Beach Getaway to Michigan’s Sunset Coast | Midwest Living

Beach Getaway to Michigan’s Sunset Coast

New Buffalo, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor (90 minutes east of Chicago) welcome visitors with pristine beaches, great shopping, lakeside restaurants and a front-row view of sunsets over Lake Michigan. Here are 10 stops you shouldn’t miss.
Silver Beach Carousel.
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Downtown St. Joseph.
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Dining at the Marina Grand Resort.
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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

Sarett Nature Center Don’t miss the treetop trail, which leads to a 55-foot-high boardwalk northeast of Benton Harbor. (269) 927-4832;

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. (269) 982-8500;

Caffe Tosi Order sandwiches on fresh-baked focaccia; funky vintage posters deck the interior in St. Joseph. (269) 983-3354;

New Buffalo City Beach A replica lighthouse and grassy dunes create a scenic backdrop for this sandy play place.

Downtown St. Joseph Explore gift and clothing shops on brick-lined streets or the three galleries and outdoor sculptures at the Krasl Art Center.

Schu’s Grill and Bar Try the Tuscan chicken sandwich on a sun-dried tomato roll while you drink in St. Joe’s lake views. (269) 983-7248;

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. (877) 945-8600;

Oink’s Dutch Treat Covered in kitschy memorabilia, New Buffalo’s most popular ice cream spot offers 55 flavors, including Marion County Blackberry. (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;

Prices and other details are subject to change; please check specifics before making travel plans.

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