WELCOME TO HARBOR COUNTRY
The eight towns of Harbor Country® in Southwest
Michigan stretch for 15 miles along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.
Area attractions include family-friendly Michigan beaches, eclectic eateries,
world-class wineries, bountiful farmers markets and a wide variety of Harbor
Country lodging --- from luxury hotels to quaint Bed & Breakfasts,
cozy cottages, including many pet-friendly locations. Whether you're planning a romantic get-away, a fun-filled
family vacation, or an action-packed adventure, we are here to help you
get the most out of your Harbor Country in Michigan experience.
Harbor Country in Michigan is the southwestern portion of Berrien
County, Michigan, which includes Michiana, Grand Beach, New Buffalo,
Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer and Three Oaks. Harbor in Country
Michigan begins at the Michigan state line, these tightly knit, yet
individual, communities encompass a stretch of about 15 miles north
along the Lake Michigan Beach area and 6 miles inland.
Relax on Lake Michigan Beaches -
with close proximity to public Michigan beaches and private Michigan
beach access at many of our featured lodging properties, you'll instantly
relax on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Explore the Lake Michigan Shore
Wine Trail -
Harbor Country in Michigan boasts over eleven Michigan wineries
including Tabor Hill, St. Julian, Free Run Cellars, and Round
Barn, as well as other Michigan wineries and Michigan wine tasting
rooms. You will discover a new appreciation for Michigan's boutique
Experience Four Winds Casino - the premier midwest Casino and Resort has a half-dozen themed restaurants, 165-room luxury hotel, and an exciting entertainment and nightlight experience. One of the many unforgettable experiences to enjoy in Harbor Country.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HARBOR COUNTRY® IN MICHIGAN
In the late 1970's, local community leaders formed the "Harbor
Country Council" as a research panel to establish recognition for eight southwest Michigan communities closely huddled near the shores of Lake Michigan. This council examined the richness of the area's heritage, it's natural resources and peaceful setting as positive factors in re-igniting interest in the area that was previously experienced in the early 1920's and 30's.
Soon, a resurgence of getaway visitors fell in love with
this quiet oasis just a 70 minute road trip from Chicago. By the mid
'80s, the media began to pick up on this area becoming known as the
'Hamptons of the Midwest'. Large full page spreads in the Chicago Tribune,
Chicago Magazine, The New York Times, and Midwest Living began describing
Harbor Country in Michigan as a unique getaway
for those looking to find some solace from their hectic lives.
SURROUNDING ONE-TANK ROAD TRIPS TO HARBOR
COUNTRY IN MICHIGAN
36 miles from South Bend (Notre Dame University)
70 miles from Downtown Chicago (Lake Shore Drive)
78 miles from Kalamazoo, Michigan (Western Michigan Drive)
110 miles from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Fredrick Meijer Gardens)
160 miles from Indianapolis, Indiana (City Center)
195 miles from Downtown Detroit, Michigan (Ford Field)
Just a 90 minute drive from downtown Chicago, and a 45 minute drive from South Bend
Take I-90 toward Indiana (portions are tolls); merge onto I-94 via Exit 21 toward Detroit. Continue to take I-94 into Michigan. Choose from New Buffalo Exit #1, US 12 Exit #4, Union Pier Exit #6 and Sawyer Exit #12.
FROM GRAND RAPIDS/NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Take I-196 South to I-94 West (Chicago ). Travel towards New Buffalo Exit New Buffalo Exit #1, US 12 Exit #4, Union Pier Exit #6 and Sawyer Exit #12.
Take I-94 West to New Buffalo. Choose from exits 1, 4, 6 and 12.
FROM SOUTH BEND
Take U.S. 12 West (New Buffalo) until it comes to an end. Turn Left onto Red Arrow Hwy (turns into Hwy. 12) for New Buffalo and Michiana destinations. Turn right for Union Pier, Harbert, Lakeside
and Sawyer destinations.
South Bend Regional Airport:
4477 Progress Drive, South Bend, IN, 12.6 mi.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport:
5500 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 116.84 mi.
Chicago Midway International Airport:
5700 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL, 71.14 mi.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport:
10000 Bessie Coleman Dr., Chicago, IL, 82.64 mi.
225 North Whittaker St., New Buffalo, MI 49117
The laid back atmosphere and endless variety of outdoor activities in Harbor Country make it the ideal pet-friendly destination.
Places to stay
Blue Fish Vacation Rentals
10234 Community Hall Rd., Union Pier (269-469-0468 x 112)
and cottages through Harbor Country.
18830 LaPorte Rd., New Buffalo (269-469-3345)
Harbor Country’s newest hotel .$25/pet, 50 lb
limit, 2 pet max.
Gordon Beach Inn
16220 Lake Shore Rd., Union Pier (269-469-0800)
A casual, rustic 1920’s hotel with private
beach two blocks away. Three pet-friendly rooms, $25 fee. No weight limit
Lake Country Inn
18 W Merchant St., New Buffalo (269-586-2301)
A B&B in the heart of downtown with one
pet friendly room. $20 fee. No weight limit
15281 Lakeshore Rd., Lakeside (269-469-0600)
Historic hotel with a 100 foot porch and private
beach.3 rooms available. $25 fee. No weight limit
Lake Michigan Vacation Rentals
15657 Lakeshore Rd., Union Pier (269-469-0245)
Fire Fly Resort cottages and
some homes throughout Harbor Country. $30/pet, 2 pet max.
Light Harbor Rentals
305 South Elm Street, Three Oaks (269-820-2032)
Some pet-friendly condos, cottages and
homes throughout Harbor Country.
New Buffalo Inn, Spa & Cottages
231 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo (269-469-1000)
Cozy themed cottages, great in-town location.
New Buffalo Vacation Rentals
P.O. Box 895, New Buffalo (269-978-8229)
A broad selection of homes including those that cater to friendly 4-legged companions.
9934 Townline Rd., Union Pier (269-469-0012/866-572-RSVP)
Homes throughout Harbor Country, fully furnished and beautifully appointed, some are pet friendly.
18830 Harbor Country Drive, New Buffalo (269-469-3345)
Clean, comfortable, close to Casino.
$10/pet, 50 lb limit, 2 pet max
9517 Union Pier Rd., Union Pier (269-469-0332)
Fully furnished cottages on nine wooded acres, close to Lake Michigan. Plenty of room for you and your pets to roam.
8773 Elm Valley Rd., Union Pier (312-952-8361)
Providing higher-end short term vacation rentals throughout Harbor Country.
White Rabbit Inn Bed & Breakfast
14634 Red Arrow Hwy., Lakeside (800-967-2224)
A romantic couples retreat with two pet-friendly deluxe knotty pine cabins.
Yellow Bird Vacation Rentals
439 S. Whittaker Street, New Buffalo (269-469-1483)
Variety of pet friendly options
including lakefront houses, family retreats with pools and hot tubs, and farmhouses.
Where to eat (outdoors only)
600 West Water Street, New Buffalo (269-469-7700)
Open 5 pm to 10 pm on weekdays, noon to 10pm on weekends .
Bud & Elsie's
9805 Townline Rd., Union Pier (269-469-5651)
Deli & Market. Hitch for dog leashes.
30 N. Whittaker Street, New Buffalo (269-469-7177)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 7 am to 10pm
301 W. Buffalo Street, New Buffalo (269-469-0994)
Breakfast, lunch. Open 8 am to 4 pm
105 N. Whittaker Street, New Buffalo (269-469-6604)
Breakfast and lunch. Open 8 am to 6 pm
Milda's Corner Market
9901 Townline Rd., Union Pier (269-469-9880)
Breakfast and lunch .Open M Th: 7 am to
6 pm; F Sun: 7 am to 9 pm .Hitch for dog leashes .Limited seating outdoors .
603 East Buffalo, New Buffalo (269-469-9437)
Lunch and dinner
902 West Buffalo, New Buffalo (269-469-8011)
Lunch and dinner
16710 Red Arrow Hwy., New Buffalo (269-469-3330)
Dinner only. Tues-Sun Open at 5 pm
Terrace Room at The Harbor Grand
111 West Water Street, New Buffalo (269-469-7700)
Dinner or drinks everyday from 5pm to 10pm
Villa Nova Pizzeria
34 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo (269-469-0200) Lunch and dinner.
Open 11 am to 10 pm M-Th, 11 am to 11 pm Fri, Noon to 11 pm Sat/Sun.
Places to play
39 S. Whittaker St., New Buffalo (269-231-5104)
Fine gifts and supplies for your fabulous pet. .Open
M Th F Sat 11 am to 6 pm .
11137 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman (269-465-4420)
Pet birthday parties & pet weddings.
Dewey Cannon Trading Company
3 Dewey Cannon Ave., Three Oaks (269-637-3251)
Open daily 10 am to 6 pm, Fri/Sat until 10 pm
Domaine Berrien Cellars
398 E. Lemon Creek Rd., Berrien Springs (269-473-WINE)
Dogs allowed in vineyard & picnic area. Open Noon to 5 pm
Free Run Cellars Vineyards
10062 Burgoyne Rd, Berrien Springs (269-471-1737)
Grand Mere State Park
Stevensville I-94 Exit 22 (269-471-1737)
A non-swimming beach. Dogs allowed on leash in water and on trails
Harbert Dog Park
Red Arrow Highway Harbert (269-469-1676)
Picnic spots with grills and a pavilion,
playground and fishing pond for kids. Also a regulation size little league field.
Historic Featherbone Factory
Elm St. and 205 Generations Dr., Three Oaks (269-756-7320)
Open M-Sat: 10 am to 5 pm
Round Barn Winery & Distillery
10983 Hills Rd., Baroda (1-800-716-WINE)
Pets allowed on leash. Open M-Sat: 11 am to 6 pm; Sun: Noon to 6 pm
Sari Asher Memorial Park
1420 E Washington, New Buffalo
Leash-free dog park. Open daily dawn to dusk.
Wags and Whiskers
19601 US Highway 12, New Buffalo(269-469-9935)
Pet supply store with pet grooming, a Puppy Playground, and a daytime dog play-group.
Warren Dunes State Park
12032 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer (269-426-4013)
Dogs allowed on 2-mile non-swimming beach and on trails.
Warren Woods State Park
Elm Valley Rd., Union Pier (269-426-4013)
Dogs allowed on trails.
International Friendship Gardens
2055 E Hwy 12 Michigan City, IN (219-878-9885)
Dogs on Leash welcome to
join visitors on trails across 100 acres of land .Open Wed Sun 10 4 PM through October.
New Buffalo Animal Hospital
600 W. Buffalo, New Buffalo (269-469-5400)
North Central Veterinary Emergency Center
1645 S US Hwy 421, Westville, IN (219-785-7300)
Three Oaks Veterinary Clinic
11 Butternut, Three Oaks (269-756-3951)