Featured in Michigan Travel Ideas 2012, beginning on page 21.
Unforgettable vacation moments fulfill along the sparkling Lake Michigan shore. From the southwestern state line north to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you’ find memorable food, spectacular beaches and a peaceful string of welcoming harbor towns.
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Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Harbor Country Convention & Visitors Bureau
Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Manistee County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council
West Michigan Tourist Association
Featured in the Article
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Swedish Bakery
Oink’ Dutch Treat
Marina Grand Resort
Redamaks. a Restaurant
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
Warren Dunes State Park (269/426-4013).
Curious Kids’ Museum
Jean Park (269/927-8479).
Glen Arbor Art Tavern
Short’ Brewing Company
The Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar
The Kirby House
Grand Haven State Park
The Kirby House
Coho Cafe (231/352-6053).
Saugatuck Dune Rides
Everyday People Cafe
Phil’ Bar & Grille
Tulip Time Festival
City Flats Hotel
Boatwerk Waterfront Restaurant
Holland State Park (616/399-9390)
Muskegon State Park (231/744-3480)
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park (231/798-3711)
The Lake House Waterfront Grille
Hackley and Hume Historic Site
Dog ‘n Suds Drive-In
Hart-Montague Trail State Park Weathervane Inn
Charles Mears State Park (231/869-2051).
Ludington State Park (231/843-2423).
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Dunes Antique Center
Lakeside Antiques (269/469-7717).
Hickory Creek Winery
Calico Rabbit Craft Mall
Grand Haven Lighthouse (616/847-1309)
USS Silversides Submarine
Pine Garth Inn
The Ramsdell Inn
Goody’ Juice & Java (231/398-9580).
The Betsie Bay Inn
Coho Cafe (231/352-6053)
Glen Arbor Botanicals
Cherry Republic Glen Arbor
More Things to Do
The aroma of fresh-roasted peanuts has drawn visitors to this family-owned Grand Haven institution for more than 100 years. The store carries meats, cheeses, artisan breads, chocolates and other groceries.
The specialty at this New Buffalo shop is the cheesy caramel popcorn, a mix of salty and sweet without being too much of either. There are 16 other flavors to try, too. For those who don’t love their popcorn, Italian ice and a small candy selection also are offered in this tiny shop.
Sarett Nature Center
This conservation-minded stop on the outskirts of Benton Harbor is a must-see in the region, and the hiking trails and kids’ programming are a strong draw for nature-lovers. One of the trails is an elevated boardwalk that gives visitors a view of the forest from the tops of the trees.
Water Street Gallery
Located in Douglas, Water Street Gallery offers a wide array of artist styles. Watercolor and acrylic paintings hang on the walls, many of them influenced by nearby lake and sand dunes, others representative of Michigan’ rural and agricultural beauty, still others abstract.
Windmill Island & Gardens
In 1964, Holland purchased from the Netherlands the best landmark this town could hope for: a working Dutch windmill built in 1761. It remains the only authentic, operational Dutch windmill in the U.S. and it will remain so in the future—the Dutch government has since outlawed such sales.
More Places to Eat
Brewster’ Italian Cafe
Brewster’ takes diners on a tour of Italy with its atmosphere and authentic dishes—all without leaving the Main Street of New Buffalo. The interior is designed to evoke an Italian village, complete with a cobblestone floor and village murals on the walls.
Harbor View Grille
This is practically the only restaurant in tiny Whitehall—and it’ a winner. Though the vibe is predictably nautical (wooden booths, sailboats on the wall), the food is decidedly innovative, embracing local ingredients in a delightful fashion.
A 100-year-old horse livery in Benton Harbor’ Arts District houses a restaurant-pub with handcrafted beers on tap. Soon-to-be-hot bands play live. The small but interesting menu is known to change seasonally because the chef uses local produce.
Milda’ Corner Market
This Lithuanian deli in Union Pier has a cult following—and for good reason. Everything in the tidy, red-painted store looks delicious, especially the kugelis—a casserole creation of onion, bacon, eggs, potatoes and milk.
Morning Star Cafe
Wholesome and hearty are the best ways to describe the menu at this Grand Haven cafe, overflowing with whole grain breads, fresh, local produce and Michigan maple syrup. There are also a lot of vegetarian choices on the menu and dishes with a distinct Southwestern flavor.
More Places to Stay
The Belvedere Inn
A restored 1913 mansion, The Belvedere Inn in Saugatuck is now a boutique European-style B&B, boasting 10 elegant guest rooms. The window seat in the third-floor Windsor room is ideal for cozying up with a blanket and a romantic novel from the inn’ library on the main level. Wake to a gourmet breakfast, served in the formal dining room.
Cartier Mansion Bed & Breakfast
The picture-perfect Lake Michigan vacation starts with a stay at the exquisite Cartier Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Ludington. Built in 1905 by lumber baron Warren Cartier, this neoclassical estate still boasts the original woodwork, fixtures, inlaid flooring and countless antiques. True to the lumber era, the home is an amalgamation of rich, warm wood tones.
Gordon Beach Inn
This historic inn by Union Pier, painstakingly renovated in the early ‘90, boasts 20 guest rooms. The attached Timothy Restaurant is so popular, the innkeepers can’t guarantee the availability of common areas for guests. But don’t worry: you can get away from the restaurant crowd by heading to the inn’ private beach just three blocks away.
The Harbor Grand
A real benefit of staying at boutique hotels is the relatively higher level of personal service. The 55-room Harbor Grand in New Buffalo is no exception. Guests receive complimentary breakfast delivered to their rooms as well as 24-hour Ben & Jerry’ ice cream delivery to handle those post-beach-time cravings (269/469-7700).
The Homestad Resort
This Glen Arbor resort nestles along Lake Michigan’ eastern shore and stands ready to welcome people needing respite from life’ bustle. Its mile-long Lake Michigan beach gives guests a chance to rent kayaks or just take walks. The property has a variety of lodgings, including two small resort hotels, a rustic lodge and a historic inn (231/334-5000).
Old Harbor Inn
This hotel is located right on the water, within walking distance of all the entertainment South Haven has to offer. Several room choices are available, from rooms with balconies overlooking the harbor to whirlpool suites.