Watch the Lake Michigan waves roll in at Silver Beach County Park or spend the afternoon golfing at St. Joseph, Michigan. Check out our guide to things to do, where to eat and where to stay.

Pandemic-related closures and restrictions may be in place. Please check destinations' websites before making travel plans.


Blossomtime Festival Michigan's oldest and largest multicommunity festival typically celebrates blooming orchards each spring with a 5k run, a vintage baseball game and a parade. Expect pandemic adaptations in 2021; check website for the latest information.

Box Factory for the Arts A rehabbed factory offers three art galleries, live music, about 40 artists' studios and classes in downtown St. Joseph.

Curious Kids' Museum Kids make giant bubbles, create a newscast, drive an ambulance and explore 100 more hands-on exhibits. As of March 2021, temporarily closed due to the pandemic.

Curious Kids' Museum.

Harbor Shores This 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed course in nearby Benton Harbor challenges with its diverse terrain.

Krasl Art Center This surprising little gem features sculptures on the grounds and three galleries.

Silver Beach County Park St. Joseph's popular downtown park includes a beach and an interactive splash park.

Silver Beach County Park
Silver Beach County Park

St. Joseph shopping State Street has gift shops and several clothing and shoe stores. FuzzyButz Pet Bakery's selection lives up to its fun name. HarborTown Interiors sells unique home decor, such as funky lighting.; FuzzyButz Pet Bakery; HarborTown Interiors


221 Main Modest in appearance, this downtown St. Joseph corner restaurant surprises with a list of 120 whiskies; flights narrow the choice. Dine on surf and turf, or go casual with pub grub.

Hickory Creek Winery Lush flowerbeds greet visitors at this quality-over-quantity spot offering dry wines.

The Livery In a 100-plus-year-old former stable in Benton Harbor's Arts District, this microbrewery-cafe keeps handcrafted beers on tap, and live music entertains.

Piggin' N' Grinnin' Judges on the Midwest barbecue circuit know this Benton Harbor place for its award-winning ribs. We recommend the trio of meats and sides in the Big Mama Sampler.

Bread and Bar by Bit of Swiss The pastries resemble masterpieces in artsy Benton Harbor. Grab-and-go sandwiches make the perfect picnic.

Schu's Grill and Bar A dining institution, with some outdoor lakeview tables, is known for great burgers and potato soup.

Silver Beach Pizza Good pizza. Fun atmosphere (it's inside an old train depot). Friendly waitstaff. What else can you ask for? When you sit down, you get a disc that's green on one side and red on the other to signal servers.

South Bend Chocolate Company This downtown spot is part candy store, part coffeehouse and part ice cream parlor.

Thornton's Home Town Cafe The standby breakfast joint serves Bob's Big Bomb. Eat the giant omelet filled with corned beef hash, bacon, sausage, ham, mushrooms, onions, peppers and cheese, and you get your name on the wall of fame. Thornton's Facebook Page


The Boulevard Inn and Bistro The all-suite hotel overlooks Lake Bluff Park and downtown St. Joseph. Family and two-bedroom suites accommodate travelers with children. (800) 875-6600;

The Inn at Harbor Shores Access to the golf course, a spa, and marina make the 92 lakeview rooms in St. Joseph all the more appealing.

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