Story Ideas

Arts and Culture

  • Coldwater is home to Tibbits Opera House, the longest running, continuously operating community theater in Michigan. Tibbits Opera House is celebrating their 50th anniversary of summer theatre in 2013. Tibbits Opera House is also home to a Henry Lewis Clay art collection. The originals reside at the University of Michigan; replicas are prominently displayed throughout the theatre.
  • The Amish community is widespread throughout Branch County. Amish bakeries, woodworkers, basket weavers and more are located here. Buggies are often seen driving down the road or hitched in front of businesses throughout the area. The Amish Meander, a map of the area’s Amish businesses, is available at the tourism bureau.

Family Getaways

  • Ride the rails on one of two historic steam locomotives at The Little River Railroad in Coldwater. Built in 1911, ‘Locomotive 110’ is a one-of-a-kind, custom built locomotive and the smallest standard gauge Pacific type locomotive ever built.
  • Most think of the Great Lakes or ‘up north’ for water activity and adventure, although this area offers more than 114 lakes, including two chains of lakes to float, fish or frolic. Rent a pontoon, canoe or kayak and enjoy!
  • From authentic Mexican to a 30+ year old root beer stand, Branch County offers unique dining options. Watch airplanes taxi down the runway and take off as you enjoy a lunch of fresh salads, wraps and gourmet pizza at Prop Blast at Branch County Memorial Airport.

Outdoor Recreation

  • Pedaling through Coldwater Country is another way visitors can enjoy the communities. Follow the quiet, rural and country roads on two wheels or download one of six different area bike tours available free on the website.
  • Take an adventure in Coldwater Country with a High Tech Hunt. The area has become a popular geocache destination. Caches are hidden throughout the county, including along the chain of lakes, many accessible by land and water.