Tips for enjoying the Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is a long-standing tradition in Battle Creek. For decades, downtown has put up light installations to brighten the early winter nights in December. Want to see it for yourself? Plan your visit: Get a drink Hot chocolate is the drink of the season. You can pick some up…

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Five reasons to visit Horrocks for the holidays

Horrocks Farm Market goes into overdrive for the holiday season. They have everything to make your Christmas warm, sweet and magical (plus, you can drink coffee or wine while shopping). Gift baskets Not sure what to get that person who has everything or the family member with no hobbies…

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Stay active outdoors this winter

Cross-country skiing It’s smooth sailing at Brooks Nature Center in Marshall, where flat trails take you through prairie and woodland by Stuart Lake. It’s recommended for skiing and snow shoes. Word of advice: GPS isn’t always accurate for finding Brooks, so make sure it takes you to the…

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Find burgers, gangsters and baby goats in Albion

Set your GPS for adventure Driving by Albion without stopping means missing out on burgers, gangsters and baby goats – so set your GPS for adventure (aka exit 121 on I-94). Families will love Kids ‘N’ Stuff hands-on museum, where kids are invited into imaginative play at a miniature grocery…

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Festive cheer is here in Calhoun County

Holiday events have returned with a bang. There’s a fun experience for anyone who needs some festive cheer. Parades Nov. 18: Battle Creek Christmas parade It’s your first chance to see Santa. Find a spot near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and McCamly Street – the parade starts rolling at…

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It’s easy to give Michigan-made gifts

Give gifts that were #madeinmichigan this holiday season. There is something for everyone in Calhoun County, from handmade soap bars to classes with baby goats. Stocking stuffers We have two Michigan-themed gift shops to highlight: start with the Battle Creek Welcome Center Store, and then head…

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Plan your own Cozy Fall Crawl

The weather may be blustery, but it’s a good excuse to get cozy. We recommend taking a cozy fall crawl in Calhoun County. Step one: Go to the farm Find fall decorations at Bosserd Family Farm in Marshall. All of the gourds, wreaths and pumpkins will give you that harvest season feeling. They…

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Road trip on a budget

Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Hit the road for Calhoun County and have fun without breaking the bank. Camp at Fort Custer Camping is not only a Michigan tradition, it’s a great deal for an overnight stay. As a state park, Fort Custer Recreation Area is super affordable when you have a…

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Don’t own a kayak? No problem.

Don’t have a kayak? The Marshall Recreation Department has you covered, with rentals of kayaks, innertubes and canoes. It’s an easy and affordable way to take a trip down the Kalamazoo River on a hot summer day. “It’s a really nice river. One of my favorites,” said Maya, age 10. She was part…

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