If fresh fruit is what you are looking for then look no further than Nye’s Apple Barn. This family-owned and operated market has been offering its customers fresh vegetables and fruit, alongside potted plants, Take'n'Bake pies, jellies and jams, maple syrup, honey, salad dressings, and cooking tools, for over four decades. All of the produce on offer is either grown at Nye’s own farm or are sourced from other local farmers. For fresher than fresh fruit, venture into Nye's fruit orchards and pick your own fruit right off the bushes and trees. The U-pick option is a great way to get your hands on the freshest fruits and enjoy a fun day out with the family while you're at it. Call ahead to learn about what's in season before planning your fruit picking adventure. Nye’s Apple Barn is conveniently located just off the I-94.
The Orchards Mall is one of the oldest shopping centers to have opened in the region, built in 1976. Since then, it has been a one stop shop for both indulging in some retail therapy, as well as conveniently housing a number of necessary services like hair salons, opticians and telecommunications stores. JCPenney, Carson's, Bath and Body Works, Sears, Claire's and Jimmy Jazz are some of the well known brands featured here. After an afternoon of shopping, head to one of the restaurants for a tasty bite or a quick coffee. Kids will enjoy the Colby Bounce Central and the Slacker's Family Fun Center for an enjoyable afternoon playing and having a blast. For any additional information or individual store timings, visit the website.
Amidst rolling hills and lush vineyards, Contessa Wine Cellars is a mecca of sorts for wine lovers delving into Southwest Michigan's thriving wine scene. The tasting room is housed within a splendid villa, replete with comfy nooks and terraces that overlook the verdant beauty of Coloma valley. Bold, rich and aromatic, Contessa Wine Cellars' distinctive creations are sure to delight connoisseurs, enthusiasts and casual tasters alike. Despite its location just off the I-94, this charming winery is an oasis of tranquility surrounded by nature's bounty on all sides. While walk-ins are always welcome, groups of 10 or more must call ahead to make reservations.
This u-pick farm is located on Friday Road, just off Highway 94 in Coloma. About 10 miles (16.09 kilometers) northeast of Benton Harbor, Fruit Acres is home to a brilliant, farm-fresh produce that includes apples, peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, sweet corn and lots more. Apart from that, the place also features a retail market where they sell an assortment of products such as caramel apples, apple ciders, jams and honey, to name a few. The family-owned farm is spread over 200 acres (80.94 hectares) and makes for a rustic, country-style fun day out with the entire.
Located on Friday Road is Grandpa's Cider Mill - not only a retailer for some of the best fruit products in the neighborhood, but also a tourist attraction given their famous Dinosaur Farm and informative guided tours. Explaining every step in the process of making cider, Grandpa's Cider Mill provides a top notch, first-hand cider-making experience! The facility also features a bakery where you'd find the finest fruit pies, cider doughnuts and the local favorite, Michigan Melts! Also on offer are gourmet jams, jellies and local honey. Open daily from 10.30a to 6.30p, the Cider Mill is a fun, informative place with a bonus of delicious baked and processed goodies at great prices! The Dinosaur Farm, where the little ones frolic around when the adults do some serious junk-food shopping, makes for a great background for goofy pictures.
Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm covers a splendid green patch, of 450 acres (182.11 hectares), in the village of Eau Claire in Michigan. The working farm features a recreational area with picnic spots and also offers fun group tours. The farm is chock-full of fruit-bearing trees where you can pick cherries, nectarines, apples, peaches and many other fruits. Apart from the farm, Tree-Mendus also includes a country market where they retail farm fresh fruits and veggies, as well as products made from the harvest, including jams, juices, jellies, apple butters and lots more. Many social and cultural events arranged at the farm site, Tree-Mendus is a good option for a rustic, fun day with family. Private events such as weddings, parties and such are a possibility here, check their website for more details.
A tour of Michigan's wineries would be incomplete without a stop by Domaine Berrien Cellars at Berrien Springs. This boutique winery produces a stellar selection of Rhone varietals and dry reds. Distinctive and delicious, these handcrafted wines have been created using grapes grown at the winery's own vineyards. The winery and tasting room can be found tucked away amidst the lush greenery and rolling vineyards of Berrien Springs. Stop by and enjoy a wine tasting at the bar, or indulge a glass of your favorite wine at the deck overlooking the lake and vineyards. Cheese, sausages and crackers are served alongside the wine, to complement, enhance and uncover the subtle flavors hidden within. You can also purchase souvenir wine glasses and bottles of Domaine Berrien Cellars wines to take home with you.