Take on the waves at City Beach, learn about railroad history at a museum and enjoy an ice cream cone at Oink's Dutch Treat alongside Lake Michigan in New Buffalo.

By By Adam Rogan
January 06, 2018
Oink's Dutch Treat

What to do

City Beach A surf shop offers kayak and paddleboard rentals. For the less adventurous, soft sand is perfect for volleyball, tossing around a Frisbee, or catching some rays. cityofnewbuffalo.org

New Buffalo City Beach

New Buffalo Train Museum Railroad enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the town's history as a rail hub at the free-admission museum. new-buffalo-railroad-museum.org

Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery It's worth visiting just to see the 1912 round barn in Baroda (20 miles northeast of New Buffalo), but you'll probably want to try a tasting, too. The $12 wine/spirit tasting includes a free glass and discounts on dozens of reds and whites bottled in Michigan. The company also operates the Round Barn brewery and restaurant in Baroda and a tasting room in Union Pier (5 miles northeast of New Buffalo). drinkmichigan.com

Sweetwater Boating Supplies Pick up swimsuits, snacks, snorkels, and just about anything else you might need for a day at the beach at this expansive gift shop. For a fun photo op, try on headwear from the store's collection of silly hats. Sweetwater Boating Supplies' Facebook Page

Where to eat

Beer Church Brewing Co. Find craft brews and wood-fired pizza inside a building that was once a church. beerchurchbrewing.com

Bentwood Tavern Dine on a lakeside patio at the Marina Grant Resort. The menu features steaks and seafood (and burgers), plus seasonally inspired desserts. bentwoodtavern.com

Bentwood Tavern

Brewster's Italian Cafe Excellent pastas and pizzas bring a taste of Italy to New Buffalo. When the weather's warm, try to snag a seat in the courtyard. brewstersitaliancafe.com

Milda's Corner Market This Lithuanian deli and market has a cultlike following. The deli serves soups, sandwiches and kugelis-a casserole of potatoes and bacon. Imported goods stock the market. Milda's Corner Market on Facebook

Oink's Dutch Treat Kitschy pig and ice cream decor fills the building, and 50-plus flavors (like Cotton Candy Confetti and Marion County Blackberry) fill the coolers. oinksicecream.blogspot.com

Oink's Dutch Treat

Redamak's It's the place to go in New Buffalo for burgers. Fresh beef ground on-site and, yes, Velveeta cheese turn simple into wonderful. Expect a wait. redamaks.com

Rosie's A homey New Buffalo diner serves classic breakfast dishes, including eggs, hash browns, and biscuits and gravy. Rosie's Facebook Page

Where to stay

Gordon Beach Inn The historic Union Pier inn has 20 rooms with private baths, an art gallery, beach and the popular seafood spot Timothy's Restaurant. gordonbeachinn.com

Harbor Grand Hotel The 55-guest-room New Buffalo boutique hotel encourages indulgence. We love the 24-hour Ben and Jerry's ice cream delivery, free beach towels and beachside lounge chairs, and breakfast-in-bed service. harborgrand.com

Room service at Harbor Grand Hotel

Lake Country Inn Each of the nine bedrooms is painted a different, bright color at this adults-only refuge. lakecountryinn.com

Marina Grand Resort Curving along the marina, this hotel feels more like a boutique, with an indoor pool, outdoor pool and plenty of lake access. marinagrandresort.com

For information: Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce (269) 469-5409; harborcountry.org