Visit the sandy beaches of Southwest Michigan and find out why this spot of heaven is so highly rated for outdoor enthusiasts, romantic getaways, and the perfect place for families to relax from their hectic schedules.
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Poised atop a bluff along the Lake Michigan shore, sits quaint St. Joseph, one of Michigan’s featured Beachtowns. Brick streets welcome visitors downtown to relax as they browse through unique shops and enjoy dining spots in this resort town. Shops display art, antiques, collectibles and lighthouse memorabilia in addition to clothing and giftware. The Krasl Art Center, featuring a Chihuly glass sculpture, hosts traveling exhibits, but may be best known for its Art Fair the second weekend of July.
Below the bluff, Silver Beach stretches its sugar-sand beach 1600 feet along the lake and claims title as one of the best US beaches, as reported in Parents magazine. In July, the Venetian Festival sets up volleyball and competitions, a carnival and musical entertainment near the shore. In summer, free activities abound in town. Brownbag lunch concerts and horse-drawn rides, in July and August, can also be enjoyed surrounding the lunch hour. Saturday mornings from June through September, a Farmers’ Market showcases the diverse fruits and vegetables this region (known as the Fruit Belt) is famous for. Th first Sundayevery month from May until October see Antiques on the Bluff and a motorized trolley runs the standard summer season, encircling the shopping district. Just four miles north of I-94, St. Joseph can be easily reached by car anytime of year. We welcome you.
While known today as the twin to its more resort-town sister, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor has strong roots to an agricultural past and is fulfilling a promising future as an arts and shopping district. In the 1930′s, the Benton Harbor Fruit Market was the largest cash-to-grower non-citrus fruit market in the world. This heritage is reflected in the Blossomtime Festival, the oldest multi-community festival in Michigan.
Emerging downtown is the Arts District, home to Galleria del Corazon, studio of renown sculptor Richard Hunt and the Water Street Glassworks, whose lead instructor, Jerry Catania, learned glassblowing under Dale Chihuly. A variety of shopping and dining options. But no description of this town would be complete without mentioning the living history at Mary’s City of David museum tours, hiking trails to natural springs and vintage baseball are part of the heritage of America’s third oldest Christian communal society.
One of Michigan’s featured Beachtowns, South Haven defines resorting on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore with majestic vistas and dazzling sunsets. You’ll feel this rich heritage as you gaze over our 100-year old lighthouse -a welcoming beacon in an often turbulent world.
South Haven enjoys an abundance of respites from which to enjoy the water of the countryside with over 20 lodging properties, ranging from hotels, bed and breakfast to resorts.
Here’s a place you’ll find relaxing shoreline strolls, fabulous dining and unique shopping. Time in South Haven means experiencing a vibrant culture of live theatre, a music camp, a center for the arts, museums and galleries, as well as concerts on the riverfront.
Wherever your interests may lie, South Haven is a year ’round place to get away from it all. Come, replenish your soul and find a welcome “Haven” here “By the Big Blue Water.
One of Michigan’s featured Beachtowns, New Buffalo, a Harbor Country® community, is a center of activity with its public beach, lake and riverside parks, boat launch and marinas. The streets are lined with specialty stores and unique eateries. Its lakefront park is a perfect place to watch the sailboats or a sunset or feed wild gulls, geese and ducks who line up daily at the banks to be fed by willing visitors. New Buffalo is home to the Harbor Country Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Buffalo Railroad Museum and a Michigan Welcome Center , the busiest in the state.
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