open navigation menu close navigation menu
Locations Passport Map Tours Events Blog Festival Stay

How the app works

  1. Download the Visit Southwest Michigan app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Tap the "Sign Up" button to set up an account with your information and address. This is used to issue your prizes once you earn them.
  3. To start the Makers Trail Passport challenge, select the Makers Trail Passport from the home screen. Select "start."
  4. When you arrive at a Makers Trail location, enjoy your food and drinks. Make sure to ask your server for the location's access code. Open the passport challenge in the app, select "Find a Maker," and hit the plus sign next to the location you are at. You'll be prompted to scan the QR code or enter the access code of letters and numbers your server gives you. Click "submit," and you've earned that location!
  5. Repeat step four until you have visited and collected at least 10 access codes to reach Level 1.
  6. You can either submit at Level 1 or keep playing to earn more prizes. If you submit, you WON'T be able to play any more levels.
  7. Repeat the same steps above to collect the next 10 or 20 stamps, depending on how much you want to complete.
  8. If you stay at a participating hotel, select "Submit for the bonus prize" instead of "Find a maker" on the main challenge page. In the partner section, select the hotel you stayed at. Add your check-in date. Upload a picture of your hotel receipt in the app and submit. The name on your receipt must match the name on your profile.
  9. When you are done playing, click "Complete the challenge" and "submit challenge now" on the next screen.
  10. Complete all the levels you would like to by May 31, 2024. Answer any questions necessary when submitting the passport. All prizes will be mailed to the address on your account or you can pick them up depending on what you selected when creating your profile. Have fun!
A person holding a phone that is displaying the Makers Trail app.