The Southwestern side of Michigan is fruit country. Lake Michigan keeps the air cold on this side of the state in the spring, hindering the fruit from blooming too early. In the fall the warm water off the lake keeps the fruit from freezing before it is ripe. Van Buren County is known for its fabulous blueberries. Leduc, in business for almost 50 years is a great place to pick blueberries. They are a big operation and ready for day-pickers. If you don't feel like walking through the blueberries to find your bushes, they have a berry wagon that will take you out there and pick you up! They will even send you a postcard the next year to let you know when the blueberries are ripe.
Get ready for a big surprise and probably one of the neatest places you will ever see in a town as tiny as Mattawan. This antique store is a true treasure, hidden away behind this common storefront. This is definitely no "antique mall" with flea market finds. Think, Colonial Home Magazine! From the moment you walk in the store, an early American life ambiance surrounds you. There are antiques in here from the 18th Century, easily identified as top quality. You will find Mr. Lesterhouse, the owner, a pleasure to deal with.
He can give the provenance on most of the things in his shop.
This neat Asian Restaurant is tucked into a small shopping mall in Mattawan, Michigan a tiny town in SW Michigan. Here you will find upscale sophisticated platters to share of Earth, Surf and Turf. The servers here were so patient and helpful as we tried to decide what exactly to order. When the meal was ready it was served with flair and creativity.
What a surprise for us to find delicious food and delightful ambiance in a modest mall.
Chinn Chinn can cater any of your special occasions.
Favorite Dish: We had The Ultimate Combo, The Pupu Platter. We were served a collection of rangoons, potstickers, satays, springrolls, wontons & sesame noodles. For good measure we ordered a side of potstickers. Good to the last lick or stick.
this is as you've guess by the name a sportsbar. it's got some great people working there - the bartenders and waitstaff are friendly and if you're there more then 5 minutes they'll start calling you by your first name. you always feel welcome here. because of the proximity to the local university in kalamazoo there's a large college crowd that hangs out here - if that's not your taste they have plenty of us elderly's there too. the food is top rate from burgers and wings to steak and pasta. the best thing about it - there's always a cold beer and a friendly smile waiting for you.
Favorite Dish: the bow tie pasta with blackened chicken in alfredo sauce is to die for. they add just the right combination of spices. a salad and two thick slabs of texas toast round out the meal.. add an ice cold beer and........... dinner is served.
We have visited the Van Buren Co. Courthouse in search of information about our ancestors. They have a room especially designed for researching and you must call ahead and reserve a time to search through their archives. They are very cordial and friendly people.
After driving through miles and miles of vineyards in Van Buren County, you will find a winery in Paw Paw, Michigan. This is the headquarters of St. Julian. They have free tours and Tasting. Visit them Monday through Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM and 12 noon to 5 PM on Sunday.
The address is: 716 S. Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw, Michigan 49079