This week our small town series takes us to a tiny Michigan town in Berrien County that was just named the Nicest Place in America.

Buchanan is a quaint little town containing an estimated 4,263 resident according to wikipedia.  It sits about 10 minutes West of Niles and about 5 minutes from Niles Scream Park.  Using comments from Facebook, Trip Advisor, Yelp and other questionable internet are the 5 Things Everyone From Buchanan Knows:

#5. Where Buchanan got it's name.

Buchanan was named after former U.S. Senator and the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan according to the Berrien County Genealogical Society.

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#4. Redbud City

Buchanan has the nickname of Redbud City according to wikipedia,

because of the many redbud trees that have historically lined city streets and the major approaches to the city, Buchanan has long been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation

#3. Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant - 185 Mount Tabor Rd, Buchanan, MI 49107-8326

Tabor Hill has a 4 out of 5 star rating on as well as ranking #1 on the best restaurants in Buchanan.

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#2. Hickory Creek Winery - 750 Browntown Rd, Buchanan, MI 49107-8336

Hickory Creek Winery has a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor and is #1 on the website's
Things to do in Buchanan list.

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#1. Redbud Motocross - 13638 Red Bud Trail N, Buchanan, MI 49107

This by far received the most mentions on Facebook as well as ranking #2 on TripAdvisor's "Things to Do in Buchanan" list.  One of the largest motocross tracks in the Midwest, Wikipedia says that RedBud MX is known for "the best dirt on earth." Thousands of people travel from all over on 4th of July to attend.  Get more info on the Redbud MX website by clicking here.

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Did we miss your favorite thing about Buchanan?  Let us know in the comments.

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