all sizes, including motorhomes and RV’s.

Elite Transport LLC

Anywhere you’d like to go, Elite Transport LLC will get you there comfortably and safely! Book your ride with Bob today!

Instrumental Music and Sound

Instrumental Music & Sound is your local source for instruments and music accessories, repairs, sound system installation, and music lessons.

Ludington Truck Tops

Ron Soberalski has built Ludington Truck Tops with hard work and honesty. From running boards to tonneau covers, Ron has you covered.

Mason County Democrats

The Mason County Democratic Party is an organization committed to supporting the Democratic Party efforts in Mason County and beyond.

MD Home Services

MD Home Services owner Mike Darke has 18 years of construction experience. Licensed/insured. Serving Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties.

Petri Gallery

Nestled in the quaint harbor village of Pentwater, Petri Gallery is a feast for the art lover’s eyes. Now with 2 locations.

Pierrot Hair Design

Pierrot Hair Design in downtown Ludington specializes in hair cuts, color, highlighting, keratin hair-straightening, and perms.

Safari Sun of Ludington

Safari Sun in Ludington has everything you need under one roof. They offer tanning, all hair services, nails, facials, waxing, and more.

Scott Christopher Homes

Scott Christopher Homes- over 35 years of reliable new home/cottage builds, performing renovations/remodels, and providing home maintenance.

SOS Tree Service

Scott Peterson of SOS Tree Service is a professional chain saw safety instructor and tree cutting expert, offering training and directional tree felling services.

Spuller Concrete

Kevin Spuller has been in the business for over 40 years and is one of the best in West Michigan when it comes to working with concrete!

Sunshine's Candles Advertorial

Sunshine’s Candles, LLC

Sunshine’s Candles specializes in highly scented soy candles in a wide variety of scents. Let them handcraft the perfect candle for you.

Photo by Jonathan Pielmayer on unsplash

The Jam Farm

The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!

Ziehm L.P. Gas

Ziehm L.P. Gas has been serving customers of Mason and Oceana counties and surrounding areas for over 50 years with propane.

Featured Businesses - Play

Amber Elk Ranch

Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, elk cows, spikers, and calves up close.

Photo by Ann on Unsplash

Colonial Golf Course

Beautiful 27 hole, 6900 yard par 72 Colonial, and 9 hole, 1600 yard par 30 Heritage. Huge driving range, food & refreshments available.

Lie-A-Lot Charters

Lie-A-Lot Charters offers the finest charter boat fishing experience on Lake Michigan with captain Mike Darke.

Oceana Golf Club

Since 1962, this is Oceana County’s original 18-hole public course. Oceana Golf Club is known for having the best greens in the area.

Stage Left Theater Company

The Stage Left Theatre Company strives to provide a variety of theatre experiences to the community and acting opportunities to all ages.

Festivals & Events

Annual Tree & Plant Sales

Every year, the Mason-Lake Conservation District offers sales for tree seedlings and for native plants. Take advantage of this great service!

Arcadia Daze

Annually, late in July, the Village population soars with attendees and participants in the annual Arcadia Daze celebration.

ArtPrize in Grand Rapids

Explore the City of Grand Rapids as it fills with hundreds of pieces of art. From photography to sculptures and paintings.

Bear Lake Days

Bear Lake has a variety of activities for Bear Lake Days each July. Events include parade, fireworks, car show, kids activities, and more.

Boos, Brews, & Brats

The Manistee Elks hosts activities for the whole family at Boos, Brews, & Brats in conjunction with their annual Halloween Party.

Brethren Days

The Village of Brethren is located in Dickson Township about 15 miles east of Manistee. Brethren Days is held over Labor Day weekend.

Earth Day Events

Each April, AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) hosts an annual Earth Day event in Ludington.

Fall

Find good fun like scenic color tours, hayrides, corn mazes, and many family activities during the fall in West Michigan.

Family Friendly Events

Current family-friendly events in West Michigan, great, fun, things to do for kids of all ages! Fun for the whole family!

Festivals & Events Calendar

Festivals and Calendar of Events for Ludington, Manistee, Scottville, Pentwater, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and Baldwin in West Michigan.

Fishing Tournaments & Events

West Michigan fishing tournaments give anglers a chance to add a little money to their pocket in addition to the fish in their bucket.

Hart Winterfest

The annual Hart Winterfest includes fun activities like a broomball tournament, soup walk, ice fishing tournament, and more.

Irons Flea Roast & Ox Market

Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market features amusement rides, music, tournaments, kids games, food tent, ox market, parade and fireworks.

Kaleva Days

Kaleva holds a festival in mid-July which includes ,softball tournament, car show, pony rides, parade, arts and crafts, fireworks, and more.

Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon

The Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon takes place each summer in downtown Ludington, where Ludington Avenue ends right at Stearns Park Beach.

Ludington Petunia Parade

During the summer is the Petunia Parade in Ludington featuring 30,000 petunias lining Ludington Avenue and the marina.

Ludington State Park Events

The Ludington State Park holds events year-round. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy at Michigan’s most popular state park!

Manistee Arts & Crafts Fairs

Summertime means outdoor arts and crafts fairs, and communities in Manistee County often include these fairs as part of their festivals.

Manistee County Fair in Onekama

The Manistee County Fair happens each August at the Onekama Fairgrounds along Portage Lake on M-22 with rides, food, entertainment, and more!

Manistee’s Ghost Ship

One notable highlight of the Halloween season in Manistee is the popular Ghost Ship, the S.S. City of Milwaukee, docked off Arthur Street.

National Cherry Festival

National Cherry Festival

This nationally renowned festival includes eight days of air shows, concerts, parades, food tastings, arts/crafts show, and fireworks.

Oceana County Fair

The Oceana County Fair is a five-day, fun-filled event held at the fairgrounds in Hart.

Octoberfest in Ludington

Visit downtown Ludington and enjoy music and family activities in an outdoor setting, to celebrate one of the last hurrahs of the season!

Oktoberfest in Pentwater

Pentwater’s Oktoberfest features a variety of activities for all ages and interests including the Classic Car and Hot Rod Show and Cruise.

Onekama Days

Each August, the “Two Lake Town” of Onekama near Manistee hosts it’s annual Onekama Days celebration with fun for the whole family.

Pentwater Arts & Crafts Fairs

Pentwater is known for its art galleries, antiques shops and boutiques, so expect some great finds at their summer arts and crafts fairs.

Pure Ludington Brrrewfest

Beer, cider, wine, and more are at this wintertime festival! Stay warm with heaters and a large tent for shelter while you enjoy!

Races in West Michigan

West Michigan is a popular location for various races and runs… including the Lakestride Half Marathon and the Lighthouse Triathlon.

Scottville 10 + 31 Celebration

The Scottville Harvest Festival and Scottville Summer Fest are now one event called the “Scottville 10 + 31 Celebration”, held each August.

Scottville Fall Celebration

The City of Scottville has created a new event in 2021 called the Scottville Fall Celebration which will include many activities downtown.

Spring

The rebirth of spring in West Michigan offers lots of fun adventures like golfing, disc golf, biking, hiking, fishing, etc.

Summer

Summer in West Michigan offers great outdoor activities, like swimming in our beautiful lakes, hiking, biking, and more.

Summer Music in West Michigan

After a busy day at the beach or at work, it’s time to kick back and relax a while. What better way than to listen to some music.

Tight Lines for Troops

Grab snacks, chairs, and blankets to enjoy a family friendly movie at Manistee’s beautiful First Street Beach near the Rotary Gazebo.

Troutarama in Baldwin

Each July, Baldwin comes alive with the Baldwin Troutarama which include an entertainment tent, midway, concerts, and more.

West Michigan Car Shows

West Michigan is the location for many Car Shows during the summer. Various awards and plaques are presented at these car shows.

West Shore Art Fair

The annual West Shore Art Fair is managed by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and is held each July at Rotary Park.

Winter

Though it can be chilly, winter in West Michigan has much to offer like snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

Winter in Oceana County

Though it can be chilly, winter in West Michigan has much to offer like snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

Winterfest in Pentwater

Pentwater’s Winterfest includes many family friendly events including fishing tournaments, cross country skiing, sledding, and ice skating.

Fishing Info

Boating & Fishing

West Michigan has many inland lakes, rivers and Lake Michigan to go boating or fishing on. Rent pontoons, fishing boats, canoes, and more.

Fall Fishing

Find out why anglers love fall fishing in West Michigan! There’s great action on inland lakes and rivers, so you can count on a big catch!

Fish on for Freedom

“Fish on For Freedom” is a non-profit event that provides a free day of fishing to military veterans on Lake Michigan.

Fishing in Manistee

Manistee offers a variety of fishing opportunities! Cast your own line into one of the many lakes or streams — or hop aboard a charter boat!

Fishing in West Michigan

Fishing in West Michigan is a great catch! Our reports and fishing tips cover the Lake Michigan coast from Manistee to Pentwater and beyond.

Fishing Tournaments & Events

West Michigan fishing tournaments give anglers a chance to add a little money to their pocket in addition to the fish in their bucket.

Pentwater Fishing Reports

Pentwaer fishing reports for Pentwater Lake and Lake Michigan are provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Tight Lines for Troops

Grab snacks, chairs, and blankets to enjoy a family friendly movie at Manistee’s beautiful First Street Beach near the Rotary Gazebo.

Troutarama in Baldwin

Each July, Baldwin comes alive with the Baldwin Troutarama which include an entertainment tent, midway, concerts, and more.

Food & Beverage in West Michigan

Baldwin – Food & Beverage

Great pizza and ice cream are just the tip of the iceberg of the great food and beverage offerings in Baldwin, Michigan.

Hamlin Lake – Food & Beverage

Hamlin Lake near Ludington boasts a restaurant/marina right on the water. Nearby inHamlin Lake in Ludington boasts a restaurant/marina on the water. Nearby in Ludington proper, there are lots of great food and beverages. Ludington proper, there are lots of great food/drinks.

Ludington – Food & Beverage

There’s no shortage of great places for food or beverages in Ludington! Most restaurants are found on the US-10 corridor or downtown.

Manistee – Food & Beverage

Enjoy food or beverages at a restaurant in downtown Manistee and then walk off the extra calories on the Victorian Port City’s Riverwalk.

Party Food & Beverage

Caterers, bar services, and bakers in West Michigan offer customized services for all occasions, from casual gatherings to elaborate weddings.

Pentwater – Food & Beverage

Pentwater has a variety of great restaurants, all locally owned and operated. Stop in for some food or a beverage in this quaint village.

Scottville – Food & Beverage

While Scottville is one of the smaller towns in West Michigan, you can still enjoy burgers, ice cream, and more food and beverage here.

Grand Traverse County

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is situated at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula within, about eight miles north of the town of Northport.

M-22 Scenic Drive

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in West Michigan. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

Traverse City Opera House

The Traverse City Opera House has a 700-seat theater which offers a place for quality arts and cultural entertainment.

West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay from high overlook of Old Mission Peninsula in the fall.

Wineries

West Michigan is home to wineries galore! Enjoy a wine tasting tour and sample award winning wines.

Home & Garden Living Businesses

Contractors

Need a new home wired for electric or repairs to your homes current system? There are many reliable electricians in West Michigan.

Electrical Services

Need a new home wired for electric or repairs to your homes current system? There are many reliable electricians in West Michigan.

Farm Markets & U-Pick Farms

Find fresh, high quality fruits and vegetables, maple syrup, jams and jellies, pies, and more at a West Michigan farm market or u-pick farm.

Heating & Cooling

West Michigan heating and cooling contractors carry furnaces, central air conditioning, single room conditioners, and more.

Home Exterior Services

Need gutters installed, a fresh coat of paint, or a complete exterior remodel? Home exterior service businesses in West Michigan can help.

Home Furnishings

West Michigan furniture stores offer quality home furnishings to help you beautify your home interior and make it your own.

Home Interior Services

From flooring to cabinets, and countertops to wall coverings, you’ll find what you need to beautify your home’s interior in West Michigan.

Landscaping & Gardening

Find landscaping experts and garden centers in West Michigan to help you improve your curb appeal, and for all your lawn and gardening needs.

Pet Care

Whether a dog owner, cat-person, or you prefer a less conventional companion, your friend is in good hands with these businesses.

Plumbing Supplies & Service

From installation of new water and sewer pipes to fixing a drip under the sink– plumbing supplies and service in West Michigan can help.

Professional Services

There are plenty of reliable professional services in West Michigan to help you with the needs of your home.

Tree Services

Find a tree removal professional. Licensed & insured services including pruning, stump removal, grinding, lot clearing, and firewood.

Home & Garden Living Stories

Add Value to Your Home

Home sales are on the rise, so if you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, now may be the time to make some changes.

Annual Tree & Plant Sales

Every year, the Mason-Lake Conservation District offers sales for tree seedlings and for native plants. Take advantage of this great service!

Composting

If your family produces a large amount of kitchen scraps, why not compost and use them as a natural fertilizer for your garden?

Custom Built Homes

There are many quality home builders in West Michigan who specialize in building energy efficient, attractive, and well-built homes.

Estate Sales & Auctions

Estate sales and auctions make for a great weekend event to take your family hunting for treasures and deals you won’t find anywhere else.

Fix a Torn Window Screen

Screens are fairly simple and inexpensive to fix. With the right materials, you can fix a screen in less than an hour for about $20 or less.

Furnace Maintenance

Here are a few maintenance tips to keep your furnace running in top condition and save you extra cost from your pocketbook.

Homeowners Insurance

When it comes to your home, and everything inside that has value, it’s important to keep those it insured with homeowners insurance.

Humidifiers

Here are tricks and tips to keep the humidity at a comfortable setting so you can rest well at night, and breathe easy during the day.

Ice & Snow Removal

Removing ice and snow from your roof can prevent damage later. Here are tips on how to keep your roof clear.

Landscape Stone & Rocks

Landscape stone and rock can mold the perfect path through your garden, create a new, separate space, and add value to your property.

Muddy Driveways

With all the snow that winter brings, there is sure to be muddy lawns and driveways once the snow melts and the rain starts.

Plant Trees

A rule that everyone should live by: for every tree that is cut down, two more should be planted. Planting trees can save the environment.

Pruning Trees & Shrubs

Pruning is a way to maintain proper health and growth, and to keep the size and shape of a tree or shrub in order and visually appealing.

Structured Wiring

Structured wiring provides flexibility, the ability to move phone, computer and TV locations throughout the building without costly hassles.

Tree Diseases in West Michigan

Tree diseases common to the West Michigan area include Oak Wilt Disease, a fungus, and Beech Bark Disease which is caused by insects..

West Michigan Real Estate

The West Michigan Real Estate Directory is the place to search homes, acreage, businesses for sale, and lakefront property in the area.

Leelanau County

M-22 Scenic Drive

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in West Michigan. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

Lighthouses

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

112-feet of lighthouse awaits you at the Ludington State Park! Take a tour and follow the winding staircase to the top!

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is situated at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula within, about eight miles north of the town of Northport.

Ludington North Breakwater Light

Ludington’s North Breakwater Light is the number one lighthouse to see in Michigan! Take a trip along the breakwater path to see it up close!

Pentwater Pierhead Lights

The North and South Pierhead Lights are located in Pentwater along Lake Michigan and are rare pier range light systems along the Great Lakes.

White River Light Station

Built in 1875, this lighthouse is more than a century old and has an enormous amount of history to explore inside its museum.

Monthly Calendar of Events

January

January welcomes the pristine white countryside which beckons you to cross country ski, snowmobile, ice fish, or just play in the snow!

February

Enjoy the briskness of February with some fun outdoor activities and celebrate with your loved one for Valentine’s Day!

March

Looking for some St. Patrick’s Day fun? You’re in luck if you visit West Michigan with it’s many celebrations around this time of year.

April

April showers bring May flowers, Easter celebrations, and a variety of fun for the whole family in West Michigan.

May

May means revving up for summer in West Michigan and there are activities going on to please every member of your family!

June

June means summertime is in full swing in West Michigan. From great outdoor activities and many festivals/events, there’s no boredom here!

July

July in West Michigan means celebrating our freedoms and the beauty of summer! Between the many events, hit the beach for some fun in the sun!

August

Although the summer is beginning to wind down in August in West Michigan, there’s no shortage of fun events and festivals to take in.

September

Once September starts in West Michigan, school is here and fall is near! September can still boast some beautiful weather so take advantage.

October

Find spooky good fun for all ages during October in West Michigan! Trick or treating, Halloween parties, and more. There’s no boredom here!

November

November is the time to give thanks in West Michigan. From Thanksgiving events to early Christmas celebrations, there’s no shortage of fun.

December

Enjoy a West Michigan winter and all the joys and celebrations of the holiday season along with the many great outdoor activities.

Things to Do - Play in West Michigan

Baldwin – Things to Do

There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Baldwin, Michigan. Besides fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, enjoy fun events!

Hamlin Lake – Things to Do

There’s plenty to do at Hamlin Lake in Ludington. Besides swimming, fishing, canoeing, golf, kayaking, there are fun festivals and events!

Leelanau County – Things to Do

Whether you prefer a round of golf or perusing an art gallery, the communities in Leelanau County have things to do for everyone, including fun festivals and events.

Ludington – Things to Do

There’s plenty to do in Ludngton, Michigan. Besides the beaches, Lake Michigan, Hamlin Lake, and more, there are fun festivals and events!

Pentwater – Things to Do

There’s plenty to do in Pentwater. Besides a beautiful beach, the Charles Mears State Park, and more, there are fun festivals and events!

Silver Lake – Things to Do

Whether it’s golf, dune tours or kayaking, Silver Lake/Mears has you covered on all fronts. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes and the outlying area boast many options for recreation. Below are some featured selections.

West Michigan Seasons

Fall

Find good fun like scenic color tours, hayrides, corn mazes, and many family activities during the fall in West Michigan.

Fall Fishing

Find out why anglers love fall fishing in West Michigan! There’s great action on inland lakes and rivers, so you can count on a big catch!

Spring

The rebirth of spring in West Michigan offers lots of fun adventures like golfing, disc golf, biking, hiking, fishing, etc.

Summer

Summer in West Michigan offers great outdoor activities, like swimming in our beautiful lakes, hiking, biking, and more.

Winter

Though it can be chilly, winter in West Michigan has much to offer like snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

Winter in Oceana County

Though it can be chilly, winter in West Michigan has much to offer like snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

Shopping & Services Regional Business Directory

Special Interest Sections

Coupons & Deals

Everyone loves a good deal and you’ll find plenty of those on this special West Michigan coupons page. You don’t even need to print them!

Featured Businesses

When you need service you can count on, these businesses of West Michigan are ready to serve you with a smile.

Food & Beverage in West Michigan

Who doesn’t appreciate really good food? Whether you’re a visitor to West Michigan or a resident, there’s great food or beverages to be had.

Services in West Michigan

West Michigan offers many quality service providers for anything you need. From catering, to massage, and more. It’s here in West Michigan.

Places to Stay in West Michigan

Camping & Lodging in Baldwin

Want to spend a night or more in and near Baldwin, Michigan? Campgrounds, inns, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts… this area has it all.

Camping & Lodging in Pentwater

Want to spend a night or more in and near Pentwater, Michigan? Campgrounds, inns, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts… this area has it all.

Ludington – Camping & Lodging

Want to spend a night or more in and near Ludington, Michigan? Campgrounds, inns, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts… this area has it all.

Manistee – Camping & Lodging

The Victorian Port City of Manistee has the perfect place to stay with all the great amenities that meet your lodging or camping needs.

West Michigan Lodging

Our West Michigan Lodging Guide is filled with places to stay. Great lodging for a great adventure — find your getaway here!

Uniquely Manistee

Explore the Manistee River

The Manistee River spans for miles and provides the perfect watershed for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and exploring.

Fishing in Manistee

Manistee offers a variety of fishing opportunities! Cast your own line into one of the many lakes or streams — or hop aboard a charter boat!

M-22 Manistee County

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in West Michigan. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

M-22 Scenic Drive

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in West Michigan. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

Manistee Fall Color Tour

Beautiful color emerges come Fall. Take it all in with an afternoon drive, or stroll, through the many forests of West Michigan.

Manistee National Forest

Manistee National Forest together with the Huron National Forest occupies almost a million acres of land in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

Manistee’s Riverwalk

The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.

Relocate to Manistee, Michigan

Manistee has the unique combination of beauty, history and nature, which attracts visitors from all over and inspires many to call it home.

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee

The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.

Manistee lighthouse

Visit Manistee

The Victorian port city of Manistee, MI features a River Walk, historic Ramsdell Theatre and the S.S. City of Milwaukee.

Winter in Manistee County

Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.

Uniquely Pentwater

Pentwater Fishing Reports

Pentwaer fishing reports for Pentwater Lake and Lake Michigan are provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Pentwater Pierhead Lights

The North and South Pierhead Lights are located in Pentwater along Lake Michigan and are rare pier range light systems along the Great Lakes.

The Pentwater River

The Pentwater River provides opportunities to experience a paddle sport for the first time or take on a challenge for those more experienced.

Top Events in Pentwater

The village of Pentwater, Michigan has beautiful beaches and fun shops to explore. They also host many festivals and events all year.

Uniquely Pere Marquette River

Top Events Along the Pere Marquette River

All year long, there are activities going on in the Scottville area to keep everyone happy. No matter what the season, there’s always plenty of great events to keep you coming back. Boredom is never a problem here!

Uniquely Scottville

Scottville Clown Band

The colorful attire and crazy antics of the Scottville Clown Band amuse people, but they also have extraordinary musical talent.

Top Events in Scottville

Scottville, Michigan may be small but they do their events in a big way. This rural community knows how to have fun!

Uniquely Silver Lake

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Hunting for Fulgurites

There’s so much to do in Silver Lake! From hitting the dunes to camping out at the state park — it’s an outdoor adventure for everyone.

Silver Lake State Park

The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.

Weddings & Celebrations Guide

Event Services

Planning and organizing an event can be time-consuming. If it’s a cleaning service, decorators, or officiants- West Michigan has it.

Florists

Let the expert florists at West Michigan flower shops inspire the floral design for your event, available in any price range.

Formal Wear

Find the formal wear you need, including beautiful wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and handsome tuxedos for rent in West Michigan

Jewelers

Whether you’re looking for a traditional setting or something more modern, there are many jewelers in West Michigan ready to assist you.

Party Entertainment

West Michigan DJ’s and bands can set the tone for your upcoming event. On down time, there’s a variety of things to do along the lakeshore.

Party Food & Beverage

Caterers, bar services, and bakers in West Michigan offer customized services for all occasions, from casual gatherings to elaborate weddings.

Photographers

When capturing memories of your celebration, you don’t want to leave the photos to chance. West Michigan has many talented photographers.

Salons

Look your best by scheduling an appointment at one of the stellar salons in West Michigan for tanning, nails, hair, spa amenities, and more.

Venues

West Michigan offers a wide variety of venues, from churches to banquet halls to bed & breakfasts to the beach, for your wedding or event.

Weddings & Celebrations Stories

Beach Weddings in West Michigan

West Michigan’s beautiful beaches and parks are popular with couples that desire a more casual ceremony with a beach or outdoor wedding.

Holiday Parties Made Easier

The holidays are so enjoyable, but can be very hectic. Let the helpful West Michigan businesses help you plan your next party.