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Are you in the spooky mood? Here are some activities your family can enjoy.

As we head into spooky season, there is lots to do in our little corner of Michigan! Take a break from browsing South Bend homes for sale and check out all your new home will have to offer. Here are a few fall and Halloween-themed attractions our real estate agents recommend.

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Don't start your morning on the wrong foot. Check out these Michiana breakfast spots to start your day right.

Looking for a bite to eat around Michiana? Our real estate agents have a few ideas for you! They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you're looking at South Bend homes for sale, it's vital to keep your energy up. Luckily, there are plenty of places for a breakfast with all the fixings: from eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast to granola, bagels, and pastries — and don't forget the coffee!

In a landscape dotted with small local diners and cafes, you can even find many where breakfast is served all day long. When you move to the Michiana area, you'll never be too far from hearty, satisfying food in a comfortable setting where everyone is happy to see you.

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Try These 5 Restaurants on Tempura Day Around Michiana

There are many things to love about living in the Michiana area, including the incredible variety of dining options. If you love to eat out, you're not alone. Our real estate agents are constantly exploring local restaurants so they can offer recommendations to new residents. 

Since there are so many great Asian restaurants here, we were excited to learn that National Tempura Day is coming up on January 7th. Here are a few of the best local places for you to get your tempura fix. 

  1. Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar: 119 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601
    One of the top 10 fine dining destinations in the greater South Bend region, Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar offers incredible sushi and Japanese dishes in a unique, upscale environment. If you're been looking at South Bend homes for sale, you'll definitely want to familiarize yourself with this incredible restaurant! They're known for their incredibly fresh seafood and a full bar that serves up some of the best martinis in the area. Start your evening off with some shrimp or vegetable tempura, then enjoy a hibachi entree, sushi platter, Asian fusion entree, or a rice or noodle dish.

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Winter Weather Sports - Michiana - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Winter is upon us in Michiana, the little corner of northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan centered around South Bend. Our real estate agents are excited to finally be able to get outside and enjoy some of our favorite winter sports.

The colder months have a lot to offer in the South Bend area, from skiing and snowboarding to sledding and winter hiking. Be sure to check out these fun winter hot spots this season!

  • St. Patrick's County Park - 50651 Laurel Rd, South Bend, IN 46637
    St. Patrick's County Park is one of the most popular spots in the South Bend area for cross-country skiing. The park is home to many miles of trails, arranged in loops that give skiers plenty of options. The landscape of forests, meadows, ponds, and picturesque river frontage always provide interesting scenery. St. Patrick's County Park is minutes away from many South Bend homes for sale and is also a popular destination to spot bald eagles in the area.

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Holiday Floral Arrangements - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

It's amazing how much a beautiful floral arrangement can change the look of a home. In fact, our real estate agents often recommend adding fresh flowers when staging a home or preparing for an open house. 

Whether you want to add a formal touch to your home this holiday season or send a beautiful gift to family or friends, it helps to know the area's best florists. Here are a few of our favorites. 

  • Granger Florist: 51537 Bittersweet Rd., Granger, IN 46530
    For beautiful, well-thought-out arrangements, Granger Florist is always a great option. They don't just put together flowers. Instead, every piece they make is a true work of art. Give them a call to discuss your vision, and you can feel confident that they'll create a stunning holiday arrangement.

    To keep everyone as safe as possible, they're offering "contactless" delivery and curbside pickup. Currently, the storefront is open for consultations by appointment only. If you decide to visit in person, make sure you take the scenic route home so you can get a glimpse of some of the beautiful Granger homes for sale this holiday season.

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Delis - Michiana - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Whether you're ordering a sandwich or grabbing ingredients for your own culinary creations, there's nothing like visiting your favorite neighborhood deli. Fortunately, anyone living in the Michiana region has no shortage of great delis to choose from! Sandwich Day, which takes place every year on November 3rd, provides the perfect excuse to visit your favorite deli and enjoy all of the amazing things that can be created between two slices of bread. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on 5 of the best Michiana delis where you can satisfy your sandwich craving anytime.

  • Old Style Deli – 200 S. Main St., Elkhart, IN 46516
    Searching for the perfect sandwich and soup combo close to Elkhart homes for sale? Head to the Old Style Deli, a long-time local deli with a reputation for amazing sandwiches and hot, homemade soups. Old Style Deli has been family owned and operated in Elkhart since it was founded in 1983, with a sandwich menu a mile long. Enjoy all of your favorite sandwich styles, including vegetarian options, or create your own sandwich from a long list of fresh ingredients. Old Style Deli offers takeout and delivery for all of your breakfast and lunch needs.

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Public Library - Michiana - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

If you'd like to see interesting items that tell the history of the Michiana area, you won't have to leave your house to do it. The St. Joseph County Public Library has several online digital collections spotlighting Michiana that you can access online.

Our real estate agents suggest exploring the following collections to learn more about the Michiana area of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.

  • Oral Histories
    The library's oral history collection preserves the stories of South Bend and St. Joseph County residents, presented in their own words. "South Bend Stories" were recorded in 2015 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of South Bend. They include stories from longtime WSBT radio personality Jon Thompson, who shares his account of surviving and reporting on the blizzard of 1978. "Michiana Voices" includes memories from Ben Johnson, an administrator and presidential aide who talks about attending Riley High School and living in South Bend in the '50s and '60s, as well as those from activist Glenda Rae Hernandez, who speaks about discrimination in housing and other topics.

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Driving Tour - Michiana - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Grab the kids and switch up your normal weekend routine with a drive around Michiana. Our real estate agents love an afternoon spent with the windows down and the tunes cranked up. Pack a few snacks, create a cool cruising playlist, and check out these interesting landmarks in South Bend, Nappanee, and Mishawaka.

  • The Statue of Liberty Replica — 101 S. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601
    When you're riding around looking at South Bend homes for sale, you may recognize a familiar face from New York. In the 1950s, The Boy Scouts of America dedicated this replica of The Statue of Liberty "as a pledge of Fidelity and Loyalty". This marker is actually part of the nation-wide Statue of Liberty Replicas series. Today, this marker is located on the eastern-facing entrance of the St. Joseph County Courthouse. Be sure to look around the area while you're driving to spot other cool markers like the St. Joseph County Civil War Monument only a few feet away.

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