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Visitors Guide

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More than 50 rare and historic aircraft Magic Planet Fly Buy Museum Store Kitty Hawk Café

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Welcome

Welcome to Kalamazoo County!! Located in southwest Michigan at the crossroads of I-94 and US 131 and less than an hour from Lake Michigan, there is much to do for visitors of all ages and interests. The Kalamazoo region offers an array of world-class attractions, museums and galleries. Outdoor recreation is plentiful in all seasons featuring golf courses, biking/hiking trails, numerous public access lakes and ski resorts. Kalamazoo and the surrounding communities offer an abundance of shopping and dining experiences, many of which are locally owned and operated. Combined with a vibrant and progressive downtown city center, historical neighborhoods, theaters, wineries, brewpubs and so much more, it will be easy to see why the Kalamazoo region is such a fantastic destination. Home to 40,000 students attending five colleges and universities, education is certainly an integral component of our local landscape. A number of sports and performance arts activities, combined with a plethora of annual special events and festivals, make Kalamazoo an exciting destination throughout the year for visitors and residents to enjoy. All of this activity will encourage you to spend more than just a day in our region. There are more than 3,000 rooms available in lodging facilities throughout Kalamazoo County ranging from a fourdiamond, world class convention hotel to intimate bed and breakfast inns. Whether considering a visit or already here, our hospitality community and residents will work together to ensure your visit is exciting and enjoyable. We invite you to Discover Kalamazoo. You’ll be back. We promise!

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Photo by Michael Buck, Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

CALENDAR OF EVENTS VISITOR INFORMATION A PLACE IN HISTORY FOUR SEASONS

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Greater Kalamazoo Lodging Association
The Greater Kalamazoo Lodging Association warmly welcomes you to Kalamazoo County. Whether you pick Kalamazoo for business or leisure, our dedicated members can help you achieve all of your goals. Please visit our website for an updated list of members representing the county’s best accomodations and meeting facilities:

DESTINATION SERVICES MANAGER Lisa Kukulski, CMP COMMUNICATIONS & NEW MEDIA COORDINATOR Lorraine Austin DESTINATION RELATIONS ADMINISTRATOR Cam Peterson VISITOR INFORMATION SPECIALIST Kristi Ritsema
The 2010-11 Official Visitors Guide was created and produced by Lunar Cow in cooperation with the Kalamazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (doing business as Discover Kalamazoo). While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within this Visitor Guide, no responsibility will be assumed by Discover Kalamazoo or its associates for errors or omissions. Discover Kalamazoo makes no warranties regarding the information contained herein. All information provided herein is subject to change without notice. Copyright 2010 Lunar Cow; Akron, OH. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without the written permission of Discover Kalamazoo is strictly prohibited.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Courtesy of Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

For the most accurate and up-to-date listing of our calendar of events, visit
DiscoverKalamazoo.com or call (800) 888-0509.
Art Hop – a wide variety of artists are highlighted at Kalamazoo’s art galleries and other
businesses the first Friday of each month. Many locations offer hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Visitors can hop from one site to another and learn, enjoy and purchase art directly from the artists.

Mixer on the Mall – every Wednesday between Memorial Day and Labor Day beginning at 5 p.m.,

the north end of the mall in downtown Kalamazoo comes alive with music, libations and festivities. Join locals for one of Kalamazoo’s most enjoyable warm weather, mid-week events.

Sundays at the Stage – held every Sunday during the summer months beginning at 4 p.m.,

these free concerts featuring local performers take place in downtown Kalamazoo at the Rotary Club Stage in Bronson Park. The rain site is First Baptist Church.

Summer Entertainment Series – kicks off the summer months in the City of Portage with a
variety of entertainment options at various locations.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY

APRIL

Cooper’s Glen Music Festival
www.coopersglen.org
Various live performances, workshops, a children’s stage, arts, crafts, instrument displays, video screenings and other features make this festival one of southwest Michigan’s premier family events.

Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
(269) 342-1166 • www.thegilmore.com
Known as “The Ultimate Piano Fest,” the Gilmore Keyboard Festival presents over two weeks of concerts, recitals, jazz clubs, films and more. Held biennially (in the even-numbered years), it’s the largest gathering of keyboard artists in North America and takes place in and around Kalamazoo.

Great Winter Adventure

(269) 388-2830 • www.DowntownKalamazoo.org
Downtown Kalamazoo becomes a winter wonderland as artists turn ice into amazing sculptures, chili cook-off, etc.

MAY

FEBR UARY
(269) 321-1192

International Congress on Medieval Studies

Annual Vicksburg Showboat
An entire community brings its entertainment resources together to delight audiences with a musical revue.

(269) 387-8745 • www.wmich.edu/medieval

Scholars from around the world come to Kalamazoo for an intellectual exchange on medieval research and topics at Western Michigan University.

Winter Fun Fest

Kalamazoo Animation Festival International
(269) 373-7883 • www.kafi.kvcc.edu

(269) 694-9449 • www.timberridgeski.com

A day full of crazy winter games, including the cardboard classic, dummy downhill, drag race and more at Timber Ridge Ski Area.

A biennial (in the odd-numbered years) event bringing the best of the world’s animation and artists together for competition, seminars, retrospectives and screenings.

MARCH

JUNE

Annual Gold Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival
(269) 387-4667 • www.wmich.edu/music
Sit back and listen to jazz vocals from dozens of high school and college ensembles from multiple states and Canada at the Dalton Recital Hall at Western Michigan University. The event will conclude with a performance of the award-winning Gold Company at Miller Auditorium.

Dionysos Greekfest

(269) 345-1830 • www.KalamazooGreekFest.com
Celebration of Greek heritage and culture with Greek food, spirits and entertainment.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Annual Art Fair
(269) 349-7775 • www.kiarts.org

Kalamazoo Living History Show

(765) 563-6792 • www.kalamazooshow.com

Held in Bronson Park, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ annual juried Art Fair attracts approximately 50,000 attendees and 200 artists from around the country.

The largest, nationally recognized, juried show in the Midwest devoted to pre-1890 original or reproduction living history supplies and related crafts at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center.

Do-Dah Parade • (269) 344-0795 Vicksburg Old Car Festival

The Do-Dah Parade, where anything goes in the name of fun.

Maple Sugar Festival

(269) 381-1574 • www.naturecenter.org

(269) 649-1312 • www.vicksburgoldcarfestival.com
Spend the day browsing the arts and crafts show, steam & gas engine show and the Vicksburg Museum. Take a look at old, unique cars and more!

Enjoy the sweetest festival around and learn how to make homemade maple syrup at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Island Fest

(269) 372-7332 • www.kalamazoopipeband.org

(269) 385-6200 • www.islandfestkalamazoo.com

Join in the fun on the downtown mall with plenty of costumes and music.

Take a walk through “little Jamaica” and experience the arts and crafts vendors selling items ranging from woodcarvings to handmade drums, t-shirts, jewelry and everything in between. Caribbean style foods, drinks and reggae musicians create the fun.

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JULY

Blues Fest

USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships

(269) 381-6514 • www.kvba.org

(269) 337-7343 • www.ustaboys.com

Local and national musicians perform at Blues Fest, which earned an honorable mention in “Blues for Dummies” as one of the top festivals to watch.

Held in Kalamazoo since 1943, the premier USTA junior national championships draws the top 400 tennis players in the nation for a 10-day event with champions crowned in singles and doubles competitions.

Kindleberger Summer Festival
www.kindleberger.org
Festival features an arts and crafts fair, car show, 5K run/ walk, a city-street dance, symphony music, a children’s petting zoo and much more.

SEPTEMBER

Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival

(269) 655-1111 • www.wineandharvestfestival.com

Taste of Kalamazoo

(269) 385-6200 • www.tasteofkalamazoo.com
Eat, drink and enjoy music as local restaurants, breweries and wineries serve up their finest.

Sample wines from local vineyards and far beyond, enjoy live entertainment and join the grape stomping in the beautiful village of Paw Paw.

Street Rod Nationals North Plus
(800) 530-9192 • www.nsra-usa.com
Thousands of vehicles 30 years and older from all over North Central America and beyond attend this super automotive extravaganza at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center.

AUGUST

Ribfest

(269) 388-2830 • www.eventkalamazoo.com

You be the judge as national and local rib vendors compete in rib and sauce cook-offs. These ribs will set mouths on fire, but great beers from local brewers cool them down.

Historic Homes Tour

(269) 344-7432 • www.stuart-historic.org

Big League Softball World Series

Visitors can view the restored grandeur of structures built more than a century ago during a tour of stately neighborhoods and buildings in the Kalamazoo area.

(269) 345-3123 • www.softballworldseries.org

A division of Little League, the best girls (ages 14-18) softball teams in the world converge on Kalamazoo for a spirited week of fast pitch action.

Irish Festival

(269) 372-7332 • www.kalamazooirish.org

Black Arts Festival

Enjoy music, dance, history and tradition of the Emerald Isle.

(269) 349-1035 • www.blackartskalamazoo.org

The Black Arts & Cultural Center hosts a week-long event of art shows and community events.

Hispanic Heritage Festival
(269) 385-6279
Opening parade, arts, crafts, ethnic food and entertainment.

Family Festival

(269) 329-4522 • www.portagemi.com

The Family Festival is an activity packed festival held at the Celery Flats Historical Area in Portage. Come enjoy a day filled with excitement.

OCTOBER
(269) 626-8503

Old Tyme Harvest Festival
Enjoy Mother Nature’s harvest as the fall leaves change color at Scotts Mill County Park.

Kalamazoo County Fair

(269) 349-9791 • www.kalamazoocountyfair.com

The Kalamazoo County Fair is an annual fair that promotes local agriculture and creates a positive experience for families through exhibits, rides, family activities, entertainment and more.

Ski and Snowboard Festival (269) 873-3173

Michigan’s largest fall rail jam, exhibitor booths, live music and a sports movie premier.

Kalamazoo Scottish Festival

(269) 629-0453 • www.kalamazooscottishfestival.org
You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy the kilt-swishing, caber-tossing, border-collie barking and bag piping fun.

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DECEMBER

Kalamazoo Holiday Parade

(269) 388-2830 • www.DowntownKalamazoo.org

Beautiful floats, marching bands and even Santa Claus will wind through downtown Kalamazoo, with elves passing out candy and prizes along the parade route.

Kellogg Manor House Holiday Walk Tours

(269) 671-2416 • www.kbs.msu.edu

Festival of Trees

(269) 342-5562 • www.JLKalamazoo.org

Kellogg Manor on beautiful Gull Lake, the former home of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, is beautifully decorated for the holiday season and opens for tours on the weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Celebrate the holidays and browse through the decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, and shop in the Festival Gift Shop.

New Year’s Fest

(269) 388-2830 • www.NewYearsFest.com

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
(269) 382-2910 • www.mfsm.us
A biennial (odd years) event with religious entertainers from around the world performing at various churches and other venues throughout Kalamazoo.

New Year’s Eve celebration featuring dozens of entertainment acts in venues throughout downtown Kalamazoo with fireworks at midnight in Bronson Park.
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Friday & Saturday, September 24th & 25th - 2010 Arcadia Creek Festival Place 145 E. Water St. Downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo’s festival celebrating the diversity, power and beauty of sacred music. For complete festival lineup visit our website:
www.mfsm.us or see our Facebook page 2010-2011 Season Events
November 19-20, 2010, When the Spirit Soars:Sacred Music in a Contemporary Key with concerts and workshops with Joel Mabus and Carrie Newcomer in collaboration with Transformations Spirituality Center. February 23, 2011, Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda. Sixth Biennial Festival, November 2011

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

MUSIC, DANCE, ART, FOOD, DRINK and FUN
Presented by the Irish American Club of Kalamazoo
www.KalamazooIrish.org

P.O. Box 50566, Kalamazoo, MI 49005-0566 Phone: 269.382.2910 n E-mail: director@mfsm.us

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Complimentary Wireless Internet On-Site Laundry Facilities Free Deluxe Hot Breakfast Pet Friendly Close to Historical Downtown Kalamazoo Within 2 Miles of WMU and Kalamazoo College Business King Rooms Available Extended Stay Suites Available Group and Corporate Rates Available In Room Coffee Maker, Microwaves, Refrigerators, Hair Dryers, Ironing Boards, Irons For Reservations Call (269) 372-7999 or 1 (877) Baymont (269) 372-6095 fax 2203 South 11th Street Kalamazoo, MI 49009
August 4-11, 2010 Vanderberg Park Little League Complex Kalamazoo, Michigan
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FREE ADMISSION

Come experience Historic Celery Flats!
Bring your family to enjoy the beauty of Portage Creek Bicentennial Park which connects to Celery Flats Historical Area. Tour the historical buildings of Celery Flats, or walk the paved trail to enjoy the natural beauty of the parkway. You can rent a surrey bicycle for the entire family or canoe down Portage Creek and be on the look out for wildlife – deer, ducks, or turtles. Experience what it was like over 80 years ago to grow celery in the fertile fields around the Kalamazoo area. Visit the Interpretive Center to view numerous artifacts on display of a by gone era. Call the Portage Parks & Recreation Department at 269-329-4522 for current hours of operation.

Join us for an elegant and relaxing tea, sandwiches, scones and other delicious tea treats. Enjoy spending time at the historic Stuart Manor at the picturesque Celery Flats Historical Area (7335 Garden Lane, Portage, Michigan). The cost is $18 for Adults and $14 for youth 5-16. These prices include a three course tea, tax and gratuity. Teas usually run 90 minutes. Pre-paid reservations are required, as seating is limited. To reserve your space, call the Portage Parks & Recreation Department at 269-329-4522. Private and Fundraising Teas of 15 or more for your organization are also available throughout the year.

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VISITOR INFORMATION
Courtesy of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Discover Kalamazoo

141 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite 100 • Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Toll-free: (800) 888-0509 • DiscoverKalamazoo.com • generalinfo@discoverkalamazoo.com

Pure Michigan Statewide Information
(888) 784-7328

Visitor Information:

Information Radio Station: Information Line:

Tune into AM530 for ongoing events in Kalamazoo County during your visit. For up-to-date information on what’s happening in and around town, call the Visitor Information Line toll-free at (800) 888-0509 to speak to one of our friendly information specialists, who are on duty Monday–Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Eastern Time.

To obtain visitor information or maps, contact Discover Kalamazoo at (800) 888-0509 or visit our visitor information centers located at 141 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 100 or the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. You can also visit any of our hotel’s front desk information displays.

Kalamazoo Store:

Website:

Log onto DiscoverKalamazoo.com to find information about attractions, accommodations, dining, shopping, an updated calendar of events and much more.

“Yes, There Really is a Kalamazoo” souvenirs are available at the Discover Kalamazoo offices, Monday–Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Eastern Time. Browse through our gift shop, community brochure displays, or watch our visitor video to discover what the region has to offer. Visit our online Kalamazoo Store to view available souvenirs at DiscoverKalamazoo.com

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LOCATION DiscoverKalamazoo.com

VISITOR INFORMATION
Kalamazoo County is located in the heart of the Great Lakes region, midway between Chicago and Detroit at the intersection of I-94 and US-131. Area:

POPULATION

Lowest point: Highest point:

1,000 ft. above sea level

700 ft. above sea level

576 square miles

Kalamazoo County: 240,720 City of Kalamazoo: 75,312 City of Portage: 45,679

TIME ZONE : Eastern POLICE/MEDICAL CARE
Police (non-emergency): (269) 337-8994 Emergency police, fire and ambulance: 911

KALAMAZOO COUNTY AMENITIES
• Over 450 restaurants • 83 lakes with public access • 69 public parks • 22 public golf courses • 5 wineries • 3 brewpubs • 3 ski resorts • 2 state game areas • 1 tobogganing park

Borgess Medical Center

1521 Gull Road, Kalamazoo (269) 226-7000 • www.Borgess.com

Bronson Methodist Hospital Bronson Vicksburg Hospital
WORSHIP

601 John St., Kalamazoo (269) 341-7654 • www.bronsonhealth.com 13326 N. Boulevard, Vicksburg (269) 649-2321 • www.bronsonhealth.com Kalamazoo is home to more than 275 churches, synagogues and mosques. For a complete list of area houses of worship, visit DiscoverKalamazoo.com.

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURES

The climate is pleasant with four distinct seasons each year ranging from fall’s vibrant foliage to spring’s lush greenery. Kalamazoo County enjoys lake effect weather which is cooling during the warmer months and provides for a milder temperature during the cooler months. May: July: October:

February:

Average Annual Snowfall:

72 degrees F 85 degrees F 63 degrees F 35 degrees F 70 inches

FISHING/HUNTING LICENSES

Department of Natural Resources
(517) 373-1204 • www.michigan.gov/dnr

Weather Forecast: www.wwmt.com

Courtesy of Downtown Kalamazoo, Incorporated

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A PLACE IN HISTORY

Courtesy of Gilmore Car Museum

Situated midway between Chicago and Detroit, the Kalamazoo region began as a small fur-trading post founded by Titus Bronson in the late 1700s. Like many Michigan cities, Kalamazoo’s name was adapted from an Indian word, “kikalamazoo,” meaning boiling water. Water has long been a vital component in Kalamazoo’s major industries including papermaking and agriculture, which have helped the area grow and prosper.

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A PLACE IN HISTORY
Some of the many famous products manufactured in Kalamazoo include Checker Cabs, Gibson Guitars, Kalamazoo Stoves and Shakespeare fishing rods and reels. In the late 1800s, W.E. Upjohn moved to Kalamazoo and created The Upjohn Company, which is now part of Pfizer Corporation, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. Kalamazoo is home to five institutions of higher learning including Michigan’s oldest college, Kalamazoo College. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Davenport University and Cornerstone University infuse the community with more than 40,000 students, ensuring a vibrant college-town atmosphere. The National Register of Historic Places includes several buildings on the campus of Western Michigan University: the Psychiatric Hospital Water Tower, a 175-ft Queen Anne style landmark, the Gatekeeper’s Cottage, The Oaklands, Montague House and 11 buildings on East Campus. Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright built Usonian style homes in the late 1940s, located at Taliesin and Parkwyn Drives and in the city of Galesburg. One of the original “safe houses,” the Underground Railroad Home was built in 1835 by Kalamazoo County’s first doctor, Nathan Thomas. This small Greek Revival home hid former slaves en-route to freedom in Canada.

Bronson Park, named for founder Titus Bronson,

is the traditional center point of Central City. Surrounded by churches, Bronson Park features monuments to war veterans, an Indian (burial) Mound and the historic marker commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s only public speech in Michigan in 1856. Festivals, concerts and cultural events encourage visitors to linger among the lush flowers and trees. Additional historic districts include Stuart Avenue, South Street and the Vine Street District featuring elegant turn-of-the-century homes that serve as a reminder of the grand architecture of the past.

HOT SPOTS I N K A L A M A Z O O
On a visit to downtown Kalamazoo, you may find yourself strolling through one of the city’s six historical districts: East End, featuring the
creative renovation of old railroad buildings into nightclubs, antique stores, coffee shops and microbreweries.

South Town, an eclectic mix
of downtown neighborhoods, retail business and the elegant campus of Bronson Hospital.

Haymarket, offering the

latest in food and entertainment, surrounded by the classic architecture of the past.

Arcadia, a district that brings

art, festivals, music, history and education together.

Bronson Park, surrounded

by stately churches, features celebrations, art shows, summer concerts and holiday displays.

Kalamazoo Mall, anchored

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Gibson Guitars was founded in Kalamazoo. The song, “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo,” was made famous by Glenn Miller. Kalamazoo College students voted Sara Wooley that “Gal” and she traveled around the country appearing at Bond Drives and USO dances. The United Kennel Club, the nation’s second oldest and largest dog registry, was founded in Kalamazoo in 1898.

by the AAA 4-Diamond Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites on the north end and the Epic Center on the south end, is the first outdoor pedestrian mall in the United States. Offering a wide variety of shopping and dining choices, the Mall is also the site for special events and activities.

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FO U R S E A S O N S
Courtesy of Gull Lake Ministries

SPRING
Blooming flowers, returning birds and budding trees are all signs that the excitement and colors of spring are back in southwest Michigan and Kalamazoo County. With April showers come May flowers. Kalamazoo County is the bedding plant capital of the United States. Greenhouses are bursting with bedding plants beginning to make their way around the world. There is something for everyone to explore in Kalamazoo County. Nature, education and art are embodied in Kalamazoo’s numerous museums and attractions. You’re invited to experience priceless paintings and sculptures, learn about the evolution of aviation and automobiles, embrace the beauty of lush gardens and observe wildlife in their natural settings. Even a simple spring stroll through downtown Kalamazoo can be an architectural education. Kalamazoo is also home to a cooperative neighborhood designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the late ‘40s. The entire community is rich in history, culture and beauty.

SUMMER
Kalamazoo is a water wonderland during the summer. Fish, swim, water-ski, sail or boat in one of the dozens of lakes with public access throughout Kalamazoo County or visit the sandy shores of nearby Lake Michigan. Around every corner in Kalamazoo there is a park or trail with areas for picnics, biking or horseback riding. Experience a unique dining environment outside along a water fountain or on a balcony overlooking a shimmering lake or summer sunset. Explore our many farmers markets and sample what is in season. Outdoor recreation is plentiful in Kalamazoo County. Summer brings baseball games, championship tennis and softball tournaments. An abundance of sunshine provides a haven for golfers with acres of scenic courses to discover. Kalamazoo also fields a Frontier League baseball team, providing dozens of evenings throughout the summer for all to enjoy America’s pastime.

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FOUR SEASONS
Courtesy of Timber Ridge

Courtesy of Kalamazoo County Parks

FALL
Fall is when southwest Michigan shows its true colors. As temperatures begin to cool, the leaves of many trees begin to change exhibiting an incredible palette of warm oranges, fiery reds, and striking golds. Fall is a great time for hiking or biking on the Kal-Haven trail. The orchards, farmers markets and farm stands are ripe with fresh fruits and vegetables in season, while the wineries are harvesting and producing award-winning wines and juices. In the fall, Waldo Stadium roars when the Western Michigan University Broncos take the field for NCAA and Mid-American Conference football action, while Wings Stadium is home to professional hockey in the ECHL.

WINTER
When snow begins to fall, Kalamazoo becomes a winter wonderland. People flock to the local ski resorts and toboggan runs or head to the Kal-Haven trail for snowmobiling and crosscountry skiing and the lakes for ice fishing. There are six sheets of ice in Kalamazoo along with several skating ponds. The ski resorts offer beginner hills and challenging slopes for skiers and snowboarders. There’s nothing quite like the holiday season in southwest Michigan. Besides unique shopping venues and festivals, winter outdoor recreation and chic dining, Kalamazoo offers a wealth of arts and cultural events guaranteed to entertain the whole family.

Courtesy of Western Michigan University

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Oct. 2 – Jan. 2, 2011

A  Project  of  American  Anthropological  Association. Funded by Ford Foundation  and National Science Foundation www.understandingRACE.org

Investigating race and human variation through the framework of science, the exhibit helps individuals of all ages better understand the origins and manifestations of race and racism in everyday life.

And visit our other exhibits and programs…
! Science in Motion ! Planetarium (schedule/fee) ! Challenger Learning Center (schedule/fee) IN MEMORY OF ALVIN H. & EMILY T. LITTLE ! Mystery of the Mummy ! BURTON HENRY UPJOHN Children’s Landscape ! Mary Jane Stryker Theater (schedule/fee)

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New Year’s Fest December 31, 2010
A family celebration of the performing arts. Mimes, jugglers, magicians, bands, comedians, and fireworks. All indoors and only $5.

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Arcadia Creek Festival Place Downtown Kalamazoo visit islandfestkalamazoo.com

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National Rib Vendors, National Bands, Special Events, all supporting
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Arcadia Creek Festival Place Downtown Kalamazoo
Area Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries, and Live Entertainment

EACH NIGHT FUN STUFF FOR FAMILIES Saturday 11 am-4 pm Great Kalamazoo Duck Race
Jugglers, Clowns, Balloons Master Face Painting, Bounce Games, Pony Rides & More

Community Advocates Ribfest August 5-7, 2010 Arcadia Creek Festival Place ribfestkalamazoo.com

11 am to late night

July 22, 23, 24

269-385-1276 tasteofkalamazoo.com

Ice Sculpting

Kalamazoo’s best chefs compete in cook offs each day from 2-6 pm Sponsored by Kalamazoo Jaycees

Urban Beat meets Lakeside Retreat.

It’s the best of both worlds!
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MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS
Courtesy of Air Zoo

Nature, education and art are embodied in Kalamazoo’s numerous museums and attractions. You’re invited to experience priceless paintings and sculptures, learn about the evolution of aviation and automobiles, experience one-of-a-kind attractions, embrace the beauty of lush gardens and observe wildlife in their natural settings. Take time to browse through archives, explore the stars and sample fine wines. Even a simple stroll through downtown Kalamazoo can be an architectural education. Several commercial and public buildings, including City Hall, possess the crisp geometry and surface ornaments of Art Deco—an eclectic design style born during the Jazz Age. Kalamazoo is also home to a cooperative neighborhood designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the late ‘40s. The entire community is rich in history, culture and beauty.

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MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS

COOL KALAMAZOO
The Air Zoo is the world’s first aviationthemed attraction of its kind and has the world’s largest, hand-painted indoor mural. The Gilmore Car Museum was voted one of the five best automobile museums in the United States by Antique Automobile.

Gilmore Car Museum

6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners (269) 671-5089 • www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org

Air Zoo

6151 Portage Rd., Portage (866) 554-7966, (269) 382-6555 • www.airzoo.org

A highly charged, multi-sensory atmosphere going beyond anything you’ve ever experienced, the Air Zoo is a departure from an ordinary museum. Join the Air Zoo for the adventure of a lifetime! Take a voyage to the final frontier: space. At the Air Zoo’s Michigan Space Science Center, you can train like an astronaut, take a walk on the moon, try your hand at docking the International Space Station, even blast off on a journey to Mars! The Midwest’s first 4D theatre, the most advanced flight simulators available to civilians, indoor amusement park rides, and an assembly of extraordinary aircraft— including the world’s only SR-71B Blackbird Spy Plane— will make your exploration through the history of flight unforgettable. In addition to the heart-stopping flight experiences and historic aircraft, you’ll always have a few more reasons to come back to the Air Zoo. As a result of a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the Air Zoo has access to over 142 million artifacts and an endless source of world-famous traveling exhibits.

The Gilmore Car Museum is hailed as one of the finest automotive museums in the nation (Top Five, in fact), and Old Cars Weekly magazine recently declared it, “Best in the Midwest!” Nestled on its 90-acre parklike setting, you’ll encounter nearly 200 extraordinary vehicles in restored historic buildings, spanning more than 100 years of automotive heritage. Here you’ll find exhibits ranging from an 1899 Locomobile to the classic Duesenberg, the elusive 1948 Tucker, the Model T and muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s. Several historic barns, an 1890s train depot, the 1930s gas station, a working authentic 1940s diner and a vintage Disney movie set are there to discover. The all-new National Miniatures Museum is also located on site.

Courtesy of Gilmore Car Museum

Celery Flats Interpretive Center & Historical Area

Kalamazoo’s Historic District Walking Tour
(269) 381-4003
The City of Kalamazoo has many historic districts and individual sites on the national, state and local historic registers. We invite you to walk around these districts and learn more about Kalamazoo’s historical and architectural heritage.

7335 Garden Lane, Portage (East off of S. Westnedge Ave.) • (269) 329-4522

What was it like to work ankle-deep in the rich, black soil of the Kalamazoo area when it was known as the Celery City? Stalk the answers in Portage, where tours of the center and restored historical structures help visitors understand the era. The park is bisected by the Portage Creek and the linear 3.5 mile Bicentennial Trail, perfect for bicyclists and walkers. Seasonal festivals and cultural events take place throughout the year.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

314 S. Park St. (at South St.), Kalamazoo (269) 349-7775 • www.kiarts.org

Fort Custer National Cemetery

15501 Dickman Rd. on M-96, Augusta (269) 731-4164

Part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Fort Custer is an official burial site for America’s veterans, their spouses and children. It also contains the graves of 26 German soldiers held as prisoners of war during World War II.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has been bringing art to West Michigan with first-rate temporary exhibitions (including the blockbusters Millet to Matisse and Chihuly in Kalamazoo), a wide variety of permanent collection works in rotating shows, an interactive gallery for children, an art school for artists of all ages and abilities, a gallery shop and numerous events and programs throughout the year.

Courtesy of Downtown Kalamazoo, Incorporated

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Kellogg Biological Station
Courtesy of Kalamazoo Nature Center

A Michigan State University research field station with a focus on fundamental and applied research in ecology and agriculture.

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
12685 East C Ave., Augusta (269) 671-2510
www.kbs.msu.edu/Bird_Sanctuary

7000 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 381-1574 • www.NatureCenter.org

The Kalamazoo Nature Center was voted one of the top nature centers in the nation. Visitors enjoy year round programs, camps and activities for all ages. The Interpretive Center features award winning “Nature Up Close” exhibits, and “Bugs in Our Lives.” The threestory Tropical Sun/Rain Room, seasonal Hummingbird/ Butterfly Garden, Butterfly House, and Barn provide indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. The Nature Center features more than 1,100 acres of diverse habitats, a 35-acre Arboretum, 13 hiking trails, and the historic DeLano Homestead. The annual Maple Sugar Festival in March and other special events attract thousands of visitors. The Nature Center is open all year for hiking and cross-country skiing.

The Sanctuary offers protected land for native waterfowl and birds of prey along Wintergreen Lake with self-guided tours 365 days a year.

Kellogg Experimental Forest
760 N 42nd St., Augusta (269) 731-4597
www.maes.msu.edu/ressta/kelloggforest

An experimental forest with a national reputation of being one of the premier research forests, there are acres available for hiking, picnicking and cross-country skiing.

Kellogg Dairy Center

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo (269) 342-9837 • www.kpl.gov
Selected National Library of the Year in 2002, Kalamazoo Public Library’s downtown location delights the eye with rainbows on sunny days, refracted by a domed skylight. Visitors enjoy internet access, bargains at the Friends’ Used Book Store, and visual delights in the Children’s Room, decorated with murals, original artwork and stained glass windows emphasizing storybook themes.

10461 North 40th St., Hickory Corners (269) 671-2507 • www.kbs.msu.edu/farm

A modern research, teaching and outreach facility. Come see the dairy cycle from crops to cows, including a computerized milking parlor. Open seven days a week for free self-guided tours. Call for milking times.

Kellogg Manor House

3700 Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners (269) 671-2416 • www.kbs.msu.edu/Manor_House

This beautifully restored estate of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg is open for tours year round and also hosts special teas, dinners, and brunches. Holiday Walk tours begin the day after Thanksgiving and continue each weekend until Christmas.

Courtesy of Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Motorcities Automotive National Heritage Area
www.motorcities.org
Kalamazoo County is part of the Motorcities Automotive National Heritage area which is dedicated to preserving and promoting Michigan’s rich automotive and labor heritage through tourism, education and revitalization.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

230 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo (269) 373-7990 • www.kalamazoomuseum.org

Voted the best of its kind in the state by readers of Michigan Living magazine, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum offers “Adventure You Can Touch,” celebrating history, science and technology in a highly interactive, hands-on way. Open seven days a week, it features a Digistar Theater and planetarium, simulated missions into space via the Challenger Learning Center, a 2,300-year-old mummy, a regional-history gallery and Science in Motion activities. The museum also hosts nationally touring exhibitions, of Smithsonian-caliber, typically found in big city museums.

Portage District Library

300 Library Lane, Portage (269) 329-4544 • www.portagelibrary.info

Within walking distance of Portage Community Bandshell, Celery Flats and the Bicentennial Park Trail. Discover a plethora of books and entertainment options.

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Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center
M-43 at Fish Hatchery Rd., (269) 668-2876
The visitor center is dedicated to providing visitors with the opportunity to learn about fish, their lifecycles and habits, and the history of the Great Lakes fish hatcheries and the vital role they play in helping to protect and restore our aquatic ecosystems. Free admission.

Leila Arboretum Society

928 W. Michigan Ave. at 20th St., Battle Creek (269) 969-0270 • www.LASgarden.org

72 acres of 3,000+ species of trees, perennial gardens, walking & biking trails, along with a Children’s Garden where you can experience sensory exploration of the great outdoors. “It’s not just for kids.”

OTHER AREA ATTRACTIONS
Binder Park Zoo
7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek (269) 979-1351 • www.binderparkzoo.org

An African adventure awaits! Discover spectacular views of wild animals from elevated boardwalks. Get nose-to-nose with one of the largest giraffe herds in the country as you explore Wild Africa and hand feed a giraffe! The Zoo is open April through October. Visit Binder Park Zoo in October for the Great ZooBoo, where families and children can trick-or-treat together through hundreds of scarecrows and lighted jack-o-lanterns!

Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

Lake Michigan Beaches

A trip to southwestern Michigan is not complete without a short drive to Lake Michigan for breathtaking views in any season of the year, with destinations like North and South Beach in South Haven, Oval Beach in Saugatuck, Van Buren State Park and Warren Dunes, south of St. Joseph.

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Discover One of Michigan’s Hidden Treasures!

Southwest Michigan’s first and finest professional Modern Dance company – Celebrating 30 Years.

Over 200 cars of all eras, 1930s Gas Station, Authentic 1940s Diner, Historic Michigan Barns
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Call for concert and class schedules. Theater rental is available.

GilmoreCarMuseum.org 269-671-5089

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 204 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 269/342-4354 www.wellspringdance.org

WNWN IS YOUR COUNTRY

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A RTS & E N T E RTAINMENT

Courtesy of The Civic Auditorium

No matter what time of year you visit Kalamazoo, you will find a wealth of cultural and entertainment offerings, from classical to jazz, from avant garde theater to traveling Broadway shows. With more than ten performing arts theaters and five colleges/universities, Kalamazoo is a magnet for touring artists and musicians.

PERFORMING ARTS

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Suite 203 (269) 342-5059 • www.kalamazooarts.com
Founded in 1966, the Arts Council follows its mission to support, promote and fund the arts in the Greater Kalamazoo area. The Arts Council distributes grants annually to artists and arts organizations, manages exhibits at eight locations, and produces Art Hop, All Ears Theatre and a summer concert series in Bronson Park.

Ballet Arts Ensemble

2018 Rambling Road, Kalamazoo (269) 345-3433 • http://balletarts.home.att.net

Chenery Auditorium

714 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 337-0440

Comstock Community Auditorium
2107 N. 26th St., Kalamazoo (269) 388-9381

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Matt Giraud, graduate of Western Michigan University and local dueling piano player, wowed Kalamazoo as he made it to the Top 5 in Season 8 of American Idol. Kalamazoo Valley Community College hosts the prestigious Kalamazoo Animation Festival International in odd numbered years to honor pioneering independent and student animators from around the world. Kalamazoo is home to the biennial Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Every four years, a new Gilmore Artist is announced and presented with the most generous musical arts award of financial support.

Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 342-1166 • www.thegilmore.com

Known as “The Ultimate Piano Fest,” the Gilmore Keyboard Festival presents over two weeks of concerts, recitals, jazz clubs, films and more. Held biennially (in the even-numbered years), it’s the largest gathering of keyboard artists in North America and takes place in and around Kalamazoo.

Irving S. Gilmore Theatre Complex
Western Michigan University (269) 387-6222 • www.wmich.edu/theatre

Kalamazoo Ballet Co. Donald E. Overlander Bandshell
7800 Shaver Rd., Portage Central Park, Portage (269) 329-4522

431 E. South St., Kalamazoo (269) 343-3027

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Epic Center

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 342-5059 • www.epiccenter.org

329 S. Park St. (at South St.), Kalamazoo (269) 343-1313 • www.kazoocivic.com

Home for the arts in Kalamazoo: Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Black Arts & Cultural Center, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Fontana Chamber Arts and more.

Widely recognized as a shining example of exemplary community theatre.

Kalamazoo Concert Band

(269) 806-6597 • www.kzoocb.org

Farmers Alley Theatre Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College

221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo (269) 343-2727 • www.farmersalleytheatre.com

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 349-7759 • www.kalamazoosymphony.com

Miller Auditorium

1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo (269) 337-7333 • www.kzoo.edu/theatre

Howard Street (near Stadium Dr.), Kalamazoo (269) 387-2300 • www. millerauditorium.com

Fontana Chamber Arts

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 200, Epic Center, Kalamazoo (269) 382-7774 • www.fontanachamberarts.org

The premier performing arts center in Southwest Michigan for Broadway National Tours. Past performances have included Les Miserables and the Phantom of the Opera, world renowned symphonies such as Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic, internationally acclaimed acts and performances by stars such as Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld and more.

Hayloft Theatre

Celery Flats Historical Area 7335 Garden Ln., Portage (269) 329-4522 or 324-9200
Courtesy of Miller Auditorium

New Vic Theatre State Theatre

134 E. Vine St., Kalamazoo (269) 381-3328 • www.newvictheatre.org 406 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo (269) 345-6500 • www.kazoostate.com

Suzanne D. Parish Theatre

426 S. Park St., Kalamazoo (269) 343-1313 • www.kazoocivic.com

Vicksburg Performing Arts Center
501 E. Highway, Vicksburg (269) 321-1193

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Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers

Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center (269) 342-4354 • www.wellspringdance.com

Estes-Walker Fine Art

Whole Art Theater

246 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 345-7529

300 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 384-5150

West Michigan Glass Society
436 N. Park St., Kalamazoo (269) 552-9802

Gallery II

www.wmglass.org

Wings Stadium

3600 Vanrick Dr., Kalamazoo Tickets (269) 345-1125 • www.wingsstadium.com
Arena-style sporting events, expositions, consumer shows and concerts.

Sangren Hall, WMU (269) 387-2455

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MOVIE THEATERS

344 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo (269) 343-2388

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GALLERIES
For more information on local galleries, call the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo at (269) 342-5059.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo (269) 349-7775

820 Maple Hill Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 345-7469

Arts Council Gallery

Carver Gallery

Celebration! Cinema Crossroads

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 203 (Epic Center) Kalamazoo (269) 342-5059

300 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 388-8882

Lovell Street Gallery

6600 Ring Rd., Portage (269) 343-2189

Black Arts & Cultural Center

East Hall Student Art Galleries, WMU
(269) 387-2455

115 W. Lovell St., Kalamazoo (269) 383-6901

Rave Motion Picture Theater
180 Portage St., Kalamazoo (269) 381-5732

Park Gallery

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Suite 202 (Epic Center) Kalamazoo (269) 349-1035

436 N. Park St., Kalamazoo (269) 345-9242

Plaza Gallery

157 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 276-0982

Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, WMU
(269) 387-2440

Saniwax Gallery at the Park Trades Center

326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 345-3311

Tye Studio

436 N. Park St., Kalamazoo (269) 345-9242

Courtesy of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

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SHOPPING, DINING & NIGHTLIFE

Photo by Michael Buck, Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo is known as “Central City” with six distinctive districts – Kalamazoo Mall, East End, South Town, Haymarket, Arcadia and Bronson Park – offering wonderful shopping and dining opportunities. All are within walking distance from the AAA, four-diamond Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites featuring upscale shops, spa and restaurants of its own.

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SHOPPING, DINING & NIGHTLIFE MALLS MORE SHOPPING
For additional shopping throughout Kalamazoo County, contact Discover Kalamazoo at (800) 8880509 or visit DiscoverKalamazoo.com.

Downtown Kalamazoo

Unique Shops and Memorable Experiences (269) 344-0795
www.downtownkalamazoo.org
Downtown Kalamazoo has it all – charming boutiques, exquisite jewelry, fine art, vintage collectibles, antiques, luxurious paper, fabulous furniture, books, magazines, a festival site, and even wine tasting! Kalamazoo was the first city in the nation to create a downtown pedestrian mall and was fondly known for decades as The Mall City. Kalamazoo has expanded far beyond the original pedestrian mall area and it is now called Central City. This designation better reflects the growing, diverse retail and business district you will find today. Downtown retail maps are available at most stores. They guide you as you stroll through our many delightful restaurants or cafes, attend a play, catch a movie, enjoy live entertainment, or go indoor rock climbing.

The Crossroads

6650 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage One mile south of I-94 Information Desk: (269) 327-6600
www.thecrossroadsmall.com
Over 100 retailers including Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, GUESS and more for great shopping. Plus a large “Tuscan style” food court with a wonderful 38-foot antique carousel for great dining and entertainment.

Courtesy of Crossroads Mall

ANTIQUE SHOPPING
If you love browsing for antiques, there are a wide variety of shops, antique malls and fairs in Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas. For a complete listing of antique shops, visit DiscoverKalamazoo.com or call (800) 888-0509.

The Radisson Shops

Located in the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites in downtown Kalamazoo. Information desk: (269) 343-3333
www.radissonkz.com
Four specialty retail shops and three exceptional dining options. Free valet parking while shopping.

Alamo Depot Crafts
6187 W. D Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 373-3886

JP’s Coin Collection
420 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo (269) 383-2220

Emporium

313 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 381-0998

Kalamazoo Antiques Market
130 N. Edwards St., Kalamazoo (269) 226-9788

Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

Heritage Company Architectural Salvage & Supply
150 N. Edwards St., Kalamazoo (269) 385-1004

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The nation’s first outdoor walking mall opened in downtown Kalamazoo in 1959. Sweetwater’s Donut Mill was selected one of the 10 best doughnut shops from coast to coast by Bret Stetka for MSN City Guides.

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Set on a picturesque corner of Western Michigan University, the fetzer Center features flexible space to accommodate any style event. This multi-usage, full service center also provides on-site catering, a professional staff and state-of-the-art technology, making the fetzer Center the best choice for your next business meeting, conference or seminar.

(269) 387-3232

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TAKING YOUR HEALTH TO HEART.
In southwest Michigan, there’s one place known for innovative medicine and inspired care: Borgess. With more than 130 sites of care, including Borgess at Woodbridge Hills, Borgess-Pipp Hospital, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital and the Borgess Health & Fitness Center, we are the region’s largest health provider. Today, we are proud to offer you and your loved ones access to over 40 medical specialties, including: • • • • No wait ER Heart Brain and Spine Orthopedics • Vascular • Women’s Health • Pediatric, Family & Internal Medicine • Diabetes • Behavioral Health • Integrative Medicine

To learn more about our difference or find a doctor near you, call 800.828.8135, or visit us at Borgess.com.

Innovative medicine. Inspired care.

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Coney Island

DINING
11456 Marsh Rd., Shelbyville (269) 672-5202 • www.baypointeinn.com

266 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 382-0377 & 4634 W. Main St., Kalamazoo (269) 383-4543

Bay Pointe Inn’s Terrace Grille Restaurant
Providing extraordinary casual dining with an inviting wine list, refreshing cocktail menu and alfresco dining on a lakefront terrace. The menus change seasonally offering a variety of delectable dishes. Specialties include seafood, steaks, pasta and daily Chef’s specials.

A family-owned and operated landmark for five generations, the downtown location was opened in 1915 and received an extensive building renovation in 2003. Serving Chili- and Chicago-style hot dogs, burgers, gyros and home-made potato chips.

Cosmo’s Cucina

804 W. Vine St., Kalamazoo (269) 344-5666 • www.cosmoscucina.com

Bell’s Eccentric Café

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 382-2332 • www.bellsbeer.com

A contemporary oasis offering affordable gourmet cuisine, Cosmo’s Cucina was established in November 1992 with the goal of bringing simply creative cooking to Kalamazoo. Located on the second floor at the corner of Vine and Locust Streets two blocks west of Chenery Auditorium.

Offering customers a chance to taste many of their well known beers, as well as small batch brews not distributed outside of the pub. Visitors enjoy its warm atmosphere and spacious beer garden. The Eccentric also features interesting food, an extensive collection of art and ephemera, and live music Thursday through Saturday.

Craftsman Chop Company
6905 Sears Dr., Portage (269) 327-2000
Offering a warm and inviting environment with Craftsman style architecture. The 34-foot long oak bar was designed and crafted by local artisans in the Stickley tradition. The waiting area has a stone fireplace and leather couches.

Bilbo’s Pizza in a Pan

3307 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 382-5544 & 6202 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage (269) 323-8855 • www.bilbospizza.com

The Epic Bistro

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 342-1300 • www.millenniumrestaurants.com

Serving pizza, pasta, subs, salads, appetizers and more. Great place for families, children and groups. The Stadium Drive location features a Brewpub offering a selection of homebrewed beers. Open for lunch and dinner, and late nights after the games.

Housed in downtown Kalamazoo’s Epic Center, Epic Bistro is a haven for the wine and food lover. With an award winning wine list and more than a handful of reasons to indulge, Epic Bistro truly offers a unique dining experience. Experience Kalamazoo’s Original Wine Bar!

BOLD Restaurant & Catering

Fandango Tapas Bistro

6915 W. Q Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 375-8551 • www.bolddining.com

247 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 226-9800 • www.fandangotapasbistro.com

A local dining destination created with one idea in mind – simple food and big flavors. Featuring small plate selections, hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and nightly features are complemented by an all-American wine list and great cocktails. With a warm and relaxing atmosphere, you’ll enjoy a positive culinary experience with memorable, big-flavor cuisine.

Inviting with stylish sophistication and flair, Fandango Tapas Bistro delivers tastes and wines reminiscent of the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Wines, small plates and entrees are perfect for sharing and comparing … all in a dynamic setting with intimate booths, quaint alfresco dining, and at tall tables amidst the electric bar scene.
Courtesy of Food Dance Café

Bravo! Restaurant & Café

5402 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo (269) 344-7700 • www.bravokalamazoo.com

From the moment you enter, you’ll know why Bravo! is recognized as one of the finest restaurants for Southwest Michigan dining. Adding to the outstanding dining experience is the fact that Bravo! is locally-owned and provides the personal attention and service that is as much a Bravo! tradition as the superb cuisine.

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These are just a few of the more than 450 restaurants in Kalamazoo County. For a complete list, contact Discover Kalamazoo at (800) 888-0509 and request a Dining Guide.

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London Grill

214 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 381-9212 • www.london-grill.com

Fieldstone Grill

3970 W. Centre Ave., Portage (269) 321-8480 • www.millenniumrestaurants.com

In a lodge-retreat atmosphere at the heart of Portage, guests will find Fieldstone Grill. The true fieldstone fireplace is made of stones from owner Ken Miller’s property, and the view overlooks the natural wetlands of the Moors Golf Club. The menu is comprised of dishes that emulate this location’s ‘field-to-plate’ mentality.

The comfortable atmosphere and warm hospitality make it a destination for locals and business travelers alike. The menu at London Grill excites with traditional British favorites and contemporary Indian fare. The grill offers exciting appetizers, mouth-watering entrees, and everchanging chalkboard specials. Come in to meet friends, new and old.

Martell’s

3501 Greenleaf Blvd., Kalamazoo (269) 375-2105 • www.millenniumrestaurants.com

Food Dance Café

401 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 382-1888 • www.fooddancecafe.com

Food Dance Café is about connection to the people who grow the food, to the earth and to each other. It’s a place where you can slow down and share a meal with friends. Featuring authentic, eclectic new American cuisine and many products grown right here in Michigan.

Located in the former Black Swan restaurant, Martell’s is serving the Kalamazoo area a piece of fun with a hint of Italian flair. Overlooking Parkview Hill’s beautiful Willow Lake with its floor to ceiling windows, this eatery serves as the perfect backdrop for any occasion from a first date to a place to go and grab a glass of wine after work.

Martini’s Pizza

Full City Café

832 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 388-8883 • www.martinispizza.net

2026 Parkview, Kalamazoo (269) 345-9404 & 7878 Oakland at Centre, Portage (269) 492-7515 • www.fullcitycafe.com

For people who prefer quality food and excellent service when they eat out in restaurants, Full City Café prepares meals made from scratch using fresh, wholesome ingredients.

Located in Kalamazoo’s historic Vine neighborhood near Chenery Auditorium, Martini’s serves sandwiches, salads, pastas, entrees and (of course) pizzas. Open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner with outdoor patio seating available seasonally.

Mi Ranchito

3112 S. 9th St., Kalamazoo (269) 375-5861 • www.miranchito.biz

Gallagher’s Eatery & Pub

4210 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 372-7177 • www.gallagherseatery.com

From upscale family dining to an Irish sports pub, you will find it at Gallagher’s. Offering a huge array of ways to enjoy your lunch, dinner or an evening out on the town.

At Mi Ranchito, you will experience a casual, comfortable atmosphere found only in a friend’s familiar home while enjoying authentic Mexican cuisine found only in Mexico itself. Mi Ranchito is a family-owned restaurant where every member takes distinctive pride in bringing you delicious Mexican dishes.

reat Lakes Shipping Company G Restaurant & Tavern

Monaco Bay Piano Bar and Grill
300 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 384-6044 • www.monacobay.biz
Monaco Bay is the pinnacle of dueling piano bars promising entertainment, food, and service that until now could only be found in Las Vegas. Offering a menu of variety including appetizers, entrees, sandwiches and wraps. A great place to eat, enjoy a cocktail and be entertained all in one setting!

4525 W. KL Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 375-3650 • greatlakesshippingco.liveonatt.com
Locally owned and operated, the Great Lakes Shipping Co. opened its doors to Kalamazoo in June of 1974. Offering the area’s first taste of slow-roasted prime rib, choice aged steaks and a unique salad bar, Great Lakes was an immediate and welcome success. That tradition has continued with the addition of fresh seafood, chicken, and pasta.

Oakwood Bistro

LoDo Company

3003 Oakland Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 344-5400 • www.oakwoodbistro.com

153 W. Center Ave., Portage (269) 327-6000 • www.lodocompany.com

The glamorous design provides the perfect setting for drinking or dining. Although LoDo has built a reputation for its nightlife, the restaurant’s food is worthy of a trip in its own right. If you’re looking for great service and creative, delicious food, LoDo is the place.

Choosing from a bold and diverse menu ranging from traditional American fare to classic European cuisine, you will experience the newest trends in casual fine dining featuring sophisticated and eclectic cuisine in a neighborhood atmosphere. Inspired daily features are always fresh and exciting, ready to satisfy the boldest of appetites.

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Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill

Downtown Kalamazoo in the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 226-3192 & Holiday Inn West 2747 S. 11th St., Kalamazoo (269) 372-1596 & The Icehouse by Old Burdick’s in Wings Stadium 3600 Vanrick Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 345-1125 • www.oldburdicks.com
A downtown Kalamazoo institution since 1991, there are also Old Burdick’s in the Holiday Inn West and the Icehouse at Wings Stadium. All three restaurant locations feature the best sandwiches, burgers, salads and entrees, as well as a great selection of cocktails, wines and beers.

Sakura 2

6749 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage (269) 327-6666 • www.sakura2hibachi.com

Home of delicious hibachi food and superb sushi, Sakura 2 is a great place to meet with friends, enjoy a few drinks, and some amazing food. With several hibachi tables, each seating up to 10 people, your very own chef will prepare your food right before you. Making for a delicious and fun show, Sakura 2 has something for everyone!

Sushiya

242 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 342-7340 • www.sushiyausa.com

Home to world class sushi in Kalamazoo, Sushiya offers dining in traditional eloquence. The place to go for late night fun, great drink specials, a fun karaoke atmosphere and great sushi available until 2:00 a.m.

Olde Peninsula Brewpub and Restaurant
200 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 343-2739
Kalamazoo’s first brewpub opened to the public on St. Patrick’s Day in 1996. The menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, pasta, grilled pizza, calzones, sandwiches, roll-ups and burgers. Offering the freshest beer available brewed on-site in a 7-barrel brewhouse.

The Union Cabaret & Grille

125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 384-6756 • www.millenniumrestaurants.com

Rustica

A partnership with Western Michigan University, The Union is Kalamazoo’s only live entertainment venue that features faculty, alumni and students of our local WMU. But the music isn’t the only reason to visit The Union. Gather with friends for a lively night on the town or over a quiet lunch with colleagues. The Union is the perfect spot, no matter the occasion!

236 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 492-0247 • www.rusticakzoo.com

Theo & Stacy’s Restaurant

Rustica specializes in rustic European cuisine using local farmers and vendors whenever possible. With an emphasis on fresh, sustainable and local products, Rustica blends influences from France, Italy, Spain and other European countries with regional Michigan fare. The food at Rustica is simple, fresh and delicious.

234 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 388-5025 & 4311 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 388-3455 & 5225 Portage Rd., Portage (269) 345-3000 • www.theoandstacys.com

Rykse’s Restaurant

5924 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 372-3838 • www.rykses.com

Founded in 1986, Rykse’s is a family owned and operated business committed to serving the freshest foods daily. The menu is derived from what they do best - baking their own breads daily, creating mouth-watering desserts from scratch and using only the finest ingredients.

The first restaurant to introduce Greek food to the Kalamazoo area, Theo & Stacy’s features classic Greek and American cuisine prepared fresh daily by Stacy and her sisters, Tessie and Phyllis, at three locations in the Kalamazoo area. Come enjoy their rich Greek heritage of fine food and hospitality.

Wayside West

Saffron Indian Cuisine

3406 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 375-1930 • www.waysidewest.com

1710 W. Main, Kalamazoo (269) 381-9898 • www.saffronkzoo.com

At Saffron, they delight in bringing your imaginations alive with the sensuous aroma of fine Indian Cuisine. The first thing you will notice when a dish is brought to your table is the wonderful smells of slow cooked curry and Indian spices filling the room with a fragrance that is unmistakable and irresistible.

Located near the WMU campus, Wayside West offers entrees, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, wraps, salads, pizza and much more. With five full-service bars, live music, a dance floor and over 40 televisions for all major sports events, there is something for all to enjoy!

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Webster’s Prime Steakhouse

Located in the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 343-4444 • www.webstersrestaurant.com

The finest foods, wines and ambiance are at Webster’s, the only Kalamazoo restaurant to win the AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator Awards. For dinner with friends, business meetings, corporate events, or private social functions, Webster’s offers over 200 wines and delicious seasonal menus in an upscale, tasteful environment. The Library Lounge specializes in mixed drinks and musical entertainment in a romantic, sophisticated urban setting.

Wild Bull Saloon & Steakpit

139 S. Edwards St., Kalamazoo (269) 978-8451 • www.wildbull.biz

Providing the ultimate dinner and nightlife experience with incredible food, nightly entertainment and dancing. Come ride “El Guapo” – the mechanical bull!

The Wine Loft

161 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 343-9227 • www.thewineloftkalamazoo.com

Featuring a menu offering trays with small amounts of meats, cheeses, soups and breads for patrons to nosh on while enjoying their drinks, plus several entrée items for larger appetites.

Zazios

Located in the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 384-2650 • www.zazios.com

Zazios Italian restaurant in Kalamazoo welcomes you with garlic simmering in cast iron skillets. With a cork popping from a chilled wine; with a martini shaken to lively music; with the chef preparing pastas and specialties right before your eyes; with a wink, a smile, a bouquet of color, and a pinch of something you can’t put your finger on.

Zooroona Restaurant & Lounge

1710 W. Main St., Kalamazoo (269) 382-4444 • www.zooroonarestaurant.com

Zooroona means “come visit us” in Arabic. Enjoy a taste of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine sipping a Cardamom Tea, enjoying a fresh Arabic Desert Salad or tasting some of the most vibrant dishes of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon.

Courtesy of Zazio’s

Photo by Michael Buck, Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

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NIGHTLIFE
411 Club
Live music, blues (269) 276-9240

For updated listings of all of the nightlife entertainment happening in the Kalamazoo area, contact Discover Kalamazoo at (800) 888-0509 or visit DiscoverKalamazoo.com.

Pappy’s Place

Dancing & karaoke (269) 382-0540

ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE

Bayview Gardens
Live music (269) 731-4911

The Union Cabaret & Grille
Live music (269) 384-6756

Tradewinds Lounge
Dancing (269) 383-1814

Bell’s Eccentric Café
Live music (269) 382-2332 Live music (269) 381-9212 Dance club (269) 276-9240

The Venue

CASINOS

London Grill

Live music, DJ (269) 345-1608

Firekeepers Casino

Battle Creek • (877) FKC-8777
www.firekeeperscasino.com

Up and Under/ Boomerang’s

Metro Diner & Nightclub

Live music, dancing (269) 373-1412

Monaco Bay

Wild Bull Saloon & Steakpit

Live music & dueling pianos (269) 384-6044

Line dancing, live entertainment, mechanical bull (269) 978-8451

Papa Pete’s Taverna

Variety of entertainment (269) 388-2196

Wayside West

Live music, dancing and games (269) 375-1930

Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

Courtesy of Reedy Corporation

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For Something Fun to Do in Kalamazoo!
Car Shows • Expos • Dog Shows Festivals • Collectible Shows • Family Events Trade Shows • Flea & Farmers Market Conferences • Banquets Home to Over 100 Events Each Year

For a complete schedule of events Please visit www.kalcounty.com/parks
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2900 Lake Street Kalamazoo, MI 49048 269-383-8778

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BREWERIES & WINERIES
Courtesy of Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites

Nationally known for vineyards and orchards, Southwest Michigan’s fertile land produces some of the most consistently delicious wines in America. Stroll through the vineyards, and sample award-winning wines and juices. Kalamazoo is home to some of the largest breweries in the state of Michigan. Experience specialty beers and eclectic entertainment or reminisce over a homemade root beer.

COOL KALAMAZOO
Bell’s Brewery was the first craft brewery in the eastern half of the United States (1985).

Bilbo’s Pizza in a Pan

3307 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 382-5544 • www.bilbospizza.com

BREWERIES

Come to Bilbo’s to enjoy a deep dish or thin crust pizza along with six homemade brews and numerous other beers on tap.

Bell’s Brewery Inc.

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 382-2338 • www.bellsbeer.com

Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant
200 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 343-BREW
Housed in the historic Peninsula Building, Olde Peninsula guests enjoy delicious casual dining, eight house-crafted beers, and its own signature root beer.

Kalamazoo County’s oldest microbrewery is popular with visitors, offering distinctive beers such as the popular Bell’s Amber Ale and Oberon. Stop by Bell’s Eccentric Cafe for food, drinks and entertainment. Then be sure to visit Bell’s General Store for souvenirs.

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Tempo Vino Winery of Kalamazoo

Lawton Ridge Winery

8456 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 372-9463 • www.lawtonridgewinery.com

260 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 342-WINE • www.vintnerscellar.com

Grapes are grown in the Lake Michigan Shore American Viticultural Area located in the oldest grape region in the state. Home to half of Michigan’s wine production, the growing region dates its first vineyards back to 1867.

Peterson & Sons Winery

Stop in and sample wines at the tasting bar and learn how you can make your own customized wine. Featuring “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” House Wines and the ever popular Black Currant Merlot. Personalized labels, wine accessories, and gift certificates available. Winery hours are Monday through Wednesday from 11 am to 6 pm, Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm. Closed on Sunday.
Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

9375 E. P Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 626-9755 • www.naturalwine.net

Thought to be the only winery anywhere that washes grapes prior to crushing and one of the very few wineries in the world to make wine without chemicals or preservatives. Winery is open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday, Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 pm on Sunday.

St. Julian Winery

716 S. Kalamazoo St. (M-40, north of I-94), Paw Paw (269) 657-5568 • (800) 732-6002 • www.stjulian.com
Tours and tastings available. Admission is free. Winery hours are 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday; noon to 6 pm Sunday. Apollo’s Banquet Facility at the winery seats 125 and catering is available.

Warner Vineyard

706 S. Kalamazoo St., Paw Paw (269) 657-3165 • (800) 756-5367
www.warnerwines.com
Tour the wine cellar and enjoy sampling the wines and juices.

ORCHARDS AND FARM MARKETS
Michigan’s fruit growing history is as old as the state itself. From blueberries to apples, Southwest Michigan produces some of the highest quality fruit on the planet. Stroll through the orchards, pick your own fruit, and enjoy a picnic and hayride. Kalamazoo County was the Celery Capital of the World in the early decades of last century. Celery touted as “fresh as dew from Kalamazoo” was shipped throughout the United States. Kalamazoo County is now known as the bedding plant capital of the United States.

Centre Street Market

732 E. Centre, Portage (269) 327-8144 • www.centrestreetmarket.com

Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market
1204 Bank St., Kalamazoo (269) 337-8899
The mission of our market is to enhance the quality of life in the community by offering a wide-variety of fresh fruit and produce from farmers, growers and artisans. Serving the Kalamazoo area since 1913! Open Saturdays in May and November (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in June through October) from 7 am – 2 pm.

Open Monday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm. Open seasonally beginning in June.

Husted’s Market

9191 W. Main St., Kalamazoo (269) 372-1237 • www.hustedfarmmarket.com
Open daily from June 1 – October 31, 9 am – 7 pm; November 1 – Thanksgiving, 9 am – 5 pm.

Richland Farmers’ Market

Hundred Mile Market

Corner of Burdick and Cedar, Kalamazoo

9400 E. CD Ave., Richland (269) 629-9430 • www.richlandareacc.org

Open Wednesdays, June – October, from 4 – 8 pm.

Open Wednesdays, June – October, from 4 – 8 pm.

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Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

Outdoor activities are plentiful in Kalamazoo, no matter what time of year. Fish, swim, water ski, sail or boat in one of Kalamazoo County’s 83 lakes with public access or visit the sandy shores of Lake Michigan—just a 45-minute drive or three-hour bike ride away on the Kal-Haven Trail. Around every corner in Kalamazoo, there is a park or trail with areas for picnics, biking, hiking or horseback riding. When snow begins falling, Kalamazoo becomes a winter wonderland. People flock to the local ski resorts and toboggan runs or head to the trails for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. There are six sheets of ice in Kalamazoo along with several skating ponds. The ski resorts offer beginner hills and challenging slopes for skiers and snowboarders.
F O U R S E A S O N R E C R E AT I O N

Fort Custer Recreation Area

Kalamazoo River Valley Trailway
(269) 337-8191
www.kalamazoorivervalleytrailway.com
The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail opened in 2008 as Kalamazoo County’s newest county park. When complete the trail will encompass 35 miles of nonmotorized, paved surface from Battle Creek through Kalamazoo County. The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is free to all users, providing everyone with great recreational opportunities, alternative transportation and access to invigorating green space.

5163 Fort Custer Dr., Augusta (269) 731-4200 • www.michigan.gov/dnr

Areas for biking, swimming, fishing, hiking, crosscountry skiing, hunting, horseback riding and camping.

Kalamazoo River
(269) 383-8778
This 135-mile river has 27 riverfront developments, parks and access sites, offering opportunities for fishing, canoeing, boating and other aquatic sports. For canoeing or trail information, call the Kalamazoo County Parks office.

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Kal-Haven Trail

Kalamazoo to South Haven

BOATING

(269) 637-2788 • www.kalhaventrail.org

The former Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroad track bed has been converted to a biking/hiking/ snowmobile/cross-country skiing trail, running 33.5 miles from Kalamazoo’s west side to the Lake Michigan shoreline city of South Haven.

Lake Michigan to the west and Gull Lake to the east offer crystal clear water and beaches.

FISHING

Mayors’ Riverfront Park

251 Mills St., Kalamazoo • (269) 337-8191

Community park equipped with a baseball diamond, football/soccer field, playground, as well as a canoe launch and fish dock.

From sport fishing and trolling on the big lake to fly fishing on a quiet stream, there are many beautiful places to cast your line. There are numerous lakes with public access in Kalamazoo County. Charter fishing on Lake Michigan is offered in South Haven, Saugatuck and other ports.

TENNIS

Yankee Springs Recreation Area
Barry County • (269) 795-9081
This expansive, rural recreation area north of Kalamazoo features nine lakes including Gun Lake offering hiking, swimming and boating opportunities, as well as a 200-site modern family campground. Open spring through fall.

Kalamazoo County offers more than 100 public outdoor tennis courts. Among the largest court complexes are: Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium, the Sorensen Courts at Western Michigan University, the courts in Kalamazoo’s Upjohn Park and those at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

AUTO RACING/RACE TRACKS

Kalamazoo Speedway

US 131 Motorsports Park Galesburg Speedway

1249 12th St., Martin (269) 672-7800 • www.us131motorsportspark.com 573 S. 38th St., Galesburg (269) 665-4600 • www.galesburgspeedway.com

7656 Ravine Rd., Kalamazoo (269) 692-2423 • www.kalamazoospeedway.com

Courtesy of Kalamazoo Speedway

WINTER ACTIVITIES / SKIING

Echo Valley Winter Sports Park

Bittersweet Ski Resort

600 River Rd., Otsego (269) 694-2820 • www.skibittersweet.com

8495 E. H Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 349-3291 • www.echovalleyfun.com

Twenty runs for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, 350-foot vertical drop, quad-chair lift and 100 percent snowmaking.
Courtesy of Timber Ridge

Want a winter thrill? Try Echo Valley’s 60 mph-toboggan runs, a 400-ft. inner-tube sliding hill, 43,000- square-foot outdoor skating rink, warming lodge and viewing deck.

Swiss Valley Ski Lodge

13421 Mann St., Jones (269) 244-5635 • www.skiswissvalley.com

Eleven ski runs, two quad chairs, one triple chair, night skiing and 100 percent snowmaking.

Timber Ridge Ski Area

07500 23 ½ St., Gobles (269) 694-9442 • www.timberridgeski.com

Fifteen runs, naturally wooded terrain, a 250-foot vertical-drop hill, four chair lifts, four tow ropes and 100 percent snowmaking, plus a snowboard terrain park.

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The Kal-Haven Trail, enjoyed by bicyclists and snowmobilers, extends 33.5 miles from South Haven, on the shores of Lake Michigan, to just northwest of Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Nature Center

7000 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 381-1574 • www.naturecenter.org

Includes 11 miles of ungroomed cross-country trails with maps available.

ICE SKATING

Kellogg Forest

Celery Flats Historical Area

7060 N. 42nd St., Augusta • (269) 731-4597

7335 Garden Ln., Portage (269) 329-4522 • www.portagemi.gov

Skiing on 15 miles of ungroomed trails available free to public from 8 am until dusk.

Two ice-skating ponds, open ice conditions, weather permitting.

Schrier Park

850 W. Osterhout Rd., Portage • (269) 329-4522
56 acres of cross-country trails and rolling, wooded terrain.

Lawson Ice Arena

Howard St. on WMU campus, Kalamazoo (269) 387-3050 • www.wmich.edu/lawson

West Lake Nature Preserve

Indoor ice rink offers public skating and group lessons.

The Ice Rink at Millennium Park

S. Westnedge Ave. at South Shore Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 329-4522
110 acre park trail overlooking West Lake.

280 Romence Rd., Portage • (269) 324-9200

State-of-the-art facility features a glassy skating surface, warming house, restrooms and food concessions.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING/ SNOWSHOEING RENTALS

S2 Ice Arena

Gazelle Sports

5076 Sports Dr., Oshtemo (269) 488-5000 • www.arenamaps.com

214 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (269) 342-5996 • www.gazellesports.com

Kalamazoo’s newest skating facility features spacious locker rooms, sports bar & grill, pro shop, open skating and drop-in hockey.

Lee’s Sports & Sportswear

Wings Stadium

311 W. Kilgore Rd., Portage (269) 381-7701 • www.leesadventuresports.com

3600 Vanrick Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 345-1125 • www.wingsstadium.com

SNOWMOBILING

Three indoor regulation hockey rinks are available for public use or private rental.

Snowmobiling in Michigan requires a permit for all public trails. Michigan Trail Permits are $25 and can be purchased at many outdoor sporting goods stores and snowmobile dealerships. General Information for Southwest Michigan, including trail conditions: Michigan Snowmobile Association - (800) 246-0260 Local Conditions and Trail Maps: www.fishweb.
com/recreation/snowmobile/trails/trails1.html

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Bishop’s Bog Preserve

Connects Schrier Park and West Lake Nature Preserve, Portage • (269) 329-4522

Features 1-1/2-miles of wooded and wetland trails.

Gourdneck State Game Area
South of Portage (269) 244-5928

Staging Areas: Corner of M-40 & M-43. Kal-Haven Trail on 10th St., just west of US 131 with full access to all the trails off of the Kal-Haven Trails (5” base required for this trail).

Airway Lanes

B

WLING

5626 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo (269) 327-7061 www.airway-lanes.com

Continental Lanes
3645 Vanrick Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 343-2626

Eastland Bowl
5570 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo (269) 382-4077

Holiday Lanes
2747 S. 11th St., Kalamazoo (269) 375-6100

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Kalamazoo County Parks
(269) 383-8778
www.kalcounty.com/parks
Recreation and picnic opportunities abound in Kalamazoo County’s park system. Open April to late October.

Airway Lanes

5626 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo (269) 327-7061
www.airway-lanes.com
Go karts, arcade, minigolf.

Cold Brook County Park
14467 E. MN Ave., Climax (269) 746-4270
www.kalcounty.com

Bounceland

Knollwood Park

6255 Technology Ave., Kalamazoo • (269) 353-0940
www.bouncelandparty.com
Inflatable fun park.

Located off W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo • (269) 337-8191
www.kalamazoocity.org

Cold Brook Park

14467 E. MN Ave., Climax (269) 746-4270

Climb Kalamazoo

Oshtemo Township Park
7275 W. Main St., Kalamazoo (269) 375-4260
www.oshtemo.org

Markin Glen Park

136 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo • (269) 385-9891
www.climbkalamazoo.com
10,000 feet of indoor rock climbing.

5333 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 381-7570

River Oaks County Park
www.kalcounty.com

Prairie View Park

Formula K Family Fun Park
54358 N. Main St., Mattawan (269) 668-4070
www.formulakfamilyfunpark.com Go karts, bumper boats, minigolf.

9202 E. Michigan Ave., Galesburg (269) 665-9608

899 E. U Ave., Vicksburg (269) 649-4737

River Oaks Park

Robert Morris Park
www.comstockmi.com

Jungle Joe’s

8415 E. H Ave., Comstock (269) 343-8212

9050 E. Michigan Ave., Galesburg (269) 665-9608

7255 Sprinkle Rd., Portage (269) 324-1992
www.junglejoeffc.com
Inflatable fun park.

Scotts Mill Park

Photo by Brian Sullivan

8451 S. 35th St., Scotts (269) 626-9738

K-zoo Skate Zoo

1502 Ravine Rd., Kalamazoo (269) 345-9550 • www.skatezoo.com
Skateboarding, inline skating & bikes

Lazer Land

8302 Portage Rd., Portage (269) 324-8129
www.lazerland.20m.com
Lazer tag, minigolf, arcade.

PARKS

City of Kalamazoo
(269) 337-8193
www.kalamazoocity.org
Enjoy 64 public parks with yearround family recreation, team sports, picnicking, playground activities, musical entertainment, walking, fishing, swimming, boating and cross-country skiing.

Pirate’s Island

Courtesy of Kalamazoo County Parks

5053 Sports Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 544-1000
www.piratesisland.com
Waterpark

Putter’s Family Fun Center
7206 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage (269) 323-0100
Minigolf, batting cages, arcade.

www.puttersfamilyfuncenter.com

City of Portage
(269) 329-4522
www.portagemi.com
Enjoy 14 public parks with yearround recreation, sports, picnicking, playground activities, musical entertainment, boating, walking, canoeing, biking and skating.
Courtesy of Kalamazoo Nature Center

Rollerworld
Roller skating

7491 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 375-4609
www.rollerworld.net

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T R A I LWAY S

B I K E R E N TA L S

PUBLIC BEACHES

Fort Custer Recreation Area
5163 Fort Custer Dr., Augusta (269) 731-4200
www.michigangov/dnr
Parks and 20 miles of mountain biking trails.

Alfred E. Bike

320 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 349-9423 • www.aebike.com

City of Kalamazoo Woods Lake

2900 Oakland Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 337-8191

Kal-Haven Trail

CAMPGROUNDS

Oshtemo • (269) 674-8011
www.kalvhaventrail.org
33.5 mile crushed slag and limestone trail to South Haven.

Cold Brook Park

City of Portage Ramona Park

14467 E. MN Ave., Climax (269) 746-4270
www.kalcounty.com/parks

8600 S. Sprinkle Rd., Portage (269) 329-4522

Cold Brook Park

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

Fort Custer Recreation Area

14467 E. MN Ave., Climax (269) 746-4270
www.kalcounty.com/parks

Kalamazoo • (269) 373-5073

kalamazoorivervalleytrailway.com 5.7 miles (and growing) of paved trail.

5163 Fort Custer Dr., Augusta (269) 731-4200
www.michigan.gov/dnr

Markin Glen Park

McLinden Nature Trail
Comstock • (269) 381-2360
www.comstockmi.com

Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground
2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo (269) 383-8778
www.kalcounty.com/parks

5300 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 381-7570

www.kalcounty.com/parks

Prairie View Park

Portage Bikeway
www.portagemi.gov

Portage • (269) 329-4522
Paved shoulder bike lane on city streets (some off road).

Markin Glen Park

899 E. U Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 649-4737

5300 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo (269) 381-7570
www.kalcounty.com/parks

www.kalcounty.com/parks

Portage Creek Bicentennial Park Trail
Portage • (269) 329-4522
www.portagemi.gov
3.5 mile paved trail. Bicycle surrey and canoe rentals.

Oak Shores Resort Campground Shady Bend Park

PUBLIC POOL

13496 S. 28th St., Vicksburg (269) 649-4689 15320 E. Augusta Dr., Augusta (269) 731-4503

City of Kalamazoo KIK Pool-Family Aquatic Center
1018 Walter St., Kalamazoo (269) 337-8191

www.shadybendcampground.com
Courtesy of Kalamazoo County Parks

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S P O RT S & GOLF
Photo by Mike Winter, courtesy of Big League Softball World Series

Kalamazoo is home to many sports teams and hosts prestigious events annually. Western Michigan University competes at the NCAA Division I level and fields 15 varsity sports participating in the Mid-American Conference and the Central Collegiate Hockey League. Kalamazoo College is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and offers 16 varsity sports competing at the NCAA Division III level. The Kalamazoo Kings provide family-friendly baseball in the Frontier League, while the Kalamazoo Wings take to the ice for professional hockey in the ECHL. Kalamazoo is a haven for golfers with more than two dozen courses within an hour of downtown Kalamazoo. Regional soccer, national tennis and world softball championships are contested in Kalamazoo each summer. Sports are prevalent year-round in Kalamazoo!
P R O F E S S I O N A L S P O RT S

COOL KALAMAZOO
Derek Jeter, shortstop and team captain for the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees, was a star player at Kalamazoo Central High School.

Kalamazoo Outlaws (Football)

(269) 501-2315 • www.kalamazoooutlaws.com
Members of the Great Lakes Football League with games played between May and August.

Kalamazoo Outrage (Soccer)

(269) 343-6945 • www.kalamazoooutrage.com

Kalamazoo Wings (Hockey)

Men’s team participates in the Premier Development League, and women’s team competes in the W League. Both leagues sanctioned by the United Soccer League.

(269) 345-1125 • www.wingsstadium.com

Members of the ECHL and affiliation with the San Jose Sharks with 36 home games from October through March played at Wings Stadium.

Kalamazoo Kings (Baseball)

(269) 388-8326 • www.kalamazookings.com

West Michigan Mayhem (Football)
www.wmichiganmayhem.com
Participating in the Women’s Football Alliance with games played between April and June.

Enjoy Frontier League baseball and family-friendly entertainment from late May to early September with 48 home games played at Mayors’ Riverfront Park.

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COOL KALAMAZOO
Kalamazoo has hosted the United States Tennis Association Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships every year since 1943. Kalamazoo has hosted a softball world series each year since 1980. Kalamazoo County’s District 2 won the title game of the 2009 Big League Softball World Series, marking the third time in 15 years they have been crowned champions.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
(269) 488-4395 • www.kvcc.edu/athletics
Offering seven varsity sports competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association with membership in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS

Big League Softball World Series

COLLEGE SPORTS

Vanderberg Park, Kalamazoo (269) 345-3123 • www.softballworldseries.org

Western Michigan University
(269) 387-8092 or 800-4-WMU-TIX
www.wmubroncos.com
Offering fifteen varsity sports competing in NCAA Division I with membership in the Mid-American Conference and Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

A division of Little League, the best girls (ages 14-18) softball teams in the world converge on Kalamazoo for a spirited week of fast pitch action each August.

United States Tennis Association Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships

Kalamazoo College

Stowe Stadium, Kalamazoo College Sorenson Courts, Western Michigan University (269) 337-7343 • www.ustaboys.com

(269) 337-7082 • www.kzoo.edu/sports

Offering sixteen varsity sports competing in NCAA Division III with membership in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Held in Kalamazoo since 1943, the premier USTA junior national championships draws the top 400 tennis players in the nation to Kalamazoo each August for a 10-day event with champions crowned in singles and doubles competitions.

GOLF COURSES

Hickory Ridge Golf Course
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Angels Crossing
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Vicksburg • (269) 649-2700

www.golfhickoryridge.com

Comstock • (269) 382-6212

Red Arrow Golf Course
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Kalamazoo • (269) 345-8329
www.kalamazoogolf.org

www.golfangelscrossing.com

Indian Run Golf Club
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Bedford Valley
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Scotts • (269) 327-1327
www.irgolfclub.com

Ridgeview Golf Course
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www.gulllakeview.com

Battle Creek • (269) 965-3385

www.ridgeviewgolf.com

Kalamazoo • (269) 375-8821

Island Hills Golf Club
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Crestview Golf Course
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Centreville • (269) 467-7261
www.islandhillsgolf.com

States Golf Club
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Vicksburg • (269) 649-1931

Kalamazoo • (269) 349-1111 Kalamazoo • (269) 385-8175

Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Lake Doster Golf Club
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Stonehedge
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Plainwell • (269) 685-5308
www.lakedostergolf.com

(North & South Courses) Augusta • (269) 731-2300
www.gulllakeview.com

www.kalamazoogolf.org

Grand Prairie Golf Course
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Lynx Golf Course
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www.grandprairiegc.com

Kalamazoo • (269) 388-4447

Otsego • (888) 586-5969

The Prairies Golf Club
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www.lynxgolfcourse.com

Kalamazoo • (269) 343-3906
www.theprairies.com

Gull Lake View
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Maple Hills Golf Course
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(East & West Courses) Augusta • (269) 731-4149
www.gulllakeview.com

Augusta • (269) 731-4430 Kalamazoo • (269) 344-7639
www.kalamazoogolf.org

Thornapple Creek Golf Club
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Milham Park Golf Course
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Kalamazoo • (269) 344-0040
www.thornapplecreek.com

Heritage Glen Golf Club
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Paw Paw • (269) 657-2552

www.heritageglengolf.com

Olde Mill Golf Club
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Yarrow Golf and Conference Resort
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Schoolcraft • (269) 679-5625
www.oldemillgolfclub.com

ww.yarrowgolf.com

Augusta • (269) 731-2698

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SPORTS & GOLF

GOLF MAP

* Map is not to scale

Courtesy of Gull Lake View North

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A C C O M M ODATIONS
Courtesy of Henderson Castle

CENTRAL CITY

is Kalamazoo’s renovated, Art Deco downtown district. Chic restaurants, lively brewpubs, shopping and a thriving arts and theater scene are only steps away from the AAA four-diamond Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites.
KALAMAZOO WEST

KALAMAZOO EAST

features more than 1,200 fulland select-service hotel rooms. Miller Auditorium with its famous Broadway shows, auto racing/ racetracks and three ski resorts are nearby.
Courtesy of Radisson Plaza Hotel

offers more than 1,000 full and select-service hotel rooms near the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. Wings Stadium and the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairground are right around the corner, featuring sporting events, arts & crafts shows, exhibits and music events.
SPECIALTY PROPERTIES

These venues include scenic conference and golf resorts to charming bed & breakfast inns.

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Property
Airport Inn Baymont Inn & Suites Best Western Hospitality Inn Best Western Kalamazoo Suites Candlewood Suites Clarion Hotel Comfort Inn Downtown Comstock Motor Court Country Inn & Suites Econo Lodge Fairfield Inn East Fairfield Inn West Forty Winks Motel Gull Lake Inn Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort Hall House B&B Hampton Inn & Suites Hampton Inn East Henderson Castle B&B Holiday Inn Express & Suites Holiday Inn West Holiday Motel Kalamazoo House B&B Kalamazoo Inn Motel Knights Inn Motel 6 Quality Inn Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites Red Roof Inn East Red Roof Inn West Residence Inn by Marriott Staybridge Suites Stuart Avenue Inn Super 8 TownePlace Suites by Marriott Value Place Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort

Telephone
(269) 345-8603 (269) 372-7999 • (877) 229-6668 (269) 381-1900 • (800) 528-1234 (269) 350-5522 • (800) 780-7234 (269) 270-3203 • (877) 226-3539 (269) 385-3922 • (800) 252-7466 (269) 384-2800 • (800) 228-5150 (269) 349-4353 (269) 382-2303 • (800) 596-2375 (269) 388-3551 • (877) 424-6423 (269) 344-8300 • (800) 228-2800 (269) 353-6400 • (800) 228-2800 (269) 382-5737 (269) 731-4131 • (877) 485-5525 (269) 731-5013 • (800) 432-7971 (269) 343-2500 • (888) 761-2525 (269) 372-1010 • (800) 426-7866 (269) 344-7774 • (800) 426-7866 (269) 344-1827 (269) 373-0770 • (888) 465-4329 (269) 375-6000 • (800) 465-4329 (269) 345-3431 (269) 382-0880 • (866) 310-0880 (269) 343-6101 (269) 381-5000 • (800) 843-5644 (269) 344-9255 • (800) 466-8356 (269) 381-7000 • (877) 424-6423 (269) 343-3333 • (800) 395-7046 (269) 382-6350 • (800) 733-7663 (269) 375-7400 • (800) 733-7663 (269) 349-0855 • (800) 331-3131 (269) 372-8000 • (888) 299-2208 (269) 342-0230 • (800) 461-0621 (269) 345-0146 • (800) 800-8000 (269) 353-1500 • (800) 257-3000 (269) 372-6300 • (800) 825-8375 (269) 731-2090 • (800) 563-4397

Website

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ACCOMMODATIONS
Address
2333 Helen St. 2203 S. 11th St. 3640 E. Cork St. 2575 S. 11th St. 3443 Retail Place Dr. 3600 E. Cork St. 739 W. Michigan Ave. 6302 King Hwy. 1912 E. Kilgore Rd. 3750 Easy St. 3800 E. Cork St. 6420 Cracker Barrel Dr. 2605 Douglas Ave. 12500 M-89 7417 N. 38th St. 106 Thompson St. 5059 S. 9th St. 1550 E. Kilgore Rd. 100 Monroe St. 3630 E. Cork St. 2747 S. 11th St. 5540 S. Westnedge Ave. 447 W. South St. 1900 S. Westnedge Ave. 1211 S. Westnedge Ave. 3704 Vanrick Dr. 3820 S. Sprinkle Rd. 100 W. Michigan Ave. 3701 E. Cork St. 5425 W. Michigan Ave. 1500 E. Kilgore Rd. 2001 Seneca Ln. 229 Stuart Ave. 618 Maple Hill Dr. 5683 S. 9th St. 1653 S. 11th St. 10499 N. 48th St.

City
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Rooms
47 87 124 64 95 149 60 11 79 113 115 62 12 36 64 5 78 64 6 64 182 18 10 32 58 104 52 341 79 108 83 95 9 62 80 121 45

Airport Shuttle

Breakfast Fitness Swimming Included Center Pool

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Downtown Kalamazoo invites you to LOOK CLOSER at all it has to offer. For a complete guide to dining, entertainment, shopping and information, visit www.downtownkalamazoo.org

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TRANSPO RTAT I O N
Conveniently located at the crossroads of I-94 and US 131.
DRIVING TIMES BY AUTOMOBILE South Haven – 45 min. Grand Rapids – 50 min. Saugatuck – 1 hr Holland – 1 hr South Bend – 1.5 hrs Lansing – 1.5 hr Detroit – 2 hrs Chicago – 2.5 hrs Toledo – 2.5 hrs Traverse City – 3 hrs Indianapolis – 4 hrs Cleveland – 4 hrs Milwaukee – 4 hrs Toronto – 6 hrs

DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO PARKING RAMPS
• Arcadia Commons (enter off Eleanor Street or Kalamazoo Avenue) • Epic Center (enter off South or Lovell Streets) • Kalamazoo Mall Downtown (enter off of Portage Road) • Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites

CABS, CAR SERVICES & LIMOUSINES Bigg Express
(269) 552-5555 (269) 343-3000 (269) 345-0177 (269) 385-4420 (269) 349-4209

Bronco Taxi Company Checker Cab/Yellow Cab Dream Limousine Touch of Class Limousine Service Yellow Cab Car Rental Alamo Rent-A-Car
(269) 382-2820 (269) 381-0555 (269) 381-0617

For more parking information, visit DowntownKalamazoo.org AIRPORT/AIRLINES Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
(269) 388-3668 • www.azoairport.com

(269) 349-9300

All jet service to major hub cities of Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis as well as Orlando and Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, FL.

Airlines serving Kalamazoo/Battle Creek American Eagle Delta Airlines Direct Air
(800) 433-7300 • www.aa.com (800) 221-1212 • www.delta.com (877) 432-3473 • www.visitdirectair.com

Avis Rent-A-Car Budget Rent-A-Car Enterprise Rent-A-Car Enterprise Rent-A-Car
(269) 383-9900 (Portage)

(269) 372-2815 (Stadium Drive)

Hertz Rent-A-Car
(269) 382-4903

Courtesy of Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

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TRANSPORTATION BUS METRO TRANSIT

Inter-city bus service is from the downtown combined bus/train station at 459 N. Burdick. Chartered service also available.

Bus lines (and charters) serving Kalamazoo B & W Charters
(269) 345-4222

Greyhound Bus Lines
(269) 337-8201
(269) 381-9000

Indian Trails Motorcoach

Kalamazoo, Portage and surrounding townships are served by Kalamazoo’s Metro Transit bus service. Buses stop at marked stops and shelters. Hours are 6 am to 10:15 pm, Monday – Saturday (schedule subject to change). No service on Sundays or major holidays. Passes and tokens are available through the Metro Transit office. Call (269) 337-8201 for information; (269) 337-8222 for free trip-planning service and schedules. Metro Transit also operates Care-a-Van, a demand-response service for people with disabilities; call (269) 337-8220 for eligibility information and scheduling.

RAILROADS

Amtrak offers daily trains from Kalamazoo to Chicago, Detroit, Pontiac and Port Huron. Service is through the Intermodal Transportation Center, 459 N. Burdick. To reach the station, call (269) 344-1841. For Amtrak information/reservations, call (800) 872-7245 or visit their website at www.amtrak.com.

Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

Courtesy of Discover Kalamazoo

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Billiards, Darts, Texas Hold - em, and Video games

“Any game, Any time, Any where”
- Over 40 tv’s showing all games - Live entertainment - DJ/Dance floor - 5 full service bars - Banquet and meeting friendly for groups as large as 400 people
Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner Monday thru Saturday 11am - 2 am Sundays 12 pm - 2 am

3406 Stadium Dr. Kalamazoo. 269-375-1930

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Kalamazoo County Parks

Bringing People & Nature Together
Cold Brook Markin Glen Prairie View River Oaks Scotts Mill Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
Camping • Picnics • Group Outings Family Reunions • Swimming • Hiking Disc Golf • Fishing • Boating • Sledding Cross-Country Skiing • Special Events

www.kalcounty.com/parks 269-383-8778

A D V E RT I S E R INDEX
Air Zoo 2 Bay Pointe Lakefront Resort 35 Baymont Inn and Suites 13 Big League Softball World Series 13 Binder Park Zoo 7 Borgess Medical Center 35 Clarion / Holiday Inn Express 43 Country Inn and Suites 61 Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc. 58 Fetzer Center 34 Food Dance 34 Gilmore Car Museum 26 Good Hospitality Services 4 (Fairfield Inn West, Hampton Inn & Suites, TownePlace Suites) Grand Rapids CVB 21 Greater Kalamazoo Lodging Association 6 Greenleaf Hospitality Group Back Cover (Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Holiday Inn West, et al) Gull Lake Ministries 6 Irish American Club of Kalamazoo 12 Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport 61 Kalamazoo Black Arts Center 12 Kalamazoo County Expo Center 42 Kalamazoo County Parks Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast Kalamazoo Nature Center Kalamazoo Public Library Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo Valley Museum London Grill Restaurants Michigan Festival of Sacred Music Midwest Communications Millennium Restaurant Group Nature Connection Park Trades Center Portage Parks Portage Public Schools Quality Inn Staybridge Suites The Entertainment District The Event Company The Great Lakes Shipping Company US 131 Motorsports Park Wayside West Wellspring / Cori Terry & Dancers Western Michigan University Yarrow Golf and Conference Center 62 58 58 7 20 20 35 12 26 40 11 34 13 26 55 42 39 21 34 61 61 26 63 12

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WHAT’S BEHIND THE “W”?

A WorlD-clASS uNIvErSITy SErvINg A WorlD-clASS commuNITy AND BEyoND.
Western Michigan University is Kalamazoo’s hometown resource, bringing the community and its visitors all the benefits that can be found only at one of the nation’s top public research universities.
• More than 230 acclaiMed acadeMic prograMs serving 25,000 students. www.wmich.edu/academics • ncaa division 1a intercollegiate athletic prograMs coMpeting in the Mid-aMerican conference and the cENTrAl collEgIATE HockEy ASSocIATIoN. www.wmubroncos.com • Miller auditoriuM, the third largest theatre in Michigan, showcasing perforMing arts that range froM touring Broadway shows to opera and stand-up coMedy. www.millerauditorium.com • internationally renowned fine arts prograMs offering More than 1,200 perforMances and ExHIBITIoNS ANNuAlly. cfa.wmich.edu

Grab the reins.
wmich.edu • (269) 387-1000

Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites

radissonkz.com The Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites is the premier facility for your meeting, conference, convention, retreat or extended-stay guests. Featuring 341 guestrooms, highlighted by two of Michigan’s most spectacular luxury suites, plus more than 44,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 10,000 square foot Arcadia Ballroom and the newly renovated 10,000 square foot Kalamazoo Room. Along with a dedicated convention services team, inspired culinary crew and exceptional banquet staff, the Radisson boasts three on-site restaurants, a coffee shop, full-service spa/ salon, athletic club, swimming pool, high-end fashion outlet, and floral consulting services. Centrally located between Chicago & Detroit, in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo and walking distance from dozens of spectacular restaurants, theaters, and shopping venues; the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites is the epitome of distinction. holidayinnkz.com The Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West is the perfect venue for your weekend getaway, family vacation, reception, reunion, team meeting or high-powered conference. With 182 guestrooms, featuring the incredible Kid Suites with bunk beds for the little ones and a luxurious queen bed for mom and dad, and two spacious hospitality suites. Enjoy Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill for delicious on-site dining or coordinate a fabulous meal with our banquet staff. Nearly 5000 square feet of flexible meeting space to fit your group needs. The Holidome® recreation area features a swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, game room and more. Whatever the occasion, the Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West delivers the ultimate in quality accommodations and detailed service.

Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West