Amish Meandering & Self-Guided Tours

River Country’s Self-Guided Tours

To help plan your trip to River Country, please visit the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce and the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.  These people have their thumb on the pulse of the area and can help you find those little known treasures of the area.  Call 800-447-2821 or click here to request a ‘visitor packet’ with information to make your trip to River Country a relaxing and enjoyable experience.  Indicate areas of interest when placing your request by phone or on our website and we will tailor a packet just for you.

Lodging Discounts/Specials for our Self-Guided Tours

In Sturgis:
Hampton Coupon Good R800

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HAMPTON INN:

While visiting the Sturgis area, make your lodging reservations at the Hampton Inn (71451 S. Centerville Rd.).  Amenities include an indoor pool, spa and fitness room for those wanting to relax or exercise.  Start your day with Hampton Inn’s free hot breakfast bar.  The staff at the Hampton Inn are eager to answer your questions about navigating the town or places to see while in town.

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COUNTRY HEARTH INN:
 When staying in the Sturgis area, make your reservations at the Country Hearth Inn (1730 S. Centerville Rd).  Amenities include a full cable TV, free WI-FI, micro/fridge, free Continental breakfast, guest coin laundry, free local calls, conference room-up to 100 people, outdoor pool and restaurants and shopping within walking distance.   New Honeymoon Suite and Jacuzzi room available.

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In Three Rivers:
ABVI coupon R800 030514

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AMERICA’S BEST VALUE INN & SUITES:
Lodge at America’s Best Value Inn (1211 W. Broadway, off US-131) and receive a special rate.  Clip this coupon and make your reservation to stay in a two room suite with a kitchen for this special low price.   A hot breakfast bar starts your day while enjoying the hidden treasures in River Country.

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES:

For travelers that like a little something extra, make your reservations at the Holiday Inn Express (1207 W. Broadway, off US-131).   Amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness room and free hot breakfast bar to fuel up before exploring River Country.  Clip this coupon, make your reservation and save.

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Amish Meandering

Puttin' away the groceries in Centreville R800   by Cheryl LombardIn a plain, unadorned country kitchen, two long wooden tables covered with white tablecloths and an assortment of mismatched china are piled high with bowls and platters filled with meats, salads and vegetables.

The food has been made on several stoves, one fueled by wood, the others by kerosene.  The sweet ketchup used to top the meatloaf and the applesauce were taken from the cellar below where they sat on long shelves among other jars filled with foods put up for the winter.

Young girls, dressed in pale pastel dresses and white bonnets, move swiftly, slicing freshly made bread, cutting chocolate cream and apple cream pies, heaping more pork tenderloin, taken from pigs raised here, on plates.  The lard used to make the flaky pie crusts came from the same pigs, rendered by the women of the house.

Kerosene lanterns mounted on the wall or small candles light the rooms, which include two kitchens, one for summer use to fight against the heat.  The flickering light is not for effect.

This is the essence of Amish life.   Electricity is eschewed here, hard work is not.  The Amish people raise most of their own food, putting it up for the winter.  Even the soap is hand-made.Amish Family Going Fishing R800   by Cheryl Lombard

The food served is typical Amish fare.  After all, to maintain their level of labor, most Amish men must consume an average 8,000 calories a day; Amish women, 4,000.  Despite these high caloric numbers, the need to diet appears not to exist here.

Outside of the Amish homestead, past white barns, grazing animals and a long green lawn, flows Nottawa Creek.   Visit our area to view the Amish community and this quiet, peaceful way of life these Amish families thrive in.   A list of Amish businesses can be found at the bottom of this web page or click here for a printable version.

 Amish Self-Guided Tour

The Amish community located in the Centreville area, is the largest and oldest in Michigan.  Settled back in 1910, the Amish have several church districts with both Swiss Amish and Pennsylvania German-ethnicity AmishBuggy cropped R800 groups.  Discover history and heritage, intriguing attractions, countryside and friendly communities.  Take a few days from the ‘grind’ to enjoy a quieter world.  Watch for horse drawn buggies clip clopping along country roads-catch glimpses of Amish life – cars and electricity are not part of Amish life.  Many Amish farms reside on these roads so don’t forget your camera.  This is a great educational and pleasant excursion for the whole family.  Please keep in mind that the Amish value their privacy and would rather not have their picture taken although there are many buggies traveling the roads or parked at these businesses that make great photo opportunities, while respecting the Amish way of life.
I have started the tour in Three Rivers at America’s Best Value Inn & Suites (ABVI), 1211 W. Broadway St..  There is also the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (1207 W. Broadway), just next door to the ABVI.  Click here to get a coupon to save while lodging in River Country.  The Super 8, 689 Super 8 Way, is just around the corner offAmish horses hauling corn VR800 US-131.  From ABVI, take Broadway west to US-131.  Turn right on US-131 north to Hoffman Street.  Turn right onto Hoffman Street and travel 1.5 miles to M-60 E.  Turn left onto M-60 East and travel 2.8 miles to Schweitzer Rd.  Turn right onto Schweitzer Road and travel about 2 ½ miles to the Langley Covered Bridge, Michigan’s longest remaining covered bridge spanning 282 feet across the St. Joseph River.  Covered bridges were popular in the era of horse and buggy due to the fact that horses crossing a bridge could become spooked if they saw their reflection in the water.  Covered bridges eliminated that concern and made river crossing safer.  From there, take Schweitzer Road east a mile to Angevine Road.  Turn right onto Angevine Road and drive for 1.4 miles where you will take a sharp left onto N. Angling Road.  Take the 1st right onto Spring Creek Road.  Travel about one mile to Spring Creek General Store (24763 Spring Creek Rd).  Browse through this quaint country store.  Head east on Spring Creek Road about 1.5 miles, passing the Pioneer Cemetery, which will be on your right side, shortly after leaving the general store.   A few of the early white settlers are buried here.  Turn right onto Nottawa Road for one mile, then take the first right onto Wasepi Road.  Country Side Greenhouse & Produce (25920 Wasepi Rd.) will be on your right side.  This Amish owned greenhouse has beautiful in-season flower baskets, flats and vegetable plants. Head east on Wasepi Road and about two miles to Yoder’s General Store (27765 Wasepi Rd.).  After stretching your legs and touring the store, head east on Wasepi Road to M-66.  Turn right and travel a short distance on M-66 to M&E Cedar Works (59222 M-66).  Once you are through viewing the wood works, take M-66 south and turn right onto M-86 West.  Head west 1.5 miles and turn left onto Filmore Road and stop in at the Prairie River Woodworking shop (60560 Filmore Rd.).   Head back north on Filmore Road and take the first right, onto Londick Cuttin' Hay in Centreville MI R800   by Cheryl LombardRoad.  Travel about a 1.5 miles to Whispering Wood Creation (27410 Londick Rd.).    Head south on Londick Road to Chupp’s Herbs & Fabrics (27539 Londick Rd.).  This store features Amish wares and an herbal pharmacy.  A live bee hive is on display during the summer season.   Head east on Londick Road to M-66.  Take M-66 south for 2.5 miles to Banker Street.  Turn right onto Banker Street and drive for one mile to the Dutch Kuntry Corner (26971 Banker St.).  This store has scrapbook crafts and gifts available.  Head northwest on Banker Street, which turns into Borgert Rd.  Take the 3rd left onto Perrin Road and travel one mile to Nottawa Road.  Turn right onto Nottawa Road and travel a half mile to Sauger Lake Road.  Take a left onto Sauger Lake Road and stop in at Oak Expressions (25611 Sauger Lake Rd.) to shop or browse their wood creations.  Head back east on Sauger Lake Road less than a ½ mile and turn left onto Nottawa Road.  Travel two miles and turn left onto M-86 W.  Turn left and travel west on M-86 to Rambadt Road.  Turn right onto Rambadt Road and travel ½ mile to Truckenmiller Road.  Turn right and you will see Miller’s Discount Store (24029 Truckenmiller Rd.) on the right.  This gas lit Amish store has a large variety of herbs, pastas and grains, along with meats and cheese.   After getting your supplies, take Truckenmiller Road west to Rambadt Road.  Turn left onto Rambadt Road and travel back to M-86.  Turn right onto M-86 and head towards Centreville.  Turn left onto Eleanor Drive.  Visit Yoder’s Country Market (375 Eleanor Dr.) to pick up some lunch, pastas, homemade salads, meats and cheeses and a wide variety of dried goods.  The pulled pork and ribs are fantastic!   Head west on M-86 about six or seven miles back to Three Rivers.  This completes your Amish tour.  We hope you enjoyed your tour and your stay in River Country.  Call 800-447-2821 for a visitor’s packet or visit our Contact Page to order more information.   Click here to view a printable PDF version of the Self-Guided Amish Tour.

Art Self-Guided Tour

Our tour starts at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (1207 W. Broadway, Three Rivers).  Other nearby lodging facilities include The Super 8 (689 Super 8 Way), T &R Inn Between the Lakes B&B (58656 Corey Lake Rd) and America’s Best Value Inn & Suites (1211 W. Broadway).  Any River Country lodging facility would be happy to help you get settled for your getaway in River Country.  We also have lodging coupons and discounts available.  We have Clip N Save Lodging Coupons to help make your trip to River Country affordable.  Click here to visit our Lodging Coupons and Discounts page.  From the Holiday Inn Express, head west on West Broadway to US-131.  Turn right and travel north .6 miles and veer right onto West Michigan Ave.  Travel east on West Michigan Avenue to Main Street.  Turn left onto North Main Street to the Carnegie Center for the Arts (107 N Main St) on the corner of Main Street and Portage Street. The Carnegie Center has a variety of exhibits.   Kiddie corner across Main Street from the Carnegie Center will be the Golden Finch Frame & Gallery (62 N Main St). Browse their framed or unframed art.

Now the tour heads north to Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.  This is a great place for young people as well as adults.  This museum has interactive exhibits, a planetarium, history exhibits and much more.  Travel north on Main Street to US-131.  Turn right and head north on US-131 for about 20 miles to exit 36-A (Stadium Dr).  Travel east towards Kalamazoo.  Take a right onto West Michigan Avenue and travel .4 miles to N. Rose St.  Turn left onto N. Rose Street.  The museum will be on your right.

After touring the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, head north on N. Rose Street and take the 3rd left onto W. Kalamazoo Street.  Travel about .2 miles and veer left onto Michikal Street.  Michikal Street will turn into West Michigan Ave.  Follow West Michigan Ave which will turn into Stadium Drive.  Follow Stadium Drive and take US-131 South.  Travel about 14 miles south and turn left onto Michigan Avenue.  Head east on Michigan Avenue about 5.5 miles and turn right onto Silver Street.  Take the 3rd right to stay on Silver Street.   Travel south on Silver Street to M-60.  Turn left on M-60 and travel east for 5.5 miles to M-66.  Turn right onto M-66 South and travel about 14.7 miles to W. Chicago Rd (US-12).  Turn right onto W. Chicago Road and the Open Door Gallery will be on your right.

After touring the Open Door Art Gallery, you may want to stop for something to eat.  Sturgis has some great restaurants.  DaVinci’s Italian Restaurant is on Chicago Road, east of the Open Door Gallery.  Another great place to eat is Fiesta Mexicana on Centreville Rd (M-66).  From Open Door Gallery, head west to S. Centreville Road and turn left.  There are quite a few restaurants on this stretch of road and also the big stores like Kmart and Walmart.

After touring Open Door Art Gallery and taking in some dinner, head west on Chicago Road (US-12) for about 12.5 miles to US-131.  Turn right onto US-131 North and travel about 3.6 miles into Constantine.  You will need to turn right onto Broad Street (US-131N) to continue on US-131 Northbound to Three Rivers.  Turn right onto West Broadway Street to return to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites. Click here to view a printable PDF version of this art tour.

Bed and Breakfast Two Day Sight-Seeing Tour

Day One:

Stay at T & R Inn Between the Lakes (58656 Corey Lake Rd.) and enjoy all the seasons of River Country.  Spring brings the bright colorful flowers in the Inn’s tended gardens, while summer brings out the boats for a boating excursion or some inland lake fishing.   The fall brings the Three Rivers Color Tour, usually the second weekend in October with over a dozen stops, including a car show, and miles of brilliant fall colors.  The winter season is a great time to lodge at the T&R Inn.  Ric is the snowsports learning center director at Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area and can get you set up with equipment T&R Inn Between the Lakes R800   Photo courtesy of T&R Inn Between the Lakesrentals at Swiss Valley Ski Area for those adventurers who want to try a new experience or bring your own equipment and hit the slopes and the terrain park.  Click here to access our Accommodations page for direct access to the T&R Inn B&B website.
Your journey begins by turning right from the Inn and traveling south on Corey Lake Rd, turning left (east) at Jack’s Family Pizzeria.  Stay on Corey Lake Rd and stop in at Corey Lake Orchards (12147 Corey Lake Rd.) for U-Pick veggies and fruit while in season (open May til October).  Check out their brandy tasting room.   Head east on Corey Lake Rd and turn right onto Arthur L Jones Rd.  Travel south to M-60 and turn left and head east towards Three Rivers.  M-60 will merge with Northbound US131.  Veer off of US-131 and head east on West Michigan Ave (BR-131).  Turn right onto Spring Street and visit Scidmore Park and Petting Zoo (Spring Street) which will be on the left.  The Petting Zoo in Scidmore Park is open mid-May through October on Saturdays from 12pm-5pm.  Take Spring Street back out to West Michigan Ave(BR-131) and turn right heading east on West Michigan Ave (BR-131) to Railroad Street just past the railroad crossing.  Park in the north section of the parking lot on your left and take a walk across the bridge to Memory Isle Park (Railroad Street).  Enjoy the isle and view the rapids on the south end of the island.  While in Three Rivers, visit the shops along Main Street to the east of the parking lot.  Visit the Carnegie Center for the Arts (107 N Main St.).  This beautiful historical building has art exhibits throughout the year.  Head back out of the parking lot and turn right on Railroad Street back to West Michigan Ave (BR-131).  Turn Left onto West Michigan Ave (BR-131) and take a right onto Main Street.  You will see Liquid Therapy Canoe/Kayak Rentals (221 S. Main St.) on your right.  Enjoy a leisurely paddle down one of our vast river systems.  Liquid Therapy is open 7 days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day or call for reservations.  After a day on the river, take a left onto Main Street and turn right at the first light.  Travel on East Michigan Avenue (M-60 E) about 5.8 miles to Fisher Lake Inn (19984 M-60).  Fisher Lake Inn will be on your left side.  Enjoy a relaxing dinner outside on the deck during the warm months, or sit in their beautiful dining room and watch the wildlife on Fisher Lake.  You may even see a float plane land on the lake.  Take a right out of the Fisher Lake parking lot and head west on M-60 about 4.1 miles.  Veer off to the right on Hoffman Road and follow this a 1.5 miles to US-131.  Turn left onto US-131 and travel south, veering right onto M-60 West.  Head on M-60 W about six miles to Corey Lake Road and turn right.  The T&R Inn will be on your left about 2.8 miles down Corey Lake Road.

Day Two:

Head north on Corey Lake Road about .7 miles and veer to the right on Lucas Road.  Travel on Lucas Road about two miles and turn right onto Hoffman Road.  Travel 6.8 miles on Hoffman Road to M-60 East.  Turn left on M-60 and travel east 2.8 miles to Schweitzer Road.  Turn right onto Schweitzer Road and travel east.  Follow Schweitzer Rd until you get to the Langley Covered Bridge (Covered Bridge Rd/Schweitzer Rd).   Enjoy the view of this historical bridge constructed in 1887 and spans 282 feet across the mighty St. Joseph River.  Drive through the covered bridge and head north to Culbertson Cemetery (Covered Bridge Rd and Leland Rd).  This cemetery is in Ripley’s Believe It or Not for being the only cemetery in the middle of the road.  Follow Leland Rd (veers to the right), east and take the first left onto Silver Street.  Travel on Silver Street about two miles to M-60.  Turn right and head east on M-60 for seven miles, through the village of Mendon and turn left onto Olney Road.  Olney Road turns slightly right and becomes King Road.  Stop in and visit Rawson’s King Mill Park.  Sit by the waterfall and walk the grounds.  This is a great place to get the camera out.  Head back to M-60 by taking King Road back to Olney road to M-60.  Turn right onto M-60 and head west for 1.6 miles to M-66.  Turn left onto M-66 and travel south to M-86 W.  Turn right and travel west on M-86 to Nottawa Stone School (26456 M-86).  This historical one room school was used until 1961.  Just beyond Nottawa Stone School will be the Nottawa Fruit Farm (24976 M-86).  Stop in and pick up some Amish baked goods or in-season fruit and vegetables.  Just west on M-86, you can stop in at the St. Joseph Valley Golf Club (24953 M-86).  For a RIVER COUNTRY GOLF  PACKAGE, call Don Powell  St. Joe Valley Golf Club ; 269-467-6275.  Enjoy a round or two of golf and a drink in the bar after your outing.  Take a right onto M-86 and head east to M-66.  Travel south on M-66 about 8.4 miles to W. Chicago Road (US-12).  Turn right onto W. Chicago Road and you will see the Strand Theatre (219 W. Chicago Rd) on your right.  This quaint little theater has great prices and four theater rooms playing the latest movies.  After relaxing with a movie, let’s head to dinner.   Head west on W. Chicago Road and take the first right onto N. Clay Street.  Turn right onto West Street and then take a right onto N. Nottawa St.  Turn left onto W. Chicago Rd and travel a mile to DaVinci’s Restaurant (1616 E. Chicago Rd/US12).  The restaurant will be on the left.  Enjoy great dining experience then head west on Chicago Rd (US-12) about 13.7 miles to US-131N.  Turn right onto US-131 N and travel north about 3.6 miles to Constantine.  Continue onto N. Washington Street which will turn into Youngs Prairie Road.  Continue traveling on Youngs Prairie Road, about 5.2 miles to M-60 W.  Turn left on M-60 and travel west for 2.1 miles to Corey Lake Road.  Turn right onto Corey Lake Road and head back to the Inn.  Finish your day back at the T & R Inn with a sunset boating excursion on Corey Lake.  Ask Innkeeper Ric for details.   As you can see, River Country has much to offer any guest visiting our area.   Click here to view a printable PDF version of this tour.

 Bird Watching and Nature Self-Guided Tour

River Country is an excellent place to bird watch.  View a large variety of species that make their homes along our vast rivers and around our enchanting lakes and wetlands.  Take in the Hummingbird Festival at River Lake Inn Restaurant and Gardens every July.
Blue Jay sittin on a pine bough R800   by Cheryl LombardOur tour starts on the northern outskirts of Three Rivers on Portage Road, just north of Hoffman Road.  Hidden Marsh Sanctuary is Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s most visited preserve/sanctuary with 38 acres of wetlands, providing a home to a variety of wildlife.  Easy walking trails along the wetlands of the Portage River make their way to Hidden Pond.  This area is especially colorful in the fall with a landscape of vivid reds and brilliant orange vegetation.  Stop at the overlook on Hidden Pond where waterfowl make their seasonal home and try and spot the beaver lodge.
Now, onward heading south on Portage Road to Hoffman Road.  Turn right at this four-way stop and continue through the city of Three Rivers, cross US-131 and take a left on Kerr Creek Road and head south to Coon Hollow Road.  Take a right on Coon Hollow Road and travel west to Ferguson Road.  Turn left and head south just a little bit on Ferguson Road until you get to Chase Road.  The Coon Hollow Preserve resides on Chase Road where you can view wildlife and a variety of birds on this four acre preserve. This pristine preserve has public trails along Kerr Creek and is part of the SWMLC (Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy).  The property was donated in 2007 to preserve this wonderful natural resource and wetlands for great blue herons, Sandhill Cranes and wood ducks.Red Wing by the feeder on the St. Joseph River R800  vignetter
Your next stop will be the White Pigeon River Sanctuary.  Take Ferguson Road south to Broadway Road.  Turn left on Broadway Road and head east to Roberts Road.  Turn right and travel south on Roberts Road until it dead ends into Drummond Road.  Take a right onto Drummond Road and head west around the curve where the road changes to Shaffer Road.  Stay on Shaffer heading south until you reach the end of Shaffer Road.  Turn Left and travel east on Quarterline Road into the Village of Constantine.  Turn right on North Washington Street (US-131).  You may want to stop for lunch at Meek’s Mill Restaurant, just off N. Washington on East Water Street.  Get back onto S. Washington Street (US-131) and head south one block to W. 2nd Street and turn right on W. 2nd Street heading southwest.  This road will turn into Riverside Drive.  Follow Riverside Drive and turn right onto Burke Road.   Head south on Burke Road past Miller Road, Dickinson Road and US-12.  Park at the Burke Road and Silver Creek Road intersection.
The White Pigeon River Sanctuary has 58 acres of trails with more than 50 species of birds, large snapping turtles and other wildlife.  This is also a spot you can drop in your canoe or kayak and paddle down to Vistula Road., west of Burke Road.  You would need to have another vehicle to leave on Vistula Road to get you and your water craft back to White Pigeon River Sanctuary.
This completes your St. Joseph County Bird Watching tour.  Head back north on Burke Road to US-12.  Travel east on US-12, which will take you to the village of White Pigeon.  Relax with dinner at the Country Table Restaurant.  The restaurant resides on US-12 (Chicago Road) just east of US-131.  After dinner, head west on US-12 to US-131 and travel north back to Three Rivers, or, for a more peaceful drive, take US-12 east to Lutz Road.  Turn left on Lutz Road and head north to Three Rivers.   (Leave only footprints, take only pictures)
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Visit some of the Cass County Parks or St. Joseph County Parks for some great bird watching opportunities.  For more information on local birds and what to look for, contact Nottawa Wild Bird Seed at 269-659-8777.

 Garden Self-Guided Tour

Our tour starts in Three Rivers.  Three Rivers boast a variety of hotels and a bed and breakfast inn to stay at while finding our hidden treasures in River Country.  Lodging options include a stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites offering an indoor pool and fitness room along with a hot breakfast bar.  America’s Best Value Inn & Suites attracts visitor looking for a value and a pet friendly facility.  Free hot breakfast bar awaits you each and every morning.   The Super 8 offers an indoor pool, a fitness room and free continental breakfast.   Click here to access our Accommodations page.  From any of these hotels, take US-131 north to West Michigan Avenue (BR-131).  Veer slightly right off US-131 onto Michigan Avenue (BR-131) and travel east to Spring Street.  Take a right on Spring Street and view Scidmore Park on the left side (east side) of Spring Street.  Take the first left into Scidmore Park and Petting Zoo and explore the winding walks along the St. Joseph River, the gardens, the animals and the waterfowl that visit the St. Joseph River at Scidmore Park.  On Saturdays, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend the petting zoo is open to the public for an up close view of the animals that are kept and tended at the park.  The kids can explore and play at the playground of Scidmore Park.
After leaving the park, travel back to Michigan Avenue (BR-131) and turn right on Michigan Avenue.  Head east, across Main Street in downtown Three Rivers and travel approximately 12 miles on M-60 into the village of Mendon.  Turn right on S. Nottawa Street and take the second right onto Simpson Road.  Less than a half a mile, you can view the beautiful gardens of famous author Sarah Stewart on the south (left) side of Simpson Road.  Author Sarah Stewart and her husband Illustrator David Small live in the historical Marantette House, across the streetThe Beautiful Grounds of Rawson's King Mill Park R800   by Cheryl Lombard from the gardens.  Sarah Stewart is an award winning author who has written many children’s books including ‘The Gardener’, ‘The Library’ and newly published ‘The Quiet Place’.  Turn around and head back on Simpson Road to Nottawa Road. Turn right onto Nottawa Road and head south four miles to Wasepi Road.   Turn right on Wasepi Road and the Country Side Greenhouse (25920 Wasepi Rd) will be on your right (north) side of the road, about a tenth of a mile from Nottawa Road.  This Amish owned greenhouse has some great in-season deals on potted plants and vegetable plants.  Head back out to Nottawa Road and turn left.  Travel north one mile and turn right onto Spring Creek Road.  Travel east on Spring Creek Road and veer off to the left (north) onto Cupp Road.   Take Cupp Road to M-66 and turn left.  Follow M-66 north 1.6 miles to Olney Road.  (note-M-66 will merge with M-60 east).  Turn left onto Olney Road and travel a mile or so.  Olney Road veers slightly right and becomes King Road.  Rawson’s King Mill Park will appear on your right.  There is a small parking lot right off the road.  Park, relax and walk the beautiful grounds of the park.  You will see the large historic grist mill from the Hand Pump and Grounds at Rawson's  Mill Park  R800   by Cheryl Lombardparking lot and a hand water pump.  Travel down the paths to Nottawa Creek where there are bridges to cross the creek for some great snapshots.  Oh, did I mention, don’t forget your camera.  Sit and enjoy the wide cascading waterfall along the banks of Nottawa Creek.  Upon leaving Rawson’s King Mill Park, you will travel northeast on King Road.  Directly after the curve, before the bridge, is also a great spot to pull off and take photos of the river above the falls and the other side of the road offers a lovely view of Nottawa Creek.  There’s also a canoe launch facility right after the bridge that crosses Nottawa Creek, on the right side.  Follow King Road about a mile or so into the village of Leonidas.  Cross M-60 onto Fulton Road and travel south about a mile to Swonk Road.  Turn left and head southeast on Swonk Road about a mile and turn right onto Correll Road.  Travel about 1.6 miles south on Correll Road to Blossom Road.  Turn left onto Blossom Road and head northeast to Shannon Road.  Turn right onto Shannon Road and head southeast.  Shannon Road will turn into Stowell Road.  Travel a mile or so and turn left onto Ralston Road.  The River Lake Inn Restaurant and Gardens (726 Ralston Rd) will appear on your right.  The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 4pm to 8pm and Sundays from Noon to 8pm.  Take in dinner which includes viewing dozens of hummingbirds from feeders that surround the restaurant during the summer months to winter, which invites the deer to feed under the lights in the gardens.  Take a peaceful walk through the vast gardens after enjoying a splendid dinner.  River Lake Inn Restaurant also hosts the annual Hummingbird Festival, every July, which involves the catching and banding of hummingbirds, working in cooperation with a federal research project.
When you are done, head back on Ralston Road to Stowell Road.  You will turn left onto Stowell Road and travel a half mile south to Wattles Road.  Turn right onto Wattles Road to and head southwest to N. Burr Oak Road.  Take a slight left onto N. Burr Oak Road and travel south to M-86.  Turn right onto M-86 and travel through the village of Colon.  Stay on M-86 heading west about 5.5 miles to M-66.  Turn left and head south on M-66 to M-86.  Nottawa Fruit Farm is about three miles west of M-66 on M-86.  Choose from a variety of in-season fruits and vegetables, jams and baked goods.  Head west on M-86 and head back to Three Rivers.   This ends the tour.  Take the curve to the right where M-86 ends and the road turns into Main Street.  Take Main Street to Broadway Street and turn left onto Broadway.  The Holiday Inn Express and America’s Best Value Inn are down this road before you get to US-131.  If staying at the Super 8 Hotel, take Broadway west to US-131 and turn right.  The Super 8 will be on the right (east) side of US-131.  For more information, call River Country Tourism Council at 800-447-2821. Click here to view a printable PDF version of this garden tour.

Entertainment Tour

This is the place for scrapbooking, art exhibits, bar hopping and shopping and magic.  Make your lodging reservations to stay and enjoy a trip to the 2nd Sunday Antique and Collectibles Market at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds (May-October) and shopping at the Tree Of Life or R & J’s Gifts in Centreville.  Three Rivers boasts of hand crafted jewelry at UniQ, crafts at The Craft Fair or unique gifts at World Fare or framed artwork and custom framing at the Golden Finch Frame Shop.  Take in a movie at the Riviera Theatre or view art exhibits at the Carnegie Center for the Arts.  Sturgis offers scrapbooking supplies at Magic Moments Scrapbooking or the Dutch Kuntry Corner.  Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Sturges-Young Auditorium or enjoy some Italian cuisine at Davinci’s Restaurant.   Take a horseback ride at the Diamond D Ranch in Dowagiac.  Visit Abbott’s Magic Company or FAB Magic Company, in Colon, for magic shows on Saturdays (Memorial Day through Labor Day).  See Rawson’s King Mill Park for a great view of the waterfall and the old grist mill.  Look for the stone marker, identifying the landing site of aliens-one mile west of Leonidas on King Road.

Girls Getaway Weekend Self-Guided Tour

In Sturgis:

River Country is the place to get the ladies out for a weekend of fun, pampering and shopping.   Make your lodging reservations at the Hampton Inn (71451 S. Centerville Rd.), the Country Hearth Inn (70045 S. Centerville Rd.), the American Inn (2806 S. Centerville Rd.) or Travelodge (1301 S. Centerville Rd.).  If you prefer a B&B, try T&R Inn Between the Lakes (58656 Corey Lake Rd.).  Coupons are available for the Hampton Inn and the Country Hearth InnClick here for more information on lodging discounts and to the clip n save coupons.

Sturgis offers many retail shops including the chain brands of Kmart (69080 M-66), JC Penney (1523 E. Chicago Rd.) and Sears (315 S. Centerville Rd.).  The local downtown shops offer a great small town shopping experience.  The Open Door Gallery (101 W. Chicago Rd.) boasts local artwork, pottery, jewelry and more.  If you enjoy scrapbooking, stop in at Magic Moments Scrapbooking (104 W. Chicago Rd.) for all your scrapbooking needs.  For the book lovers, Lowry’s Books & More (118 W. Chicago Rd.) has books, puzzles and children’s gifts.  Laura Jean’s Unique Boutique (120 W. Chicago Rd.) offers that something special for you or someone special.  All that shopping can make a girl hungry.  Take in lunch at Fiesta Mexicana (Mexican Cuisine-1040 S. Centerville Rd.) or the King Dragon Buffet (Chinese Cuisine-1128 S. Centerville Rd.).  Need to be pampered?  Enjoy a manicure with your friends at Hollywood Nails (889 S. Centerville Rd.). Travel north on M-66 t0 M-86.  Turn left and travel west on M-86 to Nottawa Fruit Farm (24838 M-86).  The fruit farm is on the corner of Bucknell and M-86.  Enjoy in-season fresh produce and fruit, baked goods, and view the live indoor working bee hive.  Head west on M-86 to Rambadt Rd.  Turn right and travel north to Truckenmiller Rd.  Turn right and Miller’s Discount Store will be on your right hand side.  This Amish store with gas lighting, offers dried goods and herbs, along with cheese, meat and sundries.  Head east on Truckenmiller Rd to Nottawa Rd.  Turn left on Nottawa Rd and drive about 1 mile to Wasepi Rd.  Turn left on Wasepi Rd and travel west a short distance to the CountrySide Greenhouse.  This Amish run greenhouse offers potted plants along with vegetable plants.  From there, take Wasepi Rd east back to Nottawa Rd.  Turn right onto Nottawa Rd and travel 1.5 miles south to M-86.  Turn left and travel east to M-66.  Turn left onto M-66 and head south to Nottawa Wild Bird Supply (60300 M-66).  They have a large variety of bird houses, seed and supplies.  Travel south on M-66 to Londick Rd.  Turn right on Londick Rd and travel just a short distance to Chupp’s Herbs and Fabrics (27539 Londick Rd).  This is another Amish run store.  Head back to Sturgis by going back to M-66 and head south on M-66.
After a long day of shopping, have dinner at DaVinci’s Italian Restaurant (1616 E. Chicago Rd.), then take in a movie at The Strand Theater (219 W. Chicago Rd.).  This retro theatre has four theater rooms showing the current movies with matinee discounts.
Let loose at the end of the day with some fun at the Sluggo’s Sports Bar (1101 S. Centerville Rd).  Thursdays (9pm-12am) and Friday/Saturdays (9pm-2am) music and drink specials!  Click here for a PDF printable version of this tour.

Get the girls geared up to visit River Country for some shopping, relaxing and just plain old fun!
Call 800-447-2821 or visit our website for a Visitor’s Guide or Visitor’s Packet, including a county map for easy navigation.

In Three Rivers:

Bring your friends to Three Rivers and enjoy some pampering, relaxation and just plain fun!  There are a variety of lodging facilities available for your budget and needs.  The Super 8 (689 Super 8 Way), Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (1207 W. Broadway) and America’s Best Value Inn & Suites (1211 W. Broadway) are happy to help you get settled for your weekend getaway in River Country.  We also have lodging coupons and discounts available.  Click here for more information and our clip n save coupons for America’s Best Value Inn or the Holiday Inn Express.

Chain stores such as Meijer’s (800 S. US-131), Sears Hometown Store (211 N. US-131) and Wal-Mart (101 S. Tolbert Rd, off Millard Rd) are available.  For a more unique shopping experience, head down on Main Street and visit UniQ Jewelry (33 N. Main St.) offering custom jewelry, watches and gifts and World Fare (37 N. Main St.) offering a variety of goods and gift ideas.  Love Your Mother (39 N. Main St.) has Earth friendly goods including cleaning products and pet supplies.
Take in the current art exhibit at the Carnegie Center for the Arts (107 N. Main St.).  This beautiful historical building has two levels showcasing local art as well as traveling art exhibits.  Just down the street on Portage Avenue, you will find the Stray Dog Bookstore (138 Portage Ave.).  This bookstore offers unique soft and hard cover books.
On the west side of Main Street, you will find the Golden Finch Frame Shop (62 N. Main St.) offering custom framing, pre-framed artwork and gifts.  Centsible Treasures (58 N. Main St.) has gently used goods and clothing that make shopping affordable.  Visit Lowry’s Book & More (22 N. Main St.) to find that new or used book and children’s gifts.
Stop in at Paisano’s Restaurant (16 N. Main St.) for burgers, wraps, pizza and drink specials.  Reserve a time to pamper yourselves with a Swedish Mud Wrap at The Golden Touch Spa (1108 W. Michigan).  From the spa, take W. Michigan west to US-131.  Turn left onto South US-131 and travel .9 miles.  Veer right onto M-60 and travel west about 3.4 miles to Arthur L Jones Rd.  Turn right and drive north about .6 miles to Corey Lake Rd.  Turn left and drive just .3 miles to Corey Lake Orchards.  The farm will be on your left.  Corey Lake Orchards has in-season fruit, vegetables and a brandy tasting room.  Open seasonally, May through October.  Head back to Three Rivers.  You may want to check out the Riviera Theatre (50 N. Main St.) to see what entertainment is on the schedule.  Concerts, unique movies and operas in cinema are just some of the entertainment offered at the Riviera Theatre.  Maybe you want to relax and take in a movie.   Just north of Three Rivers off Main Street on Enterprise Drive, is the Three Rivers Cinema 6 (120 Enterprise Dr.).  This theater offers stadium seating with digital projection and sound and a snack bar with all the latest movies available.  Finish you day with fine dining on Fisher Lake at the Fisher Lake Inn (19984 M-60) just a few miles east of Three Rivers.  This restaurant offers a great salad bar, seafood and prime rib dinners.  Or, if heading out to the Cowboy Up and dine at Brewster’s Smokehouse Restaurant, right next to the Cowboy Up.  Hit the dance floor at the Cowboy Up (22046 M-60) with live music on Friday and Saturday nights.  Learn to line dance on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Check out their website for lesson times.  Cowboy Up is located just a few miles east of the Fisher Lake Inn on M-60.  Click here for a PDF printable version of this tour.

Two Day Golfing Self-Guided Tour

St Joe Valley Golf Club R800    by Cheryl LombardIf you have a passion for golf, River Country has golf courses that will inspire your game.  Stay at one of our lodging facilities in Three Rivers or Sturgis to enjoy a weekend of golf.  We offer Clip N Save coupons  and other lodging discounts to make your stay affordable.   (*mention the lodging discount coupon when making room reservations and present the coupon when checking in)  Visit our Accommodations Page for direct access to the hotel websites. 
Click here to view our printable River Country Golf Brochure.

**Please call to reserve tee times and check availability at our local golf courses**.

Golf Tour – Day One, Option A (Three Rivers Lodging):

Day one, Option A, starts at America’s Best Value Inn & Suites (ABVI), 1211 W. Broadway.  There are two other lodging facilities in close proximity to this hotel.  The Super 8, 689 Super 8 Way, is right off of US-131, just a block from Broadway Street.   The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1207 W. Broadway, is right next door to America’s Best Value Inn (ABVI) and has a lodging coupon available to save dollars on your stay.  Visit our Accommodations Page to get direct access to our lodging facilities’ websites.  Enjoy free hot breakfast bar at these Three Rivers lodging facilities or stop in at the Royal Cafe in Centreville and have a great breakfast.  From ABVI, take Broadway Street east 1.2 miles to Main Street.  Turn right and travel south for a ½ mile and veer left onto M-86 East.  Travel east about 5 miles to the village of Centreville, veering left at the traffic light coming into Centreville.  The Royal Cafe (701 E. Main St. (M-86) will be on the left side of M-86 just past the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds.  Enjoy breakfast which is served all day long or enjoy the salad bar, a great entree and fabulous desserts.  Your next stop will be at the St. Joe Valley Golf Club (24953 M-86, 269-467-6275), just 2.2 miles east of The Royal Cafe.  This great course offers 18 holes of golf with a bar and grill to enjoy a beverage on the turn.  St. Joe Valley Golf Club offersIsland Hills Golf Club R800   by Cheryl Lombard a golf discount for River Country visitors.  Click here for details.  Your next golf stop will be at Island Hills Golf Club (61809 Stonegate Dr, 269-467-7261).  Take a left onto M-86 and travel west for two miles.  Turn left onto Shimmel Rd and travel south about 1.3 miles.  Island Hills Golf Club will be on the left.  This is a beautifully landscaped 18-hole course that winds around Klinger Lake with challenging fairways and greens.  Enjoy a beverage at the turn in the bar.  After a long day of golf, you may want to take a peaceful drive into the historical village of Constantine for dinner.  Turn left onto Shimmel Rd when leaving the golf course and travel south to Featherstone Road.  Turn right and travel west on Featherstone Rd about 8 miles, Featherstone Rd will turn into Water Street.  Turn right onto S. Washington St and take the 1st left onto W. Water Street.  The historic Harvey House Restaurant (125 W. Water St.) in Constantine will be on the right side.  Relax and enjoy dinner after a long day of golf.  Head back out onto Water St, retracing your steps with a right onto S. Washington St.  Take the 1st left onto E. Water St which turns into Featherstone Rd.  Travel about two miles east and turn left onto Lutz Rd.  Travel north about five miles on Lutz Rd.  Lutz Rd will turn into Main Street when you enter the city of Three Rivers.  Turn left onto Broadway Street and head back to your hotel.

Golf Tour – Day One, Option B  (Sturgis Lodging):

Stay at the Hampton Inn (71451 S, Centerville Rd) and enjoy free hot breakfast bar and savings on your room with our lodging discount coupon (*mention the lodging discount coupon when making room reservations and present the coupon when checking in).  Click here to view our Lodging Discounts and Clip N Save Coupons for the Hampton Inn and the Country Hearth Inn.  The Travelodge  (1301 S. Centerville Rd), just across the street from the Hampton Inn, offers affordable lodging with an outdoor pool.  Clean and reasonable nearby motels include the American Inn (2806 S Centerville Rd) and the Country Hearth Inn (70045 S Centerville Rd) offering a 20% discount coupon (*mention the lodging discount coupon when making room reservations and present the coupon when checking in).  Visit our Accommodations Page to get direct access to our lodging facilities’ websites.
If you would like breakfast elsewhere, head north about two miles to the Savory Family Restaurant (69825 S. Centerville Rd).  Enjoy a hearty breakfast then head north on Centerville Rd (M-66) to W. Chicago Rd (US-12).  Turn right and travel about a ½ mile on Chicago Rd (US-12).  Turn left onto N. Nottawa St (M-66) and travel north about 8.4 miles to M-86 W.  Turn left and head west on M-86 about 3 miles and turn left at St. Joe Valley Golf Club (24953 M-86, 269-467-6275).  *Don’t forget to ask for the River Country golf special offering discounted golf *.  Click here for details.  Enjoy 18 holes of golf and don’t forget to stop in at the turn for a bite to eat and refreshments.  Turn left from the golf course and head west on M-86 about 2 miles.  Turn left onto Shimmel Rd and head south about 1.3 miles.  Island Hills Golf Club (61809 Stonegate Dr, 269-467-7261) will be on the left side of the road.  Enjoy this 18-hole course with challenging fairways and greens.  After finishing for the day, take a left onto Shimmel Rd and head south about 7.4 miles.  Turn left onto US-12 (W Chicago Rd) and travel east 4 miles.  Turn right onto S. Centerville Rd (M-66) and stop in to the Fiesta Mexicana (1040 S. Centerville Rd (M-66) for a great Mexican meal with daily drink specials. Just travel a few blocks south and return to the Hampton Inn or one of the other lodging facilities on this stretch.  Happy Golfing!

Golf Tour – Day Two:

Day two starts at America’s Best Value Inn & Suites (ABVI), 1211 W. Broadway.  There are two other lodging facilities in close proximity to this hotel.  The Super 8, 689 Super 8 Way, is right off of US-131, just a block from Broadway Street.   The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1207 W. Broadway, is right next door to America’s Best Value Inn (ABVI) and has a lodging coupon available to save dollars on your stay.  Our  Clip N Save coupons  and other lodging discounts to make your stay affordable.   (*mention the lodging discount coupon when making room reservations and present the coupon when checking in)  Visit our Accommodations Page for direct access to the hotel websites.  Enjoy free hot breakfast bar at these Three Rivers lodging facilities or stop in downtown Three Rivers and have a great breakfast at the Main Street Café, 13N. Main St).  From ABVI, take Broadway Street east 1.2 miles to Main Street.  Turn left and travel north on Main Street.  The café is on the main drag, on your right, in downtown Three Rivers. Your next stop will be at Pine View Golf Club (52065 Pulver Rd, 269-279-5131).  This golf course offers TWO 18-hole courses to choose from or play all 36 holes for a great golf experience. Click here to access golf specials and discounts at Pine View Golf Club.  To travel to Pine View Golf Club from Main Street, travel north for a couple of miles to US-131.  You will pass Frankie’s Train Caboose Restaurant and come up to US-131.  Turn right and head north on US-131 to M-216.  Turn left on M-216 and travel west for 1.5 miles.  Turn right onto Pulver Rd and travel north less than one mile to Pine View Golf Club.  The driveway will be on your right.   Don’t forget to call for tee times to make sure you can complete your rounds of golf before leagues start in the afternoon.  They have some challenging fairways and greens that will meet and exceed your expectations. A bar and grill is available to grab a snack and beverage on the turn.   After a day full of fun at the golf course, you will want to sit down and have a relaxing meal.  Take Pulver Rd Fisher Lake Inn Main Dining Area R800   by Cheryl Lombardback out to M-216.  Turn left onto M-216 and travel east back to US-131.  Turn right onto US-131 and travel south for two miles.  Turn left onto Heimbach Rd and travel east for almost 4 miles to M-60.  Turn right onto M-60 and travel south for one mile.  CJ’s Fisher Lake Inn (19984 M-60, 269-279-7984) will be on your right side.  Sit in the beautiful dining areas or grab a table on their patio overlooking Fisher Lake.  Enjoy a super salad bar with their special bar cheese and some great entrees.  The view is spectacular.  You may want to reserve a table if you are planning a visit on Friday or Saturday evening.  To head back to Three Rivers, turn right onto M-60 and travel for 4.2 miles to Hoffman St.  Veer to the right onto Hoffman St and travel about 1 ½ miles to US-131.  Turn left at the light on US-131 and head south to Broadway Street.  Turn left on Broadway Street and ABVI  and the Holiday Inn Express will be on your left.  If you are staying at the Super 8, take a left from US-131 onto Super 8 Way.  We hope you enjoyed your golfing experience in River Country. 
Click here  for a PDF printable version of the Golf Tour.

  Historical Self-Guided Tour

River Country has many historical sites in St. Joseph County.  Most of the historical sites are now privately owned or owned by Historical Societies.  You can drive by them, but some are closed to the public or by appointment only.  This is a great drive to see the area and take in some sites.   The tour starts at America’s Best Value Inn (1211 W. Broadway Street).  Take US-131 south for 6.2 miles and turn left onto N. Washington Street in the village of Constantine.    Your first stop on the tour is the Governor John S. Barry Museum (300 N Washington St.).  This home was buit in the 1830s and served as home to the third Michigan Governor, John S. Barry.  The museum is opened for special occasions or by appointment only.  Just down the road in Constantine is the Morse-Scoville House (685 S. Washington St.).  This Victorian Italianate style home with roof-top cupola was built in the mid 1860s.
Head southeast on S. Washington Street (US-131 S) to the village of White Pigeon.  There is a historical burial site on the NW corner of US-131 and US-12, honoring Chief Wahbememe (aka Chief White Pigeon).  Potawatomi Chief Wahbememe (White Pigeon) was a signer of the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, which placed Michigan Great Lakes forts in U.S. hands.  This Potawatomi Chief was beloved by the white settlers.  History tells the story of how Chief White Pigeon saved the settlers from being attacked.  He got wind of an attack to the settlement, now known as White Pigeon, while attending a gathering of chiefs in Detroit.  He ran, without food or water, 150 miles to save the settlers.  He arrived back, in time with the warning, and passed away soon after from exhaustion.
Our next stop is just down the road going east on W. Chicago Rd./US-12 in White Pigeon.  The US Land Office (113 W. Chicago Rd.) on your right is the oldest land office remaining in Michigan.  In 1821, the Treaty of Chicago was signed, giving the federal government tribal lands in the southwest Michigan Territory.  In 1831, the government opened this land office and between 1831 and 1834, the land office sold some 260,000 acres at $1.25 per acre.
Head east on US-12 about 11.2 miles and turn left on N. Centerville St.  Travel a ½ mile and turn right on McKee Street, then take the first right onto N. Clay Street.  North Clay Street makes a sharp left and turns into W. Main Street.  The Lake Shore Depot was owned by the New York Central Railraod.  This 1890s building was renovated in 1977 and is home to the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce (200 W. Main St.).  Visitors can go inside, tour the building and view it’s memorabilia.  Head east from the train depot to N. Nottawa Rd. (M-66).
Turn left onto M-66 and head north about 8 miles and turn left onto M-86.  The Nottawa Stone School (26456 M-86), will be about 1.5 miles, on your right side.  This one room stone school was used for classes until 1961. The schoolhouse was built in 1870. Tours are available by appointment only.    Head back east on M-86 to M-66 and turn Land Office w caption R800   photo courtesy of Carol Gilbertleft onto M-66 N.  Travel about 1.7 miles and you will veer to the right onto M-86 West and travel  about 5 miles into the village of Colon and visit the Colon Township Library (128 S Blackstone Ave).  The library will be on your left.  Head north on Blackstone Ave to the Colon Historical Museum (211 N. Blackstone Ave.), just one block north of the library.  The museum will be on your left.   The museum is opened to the public June to Labor Day Weekend, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 2-4:30pm.  After a tour of the museum, head south on Blackstone Ave and stay on this road as it will turn into M-68 West.  Turn right onto Farrand Road and Farrand Hall  (58522 N. Farrand Rd.) will be on your left.  This is not open to the public.    This Greek Revival style home was built in the mid 1800s.
Stay on Farrand Road and head north.  This road turns into Correll Road.  Take a left onto Swonk Road and follow for about a mile, then turn right onto Fulton Road.  Fulton Road will take you into the village of Leonidas.  This is a bit of a confusing intersection due to the fact that four roads intertwine here.  You will take King Road, which is across M-60.  The post office sits on King Road.  Take King Road for about 1.2 miles and Rawson’s King Mill Park will be on the left after you cross the bridge across Nottawa Creek.
From Rawson’s King Mill Park, head west on King Road (King Road will turn left and become Olney Road).  TurnMarantette House  R800 vignette  by Cheryl Lombard right onto M-60 West and travel about 3.5 miles into the village of Mendon.  Turn left onto Nottawa Street and take the second right onto Simpson Road.  The Marantette House (25538 Simpson Rd.) will be about  a ½ mile on Simpson Road.  This house was home to a legendary horse woman, Emma Marantette who performed in the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus.  The home, known as “Queen of the Prairie” by some of the settlers, was built in 1835.  Turn around and head back east on Simpson Road to Nottawa Street.  Turn left onto Nottawa Street and take second left onto M-60 W.  Take M-60 heading west about 3.5 miles to Silver Street.  Turn left on Silver Street and travel 2 miles.  Turn right on Leland Road.  Travel about .6 miles and take the sharp left onto Covered Bridge Road.  As you take the curve, Culbertson Cemetery will be in the intersection of these roads.  This cemetery is in ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ for being the only cemetery in the middle of the road.  About .7 miles from the cemetery will be the Sue Silliman House R800  by Cheryl LombardLangley Covered Bridge.  Built in 1887, this is the longest covered bridge in the state.  After traveling through the Langley Covered Bridge, turn right on Schweitzer Road and travel about 1.6 miles, veer slightly left to stay on Schweitzer Road.  Travel .8 miles and turn left onto M-60 W.  This will take you to Main Street in downtown Three Rivers.  At the light on Main Street, turn left and the Sue Silliman House & Blacksmith Shop (116 S. Main St.) will be on your left just after the intersection.   Park at the parking lot off Michigan Ave  The Silliman house was owned by Arthur Silliman, blacksmith, and was built in 1876.  In 1903, Arthur deeded the property to his daughter Sue Silliman.  This ends your historical tour in River Country.  To head back to America’s Best Value Inn, if that is where you are staying, travel south on South Main Street to Broadway Street and turn right.  The hotel is about one mile west on Broadway.  Below is a map of this tour and the driving directions.  Click here  for a printable PDF version of the Historical Tour.

Historical Bridges in River Country

Buckner Road Bridge/Buckner Rd./ St. Joseph River-1900
(single span truss bridge)

Cowling Road Bridge/Cowling Rd./Rocky River-date unknown
(concrete deck arch bridge, scenic abandoned bridge)



 

 

 

 

 

 

Haybridge Bridge/Haybridge Rd/Fawn River-1912
(half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge with pinned connections)
(closed to vehicle traffic in 2009)

 

 

 

 

 


Langley Covered Bridge
/Covered Bridge Rd./ St. Joseph River-1887
(timber truss bridge, open to vehicle traffic)

Langley Covered Bridge R800  w heading

 

 

 

 


Mottville Camelback Bridge
/US-12 / St. Joseph River-1922
(concrete 90 ft. plan curved chord through girder bridge)

(pedestrian use only)

M-86 Bridge/Prairie River-originally built in 1923, rebuilt in 1938
(Parker Pony truss bridge, open to vehicle traffic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marrantette or Railroad Street Bridge/St. Joseph River-1900
(Pratt through truss bridge with pinned connections)
(scenic abandoned bridge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopaholics Tour

Calling all shopaholics! Have we got a weekend for you.  There is so much great stuff to do you will want to be sure to plan for at least two days! Start your weekend in Three Rivers and check out such unique shops as Love Your Mother for natural and Earth friendly products, Centsible Treasures for antiques and gentle used goods.  If you enjoy books, check out Lowry’s Books or the Stray Dog Bookstore and get your loved one a special and unique piece of jewelry at UniQ. Head over to Constantine and find that special gift at The What-Not Shop.  Take in a movie or concert in Three Rivers at the Riviera Theatre after enjoying a great meal at Brewster’s Junction.

Give your second day a magical start at Abbott’s Magic Company or Fab Magic to see some of the world’s greatest magic props.   Saturdays between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend, bring magic shows to Abbott Magic Company and FAB Magic Company.  Visit our Attractions Page for contact information.   Enjoy an Amish shopping experience at Miller’s Discount Store or Yoder’s Country Market for some great meats, cheeses, homemade salads and dried goods.  While in Centreville, check out the Tree of Life featuring specialty gifts, cards, jewelry, and lake art.  Finish your day in Sturgis at the Open Door Gallery for those unique gifts or artwork.  Enjoy a great meal at Fiesta Mexicana or DaVinci’s Italian Restaurant and check with Sturges-Young Auditorium for evening entertainment.

Don’t forget to check the River Country webpage for local EVENTS to make your stay truly memorable.

Sports Tour

Get your heart rate going and build a day around the sporting opportunities offered in the area.  Begin your day with a light breakfast at Boundary Waters or try a specialty coffee at LA’s Coffee Cafe. Visit the skateboarding park in Three Rivers.  Cool off with a swim at Nottawa Park on Sand Lake or rent a pontoon boat through Pat’s Pontoon Services.  Water enthusiasts visit Colon Bait and Tackle on your way to your favorite fishing spot.  Call  800-447-2821 or click here to request a fishing brochure and our visitor brochure.  Enjoy a great salad bar at Fisher Lake Inn or one of their great lunch entrees, then take a walk through Hidden Marsh Sanctuary.   Dr. T K Lawless Park in Cass County has mountain bike trails to challenge any skill level.  Disc golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round of disc golf at Dr. T K Lawless Park or Meyer Broadway Park.

Winter Wonderland

St. Joseph County has more to offer than just summer activities; there are plenty of winter sites to keep you moving all winter long.  Bundle up the family and have a blast this winter with a Winter Wonderland tour!

Head out to Corey Lake in Three Rivers and enjoy some great old-fashioned ice fishing.  After you catch enough fish, make your way to Swiss Valley Ski Area in Jones for some downhill skiing or enjoy the snowboard terrain park.

Meyer Broadway Park in St. Joseph County and Dr. T K Lawless Park in Cass County, offers cross country skiing and lighted tubing for the whole family.

If you are looking for that special family Christmas tree, a must stop is the Timberly Tree Farm. Fresh cut or U-Cut trees are available with a warm barn to take the chill off.  Pick up some Christmas wreaths and other items for your family Christmas.  Enjoy a night  in Sturgis at the Hampton Inn, Travelodge, the American Inn Motel,  or the Country Hearth Inn, that is new renovated with a Honeymoon Jacuzzi Suite.  In Three Rivers, try the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites or the Super 8, both offer an indoor pool to take the winter chill off.  Click here to visit our Lodging Page.

Drive Carefully in Amish Country

Relax, slow down and enjoy the view.  The Amish communities’ major mode of transportation is by horse and buggy.  While the horses are accustomed to being on the road, please be careful and keep a respectable distance.  Discover Amish craftsmanship at the various wood shops in St. Joseph County. Explore this unique world and discover another of the hidden treasures of River Country.

Enjoy these Amish businesses; store hours/days vary and are closed on Sundays.

Click here for a printable version of our Amish businesses.

Burr Oak:

Chupp’s Herbs & Fabrics
27539 Londick Rd.
Phone: 269-659-3950

Covenant Church
*
32969 Custer Rd.
Phone: 269-432-3744
website

Maple Lane Buggy Shop
27324 Londick Rd.
Phone: 269-659-2099

Schwanda Doors
62306 Needham Rd.
Phone: 269-489-5194

Whispering Wood Creation
27410 Londick Rd.
Phone: 269-659-2099

Centreville:

Country Side Greenhouse & Produce
25920 Wasepi Rd.
Phone: 269-467-4967

Green Valley Harness & Welding Shop
23471 Corner Rd.
Phone: 269-467-4935

Hochstetler Greenhouse & Nursery
Truckenmiller Rd.

Hochstetler’s Saw Mill
24700 Walter Rd.

J & D Woodworking
59090 M-66

J & K Paint Shop
60176 M-66
Phone: 269-659-3042

M & E Cedar Works
59222 M-66

Miller Garden Repair
27693 Marvin Rd.Millers Discount Store R800 vignette    by Cheryl Lombard

Miller’s Discount Store*
A variety store offering groceries, bulk spices,
grains, specialty flours and a huge selection
of candy.  Cheese, glassware, wonderful baked
goods and unique items.  Enjoy this gas-lit
shopping experience.
24029 Truckenmiller Rd.
Phone: 269-467-4935

Yoder Welding
59354 M-66

Yoder’s Country Market*
Quality meats, homemade salads and baked
goods.  Bulk foods, pastas, a large variety of
cheeses and Amish crafted lawn furniture.
375 Eleanor Dr.
Phone: 269-467-4856
website

Yoder’s Custom Woodworking
28272 Marvin Rd.

Yoder’s General Store Paint & Supplies
27765 Wasepi Rd.

Colon:

Crow’s Nest Archery & Harness
30158 Marsh Rd.
Phone: 269-432-4366

Spring Creek Windows
58062 Lepley Rd.

Leonidas:

Wickey Furniture & Cabinets to Order
32637 M-60

Mendon:

Hillside Creation-Krafts
58267 Walterspaugh Rd.
Phone: 269-496-7041

Spring Creek General Store
24763 Spring Creek Rd.

Nottawa:

Yoder’s Wheel Repair
26339 Findley Rd.
Nottawa, MI 49075

Sturgis:

Borkholder Vinyl
62706 S. Nottawa Rd.

Country Vinyl Windows
25673 Sauger Lake Rd.

Dutch Kuntry Corner
26971 Banker St.
Phone: 269-651-3777 ext 2

Dutch Woodcraft
62267 S. Nottawa Rd.

F & E Woodworking
25800 Zabel Rd.
Phone: 269-659-9206

Locust Grove Furniture
62685 Nottawa Rd.
Phone: 269-659-1961

Oak Expressions
25611 Sauger Lake Rd.

Prairie River Woodworking
60560 Filmore Rd.
Phone: 269-467-7863

Riverside Apple Farm
28749 E. Hackman Rd.

*indicates financial supporter of River Country Tourism Council