Where to Dine, Shop and Play in Harbor Country

There are few places quite like Harbor Country during the summer. From sun-filled days at the beach to Saturday mornings spent perusing a farmers market, you will have no problem finding relaxation here. Keep reading to learn of the best Harbor Country activities.


Nani’s Café & Beach Shop | Union Pier

The setting and atmosphere are casual, but the famous muffins are out of this world. Aside from the muffins, Nani’s also offers a variety of sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.

Greenbush Brewing Co. | Sawyer

The brewed in-house beer is the star of the show here, but don’t let that distract you from the delicious food offerings.

Journeyman Distillery | Three Oaks

While Journeyman is known for its handcrafted spirits, its full-service restaurant Staymaker is not to be taken lightly. Staymaker offers a number of Detroit-style pizzas and a bevy of New American entrees and appetizers.

Bentwood Tavern | New Buffalo

If you’re looking for a sophisticated spin on pub fare with a waterfront setting, Bentwood Tavern is for you. The eatery offers a variety of gourmet pizzas, fresh seafood, Amish roasted chicken, steaks, and more.

The Stray Dog Bar & Grille | New Buffalo

This bright, open, and airy space offers New American fare and an extensive beer list. Don’t miss the rooftop patio on a nice sunny day.


Lemon Creek Winery | Berrien Springs

Lemon Creek is a name with 160 years of grape and fruit growing experience. Be sure to check out the winery’s tasting rooms, vineyard, and the u-pick fruit farm on the southwest Michigan shoreline.

Third Coast Surf Shop | New Buffalo

Given you’re right on the shores of Lake Michigan, a good surf shop is crucial. Third Coast has everything you need to get in the water, including lessons.

Sojourn | Sawyer

A unique setting awaits you at Sojourn, a mid-century/modern home furnishings store. Here you’ll find a mix of vintage finds and rare designer pieces.

Farmers’ Markets | New Buffalo & Three Oaks

Harbor Country features great farmers’ markets including The New Buffalo European Farmer’s Market, which is open on weekends until mid-October, and the Three Oaks Farmer’s Market, open on Saturdays through October.


Galien River County Park | New Buffalo

Explore this mix of wetland and upland habitats as you walk along the 300’ canopy walkway or look from above as you stand on the 60’ high marsh overlook tower.

Red Arrow Stables | Michiana Shores

Adults and children of all ages have the opportunity to enjoy a horseback ride thanks to the many offerings Red Arrow provides. Whether it’s a short 15-minute ride or a ride on their 4.5-mile trail, there’s something for everybody.

Captain Mike’s Fun Park | Bridgman

Captain Mike’s truly has it all for kids, from go-karts and mini golf to bumper boats and batting cages.

Warren Dunes State Park | Sawyer

This state park features three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and it happens to be open year round. Don’t miss the spectacular lake views from the dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake.

Oselka Marina | New Buffalo

If guided tours aren’t your thing and you’d like something hands on, check out Oselka Marina. At Oselka Marina, you can rent a boat, yacht, or Jet Ski for either a couple hours or a full day.

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