A Day at the Beach

Blue water, waves, and white sand can all be found on the southwest Michigan shore within a half-day’s drive of Chicago and Detroit. From New Buffalo to Ludington, and the towns in between, beaches stretch out and harbors crowded with pleasure boats scallop the water’s edge. George Hendrix, a contributing writer for Michigan Travel Ideas, spent a weekend driving Michigan’s western shore, stopping and admiring each beach town along the way.

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South Haven Sunset

New Buffalo, in the heart of Harbor Country, is the starting point for my weekend trip, where sun-toasted sand and a quaint business district make it the idyllic beach town. The Red Arrow Highway takes me north to St. Joseph, where steps climb from Silver Beach to a shady bluff-top park and downtown. Schu’s, a local favorite, serves a famous potato soup at its downtown location, where outdoor tables offer a view of the harbor.
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Memories of Route 66

Guest Blogger Felicia Fairchild shares her memories of a childhood road trip and her excitement about bringing a Michigan version of the famous Route 66 to life.

One of the most indelible memories of my childhood was a trip “out west” – as my parents liked to refer to it – via the famous Route 66.  I remember it vividly even to this day; perhaps because my parents took me out of school to accompany them on what my teachers agreed would be an important “educational journey” – my first Road Trip!

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