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Makers Trail PASSPORT

Collect stamps, earn rewards with the Makers Trail Passport

Download your 2023/2024 Makers Trail Flight Crew Passport NOW! Then, taste your way through Berrien County visiting over 40 local wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries between now and May 31, 2024. The more you visit, the more Passport access codes you can scan, the more rewards you can earn. Traveling the Makers Trail is fun, relaxing and a great way to find favorite craft beverages.

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Download the new Visit Southwest Michigan App to complete your passport

Last year, we switched to a digital system to make prize earning easier for you. No more worrying about forgetting your passport and no more dropping it off at the Tourist Council to earn prizes. This year we've launched a new and improved app! Now, you can simply download the app and check in using QR access codes. Once you visit a location, ask your server for their unique access code to earn that location on the app. They'll give you a QR code to scan. Each time you complete a level, your information will automatically be saved. It's that easy! Download it NOW to get started!

Download the app to get started!

Get your free Makers Trail Passport:


Map out your flight path using the Makers Trail Guide or our free app. Printed maps will be available at participating hotels and Makers Trail locations. Then, start visiting each location. Each destination has a distinct personality and serves specialties to showcase each maker's craftsmanship. Order a flight so you can taste more!

Earn these prizes!

Level One Reward: A Makers Trail $15 Gift Certificate.

Level 1

Makers Trail $15
Gift Certificate

Scan a total of 10 different Makers Trail access codes.

Level Two Reward: A Makers Trail T-shirt.

Level 2

Makers Trail

Scan a total of 20 different Makers Trail access codes.

Level Three Reward: A Makers Trail hoodie.

Level 3

Makers Trail

Scan a total of 30 different Makers Trail access codes.



Complete ANY level of the rewards program and stay at least ONE NIGHT in a participating hotel to earn a stainless steel Makers Trail YETI® Rambler 26 oz. water bottle. The complete list of participating hotels can be found at Upload a hotel receipt from your stay in the app. The name on the hotel receipt must match the app user's name.

Enter our Grand Prize drawing!

Each year, we are giving away THREE Grand Prizes. Each FLIGHT CREW ALL-INCLUSIVE LAYOVER package includes two nights (double occupancy) in a participating hotel in Benton Harbor, St. Joseph or Stevensville. You also will receive gift certificates that can be used at area restaurants, Makers Trail destinations and more.


  1. Complete levels 1, 2 & 3 by scanning access codes from 30 different Makers Trail locations.
  2. Stay at least one night in a participating hotel, and upload a hotel receipt from your stay in the app. The name on the hotel receipt must match the app user's name. Find receipt details in the official rules.
  3. Submit your passport via app and fill out sizing questions. You will automatically be entered into the Grand Prize drawing.
  4. Grand Prize winners will be notified by June 28, 2024.
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Official Passport Rules

Here's how it works:

  1. You must be at least 21 years old to participate. Only one passport per person.
  2. Bring your phone with the Visit Southwest Michigan App to any of the Makers Trail breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries. For the current list of makers and destinations, visit
  3. Make a purchase, then ask your server for the location's access code for the app before you leave. Each location has a unique QR access code. You may scan each location's code once for earning your rewards. Duplicate codes will not be counted.
  4. Use the app to continue scanning codes to earn up to four rewards plus an entry into our Grand Prize drawing. (Offer good while reward supplies last).
  5. Once you've scanned 10 codes, you've earned that reward. Continue collecting them to earn as many rewards as you can. The app will automatically update to let you know how many reward levels you've completed.

Passport Validation

How to claim your rewards:

  1. Scan access codes from Makers Trail locations to earn fun prizes between now and May 31, 2024. Duplicate codes will not count toward your rewards.
  2. Once you finish all levels you're interested in, submit your passport and answer any necessary questions about prize sizing. Do not submit your passport until you have completed ALL the levels you intend to. You will NOT be able to continue scanning codes once it is submitted.
  3. Your information will automatically be sent directly to the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. You can't receive prizes unless you fill out the correct information. You must upload a photo of your hotel receipt from a hotel stay for the Bonus Prize and Grand Prize entry.
  4. Passports must be received and validated by May 31, 2024, to be eligible for earned rewards.
  5. The Passport's return address must match the name of the app user's name.
  6. This offer is good while reward supplies last. If you have questions, please contact us at or 269-925-6301.

Enjoy every sip on the trail!

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