Thornton’s Home Town Cafe Vintage photos of St. Joseph line the walls of this breakfast standby. The signature dish: Bob’s Big Bomb, full of corned beef hash, bacon, sausage, onions and peppers. (269) 983-0932
Silver Beach Center A wide, clean, family-friendly beach stands just a short walk from an Amtrak station. Opened in 2010, the elegant indoor carousel and amusement park museum honor St. Joseph’s legendary amusement park, open 1891–1971. See reviews and ratings .  (269) 982-8500; silverbeachcarousel.com 
New Buffalo City Beach A replica lighthouse and grassy dunes create a scenic backdrop for this sandy play place. (269) 469-1522; newbuffalo.com 
Downtown St. Joseph Explore gift and clothing shops on brick-lined streets or the three galleries and outdoor sculptures at the Krasl Art Center. sjtoday.org 
Marina Grand Resort All 78 rooms overlook docks; leave the balcony open to hear clanging buoys at night. Artisanal comfort food and wood-fired pizzas fill the menu at the resort’s classy Bentwood Tavern, New Buffalo’s only waterfront restaurant. Rooms from $209. See reviews and ratings.  (269) 469-9900; marinagrandresort.com 
Oink’s Dutch Treat Covered in kitschy memorabilia, New Buffalo’s most popular ice cream spot offers 55 flavors, including Marion County Blackberry. See reviews and ratings. (269) 469-3535
Weko Beach Bury your toes in the sand during an evening concert (held on some summer Sundays in Bridgman) and realize the true meaning of the “sunset coast.” (269) 465-3406; bridgman.org 
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