HD Soap is back on the Arts and Eats tour! The weather is going to be amazing! There are so many great vendors where do you even begin to start your self-guided tour? Thursday, I took a minute to figure out a fun route that brought you to some great local artists, farms and restaurants. You will travel over 136 miles in the Gorgeous country side of southwest Michigan. The leaves are beautiful, the colors are starting to turn, and the weather looks perfect. Saturday and Sunday look to be in the low 60’s and mostly sunny. A perfect fall day!
This route is broken down into 2 sets of 10 stops! So meet a friend at HD Soap by Hilltop Designs in Dorr and carpool, enjoy the ride and you will see us, and 19 other great locations!
Stop #1: Artist Stop #24 Hilltop Designs HD | Come see us of course! Our new location has a great big parking lot, perfect for meeting friends and carpooling for this self guided tour! Our Address is 1632 142nd Ave. Dorr, MI 49323
Stop #2: Artist Stop #23 Wool-E Farms | Visit Artist Karen Slater and check out her Wool, Fiber, Paper and Cards. www.woolefarms.com
Stop #3: Farm Stop #53 Down Home Gardens | Visit a seventh-generation farm using sustainable agriculture; shop from their farm stand featuring produce, free range eggs, and honey. Be sure to like their Facebook Page! www.facebook.com/downhomegardens
Stop #4: Artist Stop #26 Cherry Tree Art Studio | Visit Artist Sara Strong Glupker, check out her beautiful Acrylic and Oil Paintings. www.sarastrongglupker.com
Stop #5: Farm Stop #54 Summer House Lavender Farm | Relaxing Gardens, aromatherapy products, lavender plants and so much more! www.summerhouselavenderfarm.com
Stop #6: Artist Stop #27 Reverie Design and Craft | Visit Artist Sandra Schneider’s Stoneware Pottery! Be sure to like her facebook page www.facebook.com/ReverieDesignCraft
Stop #7 Farm Stop #55 Virtue Cider | Michigan Craft Hard Cider sounds delightful and perfect for fall! www.virtuecider.com
Stop #8 Farm Stop #56 Evergreen Lane Creamery | Hand crafted cow and goat cheeses, you can also do some apple picking! A perfect time of year for that! www.evergreenlanefarm.com
Stop#9 Farm Stop #57 Dee’s Lakeshore Farm | A family Farm that offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, eggs flowers, herbs, jellies and jams! www.deeslakeshorefarm.wixsite.com/deeslakeshorefarm
Stop #10 Farm #58 Overhiser Orchards | Apples, pumpkins, animal barns and wagon rides. Sounds like fun for the whole family!www.overhiserorchard.com
And if you started this all at 10am, I’m thinking that you have reached Stop #10 about 1pm or 2pm depending on how long you’ve lingered at each stop. I bet you’ve had some treats along the way, but you might be getting hungry. So our next 10 stops will have some restaurants to check out, so you don’t get hangry! 🙂
Let’s try some wine at Stop #11 | Farm #59 McIntosh Orchards and Winery in South Haven www.mcintoshorchards.com
Stop #12 | Artist Stop #30 Newgrange Pottery Visit with artist Julie Devers and check out her functional pottery! www.newgrangepottery.com
Stop #13 | Artist Stop #31 Czuk Studio and visit with artist Peter Czuk who’s medium is wood. www.CzukStudio.com Beautiful!
Stop #14 | The City of Plainwell There are a handful of artist venues in this town. I would strongly suggest you check out Design Street, Cathy Green Pottery and Rutgers Wooden Spoon and Utensil Co, Artist stops #22, #21, and #20! And there is great food too! Check out Four Roses Cafe stop #41 and Barbed Wire Cafe #43
Stop #15 |Mezzo Coffee House Food and Drinks stop #42 I love their coffee! Fresh baked goods and more! You’ll need a little pick me up because at this point its probably nearing 5pm. I know you are thinking, “Coffee this late?” But you had a big day, and you still need to stay away for the amazing dinner you are going to have at your next stop!
- Stop #16 | Schaendorf Brewing Company #44 Second- Generation, local farmers using locally sourced beef, pork and diary! You will LOVE the food and atmosphere here! The beer is great too! When you are done eating enjoy a nice walk in quint downtown Allegan. After all, it is going to be a lovely evening.
As you mosey back to Dorr where you met to carpool earlier today, I’m going to take you past a location that you need to check out the NEXT time you are looking for something to do! Check out Artist Stop # 25 ABC Barn QUILTS. Barb will not be able to open her studio this weekend for health reasons, but she has creating a beautiful self guided tour of local business and places that she has made Barn Quilts for, we have brochures you can pickup tomorrow morning when you stop buy to start this amazing tour!
I hope you have enjoyed this route! It is the way I would go!!!
Here is the link to map #1 and you can send it directly to your phone!
https://goo.gl/maps/FZmMnkhiaQL1XdDXA and for map #2 https://goo.gl/maps/gEn8RveHPVvE3ej47
Let me know if you go another way!!
HD Soap will be open 10-5 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday for Arts and Eats 1632 142nd Street, Dorr MI!! This weekend only!
I hope to see you at Hilltop!