The third time was definitely the charm for Coloma, a city in Southwest Michigan that is home to a majority of the area’s vineyards.
The city was named twice before ultimately settling on Coloma, inspired by the California Gold Rush town. Earlier names included Shingle Diggins for the wood shingles manufactured in the area and Dickerville for the bartering that went on after the timber supply was exhausted.
Incorporated in 1941, the city is part of the Fruit Belt in the Lake Michigan Shore American Viticultural Area, with rich farmlands made temperate by Lake Michigan and vineyards dating back to 1867. The area produces a variety of fruits such as apples, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and peaches, which are celebrated annually at the Coloma Glad-Peach Festival. The three-day celebration includes live music, a classic car and motorcycle show, and a parade.
One of the biggest attractions for both locals and visitors is Paw Paw River, where people can fish and rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.