After our Bear Cave visit to Buchanan, Michigan, we decided to drive out to St. Joseph because we both have never been there. It was only about 20 minutes away and a straight shot west to downtown. We ended up getting downtown and it was packed and we had no idea why. Apparently, there was a huge festival called the Venetian Festival. We paid way too much for parking and walked downtown. We both fell in love immediately and decided we are going to live there. Seriously. The downtown area is so cute. It's like a lot like Grand Haven, but has a lot more stuff to do for a younger crowd too. It was a two second walk down to the beach where we discovered a really nice carnival, tons of tents with food and crafts. We bought tickets for the carnival, of course. We rode The Orbiter and The Screamer. Then we walked down to their beach to check it out, and it was the BEST beach. Even better than Grand Haven. Their coastline was more flat and just so picturesque. It was like we were in a movie. Lake Michigan was just gorgeous, the beach was amazing. Everybody in that town just looked so happy. Brett and I were like, "There has to be a catch." Brett said you must have to sell your soul to live there. Haha! But truly - such a happy, amazing, beautiful town. We definitely would love to live there.
(brett on silver beach, st. joseph, michigan)
Brett and I came home and researched it even more. St. Joe is 1 hour and 27 minutes away from Grand Haven, 1 hour 23 minutes away from Grand Rapids and 1 hour 47 minutes away from Chicago, IL. How more perfect could that be for us? Nice suburbia, plus lots of farmers markets on the way, gorgeous Lake Michigan beach, very diverse, super cute downtown area, lots of shopping, lots to do, perfect place to raise kids, and very close to family and friends and really really close to Chicago. Maybe it was just a first impression, but that town seemed too good to be true for us.
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