The hulking shell of E.K. Warren's 1800s corset factory still looms at the edge of town. The entrepreneur preserved the 311-acre Warren Woods Natural Area north of town, as well as Warren Dunes State Park. Trails within Warren Woods wind through virgin beech and maple forests.
From Warren Woods, east 12 miles on Elm Valley Road.
Rosy blossoms line the streets, as this village's renowned redbud trees usher in the season. Look for the 1853 Pear's Mill near the 1950s-era downtown. Just north of town, more trees flower at Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve.
North eight miles on Redbud Trail to Snow Road. West 4 miles to Tabor Hill Winery.
Vineyards cover the hillsides in the heart of wine country. Tour Tabor Hill Winery, then stay for lunch at the glass-walled restaurant looking out over the fields. At nearby Round Barn Winery, a 1911 round barn houses a brandy still, and an 1880s post-and-beam barn holds the tasting room.
From Tabor Hill Winery, backtrack east and north six miles on Snow Road.
Rhododendrons bloom along Ferry Street. Held back by an old brick dam, the St. Joseph River spreads wide, forming Lake Chapin, a favorite of anglers. The drive north takes you through the center of orchard country and legions of blooming apple and cherry trees.
East two-and-one-half miles on Pokagon Road to State-140. North three-and-one-half miles. Detour east one-and-one-half miles on Eureka Road to pass Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, the area's largest grower. Back to State-140. North 10 miles to Red Arrow Highway. East 20 miles.