There are 11 wineries along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail , several are a close drive (10-15 min) from New Buffalo. You can take an organized tour with Fruitful Vine Tours, (269.978.8777) or you can drive the trail on your own. We recommend the following two wineries (which are close proximity to each other)
TABOR HILL - Restaurant and Tasting Room
185 Mount Tabor Road, Buchanan | MAP | (800) 283-3363
The Tabor Hill Difference ... Lake Michigan Shore's Wine Country is one of the finest wine-producing areas in the world. The climate and site, like those of France and Germany, are perfect, with cool temperate breezes, sandy clay soil and one of the highest vineyard sites in the Midwest. These factors, combined with the expertise of our wine making staff, result in premium wines that rival those from anywhere in the world.
Discover Tabor Hill for yourself. Tour the winery to learn how our many fine wines are made. Our casual walking tours take you along the vineyard and through one of the most modern wine making facilities in the country. Be sure to try the Riesling!
ROUND BARN - Tasting house
UNION PIER TASTING: 9185 Union Pier Road, Union Pier | MAP | (269) 469-6885
MAIN TASTING HOUSE: 10983 Hills Road, Baroda | MAP | (800) 716-9463
Open until 6pm EST for tastings. They also make a vodka, brandy selection, and several dessert wines. Two location in the Harbor Country area
Anchored by two major public beaches, the New Buffalo public beach, and Warren Dunes State park beach are both rated among Lake Michigan's best beaches. Warren Dunes with 1,950 acres lies on the northern end of Harbor Country in Sawyer. The many local township beaches in between provide several points of access to miles of sandy shores, unspoiled by commercial development, an ideal spot to plan your Michigan vacation. Experience our "singing sands," a unique phenomenon only to Lake Michigan beaches. We also have a sand sculptor who will come to you at the beach and teach you how to make bigger and better sand castles. New Buffalo has a large public beach adjacent to the harbor which has a refreshment stand-Jake's By the Beach, a small play area for children, restrooms, beach volleyball, an d a dune walkway/overlook. For a more sandy experience, drive 10 minutes north to see Warren Dunes Sand Dunes National Park . Warren Dunes has 1900 acres of sandy dunes against the lake, with the highest being about 250ft above sea level. Dune hikes and kite-flying are popular here. The park is located off Red Arrow Highway just north of Sawyer. Be sure to check out our quick links to local beach conditions and additional information below:
Chikaming Township Parks and Beaches (Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer):
Beaches and Parks Rules/Regulations
Harbor Country has two great gaming establishments right on its door step. When you are out and about all day in the beautiful New Buffalo area, keep the night young by enjoying the casino's and gaming establishments in Harbor Country.
FOUR WINDS - "The Newest and nicest casino in the entire Midwest"
11111 Wilson Rd. New Buffalo | MAP | (866) 494-6371
Built in 2007 by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the casino is located at the intersection of Whittaker road (route 12-over the I-94 overpass) and Wilson Road. This casino has the only World Poker Tour Poker Room in the Midwest, along with 3000+ slots and several nice restaurants.
BLUE CHIP - 5 miles south of New Buffalo
777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City | MAP | (888) 879-7711
Built in 2003, this casino is in Michigan City about 5 miles south of New Buffalo. Recent pesudo-entertainment acts have included: Edwin McCain, Jordan Knight (from NKOTB), Pat McGee, Tiffany, Gallagher, Pauly Shore, Skid Row, Firehouse, Sister Hazel, and of course Chippendales 2007.
Michigan has more public golf courses than any other state. Here are a few public golf courses in the area that you should really consider during your ESCAPE.
THE GOLF CLUB AT HARBOR SHORE - A Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course
201 Graham Ave. Benton Harbor | MAP | (269) 927-GOLF (4653)
This 18-hole, daily-fee Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course reflects the high standards of the world's leading design firm, Nicklaus Design. It runs over remarkably diverse terrain that challenges golfers even as it offers a spectacular setting in which to play. Three holes offer dramatic views of Lake Michigan. Eleven holes border the Paw Paw River, Ox Creek, and its wetlands. And four holes wind through rolling hills, ravines, and a hardwood forest. The result is a golf course unlike any other.
WHITTAKER WOODS - 18 Hole Course
12578 Wilson Road, New Buffalo | MAP | (269) 469-3400
Immerse yourself in nature at Whittaker Woods Golf Club! Whittaker Woods opened in July 1996 to raves and accolades, and remains a must-play today. The golf course measures more than 7,000 yards from the tips, rendering it a formidable challenge, yet plays under 5,000 yards from the front tees, ensuring enjoyment for all levels. With four tee placements, plentiful ponds and wetlands, and mature woodlands lining the fairways, the course will test your skills and please your senses.
PEBBLEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB - 18 Hole Course
9794 Jericho Rd., Bridgman, Michigan | MAP | (269) 465-5611
The 18-hole "Pebblewood" course at the Pebblewood Country Club facility in Bridgman, Michigan features 5,421 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 68 . The course rating is 65.6 and it has a slope rating of 106. Pebblewood golf course opened in 1923. Ted Stama manages the course as the General Manager.
BRIAR LEAF GOLF CLUB - 18 Hole Course
3233 N. State Rd. 39, LaPorte, IN | MAP | (219) 326-1992
You can expect and enjoy great golf and great times at Briar Leaf Golf Club. While we are open to the public seven days a week, it's our Golf Memberships that are making Briar Leaf the fastest growing club in the area. Now is the time to get involved at "The Best Club in the Bag!" As a member, you'll enjoy the amenities and activities that you expect at an affordable annual rate. Joining Briar Leaf means good golf & good times with good friends, without initiation fees or monthly dues or assessments. Ever
Harbor Country is relatively flat and easy to bike around and are nationally known for their extensive biking trails. Backroads Bikeway trails provide 20 self-guided tours on paved area roads, with lengths from 5 to 60 miles. The routes follow secondary roads over rushing streams and through picturesque rolling hills, patchwork farmland and beautiful meadows, parks and forests. You might also want to just bike around the area. From New Buffalo's Marquette Road through Lakeside's Lakeshore Drive, you'll wind along beautiful lakefront homes and beaches. Try renting bikes at
Dewey Cannon Trading Company (269-756-3361 -or-269-208-4255), located in Three Oaks, a town 6 miles from New Buffalo. Daily rentals for $30, weekend rentals for $75.
Outpost Sports (269-469-4210) rents Trek 21 speeds for $20 (half day) or $30 (full day).
Water sports are plentiful from the New Buffalo harbor and the water temperature in late June through early August is good for swimming. Jet skis are available to rent from the harbor. Try calling the Oselka Marina (269) 469-2600 for more information.
Galien River Kayak& Paddleboard Rentals
are available at the river from 11:00 - 5:00 EST (Michigan Time) 7 days a week
from mid-May through early October, and at the beach from Memorial Day weekend
through the end of September (weekends only in September). All
equipment is available on site and reservations are not necessary or
accepted show up any time you want and be on your way down the river! Please feel free to call our New Buffalo
shop at 269-932-4575 ext. 2 for more information.
Outpost Sports: kayak rentals, lessons, and more (269-469-4210, 10am-6pm daily). They coordinate 2-hour kayaking trips down the Galien Passage to the New Buffalo city beach.
Third Coast Surf Shop to rent surfboards, paddleboards, boogie boards, skim boards, or sandboards from $7-$20/day. The surf shop offers Surfing 101 and 102 clinics for beginners.
Michigan has wonderful fruit--you can pick your own or visit a local market. For Pick 'Em farms, call first to see what's in season. A few of the favorites are:
(in Galien, MI - 269-545-8840)
Stateline Blueberries (in Michigan City, IN -
(in Bridgman, MI - 269-465-4745)
Rambo Blueberries (in Bridgman, MI - 269-426-4074)
Both off-shore and deep-lake fishing are popular options for pulling in lake fish. Fishing licenses are required, but most outfitters can provide day-licensure.
Quick Release Charters (269-687-5700)
Cap'N D Charters (574-232-0436 -or- 574-292-1221).
Michigan City marina also has several charter fishing companies including:
Fuzzy Bear Sportfishing Charters
If charters aren't you're thing and you would like to fish on your own, the Galien River Fishing Platform, a New Buffalo City Park has almost 600 feet of frontage along the Galien River. There is year round fishing from two platforms on the north shore. You can access the area from the parking lot or from the boat parking lot and walk through the picnic area. Note: The 450 foot long South Breakwater is private property and not accessible. The first 300 feet of the 1000 foot long North Breakwater is constructed of rubble mound and is extremely hazardous and not accessible. Just a reminder: 2012 Michigan Fishing Licenses now required . Copies of the State Fishing Guide and Inland Trout and Salmon Guides are available at all license vendors around the state. Need a fishing license? Get your Michigan fishing license on-line , just click here.
For massages, sauna treatments, facials, pedicures or manicure, try one of the salons below. Many of them will take same day appointments.
309 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo | MAP | (269) 469-5483
This smaller spa has every service you can imagine. If you like a deep tissue massage, I strongly recommend booking a service with Kim. Not wanting to venture out of your cottage? Evolve spa offers massage services at your cottage or condo.
NEW BUFFALO SPA
231 East Buffalo Street, New Buffalo | MAP |(269) 469-3100
Our onsite spa offers an extensive menu of therapies in a safe healing environment where you can purify your body, mind, and spirit.
HARBOR COUNTRY DAY SPA
17 W. Mechanic St. New Buffalo | MAP | (269) 469-7711
The spa was founded by Patty Van Hyfte, a licensed massage therapist with a mission to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual healing in a soothing, calming environment. The spa was designed with each therapy room being a relaxing, peaceful escape.
BRIAR LEAF GOLF CLUB - 18 Hole Course
REVIVE SPA | MAP | (269) 469-9111
Escape from everyday stress, urban noise and pollution. Relax body and mind along crisp blue-green waters of Lake Michigan and pristine beachside, only a few steps from our front door. Conveniently stroll our neighboring blocks, offering a diverse variety of business, shops and restaurants in an artistic community. Start your day at Revive, or celebrate your day in the evening after taking advantage of our clean lakeside environment.
CAPTAIN MIKES FUN PARK
10975 Red Arrow Highway, Bringham, MI | MAP | (269) 469-5483
Go-Carts, batting cages, water wars, bumper boats, and miniature golf.
WASHINGTON PARK ZOO
115 Lakeshore Drive, Michigan City, IN | MAP |(269) 469-3100
Features over 220 animals including lions and tigers
CURIOUS KIDS MUSEUM
17 W. Mechanic St. New Buffalo | MAP | (269) 983-CKID
Voted the "Best Kids Museum" and "Best Place to take the Kids" for the second year in a row.