(269) LIST for July/August 2017: Summer

2 MUST DOs

1. PalletPalooza Day
Cast your vote for innovation crafted from recycled wooden pallets—from furniture to wall décor— to benefit Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan.
Saturday, August 12
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Kalamazoo | (269) 382-0490 ext. 275

2. Donut & Beer Festival
Donuts and Beer? Yes, right here! Homer Stryker Field is hosting the first annual Donut and Beer Festival with one of kind donuts, craft beers, cider, music and activities.
Saturday, August 26
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Kalamazoo | (269) 492-9966

6 HOT DOG STANDS

1. West Lake Drive-In
Let’s be-ef frank: It’s hard to beat an evening with your car windows rolled down, hot dog in hand, as you soak in a sunset over West Lake.
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Portage | (269) 327-5985

2. Root Beer Stand
You can’t go wrong with the classics. Go where the good old fashioned root beer and hot dogs are served carside, topped with chili and cheese if you need a little something extra.
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Kalamazoo and Portage | (269) 349-7361 or (269) 345-4418

3. The Shack
15 different hot dogs? You gotta be doggin’ me! Dare to try them all and save room for loaded fries.
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Paw Paw | (269) 415-0231

4. Hot Dogs Plus
The fun happens here! Groups love to gather for a good time at this ketchup-and-mustard-colored diner.
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Niles | (269) 684-2633

5. Hot Dog Kart
You know you’ve spotted a treat when you find the rainbow umbrella covering Ben Yacobozzi’s metal cart, stationed at the corner of State and Broad Streets.
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St. Joseph | (269) 849-0700

6. Nagle’s Top Dog & Malt Shoppe
Serving classic treats topped with a twist since 1971, this stop offers a sautéed mushroom-smothered hot dog paired with your choice of thirteen milk shake flavors.
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Kalamazoo | (269) 342-2031

9 OUTDOOR PATIOS

1. Hop Cat Kalamazoo
Bands are rocking where the signature “crack fries” meet 100 taps at the juncture of “Michigan’s Craft Beer Crossroads.”
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Kalamazoo | (269) 210-0075

2. Captain Lou’s
Hoist the sails and raise your glass! This porch on the river greets South Haven boaters as they launch into sunshine-lathered Lake Michigan.
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South Haven | (269) 637-3965

3. Gravity
Uncork and unwind with a peaceful lakeside view and live music. Here, your glass of wine will always be half full.
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Baroda | (269) 471-9463

4. Old Dog Tavern
Raise your glass to the train conductor as he passes by this patio tucked between railroad tracks and the tavern’s historic, eclectic downtown building.
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Kalamazoo | (269) 381-5677

5. Admiral Jack’s
Cast your cares to the shore as you board a floating bar docked in the Black River. A cold beer awaits you with shrimp on the side.
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South Haven | (269) 872-3607

6. Vineyard 2121
Escape your everyday and savor a sip of serenity. Your visit features fresh air, a view, and hand-crafted local wines.
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Benton Harbor | (269) 849-0109

7. Dark Horse Brewing Co.
Lead your horse to this watering hole and enjoy a drink and more in this outdoor beer garden March through October.
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Marshall | (269) 781-9940

8. The Wine Loft
From a front-row seat on the street, experience elegance, bliss, and an extensive wine list in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo.
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Kalamazoo | (269) 343-9227

9. On the River Tavern
Grab a cold one dockside as you watch boaters drift by on the Morrison Channel of the St. Joseph River.
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St. Joseph | (269) 983-6878

ILLUSTRATIONS JACOB HANSEN