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Paw-Paw has a motto, "A town so nice, they named it twice!" Actually, the colorful name comes from the river which flows through the town, which the Potawatomi Indians referred to as "the place where the Paw Paw fruit grows." Early settlers discovered that the area was also excellent for growing other kinds of fruits - including grapes. Today Paw Paw is best known for its' vineyards and wineries. It is nestled in the heart of the "Wine Country" of Van Buren County in the southwest region of the state, just west of the city of Kalamazoo. The village has several popular restaurants that draw visitors from miles around, and it also boasts one of the few surviving small town movie theaters in the area. In the center of town is beautiful Maple Lake, which features an outdoor amphitheater, that is the site of many concerts in the summer and fall. Maple Island also offers picnic facilities, a beach and a recreational park. Paw Paw serves as the county seat for Van Buren County. An annual Wine and Harvest Festival is held in the city the first weekend after Labor Day. An easy day trip takes you to the city of Kalamazoo, which has dozens of golf courses, 83 lakes with public access, a vibrant Art Deco downtown area with shopping, fine dining and museums.

Surrounding areas: Bloomingdale, Michigan (11.9 mi), Kalamazoo, Michigan (16.4 mi), Magician Lake, Michigan (17.5 mi), Sister Lakes, Michigan (18.7 mi), Watervliet, Michigan (19.0 mi), Dowagiac, Michigan (19.6 mi), Covert, Michigan (19.7 mi)

Paw Paw Vacation Rentals

Paw Paw Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn & Suites153 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI (269) 655-0303
Econo Lodge139 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI (269) 657-2578
Super 8 Motel - Paw Paw111 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI (269) 657-1111
Fairfield Inn-kalamazoo W6420 Cracker Barrel DrKalamazoo, MI11.1 mi.(269) 353-6400
Hampton Inn & Suites Kalamazoo5059 S 9th StKalamazoo, MI11.1 mi.(269) 372-1010
Baymont Inn & Suites-kalamazoo2203 S 11TH StKalamazoo, MI12.4 mi.(269) 372-7999
Hawthorn Suites2575 S 11th StKalamazoo, MI12.4 mi.(269) 353-2547
Red Roof Inn Kalamazoo West5425 West Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI12.6 mi.(800) 733-7663
Staybridge Suites-Kalamazoo2001 Seneca LnKalamazoo, MI13.2 mi.(269) 372-8000
Quality Inn - Kalamazoo5300 S WestnedgeKalamazoo, MI15.6 mi.(269) 382-1000
Knights Inn-Kalamazoo Mi1211 S Westnedge AveKalamazoo, MI16.0 mi.(269) 381-5000
Comfort Inn At Wmu / Downtown739 W Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI16.1 mi.(269) 384-2800
40 Winks Motel2605 DouglasKalamazoo, MI16.3 mi.(269) 382-5737
Motel 6 -N Kalamazoo3704 Van Rick RdKalamazoo, MI16.4 mi.(269) 344-9255
Stuart Avenue Inn229 237 Stuard AveKalamazoo, MI16.4 mi.(269) 342-0230
Super 8 Motel618 Maple HL DrKalamazoo, MI16.4 mi.(269) 345-0146
Kalamazoo Hampton Inn1550 E Kilgore RdKalamazoo, MI17.0 mi.(269) 344-7774
Residence Inn1500 E KilgoreKalamazoo, MI17.0 mi.(269) 349-0855
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson1912 E Kilgore RdKalamazo, MI17.1 mi.(269) 382-2303
Lees Inn Kalamazoo2615 Fairfield RdKalamazoo, MI17.1 mi.(269) 382-6100
Radisson Plaza Hotal100 W Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI17.2 mi.(269) 343-3333
Simpson's Lake View Resort117 55TH StGrand Junction, MI17.4 mi.(269) 434-6843
Holiday Inn Express1741 Phoenix RdSaint Haven, MI17.8 mi.(269) 637-8800
Ramada Inn & Conference Center1555 Phoenix RdSouth Haven, MI17.8 mi.(269) 639-9900
Clarion Hotel-kalamazoo3600 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI18.4 mi.(269) 385-3922
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3630 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI18.4 mi.(269) 373-0770
Best Western Kelly Inn3640 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI18.5 mi.(269) 381-1900
Red Roof Inn East3701 East Cork StKalamazoo, MI18.5 mi.(800) 733-7663
Comfort Inn3820 Sprinkle RdKalamazoo, MI18.6 mi.(269) 381-7000
Fairfield Inn By Marriott3800 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI18.6 mi.(269) 344-8300
Horizon Inn & Suites3522 Sprinkle RdKalamazoo, MI18.6 mi.(269) 381-7070
Quality Inn & Suites3750 Easy StKalamazoo, MI18.6 mi.(269) 388-3551
Comfort Inn622 Allegan StPlainwell, MI20.0 mi.(269) 685-9891
Amerihost Inn & Suites Dowagiac29291 Amerihost DrDowagiac, MI20.6 mi.(269) 782-4270
Comfort Motel56808 N Main StThree Rivers, MI21.5 mi.(269) 279-5816
Comfort Suites1743 Phoenix StSouth Haven, MI22.8 mi.(269) 639-2014
Greystone Motel59271 S US Hwy 131Three Rivers, MI23.1 mi.(269) 278-1695
Redwood Motel59389 S US Hwy 131Three Rivers, MI23.1 mi.(269) 278-1945
Spartan Motel58852 S US Hwy 131Three Rivers, MI23.1 mi.(269) 278-1615
Super 8689 Super 8 WayThree Rivers, MI23.1 mi.(269) 279-8888
Bed & Breakfast
Hall House Bed & Breadfast106 Thompson StKalamazoo, MI15.7 mi.(269) 343-2500
J Paules Fenn Inn Bed & Breakfast2254 S 58TH StFennville, MI28.4 mi.(269) 561-2836

Paw Paw Weather & Climate

Southwest Michigan has a distinct four-season climate that is typical of most of the Midwest, except that it experiences some lake effect conditions due to the close proximity of Lake Michigan. Summer precipitation comes in the form of showers and thunderstorms. Lake Michigan acts as a giant "heat sink," which helps moderate the temperatures of the surrounding land, cooling summers and warming winters. It is also a natural humidifier, and this causes an increase in the moisture content in the air, creating heavier snowfalls in the winter. However, seldom are there prolonged periods of extreme heat combined with humidity in southwestern Michigan. Average annual snowfall is 36 inches, but varies greatly from year to year. Michigan is on the fringe of the Midwest tornado belt, but sees less of this activity than other parts of the country.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 15°F 2.59 in. -
February 34°F 16°F 1.78 in. -
March 44°F 24°F 2.64 in. -
April 56°F 34°F 3.56 in. -
May 69°F 44°F 3.53 in. -
June 78°F 53°F 3.53 in. -
July 82°F 57°F 3.83 in. -
August 80°F 56°F 3.59 in. -
September 73°F 48°F 4.43 in. -
October 61°F 38°F 3.08 in. -
November 47°F 30°F 3.68 in. -
December 35°F 21°F 3.31 in. -

Paw Paw Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International airport (AZO) located about 17 miles east of Paw Paw in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located approximately 33 miles east of Paw Paw in Battle Creek, Michigan, the Elkhart Municipal airport (EKM) located roughly 34 miles south of Paw Paw in Elkhart, Indiana, the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located around 41 miles southwest of Paw Paw in South Bend, Indiana, and finally the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located about 49 miles northeast of Paw Paw in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Paw Paw Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI21.5 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN61.0 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN62.5 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI72.5 mi.
Water Parks
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI37.1 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI52.8 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI72.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Heritage Glen Golf ClubPaw PawMI 
Lake Cora HillsPaw PawMI 
Lawton Golf ClubLawtonMI4.8 mi.
Shamrock Hills Golf CourseGoblesMI9.9 mi.
Jeptha Lake Golf CourseBloomingdaleMI11.6 mi.
Oakland Hills Golf ClubBattle CreekMI14.3 mi.
Oakland Hills Golf ClubPortageMI14.3 mi.
Olde Mill Golf CourseSchoolcraftMI15.3 mi.
Eastern Hills Municipal Golf ClubKalamazooMI16.7 mi.
Grand Prairie Golf CourseKalamazooMI16.7 mi.
Milham Park Municipal Golf CourseKalamazooMI16.7 mi.
Prairies Golf ClubKalamazooMI16.7 mi.
Red Arrow Golf ClubKalamazooMI16.7 mi.
Ridge View Golf CourseKalamazooMI16.7 mi.
Thornapple Creek Golf ClubKalamazooMI16.7 mi.
Pine View Golf CourseYpsilantiMI17.6 mi.
New Paw Paw Lake Golf ClubWatervlietMI19.1 mi.
Dowagiac Elks Country ClubDowagiacMI19.6 mi.
Hampshire Country ClubDowagiacMI19.6 mi.
Lynx of AlleganOtsegoMI19.6 mi.
Prairiewood Golf CourseOtsegoMI19.6 mi.
Spruce RidgeDowagiacMI19.6 mi.
States Golf CourseVicksburgMI19.7 mi.
Shagbark Golf ClubPlainwellMI20.0 mi.
Cheshire Hills Golf CourseAlleganMI21.0 mi.
Eagle Creek Golf ClubAlleganMI21.0 mi.
Diamond Lake Golf CourseCassopolisMI22.1 mi.
Park Shore Golf ClubCassopolisMI22.1 mi.
Lake Doster Golf ClubPlainwellMI22.9 mi.
Pine View Golf ClubThree RiversMI23.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI9.9 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI22.3 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI61.6 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI64.6 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI85.9 mi.
State Parks
Van Buren State ParkMI22.6 mi. 
Fort Custer State ParkMI30.4 mi. 
Saugatuck Dunes State ParkMI36.6 mi. 
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI16.4 mi.(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI16.4 mi.(Art)
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI29.6 mi.(History)
Kingman MuseumBattle CreekMI37.1 mi.(Science)
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN41.3 mi.(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN41.3 mi.(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN41.3 mi.(Art)
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI52.8 mi.(Art)
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN59.9 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI37.1 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN41.3 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI76.8 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN84.8 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL93.8 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL93.8 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI102.6 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL104.3 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI117.1 mi.

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