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SWMI Newest Event Venue ‘The Boardwalk’ To Host Open House

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Southwest Michigan’s Newest Event Venue ‘The Boardwalk’ To Host Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Celebration Scheduled for June 16th

Tucked in next to the St. Joseph River, the serene beauty of what is now known as The Boardwalk stands out as a must-see destination for weddings and gatherings. The former Fraternal Order of Police lodge on Dillar Rd of M-139 has undergone a 2+ year dedicated renovation and transformation by husband-and-wife team of Matt & Kathryn.


After returning to the area during COVID, Kathryn discovered the property and had multiple “what if” discussions with Matt which ultimately led to the two purchasing the property and beginning the renovations. Together, they balance Matt’s years of IT and construction background with Kathryn’s design vision to bring a new guest experience to Southwest Michigan. Surrounded by 400+ acres of woods and farmland, The Boardwalk boasts a completely secluded private space on the riverfront with a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces to host celebrations in comfort and style.


“Our hope is that with each upgrade and addition we make, it becomes easier and easier for our couples, guests and our vendors to enjoy, and removes some of the traditional stress that leads up to showtime,” says Matt.


An open house on Sunday, June 16th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. will include appetizer and dessert selections from Chef Alexander Gandia, drinks from featured local wineries, and live music throughout the afternoon.  At 3:00 p.m. the ribbon-cutting celebration, hosted by the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber will showcase the grand opening of a new 3,000+ square foot outdoor riverfront garden pavilion to comfortably host 250+ guests.  This stunning and versatile new 3-season garden pavilion is the only one of its kind in the region and perfectly pairs with the new pergola that doubles as an outdoor dance floor and hanging gardens.


“We hope those who join us during our open house fall in love with The Boardwalk, just as we did upon seeing it. It has been a true dedicated labor of love and we’re excited to share the fresh changes with each and every guest that steps on to the property,” adds Kathryn.


Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP at this link to secure a ticket on the guest list.


For those unable to attend on Sunday, there will be a limited Preview Day on Saturday, June 15th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. that will primarily feature guided tours of the grounds.

Later this month, The Boardwalk will be hosting a public Wedding Faire on June 30th, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., tickets can be purchased now at their website via this link The Wedding Faire is a fresh take on a wedding expo, with a focus on jewelry, florals, vintage, and more to build a couple’s vision for their milestone moment.

The Boardwalk is now booking their 2024-2026 calendars to host weddings, graduation parties, corporate retreats, winter holiday parties, and all kinds of public and private celebrations year-round.  Please contact The Boardwalk directly to inquire on availability and schedule onsite visits.

For more information about The Boardwalk:



Address: The Boardwalk.  1100 Diller Rd.  Benton Harbor, Mi 49022
Link to RSVP for June 16th:


About Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber

The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6, member-driven, business advocacy, and collective-impact organization proudly serving Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. Using our expansive member-network and the power of our partnerships, we work to strengthen regional assets, advocate for regional priorities, and cultivate an economic ecosystem that prepares our region for future opportunity.

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